Volume 4 Over the last few days I have watcher every preseason game, in its entirety, looking for players who stand out one way or another. Some shine in a positive light while others, not so much. Preseason roundups are a brief, 2-3 paragraph, summary of what stood out.
Previous week 1 volumes
Packers 16 (0-1-0) @ Titans 20 (1-0-0)
Tennessee Titans’ running back Jackie Battle nearly let the game slip through his hands when
he let a ball bounce off his shoulder pads deep in Titans territory. Green Bay Packers’ linebacker Korey Jones came up with the interception, setting the offense up inside the red zone. Green Bay couldn’t capitalize and had to settle for a field goal taking the lead with 7:02 remaining. After two big throws by Zach Mettenberger, who had a rough game prior to the final drive, Battle ran in the 7 yard game winning touchdown. The play of the drive, and game, was a 38 yard reception by Brian Robiskie. The player of the game was hands down rookie running back Bishop Sankey (University of Washington). Packers’ rookie running back Rajion Neal (Tennessee) looked good running the ball. Unfortunately he suffered a knee injury returning a kick in the 4th quarter and will likely miss the remainder of the preseason.
Cowboys 7 (0-1-0) @ Chargers 27 (1-0-0)
The San Diego Chargers had no trouble sending the Dallas Cowboys back to Texas with a sour taste in their mouths. The game should have been 34-7 but Chargers’ running back Ryan Matthews fumbled a ball at the goal line that was revered by the Cowboys.
Chargers‘ rookie running back Branden Oliver (Buffalo) looked outstanding in his first action. Even though San Diego has a crowded backfield, I’d say that this undrafted free agent is looking good to make the team. Receiver Dontrelle Inman made a positive impression, especially with his 70 yard touchdown reception from Kellen Clemens. Inman was simply too fast for the Cowboys’ secondary. He ran right past a cornerback and a safety who were double covering him. It was a long day for the Cowboys, but no one had it worse than undrafted free agent tackle Josh Aladenoye (Illinois State) who struggle mightily while pass blocking. Even when things were going well for Dallas, bad seemed to follow. Rookie Ahmad Dixon, 7th round pick out of Baylor, punished ball carriers and was active on special teams. Unfortunately, during one of those tackles his head collided with a crouching receivers helmet and he left the field. Former Seahawks’ defensive Kenneth Boatright spent several of his snaps in the opposing backfield as he tries to make Dallas his new home.
Texans 0 (0-1-0) @ Cardinals (1-0-0)
The Houston Texans never even made it a game. Ryan Fitzpatrick looked so bad that Texans’ fans were asking if they could trade to get Matt Schuab back. I guess you never realize what you have until its gone.
The Arizona Cardinals have a big problem. It appears they have too many talented receivers to keep them all. John Brown, Jaron Brown, Walt Powell and Brittan Golden all looked good against the Texans. Especially John Brown, 3rd round pick out of Pittsburg State, who looked ever bit the part of an NFL player. Inside linebacker Kenny Demens looked very good on special teams, a spot where he will need to shine if he hopes to make the roster.
After watching every snap of the preseason so far, I can tell one thing, the officials need to ice their arms from throwing so many flags. I understand they are trying to emphasis a few things but this cannot carry over to the regular season.
Over the last few days I have been watching every preseason game in its entirety looking for players who stand out one way or another. Some stand out in a positive way and others not so much. Preseason roundups are a brief, 2-3 paragraph, summary of what stood out.
Previous week 1 volumes
Buccaneers 10 (0-1-0) @ Jaguars 16 (1-0-0)
The Jacksonville Jaguars looked strong in their preseason opener against in state rival Tampa
Bay. Former Seattle Seahawks Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Winston Guy took control of the game early. Bryant stuffed the run while Clemons picked up a sack and Guy took an interception to the house.
Head coach Gus Bradley, former defensive coordinator of the Seahawks, has to be happy with what he is seeing from his team. Especially rookie quarterback Blake Bortles. Blake was cool, calm and collected in his Jaguars debut. Despite stating that they were not going to start Bortles, they will have little choice if he keeps playing like he did against the Buccaneers.
On the other side of the field, second year quarterback Mike Glennon had a solid game.
Dolphins 10 (0-1-0) @ Falcons 16 (1-0-0)
Miami Dolphins’ undrafted free agent quarterback Seth Lobato squandered away opportunities to beat the Atlanta Falcons. All around Lobato had a tough game but a miss-handling of a 4th quarter snap, deep in the red zone, was recovered by Atlanta and it ended the threat of the go-ahead touchdown. He had one more chance to lead his team to victory but a 4th down pass thrown behind an open receiver sealed the Dolphins’ fate.
It wasn’t all bad for the Dolphins, Jarvis Landry looked good returning punts, including a 48 yard return that he almost took to all the way. Unfortunately, Damien Williams had to be carted off the field late in the game.
1st round pick Jake Matthews had an unimpressive debut. He looked outstanding in the teams first drive but a couple big mistakes killed the teams second. The biggest was a holding call on what would have been a 76 yard touchdown run by Antone Smith. Falcons’ running back Devante Freeman, a 4th round pick, was exciting to watch and showed big play potential. Fellow rookie Kimario McFadden made of couple big special teams plays before laving the field with an apparent shoulder injury.
Eagles 28 (0-1-0) @ Bears 34 (1-0-0)
The Chicago Bears fought back from a 1st half deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles. Former Panther Jimmy Clausen threw two touchdowns to take a 3rd quarter lead, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The most impressive a 73 yard touchdown to Chris Williams who pulled his hamstring on the play.
Tight end Zach Miller had a strong day for the Bears. He ended the game with two touchdown, one of which he used his strength to pull away from the defender. 6th round quarterback David Fales looked sharp on his first pass hitting Josh Bellamy down the sidelines for 41 yards. The very next throw he miss read and it was nearly intercepted. Luckily the cornerback couldn’t hold on. Unfortunately few plays later Eagles cornerback Jaylen Watkins was able to hold on to an interception.
Mark Sanchez looked impressive in his Eagles debut. He appeared to have complete command of Chip Kelly’s offense, leading Philly on three 2nd quarter scoring drives. Not only did Sanchez have a good outing, helping his case in the backup quarterback battle, but Matt Barkley had a forgettable night. Last years starter, and projected 2014 starting quarterback, Nick Foles had a rough night. Foles was intercepted on his first drive and then again later by Chicago’s second unit defense. Nick only threw two interceptions all last season.
Steelers 16 (0-1-0) @ Giants 20 (2-0-0)
The New York Giants score a late touchdown to defeat the Pittsburg Steelers. If I’m being
honest it was one of the most boring football games I have ever watched. Neither team played very well, and I cannot blame them. The referee’s made threw so many flags that the game had no flow to it. A couple players managed to stood. Steelers’ running back Dri Archer showed his explosiveness in space and Giants’ running back Rashad Jennings took a handoff up the middle for a 73 yard touchdown run. Giants defensive back Charles James II hurt his chances of making the roster with a muffed punt.
Week 1 NFL preseason roundup volume 4 click here.
Yesterday I published Volume 1 covering the 49ers @ Ravens, Seahawks @ Broncos, Bengals @ Chiefs, Colts @ Jets and Patriots at Redskins.
Saints 26 (1-0-0) @ Rams 24 (0-1-0)
The New Orleans Saints marched into the Edward Jones Dome and beat the St. Louis Rams. All game long the Saints were able to pick up big chunks of yardage through the air and on the ground.
Rams defensive end Michael Sam had a rough game. He was generally the last lineman off the snap and got eaten up by blockers, especially in the running game. The weight room will need to be his friend if he hopes to compete at this level. There were a few moments when he was able to get into the backfield but those came in overload blitz situations.
Towards the end of the game we saw a little trickery from the Rams as they used a fake punt on 4th and three in their own territory.
The Saints had a couple standout players on the offensive side of the ball. Second year quarterback Ryan Griffin looked sharp, as did rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks was selected 20th overall in the 2014 NFL draft out of Oregon State.
Raiders 6 (0-1-0) @ Vikings 10 (1-0-0)
The Minnesota Vikings scored 10 points during 1st quarter which was all they needed to beat the Oakland Raiders. The Vikings defense held the Raiders scoreless until the 4th quarter clock was under 2 minutes.
Vikings fans should be excited about how sharp Cordarrelle Patterson looked in the preseason opener. Last year, as a rookie, he started the season slow but finished strong. Fellow receiver Adam Thielen made a positive impression both as a receiver and on special teams. For a player who is trying to earn one of the final roster spots special teams play will likely make or break his place in the organization. Another player who stood out on special teams was Gerald Hodges who had a blocked field goal in the 4th quarter.
Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder both struggled at quarterback for the Vikings. Poor pass protection didn’t help other.
The Raiders pass protection wasn’t much better than the Viking, their quarterbacks were worse. Rookie Derek Carr had a tendency to miss high, not something any NFL quarterback wants to make a habit of.
Browns 12 (0-1-0) @ Lions 13 (1-0-0)
Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore threw the games only touchdown as the Detroit Lions ruined Johnny Manziel’s Cleveland Browns debut. Moore outplayed Dan Orlovsky, so it will be interesting to see if the coaches move him to the second unit next week.
As stated above, it was Johnny Manziel’s much anticipated debut. He excited with his legs and showed that he can make throws. Mentally he didn’t look like a quarterback who is ready to play in the NFL. That said, he might just be the best option the Browns have.
Both teams had trouble holding on to the ball. The Browns put it on the ground twice (Dion Lewis, Ben Tate) and the Lions fumbled three times (George Winn, Kellen Moore, Steven Miller).
Bills 20 (1-1-0) @ Panthers 18 (0-1-0)
The Carolina Panthers had a chance to win the game after an onside kick was muffed by Bills‘ wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt. Roosevelt, a long shot to make the team, definitely didn’t help his case. Fortunately for the Buffalo Bills, safety Jonathan Meeks plucked a ball out of the air after Panthers rookie receiver Marcus Lucas let a slant pass slip through his arms, sealing the victory for Buffalo.
The play of the game was a 29 yards touchdown pass from Derek Anderson to Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin tripped on the play, yet managed to keep his composure, catching the ball as he fell into the end zone. During an interview on the sidelines during the game, he stated that had he not tripped he intended to jump up and catch the ball over the cornerback. Then he added that it didn’t matter how the play was made, as long as it was made.
For football fans, players and coaches it has seemed like eternity since the Seattle Seahawks dismantled the Denver Broncos on February 2, in New Jersey.
The wait for football is now over.
49ers 3 (0-1-0) @ Ravens 23 (1-0-0)
The Baltimore Ravens had no trouble soaring over the 49ers on Thursday. Colin Kaepernick played just one series, the only points San Francisco scored. When Kaepernick left the game it became very apparent how thin the 49ers are at the quarterback position.
Gary Kubiak’s offense had no trouble moving the ball against the 49ers, particularly on the ground.
Seahawks 16 (0-1-0) @ Broncos 21 (1-0-0)
In a rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII the Denver Broncos were able to finish the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. Both teams were heavily penalized throughout the game. Seahawks
2nd year cornerback Tharold Simon was ejected after striking Broncos TE Gerell Robinson in the head after a touchdown.
The Seahawks offensive line depth, or lack-there-of, was apparent during the game.
The Broncos finished scoring drives in the end zone while the Seahawks settled for field goals. Ultimately Denver’s defense finished the game when linebacker Steven Johnson interception a Terrelle Pryor pass in the end zone.
Broncos CJ Anderson suffered a concussion during the game.
Bengals 39 (0-1-0) @ Chiefs 41 (1-0-0)
The Kansas City Chiefs returned to action with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Kansas City’s three return touchdowns helped them get the better of the Bengals. Two pick 6′s (DB Malcolm Bronson and CB Sean Smith) and a punt return by rookie RB De’Anthony Thomas. Not to be outdone, Cincinnati’s Dre Kirkpatrick had an interception return of his own.
Cincinnati’s quarterback Jason Campbell had a rough night against the Chiefs while Kansas Cities backups Chase Daniels and Tyler Bray had decent outings.
Colts 10 (0-1-0) @ Jets 13 (1-0-0)
In a game that featured NFL rookie referee Craig Wrolstad, the New York Jets soared to victory
over the Indianapolis Colts on the leg of rookie kicker Andrew Furney. Head coach Rex Ryan gave Andrew, a rookie free agent out of Washington State University, a chance to prove that he could handle pressure, he didn’t let Ryan down. Furney likely won’t be able to unseat veteran kicker Nick Folk but there are other teams that could use an upgrade at the position.
The loss in the game was less disheartening than the injuries suffered for the Colts. Starting center Khaled Holmes injured his ankle during the first drive of the game and did not return. Rookie right tackle Ulrick John was injured during the second quarter. A rough break for a team looking to solidify a line that has more sacks than any other unit over the last two seasons.
Neither team was able to move the ball on the ground very well at any point during the game.
Patriots 6 (0-1-0) @ Redskins 23 (1-0-0)
The Washington Redskins gave rookie head coach Jay Gruden an enjoyable debut by beating up on the New England Patriots in all phases of the game. When the Redskins weren’t dominating the Patriots the Pats were shooting themselves in the foot with penalties.
From the opening drive the Redskins offense line controlled the line of scrimmage. By the time the game was over they had amassed nearly 200 yards on the ground, 63 of those came from 6th round pick Lache Seastrunk in the 4th quarter to close out the game.
The Patriots trailed 0-13 at the half and things didn’t get much better during the second. They finally managed to score a garbage time touchdown pass by Jimmy Garoppolo to Brian Tyms who had 119 yards in the game.
Mother Nature sure is making things easy for me today! We have two disturbances moving through the area, one Friday night through Saturday morning (early morning) and one Saturday evening through Sunday morning. Both systems are bringing in heavy rain and moderate to heavy winds for all day Saturday.
As far as the game is concern… remember when the Seahawks traveled to Carolina (I believe 2008?) and the game was a low scoring affair because neither kicker could kick into the wind? I believe we will have a repeat of that tomorrow! Your gameday weather will be almost exactly what you see when you venture on out and head toward the game: wind, wind and more wind with periods of heavy rain. Temps will also be dropping by the time the game starts. Right now at time of post (Friday night at 11pm), temps were in the upper 40’s to lower 50’s for most of Western Washington. Game time high expected to be around 45-47 degrees. As always, I’ll update this post with some “nowcasting” before the game starts and during the game if something big happens.
So dress warm, wear those loud shoes and loud gloves and be ready to shout louder than the howl of the wind! #GoHawks
The End is Near!
… and that is all we need to know! Seahawks will END the Rams year with a win, 2014 is near meaning 2013 comes to an end, Seahawks will win a NFC first place seed and end everyone else’s day when they realize they have to come to CLink through out the playoffs… yes indeed… the end is near!
But the fog is not! Today we will see fog turning to overcast with temps hovering between 40-44 degrees with no sun in sight… nor is there any precip in sight. Not that we care, the Seahawks will win in any type of weather and we will show up no matter what is forecasted!
So, dress warm (unless you carry around 2-5 cans of body paint… ahem 12th Hulk) and be ready to be as loud as the 12thman can be! See you in 2014!
It is starting to look like…
A typical Western Washington fall!
Today we will see showers off and on with a game time high near 50 degrees; it is already 47°. At time of post, a weak system ushered in moisture from the south southwest direction. This left the southern part of Seattle on the border between rain and the rain shadow. Those coming from Everett will see dry conditions.
As mentioned, the disturbance is moving over Western Washington now and will leave pockets of rain showers for the game. It is windy; we saw a guest of 22mph in Seattle but I don’t think it will effect the game much given the SSW direction and the fact the wind should die down after the front passes by. Emphasis placed on should as model runs indicate that to be true.
For this curious and have not heard yet, a major “Pineapple Express” style storm is heading our way for Monday through Tuesday. It appears to be a 24 hour event of nothing but rain. We are looking at 0.5 inches of rain being the minimum and possible 1.50 inches of rain being the maximum. Good news is, we look fairly dry ice that storm passes by possible through the weekend!
My fearless predictions:
Seahawks 31 Vikings 10
Rain Rain Go Away
So… the Seahawks DO play in Seattle after all! It seems like so long ago when the Seahawks played at home… likewise It has been awhile since the Seahawks had to play in adverse rainy weather. Back in September 13th the Seahawks played at home against the 49ers during a stormy, lightning and thunder, night. A week later, they played Jacksonville that saw 20mph sustained winds but the rain quickly gave way to sunshine. October 13th, the Seahawks played at home against the Titans in nearly perfect football weather. Tomorrow, the ‘bucs come to town and will see nothing like the two stormy games, but will not see perfect weather either.
The weather models differ a bit when it comes to pinpointing the rain so I will leave a chance of rain for the game, although, I think it will be dry; the greatest chance of rain will be in the morning and pre-game. The winds will be light and a non-factor. Cloud cover will diminish as the night goes on… in fact; I believe we will see the sun tomorrow for the most part… so call it partly sunny. Temps will be on the chilly side; looking at a game time temp of about 45 degrees.
All in all the field should be drained and the ball should stay dry! Go Hawks #LOB (Lets be great).
Near perfect football weather!
Marine layer clouds SHOULD burn off by the time the game starts; I would be highly surprised if they did not. With that said, it should be a non-factor as the sun will be already past its peak and heading off towards the west. Temps will hold steady at about 53 degrees… but keep in mind, any sun break and the temps will jump about 10 degrees — look for a high of 61 degrees.
Looking ahead, we are heading into an extended dry period that will last through early next week; rarity for a Seattle October.
Enjoy the game! Seahawks 28 Titans 12
#lbg (lets be great)
San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1, 1st Place NFC West) at Seattle Seahawks (9-5, 2nd Place NFC West)
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Time: 8:15 ET/ 5:15 PT
Announcers: NBC (Al Michaels play-by-play, Cris Collinsworth color commentator)
Last Meeting: San Francisco defeated the Seahawks 13-6 on Thursday Night Football in San Francisco.
The Seahawks have been rolling on both sides of the ball the past two weeks outscoring their opponents 108-17. This week their offense has a true test against the 49ers who will be pressuring Russell Wilson with Aldon Smith, however with Justin Smith expected to miss the Seahawks will be able to relax just a little bit. Expect the Seahawks to look to establish the running game as they’ve been doing throughout the year, but might focus on it a little more this week than in the past. In their previous meeting with the 49ers a Robert Turbin dropped touchdown pass turned out to be the difference of the game. Seattle will hope Sidney Rice is active and healthy as he has been developing chemistry with Wilson and helping the run game continue to be effective against opposing defenses.
Seattle’s defense have been making a havoc in the NFL giving up an average just over 11-points a game in the past 3-wins. Seattle will be without DE Jason Jones in the pass protection, but expect the Seahawks Chris Clemons to have his hands full tonight. Seattle should apply a lot of pressure on 49ers Colin Kaepernick as he will make his first start against the 12th Man. If Seattle can contain the rush and force Kaepernick to make plays himself the Seahawks should be able to let their offense win the game for them, but if they don’t control Frank Gore and apply pressure on Kaepernick then expect the 49ers offense to do their job, while their defense shows why they’re at the top of the league in defense.
Prediction- 49ers 17-14.
-Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll spent 1995-96 as the 49ers Defensive Coordinator before becoming the New England Patriots Head Coach. In 1995 with the 49ers he led the top ranked defense.
-Seahawks Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. played for the 49ers from 1994-2000, he won a Super Bowl with the 49ers in 1994. He played in 112 games with the 49ers, starting all of them with 4 INTs- 2 returned for Touchdowns. He also had 551 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 7-years with the 49ers.
-Seahawks Secondary coach Kris Richard played 2005-06 with the 49ers, in which he only appeared in one game for them.
-Seahawks S Chris Maragos was signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers in 2010 where he played in three games with them piling up 2 tackles.
-Seahawks OT Mike Person was a 7th-round pick by the 49ers in 2011.
-Seahawks FB Michael Robinson was a 4th-round pick by the 49ers in 2006 out of Penn St. He appeared in 62 games with them rushing for 2 Touchdowns off of 289-yards. He also had 346-yards from receptions.
-49ers Special Assistant to Head Coach Bill Nayes spent 1999-2006 with the Seattle Seahawks- a member of the 2005 NFC Conference Champions team.
-49ers Special Teams Assistant Tracy Smith spent 2011 with the Seahawks.
-49ers Offensive Line coach Mike Solari joined the 49ers after spending 2008-09 with the Seahawks as their Offensive Line coach.
Seahawks News of the Week:
-Seahawks CB Richard Sherman’s appeal case was heard Friday in regards to his potential 4-game Suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy. A ruling is expected within the next 5-days of the hearing.
-Seahawks placed DE Jason Jones on season-ending IR and signed DT Hebron Fangupo.
-Seahawks SS Winston Guy’s Suspension was lifted by the commissioner.
-Russell Wilson is 5 Touchdowns away from breaking Peyton Manning’s 1998 NFL Record of Touchdown passes by a rookie QB with 26.