Chiefs at Seahawks: Week 12 Gameday Preview

Kansas City Chiefs (6-4, 1-2 1st in AFC West) at Seattle Seahawks (5-5, 3-1 1st in NFC West)

4:05 PM

Announcers: Bill Macatee (Play-by-Play) and Rich Gannon (Color Commentator) CBS

Last Meeting: October 29, 2006 the Chiefs defeated the Seahawks 35-28. Damon Huard (312 passing yards), Larry Johnson (155 rushing yards) and Eddie Kennison (132 receiving yards) led the Chiefs offense.

Analysis:

The Seahawks passing game will be without its leading receiving Mike Williams meaning the younger guys are going to get a chance to prove themselves. Deon Butler and Ben Obomanu should be the top receivers and Brandon Stokley should be the third receiver for the Seahawks as Golden Tate will try and show what he can do for the Seahawks when given a chance. The offensive line will have to do its job to keep Hasselbeck safe from pressure and for another week will have to try and get the running game established under Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett. Chris Baker has been getting involved in the passing game a little more, while John Carlson has been slowly declining in the passing game.

Defensively the Seahawks have to limit the Chiefs running game with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, while the Seahawks will have to still create pressure on Matt Cassel. Seahawks secondary will have its hands full with Dwayne Bowe, but if they can limit the Chiefs passing game they could put make the Chiefs have to rely more on the run and with Brandon Mebane healthy it could be an upgrade for the Seahawks. Overall the Seahawks defense is going to try and make the Chiefs win by passing and that should be a sign of the Seahawks blitzing as much as they can today.

Connections:

-Seahawks Defensive Tackle Junior Siavii entered the NFL in 2004 with the Kansas City Chiefs and played 2004-05 with them appearing in 26 games. He had 13 tackles and one sack for the Chiefs.

-Chiefs Strength and Conditioning coach Mike Clark worked the same role with the Seahawks from 2004-09.

Seahawks News of the Week:

-Seahawks claimed DE Clifton Geathers off of waivers from the Miami Dolphins.

-Signed OT Will Robinson and DE Amon Gordon.

-Released DE EJ Wilson and OT Allen Barbre.

-Added WR Patrick Williams and DE Derek Walker to the Practice Squad.

-Deleted WR Antonio Robinson and DE James Wyche from the Practice Squad.

-Placed rookie TE Anthony McCoy on the season-ending IR.

-The Seahawks also worked out WRs Dwayne Jarrett and Bobby Engram Tuesday.

Inactives:

Seahawks

QB JP Losman (3rd QB)

FB Michael Robinson

WR Mike Williams

OT Will Robinson

OG Chester Pitts

DT Colin Cole

DT Amon Gordon

DE Clifton Geathers

Chiefs

FB Tim Castille

WR Dexter McCluster

NT Anthony Toribio

LB Charlie Anderson

LB Justin Cole

CB Donald Washington

S Jon McGraw

Seahawks vs Saints First Half Thoughts

After each team went 3 and out the Seahawks offense started to move the ball including a 68 yard completion from Matt Hasselbeck to Mike Williams but unfortunately the drive would stall at the goal line do to Seattle’s inability to run the football in short yardage situations. Olindo Mare kicked a field goal and the Seahawks took the early lead 3-0.

When the Saints got the ball the Seattle defense forgot how to tackle and watched Saints RB Chris Ivory run over them during and took the lead 7-3. He would spend the rest of the half looking like, as Lou Holts would say, “The best running back in the history of football” until he got injured and the Saints switched to passing all over the field.

The Seahawks offense continued using the big pass plays to move the ball and got another Mare field goal making it Seahawks 6 Saints 7. The Saints followed with two straight TD’s and it was Saints 21 Seahawks 6 with 2:51 remaining in the 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 9 pass to Brandon Stokley to the 10. At the 2:00 warning the Seahawks had the ball 3rd and goal at the 1 yard line. Matt threw a TD pass to Ben Obamanu for Ben’s third TD of the Season. Olindo made the extra point making it 21-13 with 1:54 seconds in the first half.

The Seahawks Defense had the Saints stopped before a bogus roughing the passer call on Raheem Brock. Drew Breese would make them pay on a 22 yard TD pass to Colston with 1:00 left. They would fail on a 2 pt conversion attempt due to a botched snap on the extra point. Seattle got the ball back and was driving before Chester Pitts got bull rushed and got called for holding followed by a Hasselbeck intentional grounding. Mare Made his third field goal attempt and we went into the half with the Seahawks trailing 27-16 and needing to make a defensive adjustment during the half.

Marcus Trufant, Mike Williams and Earl Thomas were all injured in the half but Mike came back into the game as did Thomas. Walter Thurmond came in and played solid in replacement of Trufant.

Seahawks at Saints: Week 11 Game Preview

Seattle Seahawks (5-4, 3-1 1st in NFC West) at New Orleans Saints (6-3, 3-1 2nd in NFC South)

Stadium: Louisiana Superdome

Television: Thom Brennaman (Play-by-Play) and Brian Billick (Color Commentator) FOX

Last Meeting: Saints defeated the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football 28-17 in Seattle.

Analysis:

Matt Hasselbeck will have his guardian angel blocking his blindside in Russell Okung, but still expect the Saints to put pressure on the injured QB and Seahawks offense. Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch haven’t gotten anything truly going in the running game and that could be another week of the same story, but if Okung can do his part on the left side look for the Seahawks to try and pound the ball more. Ben Obomanu is starting in place of Deon Butler, but still all receivers are expected to get their fair share of passes thrown to them.

Defensively they’re playing one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and Seattle should put as much pressure on him and make him work for the yards. Saints running game is a force and with Brandon Mebane in could be key in defending the running game. If the Seahawks defense doesn’t give up the big plays and does its part it could help the offense set the tone and do their thing.

Connections:

-Seahawks Kicker Olindo Mare spent 2007 with the Saints before coming over to Seattle. In 13 games with the Saints he went 34-for-34 in PATs and 10-for-17 with FGs.

-Seahawks LB Matt McCoy spent four games with the Saints in 2007 as he had two tackles.

-Saints FB Heath Evans was drafted by the Seahawks in 2001 he played until 2004 with the Seahawks.

-Saints RB Julius Jones signed with the Seattle in 2008-10 he was let go after two games in 2010. He also has lead the Seahawks rushing the past two-seasons. He only had four touchdowns with Seattle.

-Saints Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers coach Joe Vitt coached the Seahawks from 1982-91.

Seahawks News of the Week:

NONE

The New Nike Uniforms

They are fake, someone made them up, heck it may be Nike themselves to get people talking, if that’s the case it’s working. Although Nike will take over for Reebok in 2012 the Uniforms will not change because Teams design them not the Shoe company that makes them. The Hats and other clothing will be changed.

Raheem Brock arrested Sat morning

Defensive End Raheem Brock was arrested in Washington for DUI according to Q13 in Seattle and Brian McIntyre.

Brock was not booked and then was released by the arresting officer. He did travel to Arizona with the team.

Update 12:13 am/ 9:13 PM Wester time:

Brock played in Seattles 36-18 win and recorded a quarterback hit on Derek Anderson. It was one of five hits the Seahawks put on Anderson.

Seahawks at Cardinals: Week 10 Preview

Seattle Seahawks (4-4, 2-1 T-1st NFC West) at Arizona Cardinals (3-5, 2-1 3rd NFC West)

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium

Announcers: Thom Brennaman (play-by-play) and Brian Billick (color commentator) FOX

Last Meeting: Seahawks Olindo Mare kicked five field goals and Matt Hasselbeck tossed for a touchdown in the 22-10 win in week seven match-up.

Connections:

No Connections this week

Seahawks News of the Week:

-Seahawks released Frank Okam and Zac Robinson (Lions).

-Seahawks added JP Losman, Ruvell Martin and Chris White.

-Seahawks added Breno Giacomini, Josh Pinkard and Antonio Robinson to the Practice Squad.

-Seahawks let go of Patrick Williams off of the Practice Squad.

Inactives:

Seahawks

WR Brandon Stokley

WR Golden Tate

QB JP Losman

FB Michael Robinson

OG Mike Gibson

OT Russell Okung

DT Colin Cole

DE EJ Wilson

Cardinals

DL Darnell Dockett

RB Beanie Wells

WR Max Komar

QB John Skelton

CB AJ Jefferson

S Hamza Abdullah

LB Cyril Obiozor

C Ben Claxton

Sorry there is no analysis. I’ve been busy with school work and other things right now. Hope you enjoy it and keep looking for the Previews.

Left out of the 100?

Steve Largent and Walter Jones- two names that enter my mind when the talk of All-Time Seahawks greats enter the talk of the NFL Greatest to Play.

Largent was one of the best receivers to play the game until a man by the name of Jerry Rice retired. Prior to Rice Largent held the record in most touchdown receptions. He also held the record in most consecutive games a with a reception, most yards on receptions, most seasons with 50 or more receptions and most seasons with 1,000 or more yards.

Despite those accolades Largent was left off of the NFL’s Top 100 Greatest Players in which Rice was No. 1. Michael Irvin came in at No. 92 and maybe cause of the rings he had took the spot over Largent. Randy Moss came in 65th, but he plays in a more pass heavy game. When you factor in Largent’s accomplishments during his span there’s no reason he should have been left off of the list. Largent made the hall of fame in his first time on the ballot, yet he was left off of the list.

In fact no Seahawk made the list. Not even Walter Jones. Largent’s success leaves me questioning how he was left off of the list.

Prior to his retirement no receiver held six-records. Sure they got broken, but a wise man once said “records were meant to be broken.” How does a player like Irvin who retired with only two records, while Largent had six. The players weren’t ranked on just playoff records or else Moss wouldn’t have been on the list. Largent made more Pro Bowls than Irvin did and made the 1980 All-Decade team just like Irvin made the 1990 All-Decade team.

Of course Irvin deserved the recognition, but not over Largent. Largent didn’t have a Hall of Fame quarterback like Irvin did or a Hall of Fame Running Back. Largent was the Seahawks passing offense and yet still put the numbers up.

Jones just retired, yet is a future first-time ballot Hall of Famer at the tackle position. Sure the tackles that made the list are Hall of Famers, but as Michael Strahan called Jones in his book “the greatest left tackle to ever play the game”. To be left off of the list because you’re not in the Hall of Fame yet is a snub.

In his 180 games started over a 14-year career he made nine Pro Bowls (a most in Seahawk history), was a first team All-Rookie, six time All-NFC, four time first team All-Pro, three time second-team All-Pro and a member of the 2000 All-Decade team. On top of his No. 71 jersey number retired (only the second player in Seahawk history to have the honor of his jersey being retired.

Despite all that and opposing defensive coaches strategizing against Jones he couldn’t find a spot on the Greatest Players of All-Time in the NFL.

Another Hall of Famer John Madden went above the record and proclaimed him the best player in the NFL in 2004 and the Sporting News named him their top player in the NFL in 2005 and his rookie offensive line coach Howard Mudd called him the best lineman he’s ever coached. One of Mudd’s players he coached fell on the list- Anthony Munoz.

Munoz was deserving of his spot, but as so many people put it Jones “set the bar really, really high” for offensive linemen. In the Seahawks 5,703 pass plays they called under Jones he only allowed 23 sacks.

Mike Holmgren a guy who knows about offensive success having coached Hall of Famers like Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Steve Young and future Hall of Famer Brett Favre also called him the best offensive player he’s ever coached.

Somehow Jones’s name was off of the 100-man roster of the Greatest Players of all-time.

Maybe it’s because Jones left the quiet approach with his game. He announced his retirement on Twitter rather than a national televised press conference. Jones didn’t like the spot light and maybe he wouldn’t have liked the spotlight he would have received had he been named to the list, but still he was deserving.

Patrick Kerney has seen his share of Hall of Famer linemen and he called Jones “was head and shoulders above them.”

No the 12th Man doesn’t need the support of the NFL telling them they had two of the best 100 players to ever play the game. Anyone whose watched the Seahawks since their arrival to the NFL in 1976 knows that Jones and Largent aren’t just the best Seahawks of all-time, but where they rank in the NFL.

And that says it all right there. We don’t need anyone to tell us something we already know and nor should Largent or Jones.

To view the entire list:

http://top100.nfl.com/#

Giants at Seahawks: Week 9 Preview

New York Giants (5-2, 1-0 1st NFC East) at Seattle Seahawks (4-3, 2-1 1st NFC West)

Stadium: Qwest Field

Announcers: Joe Buck (play-by-play) and Troy Aikman (Color Commentator) FOX

Last Meeting: Giants ran all over the Seahawks in New York as they won 44-6 in the Week four matchup.

Analysis:

Charlie Whitehurst has spent the past four-years backing up Philip Rivers and this past year backing up Matt Hasselbeck. Today he earns his first NFL start against a team that is tied for first in the NFL with sacks. No Russell Okung could spell trouble for the Seahawks offense. Granted Whitehurst is a better mobile quarterback than Hasselbeck, but he’s going up against one of the top defenses in the league. Expect the Giants to send blitz packages on every offensive possession for the Seahawks. Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett will try and get a decent running game going so that the Seahawks can try and get a passing game started, but Whitehurst is going to have a challenge ahead of him.

Defensively the thing working in the Seahawks favor is the crowd noise. The Giants have trouble at Qwest (check 2005 out) and could use that to their advantage. If the Giants push themselves back out of scoring range through penalties it could turn out to be a defensive battle. The Seahawks secondary has been shaky without Kelly Jennings and he will be active today. However the Giants running game of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs could have a field day with the Seahawks being without Brandon Mebane, Colin Cole and Red Bryant. Look for the Giants running game to have a huge day and steal the Beast Mode from Seattle.

Connections:

-Seahawks Offensive Line coach Pat Ruel coached the Giants in 2004.

-Giants DT Rocky Bernard left Seattle to join the Giants in free agency after having spent 2002-08 with the Seahawks. With Seattle he recorded 29 sacks and 280 tackles.

-Giants S Deon Grant was the Seahawks defensive captain after spending 2007-09 with the Seahawks. In his time with the Seahawks Grant didn’t miss a start and recorded 77+ tackles per year. He also had eight career interceptions in Seattle.

Seahawks News of the Week:

-Hasselbeck will not play as Charlie Whitehurst will earn his first career NFL start.

-Zac Robinson was added to the 53-man roster with Breno Giacomini as recently signed Ruvell Martin and Chris White were released.

-Seahawks signed DE Jay Richardson and DT Frank Okam.

-Let go of Quinton Ganther.

-Placed Red Bryant and Ben Hamilton on season ending IR.

Milestones:

-Lawyer Milloy records a sack he’ll be only the 11th player to join the 20/20 club.

-The first false start the Giants record will be the 100th at Qwest.

Brotherly Love:

-Seahawks OL Stacy Andrews takes on his little brother Giants OL Shawn Andrews.

Inactives:

QB Matt Hasselbeck

LT Russell Okung

LT Tyler Polumbus

DT Brandon Mebane

DT Colin Cole

FB Michael Robinson

DT Frank Okam

WR Golden Tate

Giants:

WR Darius Reynaud

FB Madison Hedgecock

LB Gerris Wilkinson

C Shaun O’Hara

OT William Beatty

OT Jamon Meredith

DE Alex Hall

DT Linval Joseph

Whitehurst to earn 1st NFL Start Sunday

Matt Hasselbeck won’t be another QB to the “Hit List” the Giants have when they come to Seattle for their week 9 match-up Sunday.

Hasselbeck suffered a concussion in the 33-3 loss to Oakland last week and has yet to pass the required NFL tests as a precautionary effort on players with concussions. That means that Hasselbeck will have to sit out this week and his status for week 10 is also up in the air.

Earning the start will be Clemson product Charlie Whitehurst. He was acquired by the Seahawks in April from the San Diego Chargers and awarded a two-year $10-million dollar deal. Despite the fact that Whitehurst has yet to start an NFL game in his five-year NFL Career. In fact he’s only played in three games (including one with the Seahawks this season).

Whitehurst is more mobile than Hasselbeck and will provide the ability to scramble in the pocket as the Giants are expected to bring the heat in Seattle. In Whitehurst’s NFL career he has two-rushes for 13-yards a nice 6.5 average per carry and a touchdown. His mobility could create some problems for the Giants defense if the Seahawks line can create time for Whitehurst.

The biggest problem for Whitehurst will be the lack of a big-play Wide Receiver he’s going to have to spread the ball around and hope a strong running game going so that they can mix it up as well.

Offensive Line Struggles

The Seahawks offensive line was, well, offensive in the 33-3 whooping they received from the Oakland Raiders. Some linemen had terrible games and the others were worse. As I watched the game the first time I was sitting here thinking that Matt needed to get ride of the ball faster but when I went back and broke down the negative plays (both rushing and sacks) I saw that it was almost always a big mistake by one or more lineman. This will be a player by player look at the offensive line play.

Center Chris Spencer got pushed out of the way on the first play of the game allowing Raiders DT Tommy Kelly to bust through the middle and sack Matt Hasselbeck, setting a tone for the game. The next drive Spencer got beat leaving no room to run and a 2 yard loss. After that drive he settled down and played a decent game, too bad others didn’t follow his lead.

On 3rd down and 14 to go during the first drive Raiders DE Richard Seymore bull rushed Right Guard Ben Hamilton leading to the second sack of the game. Hamilton would leave the game during the next drive being replaced for the remainder of the game by Chester Pitts who was later replaced by Mike Gibson when Pitts moved out to LT.

Chester Pitts had plenty of troubles himself but I think the fact that he’s coming back from such a long recovery from an injury suffered last season and his first game with a new team we will give him a pass. He is at least partially at fault in 3 sacks and 1 tackle for loss.

Chester Pitts works with trainer during the preseason on his road to recovery.

Troy Pulombus had troubles begging in the second drive during a running play where he was unable to seal the edge while Mike Williams and Spencer both wiffed on attempting to block their men leading to a 4 yard loss on the running play. Later in the game he got pushed straight back into Matt on a play where Matt was sacked. John Carleson gave Troy some help sealing the edge on a running play but as soon as John moved up to the second level he lost the edge and it resulted in a 3 yard loss. Troy got his knee rolled up on from behind and left that game but returned after a few series. When he came back in he got beat and so did Stacy Andrews, both of the players they should have blocked combined to sack Matt.

That was not the first time Andrews made a terrible play costing the Seahawks yards. Earlier in the game on 3rd and 1 he fell straight forward flat on his face without even touching anyone on the way down. Thats where the play was designed to go but it was stuffed and resulted in lost yardage. A few drives later he had sealed the hole nicely but came off his block while the running back was still 3 yards behind the line and the hole was gone before he got to it. Andrews was roaming around the secondary looking for someone to block. This would not be the last time on the drive he found himself looking for something to do after he screwed up his blocking assignment. He got off balance by using improper technique to make up for the faster defender. When the defender changed direction there was nothing he could do and led to Matt getting sacked and fumbleing the ball. Stacy was just standing around so he was able to fall on it. They ended up calling Matt down before the fumble.

the only play that Sean Locklear cost the Seahawks was on that 1st 3rd and 1 play where he got thrown out of the way by the defender and leading to the failed conversion.

It was a rough day all around but the last place I would want to be is in the offensive line meetings, not going to be a comfortable chair in the room.

Brett Bivens

brett@nwps12.com

twitter: @nwprosports

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