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Seahawks at Colts Preview

And keys to the game


By Carl Hoglin

The Seattle Seahawks travel east to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a matchup between two sophomore Quarterbacks.  Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck have both made huge strides for their respectable teams and will continue to do so after Sundays game.

This will be the first matchup between the two since they came into the league last year in different rounds.  Andrew Luck was taken #1 overall by the Colts last year, where Russell Wilson was taken #75 overall.

Nevertheless, a football game isn’t decided by what rounds their Quarterbacks are taken.

Both teams have had a great September start, with the Seahawks going 4-0, and the Colts sitting at 3-1.  These two teams have played against each other 10 times before, with Sundays matchup being number 11.  Seattle has won the matchup between these two teams only 4 times.

The last time these two teams met was in 2009, well before both Quarterbacks were drafted.  Since 2009, both of these teams have vastly changed. Seneca Wallace and Peyton Manning are no longer running the shows.

Both Offenses are strikingly similar in stats.  Russell Wilson is 59/96(61.5%) for 787 yards with 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.  Andrew Luck is 81/127(63.8%) for 915 yards with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  Wilson has been sacked 13 times for a loss of 84 yards.  Luck has been sacked 10 times for a loss of 59 yards.

The Seahawks have managed to total up 1409 offensive yards(577 rushing, 832 passing).  The Colts have put up DSCN13931495 total yards(601 rushing, 894 passing).  Both teams have put up 12 touchdowns.  Seattle is managing 27.2 points a game, good enough for 6th in the league.  Indianapolis is pushing 26.2 which puts them at 9th in the league.

Defense has been a focal point for both of these teams.  Seattle is only allowing 11.8 points per game(2nd), while Indianapolis is allowing 12.8(9th).  Seattle boasts the Legion of Boom, which has accounted for 6 of the teams 7 interceptions.  Indianapolis has managed to intercept opposing Quarterbacks 6 different times themselves.  Indianapolis has registered 13 different sacks, Seattle has only put up 11.  Indianapolis has forced three different fumbles, whereas Seattle has managed to force 6.

These two teams have played two of the same teams.  We can use them as a slight comparison.

Both teams have played San Francisco and Jacksonville.

The Seahawks trounced the 49ers(in Seattle) 29-3, while the Colts went to Candlestick and dismantled the 49ers 27-7.  The Seahawks also bludgeoned the Jaguars(in Seattle) 45-17, whereas the Colts went into EverBank Field and took care of the Jaguars 37-3.  In the two weeks the Seahawks outscored the two 74-20, while the Colts outscored the two by 64-10.

Going into Lucas Oil Stadium with a unbeaten record, Seattle has to be on their game.  Indianapolis’ only loss came at home to the Miami Dolphins.

 If the Seahawks are wanting to leave with a win, they have to be fully prepared.

Russell Wilson will have to be himself, calm under pressure and precise. Facing the looks of Cory Redding, Aubrayo Franklin, and Fifi Moala, Wilson will have to make quick reads.

The Colts defense is allowing 200 yards passing a game.  Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Sidney Rice all need to create separation and get open.  Greg Toler, Vontae Davis, Antoine Bethea, and Sergio Brown all will be keeping close tabs on them.

Marshawn Lynch needs another big game.  Colts’ defense is allowing 100 yards rushing a game.  Lynch needs to get all of that himself to wear them down.  The offense cannot go three and out repeatedly and expect to win.

Richard Sherman and the rest of the Legion of Boom need to pressure Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Dwayne Allen.  The defense has to put a stop to the offensive power that the Colts possess.  Sherman, Chancellor, and Thomas all have two picks each, and need to nab atleast two more.  Maybe Brandon Browner will get two this week to catch up with the rest of the LOB.  The Seahawks have held opposing offenses to 300.2 yards a game, and this game needs to be less.  If Andrew Luck gets on a streak like Matt Schaub did last game it will put more pressure on the offense to put up more points.  The defense gets Bruce Irvin back this week, after serving a 4 game suspension for PED use.  Irvin may be a little rusty because of the loss in action.

Although the injury report is rather vague at this point, both teams have a few key players either questionable or probable for Sunday.  Injuries at certain positions can debilitate a team if they don’t have capable backup.

Breno Giacomini is questionable, and Russell Okung is out, that leaves Seattle with two backup tackles.  Max Under(center) is also listed as questionable at this point.  Without those three key players, Seattle is missing 3 offensive linemen for the second game in a row.

Colts’ Ahmed Bradshaw and LaRon Landry are both listed as questionable for this game as well.

While the focus is on these two sophomore quarterbacks and how exactly they will perform, there will be a game going on.  Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck cannot be on the field 100% of the plays.

DSCN8031This war between two teams should be brutal, both teams want to extend their winning records.  Neither team is going to just roll over and allow the other to steamroll to a win.  When the game clock rolls down to 0, the winning quarterback will be crowned like the rest of the game didn’t matter. The Seahawks went into Houston, and played a great team, now they have to go into Indianapolis and face a better team.  Indianapolis faced a good defense when they faced the 49ers, but they haven’t faced the caliber that the Seahawks possess.

Week 4 Endgame: The blueprint for victory – Texans vs. Seahawks

Seahawks go for 4-0

Game in and game out the Seattle Seahawks biggest obstacle will be themselves.  I don’t know what it is about this team, whether it’s over-confidence or Pete Carroll’s preaching about not being able to lose a game in the 1st quarter, but they always start slow.

No matter the cause, Sunday the habitual slow start will be compounded by a 10:00 AM Pacific start time.

Somehow, Seattle must find a way to weather the early storm while keeping Houston close going into the second half of the game.

To accomplish this, the Seahawks must find a way to slow down the Texans’ passing attack.  Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins are ranked 17th and 20th respectively in receiving yards.  The Houston wide-out duo is averaging nearly 10 first downs per game; however, that could all change Sunday when they face the league’s best secondary, the Legion of Boom.

Andre Johnson returned to practice on Thursday after missing time in last week’s game when a cornerback’s knee landed on his shin.  

Even if Andre is at 100 percent Richard Sherman is more than capable of matching up against the large, physical receiver.

The Seahawks must lock down Andre Johnson on Saturday.

The Seahawks must lock down Andre Johnson on Saturday.

To be honest. . . More

Seahawks photo blog: 49ers get humiliated

49ers at Seahawks photo blog

All I wanted for Christmas was a Seahawks victory, what I got was a 49ers butt whoopin’!

Zach Miller could be preparing for life after football. Seen here practicing his tight rope walking. Could he be a long lost cousin of the “Flying Wallendas?”

This was one of Colin Kaepernick’s better moments in Seattle. He looked dazed, sick and confused the entire game.

Chris Clemons chases down Colin Kaepernick from behind.

Marshawn Lynch was about to score a touchdown, Sidney Rice had the best seat in the house.

Steven Hauschka made sure he punished the 49ers when he had the chance.

Kam Chancellor forced a Frank Gore fumble, somehow the Seahawks didn’t come up with the ball.

Part I of Vernon Davis’ great catch against the Seahawks. These photos are very fuzzy but I think it is clear enough to show he made an outstanding play.

Part II of Vernon Davis’ great catch against the Seahawks.

Richard Sherman with a pass deflection against the 49ers

Patrick Willis intercepted a Russell Wilson pass that bounced off of Robert Turbin’s hands.

Bobby Wagner breaks up a pass intended for Michael Crabtree.

Russell Wilson breaks a Patrick Willis tackle.

It is no wonder Sidney Rice almost threw an interception on this play. His toes are pointed almost directly at me, not even close to his intended target.

Leon Washington was not the shortest person on the field Sunday.

Jermaine Kearse drags his right foot in bounds to make a big 3rd down reception late in the game.

Zach Miller snaps his head around to find the defender after making a reception.

Robert Turbin extends to make a great late game catch against the 49ers Sunday.

Richard Sherman steps in front of a 4th quarter pass for his 7th interception of the season.

Seahawks photo blog week 10

Seahawks beat Jets 28-7

Rex Ryan and Pete Carroll laughing about Tim Tebow’s throwing motion before the game Sunday. Photo by Brett Bivens

The “Thank you Veterans” signs are taped to the back of the seats before the 12th man fills the stadium. Photo by Brett Bivens

Thank you Veterans, with the fans preforming the stunt. Photo by Brett Bivens

I was pretty hard on Mike Morgan last week after several mistakes. On this fourth down play Mike stopped Shonn Green behind the line of scrimmage. Photo by Brett Bivens

Tim Tebow telling Rex Ryan, “I could have done that” as they watch Richard Sherman run past them after intercepting a Mark Sanchez pass. Photo by Brett Bivens

You don’t tackle Marshawn Lynch, you just brace for impact and hope he falls down. Photo by Brett Bivens

After Russell Wilson was done showing Mark Sanchez how to pass, he decided teach Tim Tebow how to run. Always leading by example. Photo by Brett Bivens

Earl Thomas laid a shoulder into Jeremy Kerley’s gut. Photo by Brett Bivens

Tim Tebow didn’t have a lot of room to run on Sunday, then again, neither did Shonn Green. Photo by Brett Bivens

Richard Sherman didn’t even strip the ball, Mark Sanchez just said, “If you want it take it, just stop hitting me and picking off my passes!” Photo by Brett Bivens

LaRon Landry lowered his head as he prepared for the impact with Marshawn Lynch. Lynch took the opportunity to practice his hurdling. Photo by Brett Bivens

Rex Ryan doen’t look very happy to watch his Jets lose in the rain. Notice that there are no players around him. Photo by Brett Bivens

2012 moments in time: Seattle Seahawks second quarter report card

Grades Are In

The Seattle Seahawks went 2-2 during the first quarter of the season.  As I expected, they split the games in the second quarter of the season as well.

After the first half of the season, the 4-4 Seahawks are tied for 7th place in the NFC and are 3rd place in the NFC West.

Here is how they got there:

At Carolina

Seattle won 16-12

Despite having seven penalties and three turnovers, the Seahawks pulled off their first win on the road of the 2012 season.

The defense dominated the air as well as the ground.  Carolina was only able to manage 190 yards of total offense.  The only touchdown the Panthers scored was an interception off a Russell Wilson poorly thrown ball.

Canada Day

Sidney Rice

Seattle played an impressive game against the New England Patriots in the second quarter of the season. Photo Credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Seattle beat the Patriots 24-23, at CenturyLink Field.

Russell Wilson had the best game of his young career at home versus one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.  It couldn’t have come at a better time, because Marshawn Lynch had his least productive game since last October.

Jon Ryan became the first punter to average 60 yards per punt, with a minimum of 4 attempts, since 1946.  Jon, a native to Canada, picked the perfect day to accomplish the feat.

Defensively, the Seahawks did what they needed to do to win.  Bobby Wagner had the best game of his career and both Earl Thomas and Richard Shermanintercepted Tom Brady passes.  Of course, they came after Earl had already dropped two interceptions earlier in the game.

The game will most notably be remembered for the photo that Richard Sherman tweeted after the game.  In case you didn’t see it, the photo was of him and Tom Brady, after the game, with the caption “U Mad Bro?”.

Richard took the photo down after persuasion from Seahawks media relations.

At San Francisco

Seattle lost 6-13.

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Seahawks MMQB: Decepticons win this battle 28-24 over Autobots

“Autobots, roll out”

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That was the message that Peter Cullen (the voice of Optimus Prime from the “Transformers” movies) left onRichard Sherman‘s voice mail, according to the Fox game broadcast of the Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions.  Peter learned that Richard changed his name on twitter to “Optimus Prime” in response to Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson’s nickname “Megatron”.

Of course the media jumped all over Sherman’s name change, and it made for great bulletin board material for in Lions’ locker-room. I had to jump on it because I grew up watching the cartoon.  Between “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers” I was a very happy kid on Saturday mornings.

For the fun of it I decided to match a few players to characters from the movie:

Autobots – Seahawks

Decepticons – Lions

Optimus Prime – Richard Sherman Megatron – Calvin Johnson
Jazz – Earl Thomas Starscream – Titus Young
Ironhide – Brandon Browner Frenzy – Matthew Stafford
Bumblebee – Kam Chancellor Bonecrusher – Brandon Pettigrew

Optimus Prime and the Autobots were able to contain Megatron as expected.  Unfortunately, Frenzy was able to find Starscream and Bonecrusher whom were open all day, and the Decepticons stole the show.

Okay, I got the little boy out of me, now I am ready to get down to the nitty gritty.

Every loss is tough to handle, yet I actually feel pretty good about this one.  The offense really stepped up and played well Sunday morning, in Detroit.  Russell Wilson and company did more then enough to win the away game, if the defense had shown up to play.

Earl Thomas vs. Lions Seahawks MMQB: Decepticons win this battle 28 24 over Autobots

Jazz and the Autobots are nothing like the 2000 Ravens quite yet.

It is difficult, yet in defeat we cannot lose sight of how big of a step forward the offense took.

I am left with a feeling of hope.  Despite all the talk about how good theSeahawks defense is, they are not elite, they have not arrived.

They are nothing like the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, which is a prime example of what an elite defense looks like.  What they are, is a very good, very young, up and coming defense who’s window is a season or two away from opening.

They are loaded with talent but lacking in experience.

Watching the offense Sunday, particularly Russell Wilson, I am left with a feeling of optimism that by the time the defense is ready to become elite, the offense will be good enough to make the Seahawks serious Super Bowl contenders.

Time of Possession

The Seattle Seahawks are built to control the time of possession. On Sunday they couldn’t even keep it close.  During the first half, the Lions held the ball for five more minutes then the Seahawks.

Tanzania smack! Richard Sherman’s “You mad bro?” was epic!

Seahawks Sherman vs. Pats Brady

The post game focus in the media has been the confrontation between Richard Sherman and Tom Brady.  Clearly there was a lot more to the Seahawks‘ victory over the Patriots, but I love the way Sherman handled himself.

Backs it up with his play

Richard Sherman is not the first Seahawks player who ever talked smack, not by a long shot. The most infamous of the Seattle smack talkers has got to be former University of Washington tight end Jerramy Stevens.

In 2006, during Super Bowl Media Week, Jerramy Stevens said, “The Story of Jerome Bettis returning to his hometown is heartwarming, but it’s going to be a sad day when he doesn’t walk away with that trophy.”

At the time I saw nothing wrong with that statement. The trouble was, Stevens dropped 3 passes in that Super Bowl and didn’t back up his words with his play on the field.

The trouble was, Stevens dropped 3 passes in that Super Bowl and didn’t back up his words with his play on the field.

In contrast, Sherman does back up his words with his play on the field.  He deflected a would-be first down pass on third down pass to Brandon Lloyd, deflected a would-be touchdown intended for Wes Welker, and intercepted a pass intended for former Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch.


I firmly believe in the saying, “Walk softly and carry a big stick.”  That doesn’t mean I have a problem with players who talk a lot of trash, as long as they back it up on the field.  What annoys me is when you have a player who runs his mouth, then avoids physical altercation in the game.

Early in the game Richard Sherman and Deion Branch were jawing at each-other when Branch gave Sherman a little push.  Sherman snapped around, grabbed Branch and said something.

My guess would be that he warned Deion that touching him would not be a good idea. More. . . 

Five Seahawks who impressed against the Patriots on Sunday

Seattle made the plays that mattered

Seattle Seahawks 24, New England Patriots 23
When: 1:05 PM PST, Sunday, November 14, 2012
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

After the Seahawks imploded in the second quarter, and stumbled their way through the 3rd quarter, they found themselves down by 13 points with less than 10 minutes to play.

From that moment on, both sides of the ball made every play they had to.

Sure, Tom Brady and the Patriots racked up 475-yards in total offense.  But, when it mattered the most, theSeattle Seahawks defense held the Patriots two yards short.

Russell Wilson #3

I have to throw out his line for everyone.  Partially because it seems like people like to talk about his stats, and partly because I love numbers.

16/27 for 293-yards, 3 touchdown and no interceptions.  Plus, 5 rushes for 17-yards.  It all adds up to a 133.7 Rating and a QBR of 91.4. If you felt like you have read that before, I stole it from my MMQB piece last night.

In case you didn’t read that piece, let me point out that the last time a Seattle Seahawks quarterback had that much of an impact (QBR) in a game was week three of the 2008 season.

Sidney Rice vs. Patriots Five Seahawks who impressed against the Patriots on Sunday

Sidney Rice made several nice plays throughout the game. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

We were able to see Russell Wilson air the ball out quite a bit on Sunday.  I have to be honest, I am extremely impressed with the way he throws a deep ball.  The last time I saw someone throw a ball like that, for the Seahawks, was before Matt Hasselbeck.

From here on out, defenses will have to game plan against big passing plays.  That should limit the amount of defenders opposing teams are willing to stack in the box.

Which should really help the running game, not that it isn’t pretty good already.

Sidney Rice #18

Sidney Rice made several nice plays throughout the game.  He also messed a few up, we will skip over those for the purpose of this piece.  After it was all said and done, two plays put Rice on my list. More. . . 

Seahawks photo blog: Patriots at Seahawks

What a crazy game we witnessed Sunday Afternoon.  Seahawks win 24-23 after a 13 point 4th quarter deficit.  Below are a few of the photos I took at the game.

Richard Sherman came to play Sunday. He doesn’t care if you are Tom Brady or Brady Quinn, if you test him, he will make you pay.

Big Walter Jones raised the 12th man flag on Sunday, getting the game started off in the right direction.

Sidney Rice catches a 29-yard first quarter pass from Russell Wilson. This play set up his game winning 46-yard touchdown reception. Great play calling by Darrell Bevell in this instance.

These guys were busy Sunday as Russell Wilson threw 3 touchdowns. (Doug Baldwin, Braylon Edwards and Sidney Rice)

Tom Brady leaves the field with his head hanging.

96 is finally where it belongs. Cortez “Tez” Kennedy finally got his number retired on Sunday.

Richard Sherman intercepts a Tom Brady Pass. In Richard’s words “You mad Bro?”

Tom Brady came up just short on this pass, just like the Patriots did in the game.

Tom Brady hits Rob Gronkowski on this pass. One of 13 completions the Seahawks defense gave up to Patriot tight ends.

Jason Jones hits Tom Brady a little bit too high and gets called for roughing the passer.

Third times a charm! Earl Thomas was pretty happy he was finally able to hold onto and interception in the end zone, one his third attempt.

This photo was taken shortly before Zach Miller fumbled the ball. It was a great play by Jerod Mayo.

Tom Brady is a field general, here he is telling everyone to check out the photos of him on Northwest Pro Sports.

Tom Brady scrambles to buy time, then hits a wide open Danny Woodhead.

Bill Belichick sporting his hoodie, of course he had to cover it up with a jacket to keep him dry in the Seattle rain.

Golden Tate catching one of his three receptions in the game.

Braylon Edwards didn’t let this pass slip out of his hands as he picks up his first touchdown as a member of the Seahawks.

Former 49er Brandon Lloyd stretches out to catch a Tom Brady pass. The throw took him out of bounds, the landing took him out of the game.

Jason Jones jumps on Tom Brady during the Patriots final drive.

Nothing sweeter than being in the victory formation to end a hard fought game.

Seahawks MMQB: QB battle, & monumental memories as Hawks win 24-23

One is “too short”, one came up short

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Just as the Grinch’s heart grew “three sizes that day!”, Russell Wilson must have grown three inches in his play.

16/27 for 293-yards, 3 touchdown and no interceptions.  Plus, 5 rushes for 17-yards.  It all adds up to a 133.7 Rating and a QBR of 91.4.

You may already know, but in case you don’t, QBR is a rating system that is scored from 0-100, based on how the quarterback’s play increased his teams chances of winning.  

The last time a Seattle Seahawks quarterback had that much of an impact in a game was week three of the 2008 season.

I cannot remember the last time I watched a game and thought: “Wow, that Seahawks quarterback just won the game for us.”  On Sunday, Russell Wilson did just that.

On His Back!

He put the offense on his back in a game where star running back Marshawn Lynch ran for just 41 yards. Down by 13 points in the fourth quarter, Russell lead the Seahawks to 2 touchdown drives.

One was a touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards, and the other was a pass to Sidney Rice.

Wilson’s other touchdown was a great pass, followed by a great catch by Doug Baldwin, who had 2 receptions for 74 yards on that scoring drive.

Doug Baldwin vs. Patriots TD Seahawks MMQB: QB battle, & monumental memories as Hawks win 24 23

Welcome back Doug! Baldwin, had 2 receptions for 74 yards and a HUGE TD!

The New England Patriots got the ball back with 1:14 to go in the 4th quarter.  They had already squandered all of their time outs.  Tom Brady threw a pass out of bounds, got sacked by Jason Jones,  and skipped a pass to Aaron Hernandez which brought up a 4th down withe 17-yards to go from their own 13 yard line.

After a quick pass to Wes Welker, Bobby Wagnerdrilled Welker at the 29 yard-line, 2 yards short of the first down.

Bring on the Victory Formation!

Of course, the Patriots had several chances to put the Seahawks away long before that final drive.

At the end of the first half, Russell Wilson fumbled the ball near mid-field and the Patriots recovered it.  With 1 second left in the half, Tom Brady threw the ball out of the back of the end zone. More. . . 

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