If you’re like me, you never gave up hope the Seahawks could come back against the Packers two weeks ago, but at one point your belief they would somehow pull out the victory started to look colossally unrealistic. The offenses’ ability to go from zero to one hundred during the span of the game’s last few minutes and overtime was stunning. Coupled with an onside recovery and some stiff run defense the improbable comeback became reality. Continue reading Seahawks’ Super Bowl Prediction→
Fresh off a taxing win against the Panthers the Seahawks now take on a familiar foe in the Green Bay Packers. The diversity of the running game with Carolina between their option game, Newton’s ability to run, and their three headed attack at running back proved to be challenging for the Hawks last week, but the pass defense stiffened producing two picks – including Chancellor’s pick six game sealer in the fourth quarter. Continue reading Seahawks’ Game Day Prediction→
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Today is Turkey Day which means generous servings of gravy, stuffing and the NFL. In the final of today’s 3 nationally televised games, the Seattle Seahawks will take on their much despised NFC West rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. This game is of utmost importance to both teams as each finds themselves tied for second place in the division behind the 9-2 Cardinals. With the Seahawks defense returning to Super Bowl form last week, the defending champs are back to playing with the same fire that propelled them to the best record in the league last season. While the Hawks are coming off their best win of the season, the 49ers have struggled in their past two games, barely squeaking by the lower rungs of the NFL. It will prove to be a Happy Thanksgiving- if you’re a Seahawks fan anyway- as they will win this one going away. Final Game Prediction: Seahawks 31 49ers 10
So let’s face it, though the Seahawks have been winning as of late they have been doing it in less than impressive fashion. Thankfully for the 12th man that all changes today as the lowly New York Giants visit Century Link Field later this afternoon.
The Giants- coming off of three games were they were barely even competitive, losing by an average margin of nearly 18 points- should provide easy pickings for the Seahawks.
Back home after a season altering win at Carolina, the Hawks face the only remaining winless team in the NFL in the Oakland Raiders. Most expect a walk over as the Raiders have struggled to even be competitive in most games this year, but they present some challenges to a Seahawks team still searching for an identity and consistent play in 2014.
Oakland boasts a defense that has some playmakers, especially 1st round draft pick Kalil Mack who looks to be the best defensive player coming into the league this year. Oakland has done surprisingly well containing the run game of opponents recently, and tends to get exposed when stretched vertically or spread out exposing their lack of depth in the secondary. Oakland has also struggled mightily, creating few turnovers and giving the ball up, consistently placing their defense in difficult situations week after week.
On offense Oakland had done a tremendous job protecting their rookie quarterback in Derek Carr who has looked extremely competent during his rookie season. Carr has kept his interception numbers in check, but has struggled with fumbles as have the Oakland running backs who have found yards hard to come by with the weakest running attack in the NFL this year. Their inability to run the ball is also compounded by the fact they are constantly playing from behind and are usually trying to throw themselves back into ballgames.
The Raiders have not given up on their season yet with a new interim coach and a proud group of veterans to accompany good young talent on both sides of the line. The Seahawks getting off to a fast start will be a key to owning this game early and not letting the light shine on Oakland and provide hope of the upset. Expect the offense to run more consistently through Marshawn in this game with him getting 20+ carries and finally cracking the 100 yard mark. Russell should have a strong game manager type of game completing 75% of his passes for 200 yards and adding 30-40 on the ground. This Oakland team showed Seattle they aren’t afraid of their defense in the last preseason game this year getting off to a 21 nothing lead early and cruising to a 41-31 victory in Oakland, but this isn’t the preseason, and the overconfidence has been sucked out of this group of Seahawks. I expect they take this game seriously and start to create the turnovers that have been so few and far between this season. Injuries are taking their toll on every team at this point in the season, and the Seahawks are no different, but reclaiming their identity on the ground starts this week in a resounding way.
Fresh off the bye week and still feeling good emerging with an overtime win against Denver, our Seahawks now prepare for another primetime game on Monday night against the seemingly lowly Washington football team.
Washington features a strong running game behind Alfred Morris, and an inexperienced quarterback in Kirk Cousins who has had extreme highs and lows in the three games he has played this year. Washington is coming off a blowout loss to their division rivals in New York with Cousins throwing 4 interceptions and losing a fumble. They are dealing with key injuries along their offensive line, and in their defensive backfield making this seem like quite a mismatch on paper. As a Seahawk fan I still do see cause for concern. The primary reason is the Seahawks propensity to start slowly and struggle on the road. They lost both of their preseason contests on the road, and lost their only road game to the Chargers in week 2, meaning their last road win occurred in 2013. Offensively Washington has the ability to run the ball consistently if the game remains close, and has quality receivers in Garcon and Jackson on the outside. They also expect to get back possibly both of their extremely athletic tight ends in Reed and Paul adding to their skill position weapons.
On defense Washington does a good job stopping opposing running games and can bring 3 quality rushers to get after the quarterback in Kerrigan, Orakpo, and Hatcher. They struggle mightily in coverage however with inexperience at cornerback, safety, and linebacker. This has led to them getting beat for big plays down the field and struggling to cover opposing tight ends in the passing game.
The time off will serve the rested and relatively healthy Seahawks well as they face a challenging road opponent. This team gets up for primetime though, and I expect the offense to score early and often. Building a two score lead in the first half makes Washington one dimensional and forces Cousins to take chances in the 2nd half down the field. I expect the LOB to emerge with two picks and the line to sack Cousins at least 3 times. On offense Russell and the wide receivers have big days passing for over 300 yards and accounting for three scores. Marshawn is partially held in check on the ground, but has another strong game through the air reaching 100 total yards and still crossing the goal line one time.
Final game prediction: Seahawks 34 Washington Football Team 17
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