The fact that the St. Louis Rams are selling tickets to this Monday night’s game for as little as $10 is a good indicator of the games intensity level. With Bradford injured, the non-existence of a running game makes the Rams’ struggle to win football games even harder, especially against teams as tough to beat as the Hawks.
The Hawks will have absolutely no problems stopping the Rams on the ground. Even with the late emergence of RB Zac Stacy, the Rams have still not scored a single rushing touchdown all year. Accompanied with the loss of QB Sam Bradford, the Rams are going to have a rough time passing against the league’s best secondary with backup QB Kellen Clemens.
Despite their offensive woes the Rams have an above average defensive line. Rams Defensive End Robert Quinn already has 7 sacks on the year and the key to offensive success for the Hawks will be containing his pass rush. Although, I don’t look for their defensive line to affect Lynch’s running game in any way, I expect the Rams to give QB Russell Wilson significant pressure in the pocket.
Unfortunately, starting tackle Breno Giacomini is out for tomorrow night’s game, but I don’t see that as much reason for concern. WR Percy Harvin practiced this week, but he will not play either. The hawks are probably just being cautious with Harvin, because his presence isn’t necessary in this week’s game against the Rams.
Following their 34-22 victory against the Cardinals in Arizona last Thursday, the Hawks move to 6-1 for the season. The game was highlighted by a consistent offensive attack, as the Hawks managed to rack up 135 yards on the ground and 235 yards through the air. On Defense the Hawks absolutely dominated, they recorded a total of seven sacks and two interceptions.
The Hawks performance was a result of a solid team effort in which they played significantly well in every facet of the game, especially offensively. QB Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns without throwing a single interception and RB Marshawn Lynch led the team with 91 rushing yard and a touchdown. It was great to have Arizona native Zach Miller back in the starting lineup for the Hawks. Miller caught a total of five passes and scored a touchdown in his first game back from injury. It was also nice to see WR Sidney Rice having decent success as he got open for 31 yard TD pass early in the game.
Despite the void at MLB, Hawks LB Malcom Smith was able to fill the shoes of Bobby Wagner. Leading the team in tackles last game, Smith had 9 tackles, a pass defended, a sack, and two tackles for a loss against the Cardinals. Smith’s emergence adds even more depth to the already fierce Hawks defense.
As usual the secondary played with intensity. Both Earl Thomas and Brandon Browner had picks, and although he tripped near the goal line, Browner was close to finding the end zone on his INT return. The other two Legion of Boom members played incredibly well too. SS Kam Chancellor had several big plays, his most remarkable being the play in which he knocked Cards RT Eric Winston onto his back and tackled the RB in the backfield for a loss. Although he didn’t have any picks, Sherman was a large part of containing the athleticism of the Cardinals wide receiving corps.
Next week the Hawks will attempt to duplicate their well rounded success as they play a struggling Rams team on the road. Even though the Rams are not an interesting opponent with the loss of Bradford, It should be fun to watch the Hawks on primetime TV.
Following their less than perfect performance last Sunday, the Hawks look to defeat the Cardinals this Thursday in Arizona. With a record of 3-3, the Arizona Cardinals currently reside at the bottom of the NFC West tied with the St. Louis Rams. This week’s division rival matchup should still be a good game despite the fact that Arizona is in last place.
Even with the emergence of young secondary stars CB Patrick Peterson and CB Tyrann Mathieu, the Cards rank 19th in passing yards allowed. Surprisingly their defense ranks 5th in rushing yards allowed. Despite the Cardinals defensive strengths, the Seahawks are likely to find a way to run the football. Starting DE Calais Campbell is out for this week’s game against the Hawks, and LB Karlos Dansby is questionable. The Cards’ key injuries are going to have an impact on how efficient the Hawks are in running their offense. Thankfully, the return of recently injured TE Zach Miller will give additional help to the passing game.
Unfortunately, Hawks’ MLB Bobby Wagner will be out for the second straight week with an ankle injury. The loss of Wagner, accompanied with the probable loss of DE Chris Clemons, could have an effect on how successful the Hawks are on Defense. On the ground the Cards aren’t much of a threat, but if WR Larry Fitzgerald is healthy enough to play Sunday, it could make for an exciting matchup between him and Sherman. The Seahawks are always more than capable of playing good defense, they just need to prove their offensive strength in this week’s game.
The showdown in the desert should turn out to be a good one regardless of injury. The Hawks have the defensive strength to defeat the Cards but they still have yet to prove they can have success pass blocking for QB Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson and the Hawks will likely pull out another victory but they will face a significant challenge in beating both the Cards and Rams in consecutive weeks on the road.
Regardless of their sloppy performance, the Hawks managed to defeat the Titans by a score of 20-13 last Sunday at home. The Hawks passing defense looked weak in the Titans second offensive drive, but then they managed to lock down on the Titans’ passing game. Throughout the course of the entire game, the Hawks managed to allow only 157 passing yards. They had significant success stopping the run and running the football, as they allowed only 66 total rushing yards, and rushed for 151 yards. RB Marshawn Lynch and CB Richard Sherman were the standout performers in last week’s game, Lynch had both of the teams TD’s and Sherman had a key interception that helped the Hawks seal their fate.
Although they were able to continue their offensive success that they had in previous weeks, they also continued to have botched plays and third down conversion failures despite winning the game. The Hawks have struggled and still struggle to convert on third down, only converting on 5 of their 13 attempts. The Hawks also had problems place holding following the injury to Seahawks K Steven Hauschka. Punter and back up place kicker Jon Ryan normally holds for Hauschka, but with Hauscka’s injury, Ryan was forced to attempt a field goal late in the second quarter. With Ryan kicking the field goal, Chris Maragos came in to hold. Not used to place holding, Maragos fumbled with the football and attempted to pass it. The field goal block team smothered him and caused him to fumble, they then returned the ball for a TD right before the first half ended.
Despite their unfortunate fumbled field goal, the Seahawks pulled out another victory and move to 5-1 on the year. Russell Wilson remains undefeated at home and the Hawks continue their 11 game home win streak. The Hawks have a short week as they travel to the desert to face the Cards on Thursday Night.
After a tough two game road trip, the Hawks are coming home to play at Centurylink this weekend. The Seahawks will face the 3-2 Tennessee Titans as they attempt to recover from their first loss of the season. Finally playing in their own friendly confines, home field will give the Hawks the significant advantage they need in rebounding from last week.
Although last week was filled with plenty of great play from the Hawks, the Hawks have to limit big mistakes going forward. The Titans are a decent opponent, but they will be playing without their starting quarter back on Sunday. Former Husky Jake Locker will not be making the start in Seattle against the Hawks. Locker recently injured his hip and will likely be out for a couple more weeks. The Titans O-line is struggling and regardless of their QB vacancy they are going to have problems against the Hawks.
The Hawks defensive line is going to apply a good amount of pressure on Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Along with the D-line, I look for the entire Seahawks defense to play a solid game with minimal mistakes. Their uncharacteristic performance last week was a fluke and they will find a way to get back on track this week.
Converting offensive drives into touchdowns has become a continuous problem for the Hawks. The Hawks have to reach the end zone this week against the Titans. Their ability to find the end zone lies in the hands of RB Marshawn Lynch. Running the ball with Lynch has proven to be their offensive back bone. Look for the Hawks to continue their rushing success and go over 200 rushing yards in back to back games.
Unable to return home undefeated, the Hawks will prove their dominance at home against the Titans. Faced with offensive problems, the Titans will have problems putting up points against the Hawks. The Hawks lockdown defense and rushing abilities will lead them to a desirable 5-1 record on the year.
Although the Hawks played well all four quarters of their game against the Colts this Sunday, they were unable to leave Lucas Oil Stadium with a victory. It was a hard fought battle, both teams played exceptionally well. Unfortunately the Hawks lost as a result of two broken plays, a missed opportunity, and their failure to convert drives into touchdowns instead of field goals.
The Hawks came out firing, scoring 12 unanswered points to begin the game. Following their 12-0 run, Colts QB Andrew Luck connected with WR T.Y. Hilton for a 73 yard passing touchdown on a blown zone coverage scheme. On the play, the Hawks secondary broke down and let Hilton run free behind Hawks Safety Earl Thomas. After the Colts first touchdown, the Seahawks got the ball back and drove the ball to the Colts 30 yard line. Hawks K Steven Hauschka then attempted a 48 yard field goal; the kick was blocked and returned for a 61 yard Colts TD. These two crucial plays altered the score significantly and resulted in a huge moment shift.
Unfortunately the Hawks only found the end zone twice on Sunday. With 4 field goals, Hauschka was able to keep them in it, but ultimately their inability to score TDs played a huge role in handing them their first loss.The Hawks Offensive line also struggled. The Hawks couldn’t stop the Colts’ pass rush, but QB Russell Wilson was able to hold his own. Wilson scrambled out of the pocket on several occasions Sunday, rushing for 102 yards on 13 carries. Without Wilson’s ability to extend plays with his feet, I doubt the Seahawks would have even remained in contention. Despite their challenges pass blocking however, the O-line was extremely successful in creating running lanes for Hawks’ RB Marshawn Lynch. Lynch ran for 102 yards as well, on 17 carries, averaging 6 yards a carry. Gaining yards on the ground was no problem for the Hawks; they had a team total of 218 against the Colts.
Despite their loss, WR Jermaine Kearse stood out as the Hawks home run hitter. Kearse had two huge plays on Sunday that accounted for 8 of the Hawks 28 points. Kearse blocked a punt that led to a Colts’ safety and made the most of his single target by scoring a TD on a 28 yard pass. Kearse’s performance could not however lead the Hawks to victory.
Their failure to capitalize and two sloppy plays sadly define last week’s game for the Hawks. The Hawks played well, but couldn’t do enough to overcome debatably poor officiating and a good Colts team. Somehow, the outcome of the game just doesn’t seem to justify how they game was played.
This week, the Hawks look to improve their first half play against the Colts and remain unbeaten. Despite their past two wins and a good running game, the Colts will most likely face problems scoring against the Seahawks. The Seahawks defense is strong and although they have struggled on the road, they still remain victorious. Although the Colts are a solid opponent, I expect the Hawks to play better than last week and continue their winning ways.
Equipped with an above average running game and a good defense, the Colts are a good team, but they are outmatched in this week’s game. The Hawks haven’t been dominant on the road this year, but I don’t see that as a concern. At some point, the Seahawks are going to figure out how to start well in games away from home, I think the Hawks will do so this Sunday in Indianapolis. The Colts main strength is their ability to run the football. If the Hawks can stop Colts RB Trent Richardson, play well start to finish, and stop the pass rush, I expect them to beat the Colts with limited problems.
Still dealing with the repercussions of three injured O-lineman, the Hawks will have to contain the pass rush if they are to win this week in Indy. Last Sunday, the Hawks allowed five sacks and Russell Wilson was forced out of the pocket several times. Thankfully, Wilson’s outside the pocket throwing abilities are excellent. However, if the Hawks’ O-line can’t give Wilson a clean pocket this week, the Hawks will struggle. Besides giving Russell more time in the pocket, the O-line has to continue to open up running lanes. If the Hawks can play balanced, look for them to get a much faster start than last week.
The Hawks are one of only five unbeaten teams in the NFL, if they can win in Indy they will move to 5-0. In order to win, the Seahawks have to get a fast start, stop Richardson, and contain the pass rush. The Colts are good, but the Seahawks are more than capable of beating them. This week is the week in which the Seahawks rebound from their terrible first half and prove that they can compete for all four quarters on the road.