Monday, December 22, 2014

The Morning After: Offense Stars In Razing Arizona, Throttles Cardinals 35-6

Logo by Kevin Gamache, Hammerhead 

There will be those that will start their description of this game by pointing out the state of the Cardinals quarterback situation. Almost any result would have justified that caveat. Not this one. The Seahawks stopped Lindley as everyone expected, but it was the dominance of their offense against arguably the best NFL defense outside of Seattle that defined this game. A Seahawks team that was starting Alvin Bailey at left tackle, Patrick Lewis at center, and Robert Turbin at tailback put up more yards (596) than any offense in team history and more than any visitor ever has against one of the NFL's oldest franchises. If all glory truly goes to God, last night was bountiful.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Sitting on this flight to Phoenix brings back memories of my first Seahawks road trip. In all my years as a Seahawks fan, I had never traveled with the team until two years ago. It was the first game of the 2012 season and Russell Wilson's first start in the NFL. He threw his first touchdown pass. He nearly led his first game-winning drive. That Seahawks team was on the cusp. This one has earned the title champion, in large part due to those early trials.

Friday, December 19, 2014

PODCAST: Talking to Softy About the Big Game in Glendale

Softy tells me he is worried about this game. I tell him why he should be. And then we talk about why the Seahawks should win anyway.

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Russell Okung Ruled Out Against AZ

Russell Okung has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Arizona, according to the team's official injury report.  Okung hasn't practiced all week as a result of a bruised lung suffered in the Week 14 game versus San Francisco. Alvin Bailey will at Russell Wilson's blind side in place of Okung.

Toxic Differential Revisited: It's Good to Be the King

When I first examined the Seahawks’ toxic differential after four games they ranked seventh in the league with a +7 differential, which put them on pace for a +28 for the season.  A top ten berth is hardly a reason to panic, but that differential was low enough to make me think that a repeat of the 2013 team’s NFL-best +59 finish from a year ago was an unattainable pipe dream for this year’s squad.  Ten games later, here’s how they currently rank against the rest of the NFL:

Cliff Avril Signs 4-year Extension

Just one day after signing K.J. Wright to a 4-year extension, the Seahawks have followed up by inking DE Cliff Avril to a multi-year deal. The extension is worth $28.5M over the next four years, with $16M guaranteed.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

PODCAST: Previewing The Cardinals Game

The weekly podcast is back as I take a look at the Cardinals matchup, the critical injury situations on both sides and K.J. Wright's extension.

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Seahawks Sign K.J. Wright to 4-year Extension

The Seahawks have announced today that they've signed LB K.J. Wright to a 4-year, $27M extension through 2018, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

Arizona Pregame Meetup: Saddle Ranch Chop House

My buddy and I are making our way to Phoenix on Saturday and will be at the game Sunday night. The last time I went to a game in Arizona, we had a blast at a place called the Saddle Ranch Chop House for pregame, so I plan on going back. It is walking distance from the stadium, has a mechanical bull and beer towers. What more could you ask for?

If you are traveling to the game, join us and spread the word!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pete Carroll press conference 9/17

Russell Okung is "still in the mix" and "Not out of the game plan yet".  It seems like he will be listed as doubtful this week.

Max Unger did not practice today, but is "taking it one day at a time". It looks like he's questionable for the Cardinals' game.

Cooper Helfet is expected to play against the Cardinals.

Tony Moeaki is also "taking it one day at a time".

Carroll voiced a rare criticism, saying of Alvin Bailey (Okung's replacement) "He made it through it . . . He's played better earlier in the year."

You can listen to the full press conference here.
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