Sunday, September 21, 2014

Broncos Spent $128M to Beat the Seahawks, It Might Not Be Enough

Desperation is a common response when confronted with the reality that there is a wide gulf between self-image and reality. The Broncos lost 43-8 in the Super Bowl after being a slight favorite heading into the game. Peyton Manning and the offense dominated the conversation before the game. His legacy was about to be set. Super Bowl loser was not the legacy he, or others, were expecting.

John Elway knows a thing or two about losing Super Bowls. He lost his first two by a combined score of 81-30. That feeling had to rush back to him as he watched the Seahawks dismantle the team he so proudly assembled. What do you do when your championship window hinges on an aging quarterback? You look for quick fixes, and that is exactly what Elway did this offseason.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Game I Want To See

I spend most of my time here breaking down numbers, film, and history to help get some small insight into what might be coming. This game is almost impossible to predict. Denver enters at nearly full strength and with all the motivation in the world. Seattle is close to unbeatable at home and has every reason to bring their most focused effort of the year. So let's forget facts and predictions. Let's talk about the game I want to see unfold tomorrow, and the anguish it would bring to the Broncos and their fans.

Seahawks Set To Play Warmest Home Game Ever

The forecast tomorrow is calling for more than a great game. One week from playing one of their hottest road games in San Diego that saw many players leave the field due to dehydration, the Seahawks appear fairly certain to play the warmest home game on record. History shows the Seahawks play darn well when the Sun shines in CenturyLink Field.
The Weather Channel is predicting temperatures above 80 degrees for Sunday

10 Players Who Will Decide The Seahawks vs. Broncos Game

Seattle and Denver bring two of the most talented rosters in the NFL into CenturyLink Field on Sunday. The team that exits with a win will be the consensus best team in football.

The Broncos have redemption on the mind; Seattle is looking for reiteration.

A handful of players will play a larger role in determining the outcome. The story of this rematch will likely be written by these men.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

PODCAST: On with Softy Talking Chargers and Broncos


Softy and I missed last week and the Seahawks lost. That won't happen again. We discussed what we saw in San Diego, and what we are expecting this week against the Broncos.

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PODCAST: Hawk Blogger Week 3 Podcast

The Seahawks hope to rebound from a frustrating loss in sweaty San Diego against a Super Bowl opponent bent on revenge. Lots to discuss, and I cover it all here.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Seahawks Tickets Down 22% This Week For Super Bowl Rematch Vs Broncos

In what was a difficult Week 2 for Seattle as they fell to Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium, the Seahawks return home this week to host a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch against the Denver Broncos. Despite the history behind Sunday’s matchup, it will be the third cheapest home game on the Seahawks schedule this season on the secondary market. The average secondary market price for Seahawks vs Broncos tickets is $360.23, down 7% from the season average of $387.10 for Seattle Seahawks tickets at CenturyLink Field in 2014. They're also down 22% this week and the get-in price has dipped to $160. The only other home games that has a less expensive average secondary price are games against the Arizona Cardinals on November 23 ($328.03) and the team’s final regular season home game against the St. Louis Rams on December 28 ($335.53).

Seahawks vs. Broncos: Battle of NFL-Worst Third-Down Defenses

Super Bowl teams usually sweat the details. Winning championships is less about flashy highlights, and more about attention to those details in critical situations like third down. How each team performs in those moments this Sunday will go a long way toward deciding the outcome. Neither team can be happy about how their defenses are performing on third downs so far.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seahawks Special Teams Not Yet Special

Ask a fan their favorite thing about the Seahawks and you are likely to hear them mention Marshawn Lynch breaking tackles, Percy Harvin zipping by defenders, or Kam Chancellor blowing up would-be receivers. Seattle sported one of the best defenses in history last year, and have an up-and-coming offense. Both sides are chock-full of star talent. Hidden in their shadows is a crucial pillar of the Seahawks championship formula. Seattle had one of the most efficient special teams units in the NFL last year.

They nearly set records in punt coverage, were almost perfect in the kicking game, and were sometimes electric in punt or kick returns. It has not been a stellar start for Seahawks special teams in 2014, and that needs to change this Sunday.

Seahawks vs. Broncos: Breaking Down the Seahawks Game Plan

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will enter CenturyLink Field with a perfect 2-0 record and with revenge on their minds.

They have spent significant dollars in free agency to upgrade a defense that surrendered 27 of the Seattle Seahawks' 43 points in the Super Bowl. Injured players such as Ryan Clady and Von Miller have returned to the fold.

The superficial assumption would be that Denver is a much better team than the one Seattle walloped in February. Dig a little deeper, and there are legitimate questions about whether the improvements the Broncos targeted in the offseason have actually translated onto the field.

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Some of my work will now be featured on Bleacher Report in addition to what is written here at HawkBlogger.com. You will be able to find all of my writing here, but articles with this Bleacher Report logo will open a new window with the full article hosted on their site. Thanks for reading, and Go Hawks! - Brian Nemhauser