This is a bellwether game for the Hawks on many fronts.

1) Can the passing game find the rhythm it’s lacked since Branch went out in Pittsburgh?
2) Will the offensive line assert itself in the running game? (remember when people were complaining that we were only running well in the second half? who would have thought those would have been our best games running the ball?)
3) Will DJ Hackett have an impact in his return?
4) Can we win a game with our offense this year?

1) Are we really a top tier defense, or just inconsistent posers?
2) Can we get a consistent pass rush? From our DEs?
3) Will our injuries at DT show up when we play a power running back?
4) Are tall receivers who makes plays on balls in the air going to haunt us all year?

PREDICTION: After a week of feeling like we’re going to lose, I woke up seeing 27-24 Seahawks. Time will tell if that is just gameday enthusiasm.

I may be on DVR delay due to a year end soccer party for my oldest. I won’t bore you with all the details of how my defensive game plan led to a shutout of the best 6-year-old soccer team in our league.

45 Responses

  1. hawkblogger

    I see absolutely zero difference in the running game. This is one of the worst run defenses in the league, and we still look like one of the worst run offenses.

  2. hawkblogger

    the offense is winning this game by keeping the browns very few chances to get a rhythm. the defense …. holy shit! what a freakin’ return!!!

    I’m thinking “what the hell is he doing catching it at the 5?” and then he does that. Two words for everyone: Man Crush.

  3. hawkblogger

    yikes. that replay of the last running play really looks bad for Big Walt. I’ve been thinking he was slipping, but he didn’t even look like he was trying on that last play.

  4. hawkblogger

    holding the browns to 9 yards rushing in the first half has been big.

    browns 0-4 on 3rd down
    seahawks 4-7 on 3rd down

    1 of the 2 hawks turnovers was essentially a turnover on downs as morris wasn’t going to get the 1st even if he held on.

    running game is just as bad as it has been (2.4 YPC)

    Matt looks solid (8.2 YPA)

  5. hawkblogger

    our lack of running game is catching up to us again. We need to control the ball here. our defense is starting to spring leaks

  6. hawkblogger

    c’mon fellas. we’ve proven we’re the better team. let’s close it out. someone. ANYONE. please get to the QB.

    we’ve had zero pressure all day.

  7. cwu91

    Well, my wireless card spun out, so I had to watch the game and then hop on.

    Hawks played better on the road in this game…but we lack creativity in short yardage situations. It ain’t worked all year in 4th and whatever…why in this case with the game on the line would you risk it?

    Head coaches can be stubborn on stuff like this and Holmgren is no exception. Naked bootleg, or pound Weaver, or a quick slant. Everyone is bunched on the line, receivers in single coverage.

    On to next week…the Marathon continues.

  8. Anonymous

    The Hawks certainly didn’t deserve to win that one. The run blocking is just plain awful.

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