Sunday, November 25, 2007

Game Thread: Seahawks @ Rams

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I certainly am thankful to be back home in Seattle with another cross-country trip with my young boys behind me. The only thing more stressful than a Seahawks lead in the 4th quarter is anticipating being trapped in a cramped plane for 6 hours with a 3 and 6 year-old.

There aren't many critical games against 2-8 teams, but this one is certainly important on a number of levels.

- This is the third game of our new offensive philosophy. Teams will have enough film to game plan for it at this point. As bad as the Rams have been this year, their defense has been playing well in spurts. This is also the first road game that we've had since the switch.

- Road wins have been hard to come by. We are playing 4 of 6 on the road to close the season, and losing to a 2-8 team would not be a great way to start.

- Division records count. We are in a tight race with the Cards, and we can't afford to lose any division games. A win against the Rams and the Cards (at home) would lead to a couple critical tie-breakers.

- This is a Rams team with some momentum playing at home. It's not the same team we played a few weeks ago.

I'm going to be watching for a pass rush. I think that will be a key to the game. If we make it hard on the Rams to pass the ball, I think we can win even with Seneca at the helm. If we don't hit Bulger a ton, this could be a very frustrating day.

I pick the Hawks to win in a close game.

80 comments :

hawkblogger said...

Not a great start with that sack

hawkblogger said...

and that one

hawkblogger said...

that was on sims

hawkblogger said...

this looks way too familiar. bad, slow start on the road

hawkblogger said...

rams really look like they are up for this game

hawkblogger said...

Jackson looks very aggressive. Hawks look flat. They need to weather this initial storm

hawkblogger said...

if the hawks can avoid a rams TD on this opening drive, it will be important. Big 3rd and 8 here

hawkblogger said...

son of a...you HAVE to get that ball rocky!

hawkblogger said...

40 yard diff on field position. c'mon rock!

good to see us get off the field without giving up points and that we got some pressure when they appeared to be max protecting.

hawkblogger said...

does anyone else think Hass changes the play too often on offense?

hawkblogger said...

no! the ball was out of there. show the replay

hawkblogger said...

that friggin' fumble cost us points

hawkblogger said...

is every announcer required to make a baseball reference after a safety?

hawkblogger said...

fuck

hawkblogger said...

two weeks in a row. looked like the same run

hawkblogger said...

Lofa got eaten alive on that play. They caught us in a blitz with grant up at the line. quite a gamble from the looks of it. once he got past the line of scrimmage, there was nobody there.

hawkblogger said...

man, I hate the Rams.

hawkblogger said...

YESSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

hawkblogger said...

I don't think they knew Wilson had the ball

hawkblogger said...

let's get the ball back. c'mon. 3 and 9

hawkblogger said...

INT!

hawkblogger said...

SuhWEET!

hawkblogger said...

that's all about pressure.

hawkblogger said...

come on fellas. the offense looks asleep. we can't drop passes

hawkblogger said...

we completed a pass. yay!

hawkblogger said...

thanks, josh.

hawkblogger said...

whoa. did not see what happened to bulger

hawkblogger said...

Kerney is really coming on. Very good to see.

hawkblogger said...

great

hawkblogger said...

what a crappy first quarter

hawkblogger said...

c'mon nate. bring it back

hawkblogger said...

-10 yards of offense so far

hawkblogger said...

Early story line: Last week was a win where all parts of the team contributed. With no offense, a special teams fumble and missed FG, and two TDs against, the whole team is contributing to an ugly loss at this point.

hawkblogger said...

IT'S A FREAKING YARD FOR GOD'S SAKES! GET IT! ONCE!

hawkblogger said...

okay, I need to get on the treadmill before I beat a hole in the wall next to me.

hawkblogger said...

wow. just ridiculous. this team is just mediocre. I don't see anyway around that.

hawkblogger said...

Let's take a look at how much of this game should have been different:

1) If Rocky covers the simplest fumble recovery ever on the Rams first possession, the Rams don't get a safety and very likely don't get Jackson's 53-yard TD run (due to the safety punt return).

2) If Nate holds onto the ball on the punt return, the Rams don't get their second TD.

3) If Josh Brown makes a very makeable FG, we would have been leading at that point.

4) If Burleson doesn't break off his route before half, who knows what happens?

I give the Rams credit for having a great gameplan on defense (although I hate to say it because Haslett is such a punk), and I give them credit for coming out with emotion even with a 2-8 record.

As bad as the Hawks played, a few simple plays could easily have this at 10-7 or 10-10. If the Rams score a TD after half, I'd recommend finding something else to do with your Sunday.

cwu91 said...

same as last year...see how the adjustments work out

cwu91 said...

way to go D!

cwu91 said...

Hurry up it is

cwu91 said...

get off the treadmill, lest you miss it, LOL

cwu91 said...

throw on short here Mike....and roll Matt out while you do it

cwu91 said...

Nicely done

Anonymous said...

Damm....play action out of the I that blew up

cwu91 said...

4-wide and a sprint draw maybe?

cwu91 said...

damn....we just lost Hackett on a stupid short yardage pass play

cwu91 said...

Good job D....lets go special teams

cwu91 said...

Guys are dropping like flies......

cwu91 said...

Way to go Tru.....smoked that out niely

cwu91 said...

Finally, the sprint draw

cwu91 said...

How about a double post route here?

cwu91 said...

Way to go D_Branch

cwu91 said...

Lets go D!

cwu91 said...

Gus is taking way too long t make his decisions....a pick six waiting to happen

cwu91 said...

There going to have to roll Matt out on 3rd and long

cwu91 said...

Okay....slim should not be able to lay the wood on Jackson....the physics don't add up lol

cwu91 said...

Send the pressure now

cwu91 said...

Slim AGAIN!

cwu91 said...

Kearney!

cwu91 said...

Nice throw Matt!

cwu91 said...

Take a shot at the end zone

cwu91 said...

Well the refs called that one.....finally

cwu91 said...

Power running...WOOT! Weaver

cwu91 said...

Lets go D!

cwu91 said...

Jennings has had a MONSTER game today

cwu91 said...

Turn up the heat now

cwu91 said...

Nate got tossed on his head....ouch that had to hurt.

cwu91 said...

Have to go back to the game at SF to find one this physical.....by both teams

cwu91 said...

Nice catch in tight coverage by Nate

cwu91 said...

I'd run that sprint draw again right here

cwu91 said...

Let's go Josh

cwu91 said...

Damn.....thought he had it. Lets go D!

cwu91 said...

At the risk of sounding like a homer, that was the most ticky-tack PI I have seen in a long time.

cwu91 said...

Should have reviewed the bruce catch....he didn't appear to have posession

cwu91 said...

Nail bitting time....beware therun here

cwu91 said...

My goodness.....

cwu91 said...

How bout dem 7-4 Hawks?

cwu91 said...

LOL...nice to see Bradshaw eat crow again. Pittsburgh homer

hawkblogger said...

talk about a tale of two halves. I think we should have cwu91 do all the commentary from this point forward. Clearly, that change is what turned the this game around.

cwu91 said...

Funny Guy, that hawkblogger, LOL

Seriously though, a botched snap and a different ending in Cleveland and there 9-2 and talking about HFA.

In all the years that I have watched the Hawks....Patera, Knox, Flores, Erickson, and Holmgren, I have never witnessed a team like this one over a two year period, from an entertainment perspective. This game will be another NFL replay in all likelihood. They simply thrive on being on the edge.

BTW, nice work on the blog. I don't post much during the week, but I make it point to read. Im sure others do to.