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.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    Not a great start with that sack

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    and that one

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    that was on sims

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    rams really look like they are up for this game

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    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.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    that friggin’ fumble cost us points

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    fuck

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    two weeks in a row. looked like the same run

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    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.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    man, I hate the Rams.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    I don’t think they knew Wilson had the ball

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    INT!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    SuhWEET!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    that’s all about pressure.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    we completed a pass. yay!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    thanks, josh.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    whoa. did not see what happened to bulger

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    Kerney is really coming on. Very good to see.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    great

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    what a crappy first quarter

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    c’mon nate. bring it back

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    -10 yards of offense so far

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    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.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    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

    same as last year…see how the adjustments work out

  • cwu91

    way to go D!

  • cwu91

    Hurry up it is

  • cwu91

    get off the treadmill, lest you miss it, LOL

  • cwu91

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

  • cwu91

    Nicely done

  • Anonymous

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

  • cwu91

    4-wide and a sprint draw maybe?

  • cwu91

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

  • cwu91

    Good job D….lets go special teams

  • cwu91

    Guys are dropping like flies……

  • cwu91

    Way to go Tru…..smoked that out niely

  • cwu91

    Finally, the sprint draw

  • cwu91

    How about a double post route here?

  • cwu91

    Way to go D_Branch

  • cwu91

    Lets go D!

  • cwu91

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

  • cwu91

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

  • cwu91

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

  • cwu91

    Send the pressure now

  • cwu91

    Slim AGAIN!

  • cwu91

    Kearney!

  • cwu91

    Nice throw Matt!

  • cwu91

    Take a shot at the end zone

  • cwu91

    Well the refs called that one…..finally

  • cwu91

    Power running…WOOT! Weaver

  • cwu91

    Lets go D!

  • cwu91

    Jennings has had a MONSTER game today

  • cwu91

    Turn up the heat now

  • cwu91

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

  • cwu91

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

  • cwu91

    Nice catch in tight coverage by Nate

  • cwu91

    I’d run that sprint draw again right here

  • cwu91

    Let’s go Josh

  • cwu91

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

  • cwu91

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

  • cwu91

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

  • cwu91

    Nail bitting time….beware therun here

  • cwu91

    My goodness…..

  • cwu91

    How bout dem 7-4 Hawks?

  • cwu91

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08985670056942905008 hawkblogger

    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

    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.