Sunday, December 9, 2007

Game Thread: Cardinals @ Seahawks

What would you say if I told you the Hawks will lose the division if they don't win this game? Looking at the two teams schedules after today, that's my assessment.

We all know if the Hawks win today, they clinch the division. We also know that if they lose, the Hawks could go 2-1, and still win the division unless the Cards went 3-0. That, unfortunately, sounds more encouraging than it should.

Take a look at their remaining schedules:

Cardinals:
@ New Orleans
Atlanta
St. Louis

Seahawks:
@ Carolina
Baltimore
@ Atlanta

The Cards would have to avoid a letdown against the Saints (without Reggie Bush), but would be heavy favorites in all three games. The Hawks are essentially a pick'em with the Panthers and modest favorites over the Ravens, leaving their only significant advantage game against the Falcons on the road. All in all, I'd really like to just avoid the conversation all together and see a Hawks win today.

Historically, the Hawks have struggled in "clinch" situations. I also think this is a Cards team that will force us to earn the win.

Things I'll be watching for today:

- Green Bay score. Just because the players can't scoreboard watch doesn't mean I won't be!

- Aggression on offense
I've gotten in a little debate with folks on the TNT blog about the apparent return to our old offensive philosophy. I mentioned it in my notes about the game last week, and I'll say it again here. We need to retain the attacking style we adopted that started this streak. It's been fading over the last two weeks. Hugh Millen made a good point that it's easier to be pass first at home when you can make checks at the line and change protection easier. Hopefully, we'll see that fast break offense.

- Going with the hot hand in the running game
Shaun had about 4 good runs out of his 20. Mo had good runs on 4 out of his 5. That, alone, tells me the balance should have been better between their attempts.

- Knock Warner's block off
My buddy and I enjoy talking about the game a few years ago where Warner pulled his groin running away from a Hawks defender at Qwest. If we manage to get pressure on Warner, this game is definitely going to ours. I think that will be very difficult to do.

- Cover the freakin' Tight End (especially in the red zone)
The Hawks have a maddening habit of forgetting the TE position exists in the red zone. The Browns game was a great example. We are likely to only see one of the two great Cardinal WRs, so I would expect to see Pope more. So should the Hawks.

- Field position
I don't see this Cards offense beating us up and down the field. We can't have crappy punts and/or turnovers like the Browns did last week.

This is a game the Hawks should win. They are the better team, and they are playing at home.

55 comments :

cwu91 said...

Chargers-Titans game a brutal affair...guys going after opposing players legs...QB's getting knocked around and out. Helmuts detached and laying around.

Some bad blood in this one

cwu91 said...

Way to go Grant!....looked like a facemask too

cwu91 said...

Going max protect from the get-go....good to see weaver involved early.

See if they run left

cwu91 said...

Good coverage by zona....lets go Josh

cwu91 said...

Zona line is getting off a bit

cwu91 said...

Whoa....that was a text book example of not selling out on the play action.....way to go D!

cwu91 said...

Pound Weaver on short....good call

cwu91 said...

Nice adjustment, beat the blitz and a good catch by Engram

cwu91 said...

Ugly adjustment right there....if there coming up, why not audible into the gun and be done with it?

cwu91 said...

Marcus, you gotta run to the first down marker...pound weaver here

cwu91 said...

Nice run Shaun..way to go!

cwu91 said...

Morris really undervalued...nice catch Nate!

cwu91 said...

Matt 8/10 and a TD in the first quarter....

cwu91 said...

bring it now

cwu91 said...

Deon again....nice help over the top

cwu91 said...

Nice catch Branch....hood never turned around

cwu91 said...

Way to avoid the pressure Matt and buy time for Bobby...TD!

cwu91 said...

Kearney at it again. And a great return by Nate

Nothing finer that december football with your team in the hunt. Hawks making a statement

cwu91 said...

LOL, the weaver screen...how long have we been waiting for that???.and a TD by Branch.

cwu91 said...

Keep your foot on their throat D! Should be some turnover opportunities

cwu91 said...

Brandon crushing the inside

cwu91 said...

Nice call there rolling Matt out

cwu91 said...

Lets go D!.....and the Plackemeir woes continue.

cwu91 said...

Beware the screen here....wiz probably expects Marshall to bring extra pressure

cwu91 said...

Okay FOX, could you maybe show the review?

cwu91 said...

See if the Hawks can't get three out of this

cwu91 said...

Good call on 2nd and a nice run by Mo...plenty of time

cwu91 said...

Take shot here Mike

cwu91 said...

Terrible snap again, but a good kick by Brown.

cwu91 said...

WTF....you can't tell me that took 1 sec...good job Babs!

cwu91 said...

Up 20 at the half, playing at home. Should get it done if they maintain their intensity which has been a problem in the past (see NY Giants 05, or Dallas 04).

Best half of the year, no question.

Close it out guys.

cwu91 said...

Maybe the sprint draw here on 3rd

cwu91 said...

Empty backfield and a nice catch....Holmgren staying agressive

cwu91 said...

Okay...Zona blitzed every down, so be it

cwu91 said...

LOL, Beowulf almost got him again...guys relentless

cwu91 said...

LOL, Got him that time...schooling brown in the process

cwu91 said...

Good RAC there Ben

cwu91 said...

Good coverage by scobey on ST....need to look at additional protection sets for Matt... a bit flighty right now

cwu91 said...

Chop on Edge...thanks for the yds

cwu91 said...

Damn good pressure on that one...how did they not get Warner?

cwu91 said...

Come on refs.......Fitz hasn't been around that long and they were both going for the ball.

cwu91 said...

Urban hurting us today.....Lets go O

cwu91 said...

Okay.....did they forget the onside ealier this year. Good pick tru

cwu91 said...

There the 1st down...nice running by Mo. Restablish momentum

cwu91 said...

Getting ugly....Dockett playing the village idiot here.

cwu91 said...

Pound weaver now

cwu91 said...

Pollard! Nice catch...he got whacked on that

cwu91 said...

Guy took a shot a Lofa's head there after he was out of bounds...pure cheap shot

cwu91 said...

Boy, Warner got absolutely hammered on that..WOOT another hatrick for Kearney

And a safety will seal the deal

cwu91 said...

Keaney, with the biggest of shit-eating grins on the sideline.

What a beast.

cwu91 said...

TRUUUUUUU!

cwu91 said...

Bad snap.....Stutz is dead man walking

cwu91 said...

Can't believe their still playing Warner....not too smart, imo

cwu91 said...

Late TD by zona....too little, too late. A talented team with a bright future, providing they add a little more depth.

Congratulations Seattle Seahawks.....the 2007 NFC West Champions!

hawkblogger said...

meet you here at 10AM next sunday, cwu91.

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