Sunday, December 16, 2007

Game Thread: Seahawks @ Panthers

If the Hawks attitude about this game resembles mine in any way, this could be a tougher game than you'd think. There is a palpable feeling this week among the fans and media that the Hawks have reached a new tier of strength and consistency. Lots of praise is being showered on them. When you've had three emotional wins in a row, culminating in a division championship, and then you head out on the road for a game against a weak opponent, you had better watch out.

Even with that setup, the Hawks should roll today. A big part of their win streak has been their ability to play at a consistently high level the last few weeks. Perhaps, more importantly, Carolina looks to be a doormat.

A few items I'll be watching for to see if Holmgren is gearing up for the playoffs:

- Leonard Weaver
I think this this guy has untapped potential. I'd like to see Holmgren try some different things with him today to see if we can pull him out of a hat come playoff time.

- Marcus Pollard
Same thing here. I'd expect the Hawks to sacrifice a little bit of their normal game plan to see if they can force Pollard into a rhythm.

- Pressure from Non-Kerney's
It's time for the LeRoy Hill's, Darryl Tapp's and Julian Peterson's to make other teams pay for double-teaming Kerney.

- #94 DT Howard Green
He played a fair amount last week. It will be interesting to see if that's a new member of the rotation.

- Kelly Jennings breakout game
It's coming. I'm going out on a limb and predicting a pick-6 for this guy. His breaks on the ball have been outstanding.

- Bobby getting to 1000 yards
He needs ~70 (too lazy to look up specifics) yard to get his first 1000-yard season. That would be nice to see.

- Shaun 100th TD
He's one away.

123 comments :

hawkblogger said...

let's get this party started

cwu91 said...

Do not let the rook get untracked

hawkblogger said...

kerney has already had an impact on the false start

hawkblogger said...

tempo baby!

cwu91 said...

That was on Weaver....he didn't chip 99

hawkblogger said...

that was all bad blocking. shaun was running hard. chris gray

hawkblogger said...

chris gray is killing us. pork chop time

cwu91 said...

BTW....morning Hawkblogger., early up here and im still working on the coffee

hawkblogger said...

nice 37 yard kick with the wind at his back for plack...jeez

hawkblogger said...

good morning to you, cwu!

hawkblogger said...

yikes. peterson bit

cwu91 said...

That was a good look off on the rook...dial it up D

hawkblogger said...

christian fauria. blast from the past

hawkblogger said...

that 57 yard reception was the longest against the hawks all year.

hawkblogger said...

jennings makes another great play on the ball

hawkblogger said...

whoa! that's crazy wind.

cwu91 said...

Slim with the hands....most excellent D. Man that kid has come a long way...Heh, nice kick NOT!

hawkblogger said...

good to see Brian russell is playing

hawkblogger said...

that was on shaun. indecisive.

hawkblogger said...

it seems the defense is going to need to get this game started

cwu91 said...

Looks like Robinson is snapping well..

hawkblogger said...

another nice play by jennings

cwu91 said...

Now, bring it

hawkblogger said...

let's start the fast break. we've got 3 runs and 3 passes. pass to setup the run, please!

cwu91 said...

Toss the script Mike..it ain't working

hawkblogger said...

hello mr. laury

cwu91 said...

This crosswind is screwing things up a bit

cwu91 said...

Damn fine pursuit JP...that's how you play it

hawkblogger said...

howard green sighting. the guy seems to move pretty well

hawkblogger said...

mr. hobbs! against steve smith, no less. how do we let hobbs get matched up against hobbs?

hawkblogger said...

holy crap. don't get hury bobby.

hawkblogger said...

I was wondering when we'd see burleson on the end around this year.

beauty, plack! got rid of it quickly as well.

cwu91 said...

Well, keep this up and they will eventually find something that works on 3rd and short. Psst....mike, trying running weaver out of the upback position.

cwu91 said...

Thought they had that....

hawkblogger said...

not a great opening qtr on offense. defense looks solid, but we're on the road and we need the offense to rip their heart out, or this will be a long day.

hawkblogger said...

gotta pick that one off. nice to see the coverage back there

cwu91 said...

Good coverage right there

cwu91 said...

Good coverage Tru...way to end the drive

cwu91 said...

See if they run that double post route here..

hawkblogger said...

there is no 1st down in the next three games that is worth having hasselbeck go head first instead of sliding

cwu91 said...

You know Holmgren's unhappy about that, but that was smart football on Matt's part.

Good call ref

cwu91 said...

Third and five...what's your call Hawkblogger?

hawkblogger said...

holmgren has completely reverted in his play calling. 11 passes, 9 rushes. I sincerely hope this is just reigning it in for Matt's health, because we have proven how much better we are as a pass first team.

hawkblogger said...

damnit weaver!

cwu91 said...

Weaver, come on!

hawkblogger said...

nice kick plack. dumbass

cwu91 said...

Kearney again......

hawkblogger said...

let's take advantage of that turf on offense. misdirection.

cwu91 said...

See if they bring the heat on 2nd

hawkblogger said...

kerney get a sack for that?

cwu91 said...

Boy, Carolina was screwed up on that series

hawkblogger said...

thank god for rookie QBs (on opposing teams)

cwu91 said...

Yeah, I think he gets a freebie

hawkblogger said...

let's get some points before the half

hawkblogger said...

bobby!

cwu91 said...

Great catch Bobby.lets go O

hawkblogger said...

the wind must be tougher than it looks, because Matt's throws are coming in short to the outside

hawkblogger said...

damn! it was there. matt was behind him

hawkblogger said...

good half for plack

cwu91 said...

That's the problem with the empty set...few options other than receiver adjustments. Don't like that call as a rule.

hawkblogger said...

this is not the game I expected. it was the game I was worried about, though. slow start, focus and execution is not quite there.

need the defense to give us an advantage to get untracked.

cwu91 said...

Yep, a forgettable half, save the defense and special teams.

Robinson looks good....glad they got that squared away.

cwu91 said...

Lets go O! Good field position

cwu91 said...

Nice adjustment by Matt

hawkblogger said...

rob sims!! jesus.

cwu91 said...

Terrible call

hawkblogger said...

the offense was back to pass first on the first drive, and it looks better. things fell apart when they returned to the run.

cwu91 said...

Here we go....not getting pressure

hawkblogger said...

son of a... the guy is getting ALL DAY back there.

Mike said...

It's the same old 3rd and short story today.

cwu91 said...

Good play Babs

hawkblogger said...

we're going to need a serious scoring spree to keep our 7 game streak of 24+ points scored

hawkblogger said...

YES!

cwu91 said...

Woot!...great job D!

hawkblogger said...

nice stop, fellas

Mike said...

Moore is starting to look more and more confided (no pun intended).

Great stop by the D on 4th & 1.

cwu91 said...

See if they work Morris inside on the running game

hawkblogger said...

I'd like to see morris in the game.

hawkblogger said...

shaun drops a pass. shocker.

hawkblogger said...

holy cow. talk about lucky

cwu91 said...

Great awareness by Bobby..

Mike said...

Nice run SA...hold onto the ball!

cwu91 said...

Run that draw here Mike

cwu91 said...

Run that draw here Mike

cwu91 said...

My bad...lost track of down and distance on that one

hawkblogger said...

no shortage of practice for robinson and plack today.

cwu91 said...

Carolina doing a nice job of play calling on this drive

hawkblogger said...

thank goodness I cna watch lord of the rings on the other channel. this is painful to watch

cwu91 said...

See if they can coax the rook into a mistake here

cwu91 said...

Plenty of time left, but the offense has to step up and execute.

Execute for one drive.

One

hawkblogger said...

we were going to need more than 3 points to win this game anyway. Let's get a touchdown and go home.

hawkblogger said...

green bay pulling away. at least we won't have many consequences from a loss.

cwu91 said...

Lets go

cwu91 said...

Finally...Morris

hawkblogger said...

I think bobby needs about 15 yards for 1000...now about 10

hawkblogger said...

wow. that could have gone against burleson.

cwu91 said...

There it was...PI, yes indeedy!

hawkblogger said...

or not. pretty clear

cwu91 said...

Run the drag route mike

hawkblogger said...

I don't know about that draw call

cwu91 said...

Good Kick...lets go D!

hawkblogger said...

odds are pretty slim you're going to get that draw for 5 on 3rd down.

whew...my heart stopped for a second on that kick by josh.

cwu91 said...

Drew has some wheels

cwu91 said...

close em out D

hawkblogger said...

pitt is getting rolled by jacksonville

hawkblogger said...

we're making this guy look like peyton manning

hawkblogger said...

get off the freakin' field on 3rd down

cwu91 said...

Good job Lofa

hawkblogger said...

does *anyone* not know they're going to smith on a big play? anyone?

hawkblogger said...

now, we just need them to score quickly so we can have another shot

hawkblogger said...

what a horribly annoying game this has been.

cwu91 said...

Damn, gotta make that tackle Brandon

hawkblogger said...

big stop there. this could work out.

cwu91 said...

See if Matt can close this out

cwu91 said...

Roll him out if you have to Mike

cwu91 said...

Nice catch Branch...

cwu91 said...

Matt just held on to that too long....should have rolled him out

cwu91 said...

Well, at least I can make my travel reservations now for the playoffs.

Carolina, enjoy the offseason...I think yo found your QB

hawkblogger said...

what a joke. I talked about the chance of a laying an egg this week in my post, but I never expected this kind of embarrassment.

shameful.

hawkblogger said...

I guess Branch's teams are now like 19-4 when he scores a TD.

hawkblogger said...

that run for the TD turns out to be huge.

cwu91 said...

Kick it hard short, bounce it off the guy

cwu91 said...

Your point on Carolinas TD was spot on, and will not be overlooked by Holmgren as a coaching point.