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.

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

    let’s get this party started

  • cwu91

    Do not let the rook get untracked

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

    kerney has already had an impact on the false start

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

    tempo baby!

  • cwu91

    That was on Weaver….he didn’t chip 99

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

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

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

    chris gray is killing us. pork chop time

  • cwu91

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

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

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

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

    good morning to you, cwu!

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

    yikes. peterson bit

  • cwu91

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

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

    christian fauria. blast from the past

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

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

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

    jennings makes another great play on the ball

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

    whoa! that’s crazy wind.

  • cwu91

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

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

    good to see Brian russell is playing

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

    that was on shaun. indecisive.

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

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

  • cwu91

    Looks like Robinson is snapping well..

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

    another nice play by jennings

  • cwu91

    Now, bring it

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

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

  • cwu91

    Toss the script Mike..it ain’t working

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

    hello mr. laury

  • cwu91

    This crosswind is screwing things up a bit

  • cwu91

    Damn fine pursuit JP…that’s how you play it

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

    howard green sighting. the guy seems to move pretty well

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

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

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

    holy crap. don’t get hury bobby.

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

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

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

  • cwu91

    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

    Thought they had that….

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

    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.

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

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

  • cwu91

    Good coverage right there

  • cwu91

    Good coverage Tru…way to end the drive

  • cwu91

    See if they run that double post route here..

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

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

  • cwu91

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

    Good call ref

  • cwu91

    Third and five…what’s your call Hawkblogger?

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

    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.

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

    damnit weaver!

  • cwu91

    Weaver, come on!

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

    nice kick plack. dumbass

  • cwu91

    Kearney again……

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

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

  • cwu91

    See if they bring the heat on 2nd

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

    kerney get a sack for that?

  • cwu91

    Boy, Carolina was screwed up on that series

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

    thank god for rookie QBs (on opposing teams)

  • cwu91

    Yeah, I think he gets a freebie

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

    let’s get some points before the half

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

    bobby!

  • cwu91

    Great catch Bobby.lets go O

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

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

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

    damn! it was there. matt was behind him

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

    good half for plack

  • cwu91

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

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

    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

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

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

  • cwu91

    Lets go O! Good field position

  • cwu91

    Nice adjustment by Matt

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

    rob sims!! jesus.

  • cwu91

    Terrible call

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

    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

    Here we go….not getting pressure

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

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00066898995590605163 Mike

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

  • cwu91

    Good play Babs

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

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

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

    YES!

  • cwu91

    Woot!…great job D!

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

    nice stop, fellas

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00066898995590605163 Mike

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

    Great stop by the D on 4th & 1.

  • cwu91

    See if they work Morris inside on the running game

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

    I’d like to see morris in the game.

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

    shaun drops a pass. shocker.

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

    holy cow. talk about lucky

  • cwu91

    Great awareness by Bobby..

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00066898995590605163 Mike

    Nice run SA…hold onto the ball!

  • cwu91

    Run that draw here Mike

  • cwu91

    Run that draw here Mike

  • cwu91

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

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

    no shortage of practice for robinson and plack today.

  • cwu91

    Carolina doing a nice job of play calling on this drive

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

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

  • cwu91

    See if they can coax the rook into a mistake here

  • cwu91

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

    Execute for one drive.

    One

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

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

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

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

  • cwu91

    Lets go

  • cwu91

    Finally…Morris

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

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

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

    wow. that could have gone against burleson.

  • cwu91

    There it was…PI, yes indeedy!

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

    or not. pretty clear

  • cwu91

    Run the drag route mike

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

    I don’t know about that draw call

  • cwu91

    Good Kick…lets go D!

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

    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

    Drew has some wheels

  • cwu91

    close em out D

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

    pitt is getting rolled by jacksonville

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

    we’re making this guy look like peyton manning

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

    get off the freakin’ field on 3rd down

  • cwu91

    Good job Lofa

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

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

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

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

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

    what a horribly annoying game this has been.

  • cwu91

    Damn, gotta make that tackle Brandon

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

    big stop there. this could work out.

  • cwu91

    See if Matt can close this out

  • cwu91

    Roll him out if you have to Mike

  • cwu91

    Nice catch Branch…

  • cwu91

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

  • cwu91

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

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

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

    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.

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

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

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

    that run for the TD turns out to be huge.

  • cwu91

    Kick it hard short, bounce it off the guy

  • cwu91

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