The most obvious things are:
- The Hawks chances of winning seem more slim than in any playoff game in three years
- I feel pretty satisfied with that win last week. Even if we don't win another game, I'd consider the season a success.
I'm glad I'm not the defensive coordinator for the Hawks because I really don't know what the gameplan should be. People always say, "stop the run," but this team thrived without a running game for most of the season and use their short passing game to supplement the run. There aren't any receivers you can really focus on like a Santana Moss because there are so many weapons, including multiple tight ends.
The one thing that I keep coming back to is that great football word, "physicality." The Hawks defense needs to knock the snot out of the Packers players. The GB offense is the football equivalent of the Dallas Mavericks from a couple years back. They put up a ton of points and have a ton of weapons, but don't like to get into a bruising half-court game. Has Greg Jennings gotten punished for his willingness to fight for extra yards? Donald Driver is a tough guy and the clear leader of the group. What happens if you knock him out of the game? Do the other WRs get a little tentative?
I tend to avoid analysis with no substance to back it up. That's really all I have this week. I have actually enjoyed the way things have played out. It's nice being the clear underdog. It's nice playing a team you don't hate with a passion (like last year's Bears or the Cowboys). There might be a slim chance that we win, but there is also a slim chance that we play below expectations. I am looking forward to kicking back and watching what should be a great game in a great location with great football weather.
I'll be back later with a look at the forgotten game: Seahawks beat Packers 34-24 last year.