Game day!! I will be here for every road game this year to chat with anyone who would like to join me. I’ll be adding my commentary as the game progresses in the comments area. You may notice breaks in commentary if things start turning south in a game. That likely means I’m running on the treadmill while watching to avoid turning my wall into swiss cheese. I started doing that last season, and it’s a life saver.

Lots of subplots in today’s game. Here’s what I’ll be paying particular attention to:

– Road defense. Road defense. Road defense.
If we hold the Bills to 15 pts or less, we’d be off to a great start defensively on the road. This is going to be the best predictor of future performance this season. We could struggle/succeed in other aspects and it would not mean as much as a really good or really bad performance by our defense. We need to put last year behind us and move on. Run defense is the key overall. Holding the Bills under 100 yards rushing would be a huge accomplishment.

– Rushing offense
It’s hard to believe that my expectations have gone 180 degrees on this part of our team in a very short time. I think we’re going to shock the Bills and the league with a strong running game. I want to see what I saw in the preseason. 130 yards = Good. 150 yards = Great. 180+ = Cloud 9.

– Ray Willis / Rob Sims / Chris Spencer
This will be a test not only of these players, but of the new offensive line coach, Mike Solari. It looked like we installed some techniques and schemes that reduce the importance of winning 1:1 battles on the line. There should be more help from the backfield as well. The Bills are sure to bring blitzes and pressure. These guys must hold the line.

– Lawrence Jackson
Wild card. This guy stripped the ball every time he sacked a QB in the preseason. He’s bigger than Tapp, and should be able to hold the point of attack against the rush better. But who knows? That’s what is fun about young guys or new players. I would not be shocked if this guy makes a big play or if we never hear his name.

– Jason Babin
Sticking with the DEs, I am really pumped to see Babin out there. The guy was everywhere in every preseason game. He could be a huge story this year if he can bring it in the regular season.

– Punt returns
Josh Wilson is doing the kick returns. Nate should be doing the punt returns, but we’ll see. Nothing will get me on the treadmill faster than a fumbled punt.

– Olindo Mare
Looking forward to the deep kickoffs. Nervous about the FGs. We need this guy to be reliable.

– Hasselbeck
Please don’t be rusty. Please. If Hass is sharp, we’re always in good shape.

Let’s get it on!

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

    Hawks inactives:

    K Brandon Coutu
    RB Justin Forsett
    OG Mansfield Wrotto
    OT Sean Locklear
    WR Deion Branch
    WR Bobby Engram
    DE Baraka Atkins
    QB Charlie Frye

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

    here…we….go

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

    c’mon defense!

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

    it’s pouring…interesting to see what that does

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

    YEAH!! EAT IT!

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

    nate returning. nice

  • cwu91

    Good stuff right there..morning Hawkblogger

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

    should have been caught. not a good start taylor

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

    morning cwu

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

    I’m disappointed to not see us start running the ball

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

    Taylor looks lost. Slow out of the break.

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

    damn. missed opportunity on offense. really would have liked to see us start by running the ball and some simple passes.

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

    DRAGGO!

  • cwu91

    Yep, gotta make those catches…both team’s return game looks a little shaky. Might be a turnover issue. Yo Patrick!

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

    man, that was close

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

    Great start, defense. Great start. Good pressure and great coverage. We’re dictating so far. Now let’s run the ball!

  • cwu91

    Run the stretch Mike

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

    ball control, baby

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

    wow. that looks a lot like last year.

  • cwu91

    That was good backside pursuit by the Bills

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

    Freakin’ plack!

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

    great start for mebane

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

    great hit from russell

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

    very good to see this from the defense. looks like we need them to hold here for a while

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

    jesus. hyundai wants my money.

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

    yes. nice solid hands nate.

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

    we look lost. I’d love to see a draw against this overpursuit

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

    field position game, and the bills just got a leg up.

  • cwu91

    Nice tackle by Carlson on the return

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

    smart. stack the line.

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

    sweet. that’s big. let’s turn this thing around. if we can just get a lead, it will snowball on them.

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

    that just cannot happen. we cannot start dropping balls again.

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

    this is frustrating. impotent offense and bad punting. we’re beating ourselves right now.

  • cwu91

    Good coverage by Tru

  • cwu91

    Early yet…but I want to see Kent worked in here

  • cwu91

    Bad audible right there

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

    alright. 22 seconds in the 1st qtr. This is key drive. if we can pin them down or turn them over, we’re right back in this.

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

    we need a sack or some pressure. we’re not getting any right now.

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

    okay, let’s get a bad punt or a good return.

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

    julius jones sighting. morris really was not well suited for this weather. his quickness was neutralized. jones may be a good change.

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

    we are being dominated on offense

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

    yes! man, we needed that. maybe that gets us going

  • cwu91

    I don’t like Taylor on that route

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

    welcome to 2008 rob sims. thanks

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

    that’s a crap call

  • cwu91

    How was that holding?

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

    that … jeez…what to say about that hold on 3rd down

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

    will they go for it on 4th?

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

    burleson was limping there…

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

    thank you Carlson!!

  • cwu91

    Lets go…

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

    DSFSAR$#W%#W%TREAT$EW TETERT@#%#@!$%#!$%#!$%#!$^#@!^^#!TEQRT!!!

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

    thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • cwu91

    He didn’t even half to jump for that…..followed by a great catch

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

    that’s why mare is valuable.

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

    that’s a huge missed chance. needed to force them off the field

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

    thank you lofa. a TD would have been a backbreaker.

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

    man, I wish we could have held them way earlier on 3rd and long. that turns out to be huge

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

    okay, putzier is out of the picture now

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

    story of the first half:

    no rushing game
    no hands by our receivers
    no pressure on their qb
    worst punting we’ve seen since plack punted last year

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02160515491379249961 funballad

    i can’t watch game from one side of house and run to the office on other side so this first chance i got. Putzier is a putz. Hass better set it out if his back is that stiff that he can’t find a target unless it is shoestings. When will we see Kent? is he benched? If the offense keeps lacking of course our defense is gonna get tired. I haven’t given up but it sure looks like they have.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02160515491379249961 funballad

    CWU, that wasn’t holding but to be fair they got called pass interference later that i wouldn’t call either.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02160515491379249961 funballad

    carlson and nate are the only reasons we are even in this game yet.

  • cwu91

    Good Pressure there, and a good series by Seattle

  • cwu91

    Nice return Nate

  • cwu91

    Facemask on that play too

  • cwu91

    Kent’s going to have to step up…. hope Nate’s okay, but this reminds me of Branch in the GB game

  • cwu91

    Why not the challenge? He looked out of bounds

  • cwu91

    Jones is not hitting the holes with any quickness…im thinking Forsett will be active next week. Their going to have to get this sorted out.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02160515491379249961 funballad

    mm lost my sattelite ….gotta cut some limbs off of a tree that has sagged into the line of my satelite

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02160515491379249961 funballad

    Is kent even on the active roster today?

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

    been on the treadmill…this is brutal.

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

    Hass’s lowest rating of the year last year was 44.7 @ Pitt. He’s around 40 right now

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02160515491379249961 funballad

    at least on the treadmill you wont have to spakle the wall next to your recliner.

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

    I’m out fellas. Need to spend some time with the family.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02160515491379249961 funballad

    later hawk ….gotta cut a tree limb myself