Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thomas Rawls Rushing Yards Prediction

It is 5AM on Sunday. What better to do than use my remedial math skills combined with a pinch of gut instinct to predict how many rushing yards our new hero Thomas Rawls will have today in a big game against the Steelers? Nothing. There is nothing better to do.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Week 12 Injury Report


RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen)
WR Paul Richardson (hamstring)

OLB Bruce Irvin (knee)

C Patrick Lewis (ankle/knee)

T Garry Gilliam (ankle)
G JR Sweezy (shoulder)
WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)
RB Thomas Rawls (knee)
DE Michael Bennett (NIR)


LB Ryan Shazier (knee)
TE Matt Spaeth (knee)

LB James Harrison (knee)
CB Brandon Boykin (ankle)
LB Terrance Garvin (knee)
S Shamarko Thomas (knee)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Super Bowl XL: Do Not Forget. Do Not Forgive.

I can't believe it was 10 years ago. I was just exiting my 20s, and still treated Seahawk Sundays like a blood sport. Nobody in their right mind would want to watch a game with me. We lived in a split level back then, and everyone in the house knew to stay upstairs when the Seahawks were playing. All I knew of football was pain and suffering. We were rarely bad. Maybe worse, we were hopelessly mediocre. The franchise had a history of being good enough to get your hopes up, but always flawed enough to send them crashing back down. This team, though, was different. Led by a man who won championships everywhere he went, and the best offense in team history, the Seahawks were going to their first Super Bowl.

Strengths vs Weaknesses: How the Seahawks and Steelers Matchup

One of the first things I do when looking at how two teams matchup is to see how they rank in all five phases of the game: pass offense, rush offense, pass defense, run defense, and special teams. There are certain aspects I pay more attention to than others, but I like to start by seeing where the two teams strengths and weaknesses are, and how those collide. There are always some eye openers, and this week's matchup between the Seahawks and Steelers is no exception.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Seahawks Five Year Roster Outlook Updated

I had a moment to update my 5-year Seahawks roster outlook. If you have not seen it before, it allows you to see most of the key players on the roster and what their contract situation is over the coming years. It differentiates between restricted free agents and unrestricted, and also shows players who cannot renegotiate due to rookie deals.

Thomas Rawls Has Outplayed Todd Gurley

Opinion becomes accepted fact when enough people share the same perception. Todd Gurley has been a beast since he joined the Rams offense this season. Nobody is arguing otherwise. He has rushed for 775 yards, and generally brutalized opposing defenses. Some have even whispered that he may already be the best back in football. The reality is that he may not even be the best rookie running back in the NFL. Thomas Rawls has fewer starts, but has vastly outperformed Gurley in nearly never statistical measure.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hawk Blogger 2015 Power Rankings: Week 11


Arizona retains the top spot, but the story is the resurgent Kansas City Chiefs who have risen a remarkable 20.6 points of team strength in the last three weeks and are ranked third in the NFL after their latest runaway win. They are statistically equivalent to the Patriots in overall team efficiency. Seattle remains in the top ten, but if you look at the scatter chart below, it reveals they are a fifth tier team, just above mediocre. That seems about right for the time being.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Morning After: Seahawks Show Signs, Pound 49ers 29-13

Art is always open to interpretation and critique. One person's Mona Lisa may be another's poker playing dogs. Football games are no different. Some will look at the Seahawks 29-13 win over the 49ers and see a meaningless performance against a hapless opponent. Some will decide the Seahawks are back, and ready to roll. If you divide a football team into five parts: pass offense, run offense, pass defense, run defense, special teams, the Seahawks showed undeniable growth in at least two of those phases. This season is about growth more than any other since 2012. That is how this team has to be measured until they demonstrate they can maintain a high level of performance for an extended period of time. Sunday was encouraging. Appreciate the process of the artist putting brush to canvas. Let the critics debate whether it is worth framing.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dear Seahawks, Please Shut Everyone Up

Dear Pete and John, Russell and Jimmy, Doug and Tyler, Richard and Earl, Bobby and KJ, and the other Seahawks,

You guys are great. I know because I have seen it. You just are not playing great so far this year. I've seen that, too. Everyone has a theory about why, but the reasons are clear as a crisp autumn day.

Friday, November 20, 2015