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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  1. 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

  2. hawkblogger

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

  3. cwu91

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

  4. hawkblogger

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

  5. 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.

  6. hawkblogger

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

  7. cwu91

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. funballad

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

  11. cwu91

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

  12. 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.