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Morning links: Keys to Hawks vs. Cowboys

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 1, 2009 at 6:47 am with 23 Comments »
December 17, 2009 3:15 pm

I played golf on Saturday at a local course called Tour 18 Dallas, with every hole set up like famous holes on the PGA tour, included Amen Corner and the island hole at TPC Sawgrass.

It was a fun course, although a little soggy because of the storms they had here earlier this week.

But the main reason I bring this up is because of the two, local guys Everett Herald writer John Boyle and I were paired up with for the last, few holes. They were not Tony Romo fans. They had played golf with him a couple times, and in fact used colorful language that I can’t repeat here to express their displeasure with him as a person.

One of the local golfers said that anybody should be able to complete a pass down field when they have eight seconds to throw, referring to the excellent pass protection Romo receives on most plays. Well, Romo has been sacked 11 times this year, including five times in a 17-10 loss to Denver, so teams have been able to get to him.

Which leads to my first key of the game:

Pressure the passer: The Cowboys receivers are too good for Seattle to sit back in a two-deep zone and let Romo have all day to throw. They will need to get consistent pressure on the passer, both in standard, four-man pressure and blitz packages, in order to keep the Dallas offense off balance.

Create turnovers: The Seahawks likely need at least two takeaways to have a chance here. Seattle is tied for 20th at -2 in the league in turnover ratio, and only has three picks on the season. They need to create some big plays on defense today to make it easier for the offense to score. And having Marcus Trufant and Leroy Hill back defensively should help.

Start fast: Seattle is 2-8 on the road in its last 10 games for a reason – they’ve been outscored by an average of 17-8 in those games. The Seahawks need to strike first and get on the scoreboard early to have a chance here. The Seahawks are 22-11 when scoring first and 16-21 when they trail dating back to 2005.

Run the ball: This has been a constant in terms of keys to the game each week, but I think it’s even more important on the road. Julius Jones needs to have a decent game today. He laid an egg here last year on Thanksgiving, finishing with 36 yards on 11 carries and two fumbles, losing one. In the last three games Jones has totaled 64 yards, averaging a woeful 2.3 yards per carry.

Columnist Dave Boling of the TNT provides a bit of history on Seattle’s past performances in Dallas, and it isn’t pretty.

My story today discusses the possible, final meeting between Tacoma natives Lawyer Milloy and QB Jon Kitna, now backing up Tony Romo in Dallas, as both of their careers wind down.

The pick ‘em challenge is still going on, which you check out here. Kurtabarnes leads the overall standings with 78 picks correct. I forgot to put my picks in last week, but I went 8-5 in my picks for the paper, so that would puts me at 71 correct.

Greg Johns of likes Dallas in this one, 34-17.

More Johns: Among the juggling on the offensive line, two constants have been right guard Max Unger and right tackle Ray Willis.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald profiles middle linebacker David Hawthorne.

A pre-game report on the game from

Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News provides some keys to the game here.

Bill Nichols of the Dallas Morning News profiles overnight sensation Miles Austin.

ESPN’s John Clayton talks to Todd Archer about today’s game in this audio link. The conversation starts about halfway in.

Morning links
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  1. seahawklovertoo says:

    This is one of the two road games we have (some) chance to win. At Mini is a sure loss and @ Texans and GB we’ve got about 20% shot of winning. So, if we lose today, even a win @ AZ may not be enough to reach the play-offs.
    I know our players can raise to the task at hand. I wish our coaches can do the same..
    This is a must win game for us. Hopefully, Krapp-n-Mora have “something” that can beat the “Girls”.

  2. princeaden says:

    I’m hoping that the Hawks can run the ball straight down the throat of Ware, so it will give him something to worry about other than to rush the passer. If this happens enough to make them respect the run just a little, the seams WILL open up for the passing game. And if we can get some pressure on Romo and force him into a few mistakes we can win this game. I’m just saying that with a couple of T/O and breaks we could steal a much needed win here. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic, but at this point I feel like I have to be. Go Hawks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. princeaden says:

    Oh, and by the way Eric, We’re going to need you to post that 67 on the GHIN Handicap system that you fired at Tour 18 Dallas. There will be no “Handicap Management” here. Great job and yes I am jealous and bitter. LOL.

  4. princeaden says:

    Oh, and one more thing. I’m completely convinced that Romo is an arrogant little “Beeeaaaaaatch!!!!!!! LOL

  5. Dukeshire says:

    That is a fun course from what I’ve heard, but next time you’re there you’ve got to play the Cowboy’s Golf Club. It is a great track rolling through beautiful beautiful scrub oaks. I played it a couple years back and it was awesome. Gotta catch it next time.

    As for the game; there’s no secret to beating any good team and all of those points translate. If I were to add only one however; got to neutralize Ware. Got to. He’s the most disruptive player on the field, almost always and he can single handedly halt this offense before it gets going.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Eric with a 67? Maybe on the front 9.

  7. pabuwal says:

    I’m actually surprised that coming into today the Seahawks are just 6 games over 500 since the start of 2005 (the Super Bowl Season!).


    And yes, Bradley needs to mix up the pressure, if the Seahawks have any shot at winning ro keeping it close. The Seahawks will need at least 5 sacks today to even have a chance. The score needs to be something like 14-10. The Seahawks won’t win any road shootouts.

  8. pabuwal says:

    Boiling needs to correct his story, Dilfer and Jackson weren’t even on the team in 1998, it was 2002. The 1998 game was much closer.

  9. princeaden says:

    Duke, that was the reasoning behing running RIGHT AT HIM. In my mind that is the only advantage we have in regards to Ware. Keep him backpedaling and busy. It’s probably not the answer,. But, it’s better than the alternative of letting him pin his ears back and proceed directly to the QB.

  10. pabuwal says:

    Can any Seahawks historians think of the last time the Seahawks have won a road game against an opponent of this quality? I’m thinking it was the 2002 Falcons which were on a pretty good streak.

  11. seahawklovertoo says:

    Pabuwal, monday night game at the eagles don’t ring any bells?

  12. Dukeshire says:

    I don’t necessarily disagree with that. But of course nearly all of that will depend on how effective Big Mc is.

    I don’t think the total number of sacks is important but rather the number of pressures and knock downs are. I think it’s a bit of a misnomer sacks are the most important part of an effective pass rush. If he (the QB) doesn’t feel constant pressure, between the times he gets sacked, that total number mean much less.

    After finishing 8 games under .500 last year it’s surprising they ARE 6 games over .500 since ’05.

  13. pabuwal says:

    Seahawklover – Are you going to count a victory against the Mike McMahon led 5-11 Eagles in 2005 as a road victory against a quality opponent? The Eagles lost 8 of their final 10 games to end the season.

  14. Princeaden, Dukeshire: Needless to say, my score was a few strokes more than 67.

    Pabuwal: I looked in the media guide, and the biggest, recent road win I could find was at Denver in December 2006. Seattle won the game 23-20, and needed that win because they finished 9-7 that year. The Broncos finished 9-7, but did not make the playoffs.

  15. pabuwal says:

    I was thinking the Denver game, but discounted it a bit only because it was Cutler’s first start and he looked every bit the first time starter as Tapp’s TD return showed.

    There was also the 2004 game at Minnesota. Minnesota went into GB and won in the playoffs, but they finished the season at 8-8 so I discounted it also.

    Then there was the game in KC in 1999. The Chiefs finished the year 9-7 but missed the playoffs.

    Before that, I have to go all the way back to the 1990 game in KC. The Chiefs finished the year 11-5 with 2 losses against the Seahawks.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    That Denver game was another one that evil Josh Brown won at the end.

  17. With W Jones and Tatupu on IR and with Trufant, Sims and Hill back from the injury list, it will be interesting to see which Hawks are inactive for this game.

    Locklear and Gibson. Rankin. CJ wallace. Probably two D linemen and a DB also.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Bryant will find himself in his natural habitat, the inactive list, I’m sure.

  19. Interesting that ‘special team’ play was not addressed in the game items…
    It’s not an area we have excelled at and we were hammered in our last game… seems like we never get the upper hand there… (with the exception of Reed in preseason)…

  20. Ooops! That wasn’t preseason…

  21. BTW… in case you happen to get to Central FL, for golf, try:
    The course has more sand traps than any of the courses I’ve played in WA or Oregon…

  22. Chuck Knox had the perfect formula to neutralize Lawrence Taylor in the 86 game (or was it 87?). Gotta do that again today.

  23. Here’s a link to a live stream of the game if you can’t watch it on tv:

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