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Morning links: Keys to Hawks vs. Rams

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 29, 2009 at 6:45 am with 13 Comments »
November 29, 2009 6:45 am

Good morning. I’m heading over to the Edward Jones Dome in a few minutes, but wanted to post my keys to the game first, along with a few links from this morning.

Get Forsett some touches: Julius Jones is a game-time decision, but I don’t think he’ll play today. So it will be important to get the ball to Justin Forsett a combined 20 times either on the ground or through the air, and establish a running game to help take some pressure off Matt Hasselbeck.

Better special teams play: The Seahawks need to continue to work for some big plays on special teams in order to create better field position for the offense, so Nate Burleson and Louis Rankin will be important contributors today.

Generate some pass rush: We’ve been saying it every week, but they should get home today against a young, and inexperienced Rams offensive line. Seattle had two sacks early against Minnesota last week, but didn’t get much pressure against Brett Favre after that.

Stop Rams ground game: Whether its Steven Jackson or one of the Rams reserves, the Seahawks need to bottle up the St. Louis run game and force Kyle Boller and the team’s collection of young receivers to beat them through the air.

My story today details the historically low depths Seattle’s run game has reached this season.

TNT columnist Dave Boling says Hawks can be thankful the Rams are on the schedule twice a year.

Greg Johns of predicts a 27-17 win for Seattle.

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard offers three keys for the Hawks today.

ESPN’s John Clayton and Mike Sando discuss today’s contest in this audio link.
The conversation begins about 19 minutes in.

Cortez Kennedy makes the semifinal, top 25 list for the 2010 Hall of Fame.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch breaks down today’s game.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Good morning Eric, hope you and your family had a good Thanksgiving. Steven Jackson is key. Shut him down and win the TOP yourself and this will be another one sided victory against the Rams. Allow him to run wild, converting 3rd downs, controlling the clock and I fear we’ll then Boller dumping it over the LBs then forcing the ‘Hawks to get out of the box and play the same passive, off the line, deep 2 the ‘Hawks have come to love playing and then even Boller will be effective. That will not happen today.

  2. Dukeshire: Thanks, my family and I had a good Thanksgiving. It really does come down to stopping Steven Jackson today. Hope you enjoy the game.

  3. Eric, I’ve been watching Steven Jackson run since he was in Pop-Warner. He grew up two doors down from me in Las Vegas and played with my kids. The only time I root against him is when he plays the Seahawks. Our safeties and linbackers have had some good games against him in the past, but do you think that either Grant or Babs will stick their nose in the hole today? I know Hawthorne won’t shy away from a meeting but will the rest of the team? Stevie runs ANGRY. Can our defense match that intensity or will they end up with cleat marks on their chest. Happy Holidays.

  4. princeaden says:

    Duke, this may seem like a stupid question and I’ve been avoiding it for quite awhile, but I have to know. Is Toby Gerhart a senior this year? What do you think of him and where approximately do you think he would go in the draft? He’s not the prototypical homerun hitter. But, he is for sure a “one cut and go” downhill punishing runner(although I kind of suspect he is familiar w/the testosterone needle). I wouldn’t want to use a high pick for him. But, a 4th rounder might be a good pick. Just curious about your thoughts on this. Thanks.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    For what it’s worth IMO, this is the type of game where they really miss Lofa. He never shies away from a “meeting”. (I love that expression, by the way). Hill and Curry too like to hit (although Curry has had trouble whiffing). Where do you live down there? I lived in Henderson for 3 years near on Sunset just up from GVR.

  6. I lived in east Vegas on Doig lane in the early 90’s. Then bought a house on Wildhorse golf course in Green Valley. I live in Colorado now. When were you there?

  7. We will beat the Rams today. I simply hope there won’t be drunk kool-aiders who talk about how much improvement our offensive line is making. In case you’ve lived on Mars, we are playing the Rams today. While we are an embarassment, this is, well, the Rams. Don’t let today’s 100 yards rushing allow you to forget 7 days ago and about a month and a half ago where we set franchise lows in rushing yards. Go ahead and use the old excuse “but we were hurt” at HOME against Arizona… but what about 7 days ago? Were we badly hurt? And if you want to use the “but this was the Vikings excuse” then the Vikings must be shutting EVERY team they play to 4 yards rushing, right? It’s going to feel good to win by about 10 today and I’m going to feel pretty happy about it, but if we remember the big picture, this is the Rams, and we’re a LONG ways away from competing with “real” teams.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    He is a SR and had another fine game last night, 200+ yards. He reminds me a bit of John Riggins. Runs hard on every down. He’s had a monster year and is on most people’s short list of Heisman candidates. To me, he’s the type of player that scouts will downgrade and search for reasons to justify his numbers. His pro day and combine will shape where he’ll go in the draft as much or more than his play on the field, for good or ill. If he can run something like 4.50 or below I think he’ll be a mid 3rd or 4th round. He lumbers to a 4.7 or some such, he’s a late second day (or third day or however the primetime draft is set up). He’s a real try hard guy that fits the Ruskell mold. He might be better suited to FB in the NFL in the Leonard Weaver mold, for lack of a better reference.

  9. I wouldn’t take the guy in the 1st round, but he seems to run just as hard, with more speed and wiggle than TJ Duckett did. I always thought Duckett would be a first round bust though and you can imagine my “happiness” when we signed him:)

    The Stanford OL gave him some holes to run through and they line him up a bit furher back than most NFL teams so he can get a head of steam going towards the OL. If he were on this years Seahawks, there would be no holes and people would talk about how they hate him as bad as Julius Jones.

    If he’s put in the right situation, I think he could be a fine NFL player.

  10. Duke, what’s your final score: I’m sticking with 24-13.

  11. princeaden says:

    Personally, I like the guy. I’m admittidly old fashioned. And yes he reminds me of Riggins as well. Put a good line in front of him and he will rumble IMO. I’m interested in what BobbyK and others think about this topic.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    He’s definitely old school and brings a blue collar approach. (Well, as blue collar as a Stanford player is capable of. Zinger…) But yes, I can understand why he has appeal to fans. And Bobby’s right, in the right situation he could be productive. Just not sure with the instability around the ‘Hawks line this would be the best place for him. But if he fell far enough…

    Prediction – I’ll go 31-17.

  13. jjsnix : I do think they can contain Steven Jackson because they did it earlier this year. However, this game is on the road and the dome is empty, so I’m wondering how much energy the Seahawks will play with today.

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