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Morning links: 5 keys for Hawks vs. Saints

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 8, 2011 at 7:23 am with 18 Comments »
January 8, 2011 7:24 am

Good Morning. We got a little dusting of snow today in T-Town, but that sprinkling likely will turn the showers this afternoon and then possibly back to snow tonight, so it should be a bit cold today.

Here are five keys for the Seahawks as they try to shock the world and beat the defending Super Bowl Champs, the New Orleans Saints, this afternoon.

Get off the field: I think this is the key for Seattle defensively. The Saints were 11 of 15 on third down in the first game, with quarterback Drew Brees methodically picked them apart. Seattle’s defense was 2 of 14 against St. Louis last week, and they need a similar effort against New Orleans on third down today.

Rally to the ball: Seattle got some help with running backs Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas being placed on IR this week, but the Saints still have other playmakers like Reggie Bush, Marques Colston and Lance Moore, great runners with the ball after the catch, so the Seahawks need to be sure tacklers and get 11 defenders rallying to the ball.

Score early: New Orleans does a good job with their 15-play scripted plays to open the game and is one of the top scoring teams in the opening quarter, with the Saints outscoring their opponents 112 to 33 in the first quarter. Seattle has been outscored in the first quarter 89 to 55. So they have to flip that result today. Similar to a heavyweight fight, the Seahawks have to withstand the early barrage from the champion and not get knocked out in the first round in order to have a chance to win the game late.

Ground and pound: I know a lot has been said about Matt Hasselbeck throwing for 366 yards against New Orleans earlier this year, but I think the key to Seattle’s success on offense will be running the ball and establishing some balance. But they are going to have to do it differently than last week with only two healthy tight ends. I think Seattle is going to have play a lot of three and four-receiver sets to try and stretch the Saints defense horizontally and run out of more passing sets when the Saints have their nickel and dime personnel on the field. However they chose to do it, running the ball effectively will be critical today.

Score in the red zone: The Seahawks did a nice job of moving the ball against New Orleans in the first game, but they only got into the end zone one time. They have to turn those field goals into touchdowns today, because you know the Saints are going to put some points on the board.

One of Seattle’s main objectives for Seattle will be containing Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees, one of the best in the business.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune offers his blueprint for a Seahawks win.

Doug Pacey of The News Tribune offers this story on Hawk One, the ultimate tailgating Seahawks bus.

A video that has spread quickly on Youtube appears to show that a 20 oz. at Qwest Field contains as much beer as a 16 oz, even though the larger beer costs $1.25 more. A $20 oz. beer costs $8.50, while a 16 oz beer cost $7.25.

First and goal released a statement about this video and says everyone will be served a 20 oz. beer until they get the problem solved with the vender:

“We received a copy of the YouTube video showing the quantity of liquid served in the 16 oz. beer cup is the same quantity that fits into the 20 oz. beer cup. This is the first time we have been alerted to this fact. Upon our internal investigation this afternoon, we discovered the cups that are marked 16 oz. hold 20 oz. of liquid.

Fans who purchased a 16 oz. beer actually received 20 oz. of beer for the 16 oz. price. Fans that purchased the 20 oz. beer received the amount they purchased. We are working with Levy Restaurants to follow up with the cup vendor about the measurement and to determine how long this has been occurring at Qwest Field. We are determined to find a solution as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we will serve domestic beer in the 20 oz. cup at tomorrow’s playoff game to ensure all fans receive the amount they purchase, and we will charge the 16 oz. price.”

Check out the video below.

You can check out the 12th Man flag being flown over the Space Needle here.

Clare Farnsworth of says the 12th man could be the Seahawks biggest advantage on the field today.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that we might be seeing an end of an era for Matt Hasselbeck.

ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his final word on the Hawks-Saints game.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports said the Saints will coast to an easy win.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated picks a Saints 20-13 win.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports writes that Pete Carroll’s philosophy of competing has translated into early success for Seattle.

Everyone from USA Today picks the Saints to win.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune offers extensive coverage of the Saints here.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Agree with your keys, Eric. Especially running the ball. I really think if Seattle’s going to pull this one out today, Lynch needs a big day. You make a good point about running while NO is in nickel but also, they have to keep them off the field. NO can’t be allowed to have the ball for 30 minutes. That’s too many too many plays to give that offense. This is the kind of game they traded to get Lynch for.

    Also, as important as it is to get pressure on Brees with Clem and Brock, I would actually like to see Curry blitz a bit today. They figure to give Bush as many snaps as he’s seen all season, and putting him in situations to pick up a big body like Curry time and again will wear him down. And Bush does wear down, that’s why his snaps are so limited. This is the kind of thing that shows up in the 4th quarter. Take another of Brees’ tools away.

    And lastly, ET needs a big day. Brees shreds cover 2 with vertical routes from Colston and Shockey. Keep Milloy up as a robber and limit the underneath routes; the drag / dig combos they love. That puts a lot of pressure on the rookie, but he ought to have learned a lot from their first meeting. He was a bit hesitant at times, especially on those double slants they run inside the 30. Commit and light fools up, ET!

    Man, I can’t wait to see how it all plays out. GO ‘HAWKS!

  2. pabuwal says:

    Can we get some average QB play today like last week?

    The first Saints game was the only game the Seahawks lost this year with average QB play.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    In fairness, that’s the only game they lost with good / great QB play. 32/44 366 1 TD and 104 passer rating. Hass will need to be better than average today, IMO.

  4. My key – score more points!

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Only the Seahawks Would be given a 10 1/2 point disadvantage,(most in playoff history for a home team), to a team that has never won a road playoff game!

    I don’t consider the Saints a great team. they were lucky that Brett Farve handed them a playoff victory last year!

    Time to crush some bones on Jones!

    Time to put Bush on his tush!

    Time to bring Brees to his knees!

  6. Palerydr says:

    I’m off in about an hour to catch the Sounders train got a ticket last min to attend. Have to agree with everyone’s keys run the ball, protect the ball, force turnovers don’t let them score td’s early, and get the crowd behind em 100%. I’ll do my part and bring it LOUD! I might even have 1 of those beers LOL not surprised at all that a vendor was caught cheating people of their money. Hopefully they have their contract terminated.

    Go Hawks!

  7. We must not forget the match in the Super Dome. In their own house, I think it’s ok to lose by 15 points to them, they do have much better players at almost every position. Furthermore, our offense moved the ball, and had Marshawn Lynch not fumbles the ball twice, it would have been a closer game, I don’t doubt that. Also, we just play so much better at home than on the road, home we look like an okay team, on the road we look like one of the league’s worst, and playoffs at Qwest Field with Carroll as coach, anything can happen. I’m not going to say if we win or not, because I don’t think we will, but I think we have a better chance than people give us credit for. Nor should we forget that even though Bush is extremely dangerous, I don’t think he gets 20 + carriers, and let us hope Julius Jones looks like Julius Jones of the Seattle days, it will mean that Bress needs to pass much more, and he has made a good amount turnovers this season. I am quite hopeful, but so was I before the Tampa game, and that didn’t go well.

  8. Run the ball, put some pressure on Brees – we do those things well, we’ve got a shot.

    Hasselbeck is a big part of things, obviously, but he’s far from the only key to this game, esp if it’s going to be a rainy game.

    What’s the word on Locklear? And is Okung moving around alright on that ankle?

  9. princeaden says:

    It may be just foolish optimism. But, I think we have a real shot to shock people today. If we can win the TO battle and balance out the offense with say 80-90yds. rushing from Lynch, we can pull this off. If the Saints are leaning on Bush to run the ball, he certainly will put in on the ground one or more times. Unlike the Atlanta game they must get on those loose balls. Go Seahawks!!

  10. BobbyAyala says:

    We have every psychological advantage in the world.

    Does that mean the Hawks shock the world?

    Indeed it does.


  11. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Absolutely BobbyA…


  12. Dukeshire says:

    BTW, I love their take on the beer situation; you didn’t pay more for the same amount of beer. Not at all. Those who bought a small actually got a great deal! And I really like how they tell us they will be serving all domestic beer in a 20oz cup. Well, no sh*t. Those are the only cups you’ve got! At least they are selling them at the 16oz price. Only a 200% mark-up rather than 300%.

  13. I’ll say it again, keep it fair refs! Keep it fair!

  14. tick, tock, tick, tock…

  15. MattandCindy says:


    HAWKS 24 – SAINTS 13

    P.S. – i accidentally saw into the future…but that’s all i saw.

  16. Duke,

    Only a 200% mark-up? When was the last time you bought beer at Quest Field?!

    I would say $9 for a 20 oz beer (in a plastic cup) is more like a 1000% mark-up, if not more.

    The pre-game in 710 KIRO AM is already rolling.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Audible – I just threw a number out there. Considering you can get a half-rack for less than 9 bucks, yes, at least 1000%.

    NFL Network had a nice piece on BMW. He said that he knows some think he’ll revert to his old ways now that he signed his extension but he couldn’t care less. He has goals that have nothing to do with money, like earning team captain status. Great to hear.

  18. SandpointHawk says:

    I bye a keg of prime stout (120 aprox 16 oz) at $120 to $150…do your math again…

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