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5 keys for Hawks vs. Broncos

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm with 13 Comments »
August 27, 2011 1:59 pm
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Seattle Seahawks players had their pre-game meal and went through a short, walk-through meeting here at the hotel in Denver before leaving for Sport Authority Field in a few minutes.

It’s pretty hot here, about 90 degrees, and we are expected to have thunderstorms later this evening.

Here’s five keys for the Seahawks heading into their final dress rehearsal again Denver this evening

Score: I thought we’d keep it simple, since the first unit offense has not got on the scoreboard yet in nine drives over two preseason games, including the inability to punch the ball into the end zone on first and goal from the 2-yard line against Minnesota last week. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson needs to show control of the offense, and to move the team down the field and finish drives.

Play a clean game: Coach Pete Carroll was particularly disappointed with all the penalties his team had last week – eight in the first half, including a head-scratching personal foul penalty on linebacker Aaron Curry. So he’d like to see the miscues cleaned up against Denver.

Defensive pressure: Seattle have four sacks in two games, and only two of those – one by Raheem Brock and one by Jimmy Wilkerson – have occurred with the starters in the game. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley would like to get more pressure this season from the front four, and the Seahawks blitzed more in the second game against Minnesota. So let’s see what kind of pressure they can generate against Kyle Orton.

Get a push in the run game: Tom Cable can’t be pleased with the 3.8 yards per carry Seattle is averaging on the ground so far. The Seahawks want to establish a consistent ability to run the ball, particularly on early downs. So look for the Seahawks to see what Leon Washington and Justin Forsett can do with Marshawn Lynch sitting this one out with a sore ankle. Tyler Polumbus and Robert Gallery on the left side of the line in particular need to play better in the run game.

Stay healthy: With the compressed time schedule one of the overriding goals for Carroll is keeping his guys healthy for the regular-season opener at San Francisco in two weeks. It’s why DE Chris Clemons and WR Ben Obomanu have not played until tonight, and also why the team is taking a cautious approach with OT Russell Okung and DE Red Bryant. So look for Carroll to get his starters out of the game early in the third quarter once he feels they’ve gotten enough work done.

Players to watch tonight: S Josh Pinkard, LB K.J. Wright, WR Golden Tate, WR Doug Baldwin, S Jeron Johnson, S Atari Bigby, S Mark LeGree, TE Anthony McCoy, QB Tarvaris Jackson, WR Mike Williams, WR Sidney Rice and CB Walter Thurmond.

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  1. Ewalters7354 says:

    Good stuff Eric.
    I would also like to see how this offense moves the ball.Hopefully TC has the oline ready to play better.The Broncos has pretty good pass crushers in Elvis and Von Miller so well get a good look at James Carpenter.

    Finally I hope to see better ball placement by Tjack.He throws curl routes straight to the ground and I hate that.

  2. Ewalters7354 says:

    rushers* dumb smartphone

  3. Soggybuc says:

    Was funny last game how we couldnt move the ball yet had a very nice TOP number. seemed a bit of 2 steps forward and 3 steps backwards. penalty’s had a huge hand in that.
    I’m not expecting the line to play ‘OMG LIGHTS OUT” tonight, but will be looking for them to be just a little bit better than last week. really thats all they need to do. get a tiny bit better every week. Bucky Brooks take on the Hawks was spot on IMHO. this will be a team that starts playing it’s best ball in the second half of the season.

  4. devisscher says:

    I think the 1st key to the game and the rest of the season is the QB play

  5. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    TJack better get his act. Pass pro wasn’t great against the Vikings but It was just fine against the Chargers, he just blew it with his bad pocket presence and inability to throw the ball away.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    ACIB- I challenge you to name 3 players on the ‘Hawks you like. Go…

  7. Ewalters7354 says:

    Amen Duke!

  8. I can name 5…but they’re all retired! (Just kidding!)

    In reality I love the core of this team right now. I sort of think of it like a college team with a new coach. It really takes about three years before you start seeing the payoff of the new coaching staff’s rec5ruiting ability. We are young…VERY young…but if they improve and gel together over the next couple years we could be a really, really good team.

  9. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    @Duke I assume you are bring sarcastic to prove a point but whatever: Mike Williams, Marshawn Lynch, Russell Pkung, Earl Thomas, Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, John Carlson, Sidney Rice, etc. I don’t even dislike TJack so don’t peg me as a hater because I want to see him improve substantially.

  10. I’ll probably know what happens before I actually watch the game. Gotta do some family stuff tonight, but NFLN has the game on at 9:00 a.m. (my time) tomorrow. Might try to sneak on the live chat a time or two to see what’s going on.

  11. Duke – Champ Bailey. Book is open.

    Never cheer against the Hawks but moves made have me scratching every other itch.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    @AaronCurryIsBUST – I am not being sarcastic. I read this blog as thoroughly as anyone here. And I have never read a post where you complimented anyone (let alone 3 players). From my perspective (albeit, potentially off) your schtick it pure criticism of Curry, that is only now beginning to stretch into other players / positions.

    For goodness sakes, you now “defend” Jackson by saying you don’t dislike him (when your entire schtick is hatred) by saying don’t peg you as a hater.

    Can’t have it both ways. That is; can’t tell others to not peg you as a “hater” despite your handle and the entirety of your posts here. And only now, when challenged, come up with a random collection of names you have not gotten around to criticizing and expect to be considered someone who only wants to see “improvement”. That’s straight bullshit.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    excile – No idea what you are referring to.

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