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Morning links: 5 keys for Hawks vs. Redskins

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 27, 2011 at 8:45 am with 18 Comments »
November 27, 2011 8:46 am

Good morning. The weather calls for breezy conditions with rain and temperatures in the 40s this afternoon at CenturyLink Field, so dress appropriately if you’re headed out to the game today.

Here’s five keys for the Seattle Seahawks as they take on Washington in the beginning of a three-game stretch at home.

Protect Tarvaris: Washington has one of the best pass rush tandems in the league with edge rushers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. The Redskins have 31 sacks on the year, tied for second in the league, while the Seahawks are playing with a makeshift line and giving up 34 sacks on the year, tied for second-most in the league. So it will be important for right guard Paul McQuistan and right tackle Breno Giacomini to communicate, move their feet in pass protection and play together well in order to protect quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

Play with intensity: One of the things I think Seattle has done well during the past, couple weeks is play at a high intensity level, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. But playing against 3-7 Washington – losers of six straight – Seattle could be a little overconfident and might not bring their A game today. Head coach Pete Carroll needs to make sure his players are in the right frame of mind.

Feed the beast: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Seahawks have averaged 136 yards on the ground the past, three weeks. Washington allows 117 rushing yards a game on the ground, so we should see a steady diet of Marshawn Lynch getting the ball again this afternoon.

Win the turnover battle: The Seahawks have done a nice job defensively in this area the past, two weeks, forcing six turnovers in the last two games. Seattle has a -8 turnover differential in its six losses, and a +7 turnover differential in the team’s four wins. So turnovers will be a determining factor again in this one.

Score in the red zone: The Seahawks are 48.15 percent in the red zone, tied for 30th overall. For some perspective, Green Bay is second in the league in red zone scoring at 63 percent, so Seattle could be more efficient when they get inside an opponent’s 20-yard line. The Seahawks need to get into the end zone instead of settling for field goals.

Here’s my game advance for today, focusing on Washington’s ability to rush the passer.

Christian Caple of provides five things to watch in today’s game.

Clare Farnsworth of previews the game here.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times offers some keys to the game.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that the Seahawks are reversing a trend of adding smaller safeties who can cover with the success of Kam Chancellor.

Mike Jones of the Washington Post provides five storylines to watch for the Redskins, including how healthy the offensive line will be today.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes the Seattle is assembling a defense that is a force to be reckoned with.

Morning links
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  1. Palerydr says:

    I’d add a sixth key: REDUCE THE PENALTIES! The Hawks need to play every game like it’s their last cuz it is. Every game from here on out is a playoff game for them until they lose then well I’d say the dream is over.

  2. Can’t believe penalties wasn’t the first key!

  3. Our inhospitable weather, us inhospitable 12th men in both endzones, and a Redskins team losing 6 in a row and then flying across the country to play against us in this mess?

    Get your rain gear on. Today will be all about winning ugly.

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think it’s time to have big Red be our featured short yardage running back. Lol.

    And I predict 4 interceptions today! Hopefully we will get most of them.

  5. I’ll take the over on interceptions. Speaking of winning ugly, when you pair two of the worst “starting” QBs in the NFL against each other, I’m not sure how it can be a pretty day. Who knows? Maybe the sun will shine on a dogs ass and one of them will light it up? Stranger things have happened.

  6. bird_spit says:

    Today is all about beast beast mode, no win. Seahawks need to gut out a win via the run game. When they do pass, no penalties would go a long way.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    I agree about the penalties. This is a game Seattle has no business losing and the only way they do, is if they beat themselves. Run the ball, controll the clock, no penalties or turnovers, and this will be a W.

  8. Bobby, seriously its getting boring dude.
    Tjack might not be a superstar but he sure isnt in the worst in the league group
    We all know you dont think the guy is very good, youve told us on nearly every post since we signed him

    Lets enjoy the game, let the team play and let Tjack play

    Good or not Pete and the team believe in him and he’s tough never moans and always gives 100pct, thats good enough for me

  9. Soggybuc says:

    Not sure where you would rank TJ but there are worse, is Alex Smith any better? with out Gore he and the 9’ers offense were exposed. Painter, Skelton, John Beck, Rex Grossman, Clausen, Quinn? arguments can be made if he is at least a better option than most of them. Sanchez is looking more and more similar to TJ if not worse.

  10. Today will be a great day to watch and compare Trent Williams and Russell Okung. Both will be under pressure, both have struggled with some injuries, yet both are coming into their own as starting LTs. In the 2010 draft I wanted Williams, mostly because Solari was our coach then and Williams fit that zone scheme. At this point I think I’m glad we have Okung as he more a big nasty type. But neither of these guys have broken through yet to become dominating tackles. Either of them could lose the game for his team today, and either could shut down the weak side rush to help his team win.

  11. Settling for worthlessness at the most important position in sports is for losers.

  12. Bobby no need to get personal, youre better than that
    I guess youve been drinking again and will await tomorrows apology

  13. Tjackisabust. Thinking about changing your name??

  14. Bobby still thinks signing TJack was “settling for worthlessness”, but paying Kevin Kolb $66 Million was the smart thing to do. ;-)

  15. I’d take healthy TJack as my QB over Sanchez, Kolb, Grossman, McCoy, Cassell, Moore, Beck, Orton and lots of other talented players. Tear a pec muscle on any of those guys and put them behind a rookie offensive line to get hit 10 times a game and I doubt any of those guys could win. TJack can and does.

    If we can get an elite starting QB in Seattle next year, TJack will then be the most talented and most valuable backup QB in the NFL.

    Well, he’s a starter for now, and today, he’s going to kick some Redskin butt in the rain.
    Time to get the raingear on boys!!

  16. Soggybuc says:

    LOL, oh your 100% right on that Bobby but reaching out of desperation is far worse that letting a guy like TJ hold the fort for a short time. QB is the most important position and you have to give the FO some credit for not reaching and ham stringing the team for years Ala the Kolb trade in AZ. or the Orton mistake in Denver or the hope and a prayer waste of a pick like Clausen in Carolina.
    If “the guy” is just not there in the draft or a FA cant be found I would rather JS just keep channeling his inner Yoda until fate brings forth the one he can say “strong is the back shoulder throw in this one”!

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Really, when it comes to good qbs in the NFL, outside of just a handfull there just isn’t any! Imo. Hopefully that will change in the next few year for the NFL, and especially for the Seahawks.

    This will be a huge three game home stand for Jackson! He’s got some good pieces around him, and a good defense! If he can help win, or not help lose on this home stand than perhaps he will turn the corner.Hopefully!

  18. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Years! I must be thinking about that first cold one.

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