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Morning links: 5 keys to Hawks vs. Eagles

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 1, 2011 at 7:24 am with 38 Comments »
December 1, 2011 7:24 am

Good morning. It should be a cold but dry one tonight, with lows in the 30s, so dress appropriately.

Here’s five keys for the Seahawks as they take on one of the best offenses in the league with Philadelphia coming to town.

Limit the penalties: We’ve discussed at length how Seattle’s needless penalties are costing this young team at the end of games. Seattle has to be more disciplined down the stretch. The Seahawks have given up 30 first downs by penalty this season; their opponents have only given up half of that (15).

Contain McCoy: Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy is probably the most talented runner Seattle will face this season. They already had trouble with a similarly explosive runner earlier this year when DeMarco Murray ran for 139 yards in Dallas. The Seahawks need to get all 11 defenders to the ball and swarm tackle the elusive McCoy.

Feed the Beast: Seattle has done a nice job of running the ball the last month, with Marshawn Lynch topping 100 yards in three of his past four games. That needs to continue, but even mores so in the final quarter. Lynch only had five rushes for 11 yards in the fourth quarter against Washington last week. Seattle needs to feed Lynch more at the end of the game in order to grind out the clock and keep Philadelphia’s explosive offense off the field.

Push the ball down the field: Seattle receivers had six drops last week. And with Sidney Rice done for the season because of back-to-back concussions, it will be up to Mike Williams, Doug Baldwin, Ben Obomanu and Golden Tate to create some explosive plays in the passing game and not allow the Eagles’ talented secondary to sit on short routes at the line of scrimmage. Seattle had just two passing plays of 20 or more yards against Washington. A good number to hit is four explosive pass plays a game, or one a quarter.

Play hard: The Eagles are dealing with a mountain of adversity and travelling all the way across the country on a short week. Seattle needs to test Philadelphia’s will early by getting after them and getting the CentruyLink Field crowd behind them. Attempt to take the Eagles’ fight out of them early in the game and see if they will fold.

Here’s my advance for tonight’s game. With Mike Vick and Jeremy Maclin out, the contest has lost some of its star power.

The No Huddle crew on the NFL Network likes Seattle in this one. Check out the video link.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Tarvaris Jackson has turned a corner with his health and practiced fully all week.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that it’s audition time for both Seattle and Philadelphia in his game preview.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that both teams have taken different paths to 4-7 records.

ESPN’s Mike Sando offers five things to watch for in today’s game.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald offers some keys to the game.

Art Thiel and Steve Rudman of both like the Eagles on this one.

Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News breaks down the game here.

Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News talks with Darryl Tapp, Owen Schmitt and Jason Babin about facing their former team.

Morning links
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  1. Forget trying to throw down feild, T. Jack will hold the ball too long, receivers will drop the ball, T. Jack will stare down or miss a wide open WR. The key to this game is smash mouth. We need to pound the rock over and over and over again. Beat this sh.. out of the D and just tire them out by running it down there throat. Oh yeah, no penalities, yeah right. Go Hawks.

  2. Wish I could watch the game, but it’s on at 2:30 in the morning, not really ideal

  3. Dukeshire says:

    I think you do have to take some shots downfield. Not that I encourage that to be a focus, but you can’t just let them stack the box. Baldwin and Obo both run great intermediate to deep(er) routes (digs, flag, deep outs…). Would love to see them try and take advantage of that while getting Lynch his 20+ carries, of course.

  4. Soggybuc says:

    I think if you can get guys like Baldwin and Tate to complete some shallow underneath routes it will force some single coverage looks on the outside and TJ seems more comfortable in those throws. If Butlers speed is fully recovered it will help keep the eagles honest in coverage schemes.

  5. jboard1 says:

    From the Bowen article, Tapp said, “Philadelphia fans, they’re bred to love their teams. The Seattle Seahawks are still kind of a new thing, and they’ve really had just one exceptional year. That’s the Super Bowl [XL] year. They have a lot of interest and a lot of energy out there, but here in Philadelphia, shoot, this is your blood.”

    Wow, glad that D-bag is gone..he obviously doesn’t get that WE bleed BLUE AND GREEN. Good lord i hope we tear their D apart tonight…i’ll be there screaming my lungs off. Let’s go hawks and 12th man!

  6. Several interesting things for me in this post:

    4. I guess I’ve been hibernating; I hadn’t heard Rice was done for the season until now. THAT SUCKS. In this case I don’t blame the player or even the organization, but it seems the Hawks have a huge history of big $ signings that go bust due to injury.

    2. Eric, is PC even aware he abandoned Lynch in Q4 last week? Sometimes I think PC is oblivious.

    1. Wasn’t there an article tin the Trib that even PC’s college teams were always heavily penalized? Welcome to the new Oakland Raiders……I’d really like to see PC fired, though I understand it isn’t going to happen.

  7. pabuwal says:

    Carroll didn’t abandon Lynch last week in the 4th quarter. Just showing his numbers presents a poor picture of what actually happened –

    * The Seahawks scored to go up by 10
    * The Redskins IMMEDIATELY scored to cut it to 3
    * The Seahawks ran on first and second down, gaining a total of 4 yards
    * The Redskins scored again to take the lead
    * Thanks to Giacomini’s chop block, the Seahawks started at 1st and 25. It was impossible to run and the Seahawks punted
    * The Seahawks, down by 3, got the ball back with 2:34 left at the 18 yard line thanks to Browner’s 15 yard unnecessary roughness penalty. It was impossible to run here at this point.

    So I would like to know how Carroll abandoned the run?

  8. If I was the Eagles I would stack the box regardless of whether the Hawks were running or passing, I just picture T. Jack on that forth down, my girlfriend and everyone else in the world(except T. Jack)saw that all out blitz coming. Seriously though, WTF was that, did he really not see that? On a ggod note, I see the stadium abandoned that gay ass “Verb” song or whatever it was called, didn’t hear it once. Thank you. Go Hawks.

  9. HawkfaninMT says:

    Off topic a bit…

    Sounds like the Vikings are getting ready to release Donovan mcNabb. Would cost 1.5M for the Hawks to get him for the rest of the year. Atleast then T-Jack could get healthy.

  10. Mcnabb is the last thing the hawks need right now. Give Portis the reps and experience.

  11. No to McNabb! Starting Portis is the only way to see if you’ve got anything with that kid. He’s the one who needs to start. The sooner, the better. Nobody can tell me that we have any type of future with our top two guys, so I’d like to see what we’ve got with the credit card thief.

  12. silverado110 says:

    I agree, Bobbyk..I always thought mcnabb was over rated..If he would have hit his marks aganist arizona they would have gone to the SB..
    As for portis they should put that kid in who knows what we really have..
    Were not going to the play offs..

  13. Start Mike Teel!

  14. David Greene never got a fair shake! lol

  15. “What the hell is Brett Favre doing here?”; “I’m in town to play the Dolphins, ya dumbass….” movie?

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Something About Mary

  17. BMW says, “I’m gonna execute a button hook pattern… super slo-mo.”

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Ace Ventura

  19. Start all the guys you beleive will be on the team next year and the ones that need to be evaluated or need game time experiance. That Washington game was the icing on the cake for this year. Time to let the little homies play and get some experiance. This will probably not happen however, it never seems that teams are willing to except defeat and play for the next year. You can still game plan and go for wins, just use the personel that needs to get the reps. Why don’t teams do this. If I see Charlie or any other back up in who has no shot of being on the team next year I will be pissed.

  20. Ace Ventura was Marino, Favre was the one in Something About Mary.

  21. Why do I have this quiet expectation that we’ll see good things from Dexter Davis next year? Maybe it’s just hoping he’ll be a pass rusher we so desparately need?

    If I had to say who the biggest bust of the season has been so far (not due to injury) I’d have to say Brock. I think more was certainly and justifiably expected from him and he’s simply flopped. Maybe it’s the Chris Johnson in him?

  22. Dukeshire says:

    TruBlu – I believe that’s what I had said (unless you’re clarifying for everyone else.)

  23. Dukeshire says:

    I’m not disappointed in Brock. First off, he’s 33. But more importantly, he’s not getting the snaps he got last season with Red’s ability to stay healthy. I really think what they got out of him last season was something of an anomaly. Not many 32 year old vets peak with their career high sack total.

  24. pabuwal says:

    Right Duke, it’s not like they are paying Brock anything resembling big money.

    It’s the guys getting paid the most money that aren’t producing that are the most disappointing.

  25. DFloydd says:

    HAHA! thanks for humoring me guys, too funny….wanted to lighten it up a bit with all this negative news about our favorite football team lately….

  26. You’re right, pabs, giving $4 million to someone who is terrible does suck.

  27. HawkfaninMT says:

    BMW has been my biggest disappointment thus far. Whether its on him or T-Jack I don’t know. Probably both. But I was expecting really big things with him working without all of the DBs attention on him. Very disappointing.

  28. BMW has a base salary of $1.75 million for this season.

    Come on pabs, I was hoping to bait you:)

  29. MikePDX says:

    I don’t have the NFL network on TV. Can I watch on Is it streaming somewhere?

  30. pabuwal says:

    BobbyK knows the way to bait me is to talk about all the “wonderful” thinks Hasselbeck is doing for the Titans and could have done for the Seahawks.

  31. pabuwal says:

    You can watch the NFL Network on VZW smart phones.

  32. Mike, if you live in the Seattle area, there’s a very good chance it’ll be on your local broadcast.

  33. It’s gonna be on JoeTV.

  34. MikePDX says:

    Portland, so no local stations here carry it. Arggg

  35. What’s a wonderful think?


  36. Anyone surprised that most of the pre-game stuff talks about Philly?

  37. 2 benefits to playing Portis:

    1. We will get a better idea of what we’ve got

    2. We will get a higher draft pick. I am in favor of losing to do so. Do we just want to remain in mediocrity for another few years? In the NFL, it seems a team has to get really bad & get top draft picks to get good.

  38. Isn’t it ironic that the Packers got Clay and Rodgers in the twenties but they took AJ Hawk in the top 5?

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