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Morning links: 5 key to Hawks vs. Cowboys

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 16, 2012 at 7:50 am with 81 Comments »
September 16, 2012 7:50 am
Dallas Cowboys running back stiff arms Seattle defensive back Earl Thomas in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Good morning folks. Looks like weather will not be a factor this afternoon. The forecast calls for 79 degrees and sunny at game time, so if you’re headed out to CenturyLink Field enjoy the game this afternoon.

Here are five keys for the Seattle Seahawks as they take on the Dallas Cowboys in the team’s home opener.

Tate the playmaker: It’s time – Seahawks receiver Golden Tate has to finally realize the potential we’ve seen during practice and in training camp. Seattle had only one pass play over 20 yards last week, and Tate is one of the few players who can create explosive plays after the catch. Seattle need to get him at least eight touches today, either on bubble screens, slants or stop routes out on the perimeter to help soften up the Dallas defense.

Contain DeMarco Murray: The Oklahoma product ran wild against Seattle in his rookie season last year, finishing with 139 yards on 22 carries. Specifically, Murray hurt Seattle by getting to the edge of the defense. The Seahawks understand how the Cowboys will attack them, along with the physical way Murray runs, and need to have a tackling plan for the big, physical back.

Get after Romo: The Seahawks did a better job of getting after the passer in the second half against Arizona — those pressures just didn’t result in sacks. But against Tony Romo the Seahawks need to make sure they have pressure in Romo’s face or else he’ll pick them apart for big gains. Seattle also has to make sure not to let Romo scramble outside the pocket and distort the defense for big gains.

A Beastly Lynch: Marshawn Lynch was solid against Arizona last week, finishing with 85 yards on 21 carries. But I expect him to have even more of an impact against Dallas this week. Lynch ran for 135 yards on 23 carries at Dallas last year, and I think he will have a similar impact today in order to take some of the pressure off Russell Wilson. Seattle also needs to focus on getting touchdowns instead of field goals in the red zone. Handing the ball to Lynch could help that situation as well.

Avoiding 0-2: If Seattle loses to Dallas and starts the season 0-2, history tells us the Seahawks will have a tough time making the playoffs. According to ESPN, only 12 percent of teams to start a season 0-2 (22-184) have reached the postseason since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes highlights Seattle’s tough schedule the first eight games of the year, putting even more importance on getting a victory at home against Dallas today.

In my story today, the Seahawks are concerned about defending Dallas running back DeMarco Murray. Red Bryant: ““We know we have to get his cleats out the ground. We know the way they attacked us; they attacked us on the edges in terms of their blocking scheme. And so they had a real good scheme against us. And so we’re anticipating that it will be similar to that, what they had success with last year. And it will be our job to see if we can respond.”

Clare Farnsworth of previews the game here.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times offers some keys to the Seahawks-Cowboys contest.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin needs to start showing why Seattle made him a first round draft pick. previews the game here.

Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson has the latest Real Robinson report in the video below. Robinson talks with Golden Tate and James Carpenter

Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News offers four keys to the game for the Cowboys.

Morning links
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  1. FleaFlicker says:

    Love Boling’s take on week 1.5:

    “That also happens to be the interminable period of time when fans of 0-1 teams are forced to stew in their anxieties, imagine the worst, question staff decisions and player shortcomings, and generally develop self-induced hypertension.”

    Basically sums up the Insider Blog!

    Tough game today, no doubt about that. If we can lock up a few of those areas that Eric highlighted above, this could be a W for the blue and green.

    Go Hawks!!

  2. bbnate420 says:

    Eric, are the Sacramento Kings going to become the new Seattle Supersonics? Sorry, I know this isn’t a football question!

  3. Carlsonkid says:

    Off to the game I go ; stepped up and spent a little more on season tickets this year so we have better seats .

    .. if the O-line can just keep Wilson upright , it all starts there .

    GO HAWKS !!

  4. bbnate420 says:

    This game is HUGE for the Hawks this year!!!!!!!! If they go 0-2, and probably 0-3 as GB has 3 extra days before they come her that is almost insurmountable.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Boy, if Seattle is relying on Tate to step up, in order to win, they’re in dire trouble. IMO, the most important thing for Seattle today is giving Wilson a clean pocket. Allow Wilson to settle down. If he’s on the run, Dallas wins.

    I would also put on this list that the secondary needs a big-time game today. Dallas spreads it around, especially testing the top of defenses with Bryant and Austin. Sherman and Browner have to be physical and disruptive at the line. No free releases!

    After that, just play Seattle football: run the rock, and stop the run.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    0-3 would be worst case scenario obviously, but with 5 division games ahead of them, it’s not the end of the world. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

  7. confucious says:

    Linebackers had better pass defend or Romo may have a field day. He is a bit more experienced than Skelton or Kolb. RW needs to learn to stay in the pocket (when there is one) he seems to run out early.

  8. Ewalters7354 says:

    I say Golden Tate has 3 catches for about 23yrds.Hope I’m wrong but I just dont see any way that he helps the hawks.Personally I still prefer Braylon Edwards at starting SE.

  9. FleaFlicker says:

    Well, Vegas has the over/under on Marshawn at 77.5 yds. The world is still against us….

  10. bbnate420 says:

    Vegas just reflects how people bet. Doesn’t really mean anything when it comes to the actual games.

  11. Bbnate420: The Kings makes the most sense right now, but I wouldn’t rule out Charlotte, Memphis, Atlanta or Milwaukee.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Right. Odds reflect exactly what everyone else thinks of you. Bookmakers are neutral. It’s pure business for them.

  13. FleaFlicker says:

    Dukeshire, I’m not hating on the bookies. Just observing the prevailing opinion among the wagering public. Personally, I think they’re dead wrong!!!


  14. bbnate420 says:

    Thank you, Eric. I just asked because I know you are a big Seattle Basketball fan.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    FleaFlicker – I hear you. I hope they’re wrong too, trust me. lol

  16. Bold prediction: Irvin gets 2 sacks today and Golden Tate has 60 yards with 1 TD. Beast Mo runs wild and the Seahawks beat the Cowboys by 10 points.

  17. FleaFlicker says:

    That’s pretty bold

  18. Ewalters7354 says:

    Lol…very bold

  19. bbnate420 says:

    I’m going to make a controversial statement.

    GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. bbnate420 says:

    A bold prediction, Anthony McCoy gets 50+ yards and 1 TD!

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Excuse me, they’re the Seahawks. Hawks is insulting and not showing them proper respect… lol

  22. montanamike2 says:

    I didn’t mean to stir things up this morning, glad we’re past all that.
    Pretty quick i’m off to meet my group at the bar. I’m rooting for Tate and McCoy to have big days. By the way , my wife is driving me and picking me up so you guys get my drift. Any Giving Sunday.
    Go Seattle Seahawks!!!!! lol

  23. My bold prediction is that McCoy has a ball hit him in the hands and he catches it!

    I’d say the biggest key to the game is to get a time machine and let Wilson play in 30 NFL games and then bring him back to now so he’s got a bunch of experience under his belt. That’d work wonders.

    I’d like to see Tate/Rice combine for about 175 yards with a couple of TDs.

  24. Seahawks2620 says:

    I don’t think Bruce showin up today can be stressed enough. He really needs to have a solid game today. That could be one of the few things that could determine this game. Here is to hoping we see a Seahawks win today men. Come on Hawks, show me something!

  25. Montanamike2–Have fun in Bozeman, wish I was there! Go Hawks!


    Bold prediction: if the line plays well, Tate will have at least three catches and two game-changing plays. He wont be our savior. If the line doesnt block well in both phases, we lose big. Period.

  26. Hey HelenaHawk–If youre out there, where can I find the game when Im stuck in Helena on Sunday? You dont have to hang out with me, just point me in the right direction.

  27. montanamike2 says:

    Thanks guys, i’m off.

  28. bbnate420 says:

    I don’t know, BobbyK. I think I already called 4 at least 2 McCoy catches! ;-)

  29. psoundpowerhouse says:

    Turn on the t.v. and it’s all Dallas. Wow Seattle has no chance.
    Then you factor in “the ancient indian” curse.
    Maybe we should just forfeit the game today and weigh our options for next week.

  30. BOLD prediction…. Win or lose the fan base will overreact. :)

  31. Ewalters7354 says:

    Bold prediction:Evan Moore will actually block if he plays.Lets go Evan!

  32. Dukeshire says:

    Skavage – That’s funny because it’s true.

  33. bbnate420 says:

    Skavage, I honestly think there is 100% chance that you’re right! That should be my real crazy prediction!

  34. bbnate420 says:

    I won’t drunk react this week. I will probably refrain from commenting on this weeks’ game until Monday!

  35. bbnate420 says:

    I hope!

  36. Dukeshire says:

    That’s generally my tact, too. Helps save me from myself.

  37. bbnate420 says:

    Time will tell. I’m not going to drink for this game. I honestly just want to stay awake for this game. I have been up since like 4 am. Hardly slept last night. I’m sure I will stay engaged as long as we are winning at half or are with in 7 or so points. Hopefully, it’s not a lost cause.

  38. Dukeshire says:

    Where do you live? Out here or east?

  39. bbnate420 says:

    I live in Tacoma if you’re asking me Duke.

  40. bbnate420 says:

    I went out until like 10 pm, and then slept from like 11 to like 4 something am. I don’t know why I woke up. I couldn’t go back asleep. Hopefully I can stay awake through the game. If it is interesting, I’m sure I will.

  41. iHateHarbaugh says:

    you want BOLD? Evan Moore is this week’s Kevin Ogletree… lol LEGGO!!!! WE GOTTA BRING IT!!!!

  42. bbnate420 says:

    Trufant will hopefully introduce Ogletree to the ground. I was good friends with Trufant in 1st-3rd grade, not that it matters.

  43. Vancouver_Hawk68 says:

    As so often in football, this will come down to the line play. If the O-line can contain Ware (at least in a relative sense) and has improved the blitz pick up, RW will do better and with more time, the receivers have a better chance of getting open.

    The D-line MUST generate pressure or Romo will pick the secondary apart, no matter how good they are. Irvin, I am looking at you. This is assuming that the run defense plays up to its usual standard as opposed to letting Mr. Ryan run wild like last year. The 12th Man needs to cause multiple false starts as well.

    Unfortunately, I won’t be able to add my voice and stream it from Santiago, Chile instead. My palms will be wet though.

    Go Hawks!!!

  44. Dukeshire says:

    I thought you lived back east, for some reason, nate. That’s cool…

    If it makes anyone feel better, the Cards are playing the Pats *very* tough.

  45. I need a good start for the Hawks today – my pessimism is kicking in, man we need this one. . .

  46. Pumped for the home opener!


    #1 12TH MAN makes life hell for the Cowboy’s offensive line.

    #2 Relentless pressure and vicious man coverage makes life hell for Romo.

    #3 Commit to the run game and never stop.

    #4 Wilson must expect the pass rush, even invite the pass rush, and be ready to take advantage of the rush by using Tate, Baldwin, McCoy and Evan Moore in the game on screens, crossing routes, or check-downs.

    #5 and an extra dose of crazy 12th Man Luck wouldn’t hurt.

    Heading to the Pyramid beer garden soon to raise a cup to all your guys in honor of opening day!!!

  47. Dukeshire says:

    Cheers, Stevo!

  48. boycie99 says:

    Key to the game is the coaches to put a good game plan together and the players to execute.
    Last week, all week it was stressed the Cards would Blitz every down, they blitzed every down and we couldn’t stop it, thats bad coaching.
    This week the talk is Murray will attack us on the outside, i will be more than upset if we don’t contain that with scheme and he repeats what he did last year.
    Bevell needs to allow Wilson to play and not tie him up with a reduced and predictable play book otherwise we see a repeat of last week, a scared QB and receivers not sure where or if the ball is coming.

    To me win or lose is how prepared the coaches are, lets not get outsmarted and outcoached again

    Go Hawks, control the clock and win the game comfortably

    24-10 Hawks win

  49. We could win this. They’er looking past us. We had a wake up call. And we have them outnumberer 12 to 11.

  50. outnumbered

  51. bbnate420 says:

    Duke, I would bet you thought that because I post in the middle of the night, west coast time regularly. I was an EMT, but I am now entering my 2nd/3rd year of Radiological Technician school in a week or so. So I had no job or school for a little while, but now I am going to be busy as hell again. Any hoo, hopefully the Hawks grow at least. Here we go.

  52. SandpointHawk says:


    In particular, former Pac-12 Conference official Jeff Sadorus, who worked last week’s Seattle Seahawks-Arizona Cardinals game as a field judge, has officiated Seahawks regular-season practices for the past three years — and therefore received paychecks from the team — according to two sources affiliated with the locked-out referees…

  53. bbnate420 says:

    I usually don’t leave this, but

    GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. sluggo42 says:

    Anyone notice AZ is not getting pummelled by the Pats?

  55. bbnate420 says:

    BTW, sorry again to anyone I was an asshole to last Sunday! I was drunk and an idiot!

  56. Vancouver_Hawk68 says:

    Sluggo42, very good point. The Cards sacked Brady three times and kept him to 75 passing yards in the first half. All of a sudden, the performance of the Hawks offense last week appears in a different light. I am thinking Brady’s tight ends will catch the last second end zone passes though. Darn.

  57. Ewalters7354 says:

    bbnate,you are a faithful blogger.So you are good in my books no matter the disagreements.I just don’t get how some bloggers come from behind rocks after a win or a lost and wanna bash the team but during the week they are no where to be found.No offence to you guys whom head the hat fits,I’m just saying…

  58. Come on man, (nate) the drunk posts are always the best!!
    Mondays are for apologizing.

  59. and Plan B

  60. anybody know if Zack miller and russell okung are playing today?

  61. This week is important not in a W/L to me but total effort from players coaches alike.

    If they don’t play well today you could easily be looking at 0-4 with a road game at Carolina. All of this due to confidence levels going down or trust in each other or just pressing too hard and making mistakes.

    Not saying this will happen but a possiblity.

    Now if you come out and play well this week by a team that is basically considered a TD better on a neutral field then you continue to build around a Young QB and gain confidence and look forward to continued improvement throughout the season.

  62. what’s with the replacement ref getting kicked out of the saints-panthers game?

  63. Missed that!! What happened?

    Speaking of NO – they have looked horrible

  64. His facebook page showed him (side judge) in saints gear, so the NFL pulled him from the game. Wish they’d seen a couple facebook pages for the SB XL refs…

  65. He was posting pics on his facebook page of himself & friends dressed in Saints jerseys etc…. NFL didn’t want any bias claims..

  66. Okung looked like he was getting around pretty good in that video..
    (it was him right?)

  67. Okung is out

  68. Cards blocked NE punt, ball on the 2 and AZ takes over…

  69. KIRO just said Okung is out

  70. SEA Inactives: WR Charly Martin, T Russell Okung, T James Carpenter, CB Jeremy Lane, S Winston Guy, DT Jaye Howard, RB Kregg Lumpkin

  71. Hammajamma says:

    Bold predictions revisited: Bruce gets his first sack chasing down Romo from behind. Tate scores but doesn’t look good doing it. RW shows progress and continues to be cool. 89 steps up today. Mebane, looking for a bigger jock strap after a monster first half, is told by the equipment manager “they dont make them that big.”

  72. Item #1 for now and the next 7 weeks –

    OL actually has to do it’s job CONSISTENTLY – Waiting till week 8,9, or 10 every year to play well is UNACCEPTABLE!!

    Item #2

    The defense has to provide pressure CONSISTENTLY and not totally fall asleep for stretches (see Kolb time last week)

  73. How can the NFL NOT see that the replacement refs are hurting them and the integrity of the game.

  74. HeinieHunter says:

    The more I watch the rest of the league, the more I think this years Hawks are a Hollywood facade. WR, OL, and pass rush are painted sticks and paper propped up by two x fours. They don’t hold up when put to the test. It looks like we will be battling with the Rams for last place in the West.

  75. sluggo42 says:

    Dockett crushed Pats run, Punt…

    I foresee the NFC west being the league bullies now…

    Damn the East coast bias…

  76. The Refs in the Balt -Philly game are terrible!!

  77. Really Heine? You don’t see the Hawks being one catch away from beating AZ at home a good thing now? How they are beating the Pats..

    And since the NYG looks horrible vs the Bucs it doesn’t give you hope that Dallas may not be as good as they seemed after week 1?
    And they might be a little rusty after 11days off?

    It’s always doom & gloom.

  78. abqhwkfn says:

    No pass rush. No offense. seem familiar?

  79. mojjonation says:

    Good God. The back judge was staring at the hold infront of him and didn’t throw the flag. Ed Hoculi where are you?

  80. mojjonation says:

    Thank God Lynch got stopped before he got inside the 20. We’d of kicked a field goal if he’d of made it into the red zone. Nice throw and catch on that TD.

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