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Morning links: 5 keys to Hawks vs. Packers

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 24, 2012 at 7:58 am with 54 Comments »
September 24, 2012 4:13 pm
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, right, evades St. Louis Rams safety Quintin Mikell, left, and Chris Chamberlain, second from left, with help from Seattle Seahawks' Zach Miller (86) in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Good Morning. Here’s five keys for the Seattle Seahawks as they host the Green Bay Packers tonight on Monday Night Football.

A fast start: One way Seattle can control the tempo of this game is by getting an early lead, like the Seahawks did against Dallas last week. So creating some type of game-changing play early would help, like a turnover or special teams play. Scoring on the opening drive also would do the trick.

Limit explosive plays: The Packers have just seven passing plays of 20 or more yards this year, which puts them in a tie for No. 24 in the league. Last year Green Bay had 70 passing plays of 20 yards or more, No. 2 in the league. So the Packers are capable of gashing you with the big play. The Seahawks need to limit those big gains and make Aaron Rodgers grind clock and use the running game. The Seahawks defense has given up only six passing plays of 20 more yards, tied for fourth-best in the league.

Get off the field on third down: Seattle’s defense has allowed opponents to convert on third down 43.5 percent of the time, which is not good. The Packers offense is converting on third down 37 percent of the time. So the Seahawks need to do a better job here in order to keep Green Bay’s potent offense off the field.

Keep your composure: This young Seattle team hasn’t been in very many big games like this, so keeping their composure and not letting the moment overwhelm them will be important. Seattle finished with just five penalties last week after a season-high 13 penalties in the season opener at Arizona. Seattle just needs to play a smart game and not give Green Bay more opportunities to score by stupid penalties.

Feed the beast: It’s the goal of Seattle’s offense every week, give Marshawn Lynch the ball at least 20 times a game and let him do his thing. Lynch has rushed for at least 100 yards in six straight home games. The Seahawks need Lynch to make it seven to come out on top tonight.

Here’s my game advance for tonight’s contest. The Seahawks have a 17-8 record in Monday Night games, tops in the league. Seattle also is 2-0 against Green Bay on Monday nights.

John McGrath of The News Tribune takes a closer look at the national following developed by the Green Bay over the years. McGrath says the Packers fans have the most fun.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks will attempt to take advantage of the national spotlight by handling Green Bay tonight.

Clare Farnsworth of previews the game here.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that tonight’s game will serve as a barometer for where Seattle is at in 2012.

Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus, writing for ESPN, believes Seattle’s defense can contain Green Bay. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says that Green Bay’s offense has struggled to adapt to different defensive looks in 2012.

Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette provides three keys to the Hawks-Packers contest for Green Bay.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that the Arizona Cardinals are 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1974 with a convincing, 27-6 win over visiting Philadelphia.

Matt Maiocco of writes that the Minnesota Vikings, not San Francisco, looked like on of the top teams in the league in handing the Niners a humbling, 24-13 loss – San Francisco’s first loss of the season.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Rams received a dose of reality in a 23-6 loss at Chicago. The Seahawks travel to St. Louis, 1-2 on the season, this Sunday.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes that hopefully the NFL has reached a tipping point with replacement refs after another week of questionable calls.

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  1. I think your first Key is the most important we can not get behind in points.We have to pound the ball and eat the clock.Bring it on 12th man!

  2. All the keys sound about right. Great job. Really need McCoy and Tate to step up and be available options when they stack the box. They must beat their 1-on-1 matches.

    Can’t wait!


  3. chrisj122 says:

    One key to game should be to drug test Clay Mathews for roids or HGH, that boy looks like a monster!!!!

  4. FleaFlicker says:

    Interesting article by Insider-Alum Mike Sando:

    Based on seasons past, our playoff chances are:
    …..a coin-flip (54%) if we win tonight and go 2-1
    …..a long shot (24%) if we lose tonight and go 1-2

    Early games matter!

  5. Dukeshire says:

    I would also include here that giving Wilson clean (relatively) pockets is huge. That is, Matthews has to be accounted for, every snap. If he plays in Seattle’s backfield tonight, it will be a very long evening.

  6. RDPoulsbo says:

    The latest Real Rob Report:

    As for keys, running the ball and grinding out long drives will keep Rodgers off the field and keeping their offense from getting into a rhythm.

  7. If Hawks can bring the intensity of most 12th men, GB is going down! It is already a great day in the office because we have so many whiner and charger fans at work! I just smile while I hear all the replacement refs get bashed this morning. Um, maybe they should take care of business and take the refs out of the game, eh? These replacements are still better than the ones in Superbowl XV IMO. That was the travesty. The current refs are trying to get it right (no-win situation) and they have players and coaches behaving like babies.

    So pumped about tonight! Gooooo Hawks!!!!!

  8. HeinieHunter says:

    At the end of Week 3…… Only three teams undefeated. Wow!

  9. HeinieHunter says:

    I am worried about our lack of pass rush against AR tonight. I sure hope it rises to the occasion. In the past we always seem to lose the BIG games when we have the national attention. A win tonight and we will be 2-1 with our only loss a very close game, on the road, to 3-0 Arizona. That could be a bandwagon national media could jump on. A little recognition for a team from “Egypt” would be sweet.

  10. I think we’re gonna need my Man Golden Tate to step up. We need more than the three key catches last week–this week, we’re gonna need him to provide a spark AND move the chains regularly. We also need Braylon Edwards to get into the game, to make sure GB doesnt just double-cover Rice all damn game.

    I think its also important to get the two-TE sets and three-TE sets going early; both in the run game and the passing game. Keep GB guessing, and a) keep them from loading the box and b) force them to defend the entire field, not just jam the recievers and defend the short field.

    And of course, the line has to improve; Wilson cant do much if he’s running for his life all day, nor will Lynch be the beast if he’s getting hit behind the LOS.

    And yes, on D, getting off the field on third down will be HUGE.

    And last, but perhaps most important, playing disciplined football and limiting the number of penalties.

  11. Can’t wait

  12. If Marshawn rushes for 117 yards or more, he will lead the NFL in rushing .

    I think thats do-able.

  13. The keys are punching them in the mouth and stomping on their heads!
    Seriously tho, A lot more people are picking us to win tonight.
    Makes me more nervous.

  14. NYHawkFan says:

    Eric, FYI, if it’s no too late to change or edit… In your Kent Somers link you say that the Arizona Cardinals beat visiting Arizona.

  15. Nfllatestnews says:

    If any of you boys are betting this we tell you why here the hawks are a good bet!!

  16. Arizona Cardinals are 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1974 with a convincing, 27-6 win over visiting Arizona.”

    Doesn’t surprise me he has the tards beating themselves.

  17. chrisj122 says:

    Tonight’s game will be decided by the L.O.S. battle. I know, captain obvious, but true.

    If the Hawks fall behind early it could be a very long night. Our S.T. is going to have to show big and our D will have to be very solid for 4qts not just in the second half.

  18. HawkfaninMT says:

    Block BJ Raji and Clay mathews and the Hawks walk away with the win.

  19. HeinieHunter says:

    What would I dream for tonight’s game; Lynch going “Beast” and dragging tacklers on every carry, Wilson hitting deep on a couple of play action passes, and the pass rush announcing themselves by making AR throw early, off balance, and with no time to peruse the field. (Our overall defense is a given)
    Maybe not likely, but hey, you never know. I am hearing people calling this a “must win” game! It would sure be a sweet one to win but with only 3 teams undefeated after three games I don’t see this as being a must win as the Super Bowl berths appear to be wide open at this point.

  20. montanamike2 says:

    So stoked for tonight!

  21. C’mon guys, Mr Williams probably celebrated OAK beating PIT a little too much last nite, so there’s a coupla typos.

  22. NYHawkFan says:

    I’m looking forward to another Seahawk upset, setting the stage for a 10-6 season. Expect a replay of their win against Dallas. Great ST play, pound the ball with Lynch having a 125 yard game, Wilson having a breakout performance before a national audience, and Seattle’s defense keeping Clay Matthews off-guard. Ball control is the name of the game. Even if Jennings plays today, he’ll be watching most of the game from the sidelines. Hawks will win by at least 6 points.

  23. Week 1 SEA was favored to beat AZ 57% to 42%.
    Week 2 DAL was favored 68% to 31%.
    Week 3 GB is favored 59% to 40%.

    Hopefully, AccuScore is a reverse barometer.

  24. HeinieHunter says:

    Art Thiel calls Clink “the loudest saloon in Dodge”. Amen!

  25. Big pass rush needed by Hawks and big game by Wilson!

  26. Clemons and Jones getting some sacks, maybe Irvin makes his big debut tonight. Lynch rattling off 150+, it’s going to be amazing. Rogers is going to throw some picks early. Fantastic time, wish I could be there because the place will be shaking. Oh well, get to watch it in B-Town with a bunch of Packer fans at the Cloverleaf, should be fun watchin the beat down and talkin’ shit. Go Hawks.

  27. Dukeshire says:

    There’s very little value in taking the ‘Hawks and 3. If the line continues to move, like the Wynn that has it at 3.5 now, then maybe taking the points is worthwhile. Otherwise, it’s Seattle on the ML or GB to cover, as I see it anyway.

  28. Ewalters7354 says:

    All I wanna see is this team compete win or lose.What a difference a win last week does for this weeks aspirations lol.I for one would just love to see Russ Wilson have a breakout game with more than 1 passing td.Forget all the hype it’s still early in the season.Just play how you are capable and this team will be hard to beat.We’ll see…

  29. SeventiesHawksFan says:

    If I had to pick two primary ‘keys’ to this game, it’s:

    1). Consistent pressure on Aaron Rogers on defense and;

    2). Successfully running the football to keep the GB defense stacking eight in the box, which should then allow the 150 – 200 passing yards that’ll be necessary for RW to produce against Green Bay’s secondary.

    This assumes of course a few other reasonable assumptions: We don’t turn the ball over more than twice on in our red zone. Our defense stops their running game. No major blunders on special teams.

    I also strongly suspect that RW will end up passing for 200+ yards tonight, and in that sense this will not be a reprise of the Dallas game. The Dallas game was RW’s first game at home and we jumped out to a 10 point team thanks to special teams play. Our incentive was then to hold a lead, rather than take chances with pushing the ball down the field.

    One could assume that the pressure to move the ball and score points will be greater for this game.

    Add to all of that: Dallas’s pass defense is arguably superior to Green Bay’s.

  30. sluggo42 says:

    Run Run Run
    right through the heart of the GB D

    then run some more. GB cant stop the run, and they defend the pass well. THis game is right in our wheelhouse

  31. grizindabox24 says:

    I think 3rd down conversion defense will be huge and probably is the biggest liability so far for this defensive unit.

  32. Does SEA have any alternative to Tru in covering the slot?

  33. orbeavhawk says:

    Finally, it’s almost time to:

    “UNLEASH the BEAST!” and let him create another Earthquake in the endzone!


  34. Dukeshire says:

    klm008 – That’s a great question, right now. Moving forward I imagine Gorrer was brought in for just that reason. But if Tru were to go down now, I’d expect to see Maxwell move in there, and depending on the coverage, even Thomas.

  35. DanielleMND says:

    This game makes me nervous. We have a young team that could be over-confident after last week versus a team that can be scary good if it gets hot.

  36. Does anyone have any recommendations for movies tonight? I’d like to watch a good romantic comedy with my wife since nothing else is going on this evening. Runaway Bride, perhaps?

  37. Dukeshire says:

    I realize this is well over a year old, but look at Bees Mo get after it! Lol

  38. SandpointHawk says:

    So I’m watching Monday Night Countdown on ESPN and by what I’ve picked up so far the Green Bay Packers are on Monday Night Football tonight. I haven’t heard anything about who they are playing yet…

  39. sluggo42 says:

    I dont see any over confidence at all. I see serious as a heart attack. I think they learned last week what happens to an over confident team. Not many are picking the Hawks to win today. It is a good day to shock the world…

    I think GB makes a fatal error tonite. They are going to sell out to stop the run and force RW to beat them. And you know what happens?…..

  40. for those of us on the broadcast only tier, is any local tv carrying the game? if so, what time?

  41. Dukeshire says:

    SandpointHawk – ESPN can eat a bowl of dicks. That’s what I think about that. lol

  42. sluggo42 says:

    I dont see any over confidence at all. I see serious as a heart attack. I think they learned last week what happens to an over confident team. Not many are picking the Hawks to win today. It is a good day to shock the world…

    I think GB makes a fatal error tonite. They are going to sell out to stop the run and force RW to beat them. And you know what happens?…..

    Oh, and who decided to paint N Dames helmets glitter gold? ugliest helmet evahhhhh

  43. Less than two hours and I will be at home, enjoying good company, some wings, a few brewhahas, and watching the Seahawks battle it out with the Packers. I only ask for a good game and a Seahawk victory! Not asking for much considering that it is being played in Seattle. Go Hawks.

  44. Answered my own ?: It will be on KONG (Channel 6) at 5:30.

  45. Cant wait! REALLY hoping for a good game tonight! Can Bevell pull his head out before halftime? Will we have a pass rush? Can Trufant cover ANYONE lol!?

    IM gonna need a brew or three to quiet the butterflies. I feel like a total jinx after going to my first College game and wouldnt you know it WSU coug’d it again–glad Im only watching this one on TV!

    Im excited to see Lynch run, Wilson throw, and our D lay the wood! Also pumped to see if Tate continues to develop!

    Good Grief, I used the word Pumped twice in one post–Im being infected by Carrol! Nooooo! :p

  46. Er, what happened to part of my comment? Operator error, I suppose…

    Sluggo–Yep, ugly as hell–but who cares, ND sucks! :)

  47. i know – counting the minutes until i can get out of this office and in front of a tv – – – hello monday night – it’s been awhile for our guys, hope they do us proud.

    agree w/the post above, my two keys, 1) get lynch going and feed him the ball, and 2) get a rush on Rodgers. If those two things happen, then barring some unforeseen rash of mistakes, it should be a good, close game.

  48. I don’t expect pressure on Rodgers because we can’t get consistent pressure on anyone. Hardly ever. That’s just the way it is (consistently). Unless it’s like the Raiders game about 3-4 years ago when we had 93 sacks in one game (about 21 by Terrill himself), it just doesn’t happen. We need to overcome the lack of pass rush (at least we can usually stuff the run) and a rookie QB (at least the rookie QB is talented and worth developing for the future). Even if we get 5 sacks tonight, it doesn’t erase the fact that we have never gotten consistent pressure these past years. That doesn’t mean we can’t win though. And we’re at home!

  49. we did a decent job getting pressure on romo last week – – as we all know, it’s not necessarily about sacks, just got to mess with Rodgers’ timing a bit. That, plus the crowd, who knows . . .

  50. One word. TURNOVERS

  51. Dukeshire says:

    Typically I’d agree. But Rodgers is as cool in the pocket, with trash at his feet, as any QB in the league. Pressure isn’t enough for him. Seattle must get his to the ground. Sacks. They must get them to disrupt his timing.

  52. grizindabox24 says:

    Ricardo Lockette, newest member of the Niners

  53. I wonder how bad the people who liked Lockette with the Seahawks will now say how bad he sucks? Maybe about as bad as all of the “Kolb sucks” people?

  54. mojjonation says:

    Okung penalized on the third play.

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