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Morning links: 5 keys for Hawks vs. Rams

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 30, 2012 at 6:49 am with 28 Comments »
September 30, 2012 6:49 am
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) fumbles the ball after being sacked for a 6-yard loss by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (91) during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. The Seahawks recovered the ball and went on to win 24-7. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Good morning. I’m getting ready to head over to the Edward Jones Dome in a few minutes. The weather is expected to be sunny and in the 70s, but that doesn’t matter because we’ll be inside.

Here’s five keys for Seattle as they take on NFC West division rival St Louis this morning.

Don’t believe the hype: I had to work in some Flavor Flav into today’s post. But seriously, Seattle has to move on from both the bad and good of Golden Gate. The bad of course is people around the country believe the Seahawks stole a victory they did not deserve. The good is Seattle’s defense finally got some recognition nationally, although it was probably not as much as that unit deserves. The important thing for Seattle is that they appeared to put the game behind them this week, and are all about business as they prepare for the Rams.

No action for Jackson: St. Louis running back Steven Jackson is questionable for today’s game with a groin issue. But he’s one of the toughest players in the league, so expect Jackson to play. I expect the Rams to try and take the air out of this game, running Jackson early and often to take some pressure off of Sam Bradford. But Jackson has never rushed for more than 100 yards against Seattle in 15 contests. I expect that number to reach 16 today.

Jump on them early: The Seahawks have defeated St. Louis 13 of the past 14 meetings. And they are the favorite heading into this game. But the more an undermanned St. Louis team hangs in the game, the more the Rams will feel like they can win. So Seattle needs to snuff out any thoughts of St. Louis escaping with a win early.

Clean up the penalties: Pete Carroll has focused on playing more of a clean game leading up to today’s contest. The Seahawks have 13 pre-snap penalties through three games. Only Dallas has more with 15. And the unforced errors are stalling drives on offense. If Seattle cleans up the penalties the Seahawks will get on the scoreboard more.

Convert on third down: Along with penalties, Seattle has done a poor job converting on third down. The Seahawks are 29.27 percent on third down, which is 29th in the league. So Seattle has to do a much better job in those situations, and that’s up to Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the rest of the offense.

Here’s my game advance for today. St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford has been sacked 12 times already his year. He’s been sacked 15 time and has a 63.1 passer rating against Seattle.

John McGrath of The News Tribune takes a light-hearted trip into the future, where the Seahawks are commemorating the 25th anniversary of Golden Tate’s “Simultaneous Possession” touchdown catch.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that keeping the pass rushing going is one of the keys for Seattle

Clare Farnsworth of writes that defensive tackle Brandon Mebane is making things happen.

ESPN’s Mike Sando notes that Chris Clemons is the leading sacker against the Rams.

Brian Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that games today against Seattle and on Thursday vs. Arizona will let folks know where the Rams sit.

Morning links
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  1. Let’s Go HAWKS! LEgion of Boom, Thunder & Lightning, Beast Mode, Taste the Rainbow, Turbinator, Dangeruss, kick those goats when they’re down, Isn’t Missouri the Show Me state? WEll Seattle Seahawks, Whatcha got to show US today? No false start penalties O-Line!!!!!!! Hopefully the Hawks feet are healed from shooting themselves in the foot for stupid penalties. Cmon’ Coach Peter!

  2. Carlsonkid says:

    Hoping the Hawks can right the ship today on 3rd down , both offense & defense . That’s an achillies heel the team needs to fix , along with penalties obviously . No turnovers & let’s get our first road win this year.

    Go Hawks !

  3. DreadHawks says:

    Would LOVE to see a dominating win by the Hawks today. Open up the Offense, Coach!

  4. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    nice to watch nfl countdown and see the hawks D getting credit for how good they are. can’t wait for the game. GO HAWKS!

  5. Run hard dont hold and keep The Legion of Boom in high gear.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, converting on 3rd on offense and getting off the field on 3rd on defense ought to be primary goals for this team.

    And I totally agree with Eric’s first “key”. That Green Bay game needs to be in the rearview, and they need to be 100% focused on the Rams, or they will lose. Fisher teams play hard every time, and this will be no exception.

    Lastly, I really would like to see improved play from Wilson. Patience in the pocket, and command of the huddle. No more wrong play calls, and no more inexcusable delay of game penalties.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    OPen up the offense… There is a very real reason the playcalling has been so conservative. And with modest success throwing the ball under those conditions, it would be unlikely Wilson would improve dramatically, if at all, by turning gunslinger. No, I’d like to see them remain conservative but less predictable.

  8. As long as they roll with the run-run-pass offense of the past 2 years, I don’t see how they will improve their third down conversions much. Carroll’s conservative nature kills any QB’s numbers.

    Yet somehow due to injury and bye week, I find myself starting both Golden Tate and Sidney Rice in my FFL. Boy am I screwed.

  9. Palerydr says:

    Good points Duke I agree with all and add win the turnover battle today.

  10. Seahawks22360 says:

    I agree with Pabuwal. Last game was too predictable. Run, 2 yds, run, 4 yds, pass incomplete, punt.
    They need to switch it up IMO. not necessarrily “opening up” the play book but maybe not being so predictable. LET’S GO HAWKS!

  11. MEhawkfan says:

    I hope Carpenter is really ready to go. I’d like to see him and Okung open up the left side for Lynch. Those two should make for a powerful run-blocking combination. It’d be great to see Lynch spending time in the Ram’s secondary.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Either pabuwal plays in a very deep league (16 teams) or his teams sucks, lol. I hope it’s the former, for his sake.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    The Rams have held the Bears and Redskins to under 200 passing yards each, this year…

  14. 12 teams in the league. Wallace has a bye and Britt is out. Blackmon isn’t going to get anything done with Gabbert. Julio Jones can be a beast at times.

    Rice (Ray), Eli and the Seahawks Defense have carried me to the position of leading cumulative scorer.

  15. My head might explode if there’s another delay of game penalty today.

    There’s always that thing called a timeout that you can call for when you see when there is only 1 second on the play clock and you don’t think the ball is going to get snapped in time.

    It’s no fun burning timeouts but 5 yards is an eternity in this offense so it’s worth it.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Rice isn’t a bad play. Even Tate at the flex would be okay. But starting both? There’s got to be somewhere else to look. Hankerson? Stokley? Walter? Roberts? I’m just saying, with Seattle’s offense, starting two of their receivers is really like playing with one open spot. At least IMO.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby – It’s not even about the yards, to me. It say more about control and composure, or lack of them. That’s the bigger issue as far as I’m concerned.

  18. My keys:

    Actually throw the football on first and second down in the first two quarters. Complete at least one pass per quarter to a WR downfield of more than ten yards. Throw the ball into the end zone to someone other than a double-covered Rice. Get the ball to Tate at least once a quarter in the open field or on crossing patters. Beat the crap out of Finnegan, but keep it legal! Dont rise to that MF’s bait, just silently thrash him.

    Score TD’s in the Red Zone. Dont expect 17 points to win the game. Score 23 points.

    On D: sack Bradford with the front four. Blitz on third down, and have it succeed. Dont give up third down completions past the sticks. Watch out for Amendola on crossing pattersn–dont you dare cover him with anyone but a fast corner–Tru cant do it, neither can Chancellor, and dear God in Heaven dont put a LB on him! Watch out for Gibson on the outside too, he’s better than the stats show and usually gives us fits.

    Play solid special teams.

  19. By far, it’s a bigger issue. I agree. All this undisciplined crap is driving me nuts (delay of game, false starts, etc.).

    There are plenty of penalties I don’t mind (or can at least understand) such as holding if a guy beats you and has a clean shot to kill your QB or playing physical in the secondary.

    I don’t mind the physical mistakes nearly as much as the mental ones. There will always be some of those misakes, but the key is to limit them as much as possible (the way Holmgren did over hundreds of game, and Carroll cannot and has not done is about 100).

  20. BobbyK–Yes, Ive been harping on the lack of discipline since day one. I like Carrol, but his inability to curb the stupid mistakes is maddening and worrisome. I dont want a new coach in a year or two, I want our coach to win NOW!

  21. raymaines says:

    Total yards passing is NOT a key indicator of success. Don’t pay any attention to that number. Third down percentage maybe, but not total passing yards.

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I would also like to see improvement from Wilson in the areas that Dukeshire mentioned. One positive thing though is he’s not foolishly turning the ball over, and that’s from a rookie who has faced three of the top ten defenses in the NFL with no #1 WR and a poor pass protecting o-line. Impressive.

    I would also like to see Baldwin come to life today.

    BTW- It’s been a long time,( being in Seattle right now ), since I watched a game starting at 10 am. It makes me think about the times,( when I was a kid ), when you had to change the channels on the TV manually because there was no remote control.
    Man I’m getting old!

  23. raymaines says:

    I’m also interested to see how GB handles the game against NO today. The Saints are going to get it together one of these weeks and GB might have a hangover.

    I think they’ll win, but I wouldn’t pick GB in a survivor contest this week.

  24. Wilson has a #1 WR. His name is Sidney Rice. The OC needs to call his number and Wilson has to get him the ball (but Wilson can’t if Mr. Happy/Cable/Bevell/or whoever hell the else shares playcalling dutues).

    If anyone watched any of Rice’s MN games in ’09, you would see a guy that gets the ball in tight windows and wins/fights for the ball due to his size.

    If anyone thought we were getting a Megratron or DeSean Jackson type of deap threat, they couldn’t have been more mistaken. No. 1 WRs come in different shapes and sizes and we have a No. 1 WR, it’s just that ours doesn’t run a 4.2 40 yard dash. But make no mistake, Rice is a #1 WR if he’s healthy and has a OC willing to get him the ball and a QB good enough to have confidence to feed it to him.

  25. I hate not being able to edit.

  26. hunterperk says:

    anyone know a website to livestream the game? stuck in denver this week

  27. I guess I’m not sure what a “#1 WR” is. Or if it matters.

    Receivers don’t work alone, they work in tandem. We have a great flanker (Rice), a very good slot receiver (Baldwin), an very good playmaker for 4-wide sets (Tate), and some guys trying to play split end, none of whom are adequate (Tate, Edwards). Since the split end and flanker are the two guys on the field half the game, we obviously have a serious lack at WR. If the only WR on the field worth covering is Rice, the passing game is toast.

  28. Carlsonkid says:

    Sigh …

    3rd downs . Offense & defense . Again . Still ..

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