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Morning links: Strength meets strength when Pats visit Hawks

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 9, 2012 at 7:54 am with 22 Comments »
October 9, 2012 9:29 am
Seattle Seahawks' Brandon Browner (39) reacts after recovering a Carolina Panthers fumble during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune notes that the Seattle Seahawks are ranked as the NFL’s No. 1 defense through five weeks. The Seahawks will host the New England Patriots this Sunday, the No. 1 ranked offense after defeating Denver 31-21 over the weekend.

“It doesn’t mean much right now … it’d be really nice to be No. 1 at the end,” Seattle head coach Pet Carroll said about his team’s No. 1 ranking. “It’s a good statement at the beginning of the season that our guys have gotten off to a great start. … It’s fun for those guys to know – it’s a very prideful group – but does it mean anything? Not really. What we’re going to do this week is what counts.”

Clare Farnsworth of takes a look back at what went well and what needs works for Seattle against Carolina. Good – Brandon Browner, Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson. Bad – Penalties, third downs and taking care of the football.

Comments from Earl Thomas about Cam Newton created a minor stir nationally on Monday. Here’s what Thomas said about Newton: “We know he’s a great dual-threat quarterback, but once we bottle it up and frustrate him, we know he’s going to tank a little bit. We were able to do that today.”

I wasn’t around when the Associated Press reporter talked to Thomas. But I did talk to Thomas after the game, and he gave Newton credit, saying he played a great game. I’m not surprised by the comment. Thomas is a very confident player – really the whole defense is – and they feel like they can rattle any quarterback in the league if they play their game. So the comment is no disrespect to Newton, but more a reflection of how players on Seattle’s defense feel like they are playing right now.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times takes a look at what went right for Seattle against Carolina, noting the Seahawks corners are living up to expectations, and Zach Miller is move involved in the offense.

KJR’s Hugh Millen analyses the Seahawks and Russell Wilson’s performance in this audio link.

loved Kansas City offensive lineman Eric Winston’s comments after Kansas City fans cheered when their quarterback, Matt Cassel was knocked out late in the game. Sometimes perspective is needed when fans start to take on a mob mentality.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    No one ought to be surprised by Thomas’ comments. I think that’s something the entire league knows about Newton: he’s a pouter if things don’t go well. Hell, he was nearly in tears in front of a national audience on Thursday night a couple weeks back, against the Giants. No, all Thomas did was speak the truth. In fact, sounds like the kid-gloved it to me.

    Defense doesn’t win championships. Good (great) defense gives your offense a chance to win games. Better the defense, the less an offense has to do. Seattle’s offense will have to pull their weight, this week.

  2. montanamike2 says:

    How things have changed for Newton in only a month.

  3. Eric, I like that you don’t just give us links, but add your comments to some of them. Thanks for keeping the blog fun and interesting. I know your days get very busy during the season, but we certainly appreciate all the work you do.

    Does anybody know when the last time the Seahawks had the top-ranked defense this far into the season? What was the ’92 defense ranked?

  4. Palerydr says:

    Not surprised that Newton is reacting this way it’s his pattern remember he quit Florida cuz he couldn’t beat out Tebow. Hopefully he has the right people around him to overcome this character flaw.

    No Duke I disagree a defense can win a championship but I will concede they have to be really special. Our defense is playing really good right now but they aren’t special not yet anyway. We’ll see how things are after this game Sunday. This will be their mid term exam and they need to pass with an A.

    I also agree our offense has to play better this week as FG will not win this one unless it’s the last second variety.

  5. FleaFlicker says:

    Taking nominations for best play of the year (offense or defense)….

    Personally have to go with Brandon Browner’s unassisted quadruple play:
    1. Look off Newton during an option run and force the pitch
    2. Make the unassisted tackle on the RB
    3. Make the unassisted strip of the ball
    4. Make the unassisted recovery of the fumble

    Need to find that replay on YouTube or something. Simply amazing.

  6. For this defense to move from elite to one of the best ever, they have to produce more turnovers and score points themselves.

  7. montanamike2 says:

    I think we are elite at home, on the road not so much but getting better.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Palerydr – I suppose we just see it differently. And understand, I see the game primarily through a defensive perspective, but until defenses score more than their offensive teammates, the D can only put the offense in a position to win, IMO. Regardless, Seattle is putting together one of their best in franchise history. Their not the ’85 squad yet, but a beatdown and turnover fest vs the pats would go a long way.

  9. sluggo42 says:

    newton = typical spoiled brat, throws self to ground and flails. Thomas has him totally pegged.

    IF… and that a big IF.. if the boys contain NE this week, it sets up the first showdown against the 49ers to be an incredible game. I think even if they lose a tough game it will as well. If they get exposed in some way, it will take away a lot of the national audience.

    This is kind of a pre-big game – big game. Believe it or not, we are in a position to be seriously considered as a true force. Pretty early in the entire team rebuild process.

  10. ChrisHolmes says:

    The game has changed. You used to be able to win a Superbowl on defense. But those days are long gone. It’s a passing league now.

    I certainly like where this defense is headed. I honestly thought Green Bay would torch us, and they didn’t. So I have hope against NE.

  11. NYHawkFan says:

    @Sluggo I look forward to the SF game as well, as it should be quite a defensive battle. However, I’m concerned that the Seahawks will have a short week to recover and prepare.

  12. Well, I would say this next game will go a long way to deciding whether a good defense is more important than a good offense. I can hardly wait – this is going to be a great test for the Hawks.

  13. abqhwkfn says:

    Im happy to see Zach Miller become more involved in the passing game. The play action fake is an asset of RW.. Id like to see him find Zach more down the seam and in the middle of the defense. I think we see at least one shot down field to Sidney Rice. Slowly but surely i think we will start to see the playbook open up.

  14. Well, well, well…we get to see HOW GOOD the #1 defense in the league is this week. The #1 defense against the #1 offense…something has got to give! I love the defense and the way they are playing. Intensity at it’s best!

    The Pats are better than the Packers because not only do they have a great passing game…but their run game has been incredible also. It will be a serious test! The defense not giving up a touchdown during this upcoming game is not going to happen. The Pats are that good. But if they can be slowed down a bit and our offense can produce…would be something to see.

    I like the Hawks chances because they are playing at home. Many teams have come into Seattle favored (the explosive Saints in the playoffs a couple years back) but find themselves getting beat by a Seattle team that never gives up!

    New Englands defense is not all that. They can be had…but the Hawks will have to take advantage of every possession for them to pull this one out! The offense needs to be opened up even more than last week. The Hawks cannot have STUPID penalties that brings back potential scoring chances.

    Huge game this week. Take advantage of the 12th man and make things happen! Loving the HAWKS in AK.

  15. TEAMS Win Championships!!!!

  16. Dukeshire says:

    FishAK – You are right, NEs pass defense is on of the worst in the league in addition to having just 9 sacks. On paper, good signs for Wilson.

  17. The Pats run an uptempo offense similar to the Oregon Ducks and had their coach in this summer to help teach them. That’s scary. We rely on a lot of substitution packages and Brady is as crafty as they get.

    It’ll be a good chance on the guy I wanted the Hawks to take (Chandler Jones) before I had any clue about Bruce Irvin. Don’t get me wrong, I like Irvin and he’s becoming more than a ‘one trick pony’. At the time of the draft, despite him being prone to injury, I really like Chandler Jones (especially since he was training with his MMA brother).

    Along with Hightower from Alabama, I think NE drafted a couple of 1st round studs. Their defense may not be great, but I wouldn’t overlook them.

    Carroll and Bevell need to pull out all the stops and keep the Pat defense on their heals. A steady dose of the Beast and the Hulk will be necessary, but don’t be too predictable.

    I’d be stunned if our Defense shuts them down. I think the quickness that Welker and Lloyd play with not to mention Gronk and Hernandez (who should be back) plus the 1-2 punch of Ridley and Bolden will be a lot to handle.

    We need turnovers, time of possession and the ability to score touchdowns to win this one…or it could get ugly quick.

    The 12th man needs to go to a whole notha level as well!

    GO HAWKS!!

  18. good chance to see*

  19. ThickRich says:

    Hope the Patriots don’t do much quick huddle or the crowd won’t be a factor. Is it Sunday yet? I wish it would hurry and get here

  20. jchawks08 says:

    The Defense/Crowd needs to set the tone early. Force an early fumble or Interception. Get a big sack on 3rd and 4. The more the defense steps up, the more jazzed the crowd gets. It’s beautiful to see and defeaning to hear when you’re there at the Clink. Wish I was going this week. For those that will be, Do your Thing!

  21. freedom_X says:

    In theory the crowd noise should help stifle a no-huddle or quick huddle offense. Running that type of tempo, means that the offense depends heavily on audibles to adjust to the defense. Crowrd noise can kill that.

    The defense would need to be prepared such that they can throw a few different looks at the offense even if they’re running no-huddle. That would force adjustments, which would then be hard for the offense to pick up if the noise is excessive.

    Belichick is a master schemer so he may have something unique cooked up for this game. Will Seattle’s physical coverage style be as effective against two big, agile pass catching tight ends?

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