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Morning links: 5 keys for Hawks vs. Jets

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 11, 2012 at 8:20 am with 29 Comments »
November 11, 2012 8:20 am
Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung. (Tony Overman/The News Tribune)

Good morning peeps. The weatherman predicts another rain-soaked afternoon at CenturyLink Field, so dress appropriately if you are headed to the game today.

Here’s my five keys for the Seattle Seahawks as they try and push their record to 6-4 heading into the bye week. The Seahawks are 17-6 in games heading into the bye week, the third-best record in the NFL.

Do your job: Both head coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley have went back to the basics with the defense, emphasizing the fundamentals during practice this week, down to making the correct read step in run fits. That will be important with Mike Morgan getting his first start at outside linebacker in place of K.J. Wright. Seattle has given up an average of 167.3 rushing yards a contest in the last three games. They don’t need any superstar performance on defense to beat the Jets, just everyone getting doing their job correctly.

Be prepared for trickery: I see this game being similar to the Rams contest earlier this season. The Seahawks are clearly the superior team, but the Jets, who are coming off their bye week, are going to trick up the game in order to gain a possession or two and try and steal some points on the road. So Seattle needs to be ready fake field goals, fake punts, onside kicks and trick plays from New York’s offense. Also, I have a sneaking suspicion we can see a lot of Tim Tebow today. We can only hope.

Put pressure on Sanchez: While much has been said about Mark Sanchez’s uneven performance this season, he is responsible for 10 comeback wins in the fourth quarter or overtime since Week 6 of the 2010 season. Sanchez can get it done in the final minutes if the game is close. So Seattle’s defense needs to put pressure on him early, letting the Jets know they have no chance for an upset win on the road. Sanchez has been sacked 18 times this season.

Get Beast Mode to 1,000: At 881 rushing yards through nine games, Marshawn Lynch needs 119 yards to rush for 1,000 yards for a second straight season. Although Lynch reaching 100 yards has not necessarily meant wins for Seattle – the Seahawks are 5-6 win Lynch eclipses the 100-yard mark. Lynch has ran for 100 yards five times this season, and Seattle is 2-3 in those contests (wins over Dallas and Minnesota, losses to St. Louis, San Francisco and Detroit).

Get Leon Loose: Seattle return man Leon Washington is due. Although he’s been close to a return touchdown his season, Washington has not returned a punt or kickoff for a touchdown since Dec. 12, 2010, a 92-yard kick return for a touchdown in a 40-21 loss to San Francisco. What better time for Washington to break through than playing against his former team, the Jets?

Here’s my game advance, focusing on the improved play of Russell Okung. The Oklahoma State product has not given up a sack in nines games this season, but has a league-high 10 penalties.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks expect the Jets to bring pressure today against rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that both teams are focusing more on what they can control heading into Sunday’s contest instead of their opponent.

ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Russell Wilson ranks as one of the most effective quarterbacks in the league in the red zone since Week 4.

Check out the latest Real Robinson Report video below.

Dirk Facer of the Desert News notes that Marshawn Lynch spoke to the University of Utah running backs before the Utes game against Washington at Qwest Field. Former Seahawks running back Quinton Ganther works as a coach for Utah. Ganther and Lynch grew up playing together in youth football back in Oakland.

George Bretherton of The New York Times notes that it’s Mark Sanchez’s birthday today, as he looks at key matchups in today’s game.

Brian Costello of The New York Post believes how the Jets front seven performs against Marshawn Lynch will be one of the keys to today’s game.

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  1. This has to be a game the Seahawks win by double digits to continue to show progress from last year. I expect the Offense to score around 20 points (fewer than the last few weeks) because the Jets have played fairly well defensively despite losing one of the best CBs in the past 20 years.

    This has to be where the Defense shows up and shuts down the Jets while holding them to less than 10 points. While Sanchez isn’t as bad as Ponder (who is?), he is average at best and this should be the type of offense the Seahawks Defense should shut down to be considered a good defense.

    Anything more than 13 points would be a disappointment. The 49ers shut these guys out at the Meadowlands – while the Jets had Santonio Holmes.

  2. Ewalters7354 says:

    Seeing that Wilson has faced Ray Horton, Dom Capers, and Vick Fangio, he should be prepared for Rex and the Jets.They blitz a lot, but their skill players are not really good.So if Wilson can get the ball out of his hands fast, he’ll eat em up.Here’s a fan dreaming ;)

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Should Seattle win, how much they win by is totally irrelevant. *How* they win is what determines a measure of progress (from last year).

    As for defense, the Jets have put up points, so to predetermine what is acceptable is folly. That is, it doesn’t take the game itself into consideration. A point total hours before kickoff is to place expectations in a vacuum. Never a good idea. Let’s see how the game unfolds and make our judgements afterward.

    As for the game keys Eric laid out, from what I’ve seen, NY telegraphs their “trick” plays based on personnel. In other words, if Tebow is in, you cannot focus exclusively on the obvious play for that particular down and distance.

  4. Richard Sherman and company will have a big day and Earl will actually hold on to the interception that Sanchez throws at him. Go Seahawks!

  5. Dukeshire says:

    One thing I’ll be interested to see, is how Bevell gets Rice matchuped against Kyle Wilson. That will be a terrific matchup for Seattle should they manipulate it.

  6. I hope the fact it’s Sanchez’ birthday doesn’t jinx us. Why did they have to tell me that?! I hate being superstitious.

  7. Its a point based business. A good Defense with a great home field advantage should limit an average to bad offense’s points. If it’s time to make excuses, that means the Defense is average to bad. Good to great defenses don’t use excuses.

    The only exception is if the Seahawks Offense is turning over the ball or somehow otherwise giving the Jets exceptional field position on a regular basis.

  8. “To be honest with you I like pressure,” Wilson said, “because there is more green grass behind it.

    I love that!

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, they should limit the offenses point total. But to predetermine what that random total ought to be based on nothing more than your opinion, is foolish and short-sighted. And, as you have now backtracked a bit, doesn’t take the actual game into account.

  10. Stahan on tv just now: “What do you call a Dallas Cowboy with a superbowl ring? ……………..Old!”

  11. M. Strahan that is.

  12. Dukeshire says:


    Steve Mariucci just told a story about Matt Millen in Detroit and how he told him if he started the season 0-2 he’d be fired. The Lions won opening day and Millen still tore Mucci a new one. He was fired after the thanksgiving game. How did Millen hold his job in Detroit for so long? He was inept in every way.

  13. Wow Strahan is not making any friends. Not that I care. Cowboys do suck and I hope it stays that way. Jones is a big time tool!

  14. Strahan was sitting next to Jimmy Johnson when he said that. But he’s big enough to get away with it.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    The Football Life on NFL Network featuring Johnson was really good.

  16. Almost time to switch over to KIRO streaming for the pregame show.
    Gotta make this game count it has to carry us over for 2 weeks!

  17. Jimmy Johnson probably thought it was funny. Afterall, he won two of them and then their third one was won because of the team he built. If he’d stayed in Dallas, they may have won 4 or 5, but Jones is/was too big of a moron to know any better (maybe now, since he’s never won anything that Jimmy didn’t build for him).

  18. I love the “Football Life” series so far. I’d love to see one on Al Davis

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “The only exception is if the Seahawks Offense is turning over the ball or somehow otherwise giving the Jets exceptional field position on a regular basis.”

    Or if the Jets special teams have an exceptional day.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    Agreed and that’s my whole point, Georgia. So many variables within a game that saying if the opponent scores X points, the defense sucks, doesn’t make a lot of sense, to me anyway.

  21. seaturkeys says:

    I think there is a “Football Life” about Al Davis.

  22. When I see a statement like “This has to be where the Defense shows up and shuts down the Jets while holding them to less than 10 points.”, I expect anyone with reasonable football knowledge to differentiate between points clearly allowed by the defense rather than points setup or allowed by the offense / special teams. The point shouldn’t even require explanation.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Pabs- you’re the one that made the exception, I was just adding another one. Lol.

    Does anyone else have a feeling we are going to see alot of Tebow today?

  24. Dukeshire says:

    Again, you are putting an arbitrary point total in a vacuum (or two rather, 10 and 13). I would expect anyone with “reasonable football knowledge” to know better than to do that, considering all the variables contained within a NFL game.

  25. grizindabox24 says:

    I don’t care if the score is 40-0 or 7-6 as long as the Hawks get the “W”

  26. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If Wilson goes 4-14, 37 yds, 1 td in the first half and the Hawks are up 24-3, like Locker and the Titans are right now, I will be one happy hour camper.

  27. Yeah, those are weird numbers.
    I agree, everything I’m hearing points to significant Tebow today. That scares me a little. We should try to control Sanchez but don’t put him out of the game. We have a habbit of doing poorly when the backup qb comes in.

  28. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Especially with Wright out, Tebow can make things happen in a weird unorthodox way, and he has a way of elevating the play of his teammates.

    We need to get on top of this game early, Imo.

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