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Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Nov. 12, 2013 at 4:07 am with 92 Comments »
November 12, 2013 4:07 am

Good morning.

Pete Carroll would rather be poked in the eye than look down the road, so our Dave Boling did it for him. From Boling:

For those filling in their calendars through January, note that the Seahawks will be playing at home in the divisional round of the playoffs either Jan. 11 or 12.

The bye into the division round is their reward for winning the NFC West Division title, which the Seahawks now have in the bag well before Thanksgiving.

Go ahead and say it: Oh, wait, Mr. Columnist, aren’t you being too hasty? So much can happen before then. That’s why you have to play them one week at a time.


We also have a roundup of all the injury news from Monday.


>  ESPN looks back at Week 10.

> Peter King with his usual haul of information. He says the NFC is about to get real.

> The focus is on Percy Harvin at

> 710 ESPN with a look at what we learned in the Seahawks win over Atlanta.

> The Seahawks are second in the league in rushing yards with the No. 2 rusher in the NFL, Marshawn Lynch. According to NFL Savant, they are getting that done in large part by running over left tackle.


> The Bucs picked up their first win of the season last night, beating Miami.

>The Broncos say Peyton Manning’s ankle injury hasn’t changed the way he’s playing.

> ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha says the Dolphins’ lockerroom failed.

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  1. montanamike2 says:

    I figured the Bucs to win last night.

  2. montanamike2 says:
  3. MEhawkfan says:

    I did to, and I’ll go you one more by saying they beat Atlanta on Sunday. The Bucks are a better team than their record would indicate.

  4. edstang45 says:

    It’s going to be a long Thanksgiving week….no Hawks game (sigh)..gonna have to use the highlights of mighty Vikings game to get through…Hawks 114-3…Go Hawks…….

  5. Dukeshire says:

    … or the left tackle?! But how is that possible with the “human turnstile” McQ there? And the only stable position on the line has the second fewest. Lol

  6. montanamike2 says:

    I noticed patrons sporting Hawk’s jerseys are increasing weekly at our hangout. I’m convinced that the Hawks won’t take this next game lightly, and they were embarrassed at home. I bet they want to restore that feeling of the 12th man at clink. Man it would be nice to go into the bye 10-1.

  7. montanamike2 says:

    Zac Stacy is dominating all rookies this year, man just when they appeared to have no running game. The West is tough, even in the AFC.

  8. aelliott11 says:

    I’m still of the mindset that I don’t want to look too far ahead. I refuse to say the name of the game that happens in NY in Feb. I refuse to even look into hotel options. I don’t talk about HFA.

    All I want is to beat the Vikings.

  9. HawkFromDay1 says:

    I am unfamiliar with any run scheme that runs toward a specific offensive line position.

    I believe plays are designed to be run between lineman toward so-called “gaps.”

    If the play is a run to the right B gap, does that count as a play toward the RG or the RT? I believe both are responsible for opening that gap. Also, aren’t we running a ton of outside zone? So that means at least 2 gaps are an option for the runner. Both, one or none of the gaps might be successfully open but the runner has to pick one.

    Also shocking is that this breakdown ignores the strong side vs. the weak side. Are we running in the C gap on the strong side more often? I would assume so, given that Zach Miller is like another OT out there.

    And what is this “Center” thing? If we’re running in the A gap, the OG is sure as heck-fire involved.

    From these data, I think I am supposed to learn both tendencies and the play caller’s faith in specific linemen (if not their actual effectiveness). I have learned none of those things.

    NFL Savant? I think not…

  10. WiscCory says:

    Interesting – only 3 rushes thru the LG. Who plays that position? Hmmmm.

  11. WiscCory says:

    * only 13 rushes *

  12. Despite what the records say, the rest of the season is no cake walk. We all know NO and SF will both be tough. But now the Giants are starting to win, and in a shitty division they’re still in the hunt for a division championship. They could be fighting for their playoff lives when we go there. Then we have Arizona, who have been playing well of late and are on the cusp of a wild card berth. Plus the added motivation of a division game. Same with the Rams.

    This is a great time for the Hawks to be putting it all together, plus getting our injured players back. But, they need to keep their focus, or they’ll lose a game they shouldn’t, just like NO and SF have done in the past two weeks.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    HawkFromDay1 – Those are good questions. Statistical breakdowns in football are fraught with these types of discretion. Having said that, and without any “keys” as to what comprises their numbers, I imagine they are referring to the player that is given credit for the key block. That is, if Unger seals the NT, regardless of gap, he’s (center) given credit, under their analysis, and so on. Of course that doesn’t take into account traps and pulls.

    I too would agree that a breakdown of which gaps (and to what side, strong vs. weak) would be a far more insightful metric.

  14. HawkFromDay1 says:

    Thanks Duke – good point on the key block.

    Of course if we’re running ISO the C and the G take the NT and the 3-tech. No matter how well they block, if MikeRob whiffs on the MIKE, it’s going nowhere…. just not getting what this analysis is aimed at.

    But Todd – I appreciate you providing analysis like this. Love this stuff. It makes me use both of my still functioning brain cells.

  15. yankinta says:

    I am cheering for 49ers this weekend against that Saints!! I don’t think they will win but I really hope they can win. :)

    Show the world that NFC West is the Best!!

    Just like Rams Easily Destroyed Andrew Luck and the Colts and Cardinals getting a good win over Texans….

  16. thursday says:

    I follow the Giants and they may be starting to win, but they are still not looking real good. It’s a bit to do with their competition. They looked pretty inept beating the Vikings, for example. Not that we should ever write any other team off, but I’m not currently afraid of them.

  17. You have to root for the 49ers. If NO comes to Seattle with only 2 losses, and then we lose to them, they would be ahead of us as far as playoff seeding. Our game against NO is going to be huge in determining seeding. Lots of side drama considering what happened to NO the last time they came to Seattle. They will be determined to not let that happen again.

  18. montanamike2 says:

    NO is not a great road team, good yes but not great. I think they’ll lose 1-2 more. I’m going to root for NO because i think we could end up with the #1 seed.

  19. RDPoulsbo says:

    If you stop AP, you stop Minnesota. Even if they can’t, they still should have a good chance to win the game. They are that bad. Again, another game the Hawks should blow up and have the cleanup crew mopping up the 4th quarter.

    I’m hoping for a 49er win on Sunday as well. It would be nice to hold 2 1/2 game leads on both teams. That way if they do stumble against one of them, coming up, they won’t lose the lead for #1 seed. The parade of cupcake teams came at the perfect time, but now the team needs to get healthy because there’s some serious competition coming on the other side of the bye.

    I’m actually looking forward to a Seahawk free Thanksgiving weekend. I have a trip up to Whistler and I won’t miss a game.

  20. I’m rooting for the Saints. First and foremost, this team needs a bye and a home playoff game. The only way to get that is to just about mathematically eliminate the 49ers from the division race. Having to play the early Sunday Wildcard game on the road as the #5 seed would be a disaster.

    If the Seahawks can’t take care of business at home against the Saints, then who thinks they would take care of business at home against the Saints in the NFC Championship game?

  21. “You have to root for the 49ers.(vs. N.O.)”

    Luckily I don’t have to do that because we have a team that simply needs to take care of business and things will be fine. I’d like them to beat the piss out of each other though.

    Excited to see the O-Line rotations in that it shows our coaching staff is exploring all options and that “always compete” applies to all positions. Pretty sweet when you can gimp your way to 9-1 with the cavalry just arriving.

  22. I need to learn how to type faster.

  23. yankinta says:

    Pilot,, totally agreed…. seeding matters and the goal is HFA to go to the Super Bowl,, but I’m alll about NFC West Pride too…. :)

    I was so proud RAMs took out the most overrated QB and his team last week so Easiliy,,, I mean it wasn’t even a competition,, I mean Ron Winter and his inept crew couldn’t help rig it to help them…. Cardinals are currently 3rd place in Wild Card Spot Competition…

    It’d be so great if we get 2 Wild Card teams in the playoff,, but I think it’s unlikely,,. As I said from Day One (Sept 9th) Carolina are a playoff team this year,, and they’re just proving me right….

  24. rramstad says:

    HawkFromDay1, on the one hand I get what you are saying, you run between offensive players, not through them. On the other hand, you’ll never here an offense speak of running through gaps. A gap, B gap are defensive concepts. Offenses use hole terminology, which is more specific. Defense A gap actually covers two holes, the area between the center and guard on either side, which as holes are usually considered the one and two hole. Odds on the left, evens on the right. You get 7, 5, 3, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 as you go across. 5/6 are off tackle, 7/8 are outside runs. Corresponding gaps would be D, C, B, A, A, B, C, D.

    I do agree with your analysis though. Example. If a play comes through the 5 hole, it’s obviously an LT block, unless there’s a tight end out there helping… so who gets the credit, the TE or LT?. Same with the 3 hole, is that credited to the LG or LT? Would you credit the RG if it was a 3 hole trap with the RG pulling and coming across?

    Some teams number the left as 9, 7, 5, 3 and there is no 1 hole, as they believe it’s less confusing when they read out a play. Note that all of this is very team dependent, there are teams that use hole numbers when coaching up a play but then never refer to it in terminology. Also note that zone running schemes very rarely refer to holes at all, again, except as a coaching concept, as the running back will look at the defensive alignments, make a guess as to where there will be running room, start off in that direction at the snap, and then adjust based on what they see happening at the LOS. Pretty typical for a zone blocking team to have simply inside zone, outside zone, inside zone with lead, outside zone with lead, and possibly read option variants as well… no actual holes being discussed, just zones of the field, inside (holes 1-4) or outside (5-8), and the direction is determined by formation or alignment, with the precise hole being determined by the offensive line and how they mesh with the defensive line when blocking.

  25. MoSeahawk12 says:

    KC dealing with some adversity right before facing the Broncos.

  26. Dukeshire says:

    If the Saints beat SF, and they come to Seattle and win, they’re in the driver’s seat for home field. It makes no sense to me for any Seahawk fan to root for NO Sunday.

    rramstad – That’s a decent breakdown. Of course it doesn’t help the NFL Savant analysis really make any more sense. lol

  27. yankinta says:

    lol,, Finally,, Over Reactors on ESPN catch up to those of us that trust our own eyes about which teams are Overrated and which teams underrated….. :)

  28. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I mean, I mean let me guess the worlds biggest shock of all time, ever. The Colts! They get more time on this Seahawks blog than our 9-1 team. The mad on continues……

  29. Soggybuc says:

    Absolute sacralige to root for the Niners under any circumstance.
    In the up coming round robin matches having the whiners go 0-2 and NO 1-1 plays better for us as the Saints still have 2 games vs Carolina on tap.

  30. chuck_easton says:

    I’m rooting for SF this week. While I would enjoy the thought of Seattle going into their bye week with a 3 1/2 game lead on SF in the Division (that is assuming a Seattle win and a SF loss), the fact is right now Seattle already has a 2 1/2 game lead with a game in hand.

    The team only has a 1 game lead over the Saints in Conference play. If SF beats NO and Seattle takes care of their own business at home against the Vikings the team would go into their bye week still holding a 2 1/2 game lead over SF as well as a 2 game lead over the Saints.

    Having two teams 2 or more games behind is better than one team 3 or more games back and the second team only 1 game back when the team still must play both.

  31. yankinta says:

    Soggybuc,, think of it this way,, if 49ers beat the Saints,,, it will be that much sweeter when we go down to the Bay Area to beat them in their own home on Dec 8th… :)

  32. HawkFromDay1 says:

    Thanks rramstad –

    I guess that’s what I meant about at least 2 “holes” opening up in the zone running game – the RB has to read it on the fly and hit whatever empty space opens up.

    And yeah – I used the gap terminology (admittedly more of a defense concept) instead of numbers cuz gaps are pretty standard (a B gap is the same everywhere as far as I know) while #’ing can vary.

    It just that if you look at the OG #’s it looks like we never run inside zone. Then you see the Center numbers, and it looks like we always do. Just not sure what to make of it…

    Your point about traps and whams is even better – if the LG pulls to the right and seals how would that be captured. Clearly a run to the right, but the LG should be credited with the block.

    Ok i’m done – that horse has been beaten to death, resurrected, given a sugar cube and now mercifully euthanized.

    Great stuff though y’all – so much more fun to talk about gap assignments than (alleged) racist texting.

  33. Todd Dybas says:

    Hey, folks.

    Because there really isn’t another place for it, I’ll put it here:

    The Texans just released Ed Reed.

    — Todd

  34. yankinta says:

    lol,, Mike Sando just tweeted,,, “Dilfer just now on ESPN: Take away Kaepernick’s first read and he becomes “remedial” as a passer.” But those of us that trusted our own eyes been saying that since at the end of 2012 season,, while others were eating up words by the great Jaws…. smh….

  35. If the 49ers win this weekend and the Seahawks lose at SF and lay an egg in NY on 12/15 1 PM ET, the Seahawks could very well miss out on a bye. I could see both of these happening.

    The 49ers losing this weekend nearly guarantees the Seahawks the Division Title and the Bye.

  36. Yank – I brought up this Kapernick and one read thing during the 2012 season well before you made it on the blog. There is no reason for us to rehash his major shortcoming as it is already well known by all football fans.

    We should try to move onto new items that pertain to current events to broaden our knowledge. You are actually very good at helping us broaden our knowledge but too often it gets lost in you revisiting the past.

  37. RDPoulsbo says:

    If the 49ers do win Sunday, they can afford to lose 1 game and not be a big deal. The Hawks control their own destiny right now and if they do lose 2 in a row and the Saints or 49ers win out, it will be their own fault for letting HFA slip away.

  38. yankinta says:

    pabuwal,, I won’t argue who noticed it first… it’s pointless. I’m just trying to encourage my fellow Seahawks Fans to trust their own eyes and don’t eat up the hype by ESPN and national Media…. I mean,, when I said last week, Rams would beat Colts and Panthers would beat 49ers,,, everyone went nuts and strongly disagreed with me…. we all know how that turned out… :)

    But I gotta give Props to raymaines though,, this dude could at least see it happening,, :)

    raymaines said : “Yankinta: I could see STL over IND and CAR over SF, but I don’t see any logical way SD can get by DEN”….

    Read more here:
    But I did tell him,, raymaines,,, I agree with you. I have the least confidence in Chargers over Broncos…that’s why that upset is No.3 on my list.

  39. HeinieHunter says:

    Today I just “took a moment” over coffee, to think back of where we were with Jim Mora and where we are today. I could not even write a better scenerio! Twenty years as a season ticket holder and it all seems totally impossible to come so far, so fast. I just want to bask in the feeling as talk around town swirls about the best scenerio for the Hawks getting home field advantage for the full playoff slate. I know if that happens the nation will see the 12th Man rise to the occasion.
    When I raise my glass on Thanksgiving Day this year the toast will be “Go Hawks”!

  40. beavercleaver says:

    Many ways to look at it, but I am rooting for NO to beat the 9’ers.
    My view is the Hawks need to lock up the division first then worry about everyone else.
    IF The 9’ers beat NO and then NO happened to beat us on monday night then that makes the 9’er game IN San Fran a must win or the 2 teams would be tied for the division lead! (assuming they win their other games)IF NO beats the 9’ers it pretty much removes them from the division champ equation without a complete Hawk collapse.
    Moving on.
    NO has a much tougher schedule playing San Fran, Seattle, Carolina twice and NE they WILL lose another game if not a couple.
    While I like a strong respectable division. When it comes to the playoffs I want the whiners to have the worst possible schedule and get knocked out.

  41. thursday says:

    agreeing with beaver, pabs, etc. division is the first priority, then you can look at the entire nfc. not rooting for the whiners unless it is 100% sure to help us and that is definitely not the case here.

  42. Final word – John Clayton said, root for NO – wrap up the div. title, and everything else will fall into place. QED
    PS I really appreciate the snap counts – look forward to it each week.
    thanks. . . .

  43. yankinta says:

    jbltzfk,, lol,, the same John Clayton that said Colts are for real?? lol,, the same John Clayton that said Russell Wilson is nothing but a Less Athletic Version of Seneca Wallace,, right after the 2012 draft??

    That dudes only knows about reports news that already happened,, he doesn’t know much about Football Strategies and Judging Talent. He doesn’t know NO is a bigger threat to our HFA then 49ers…. He’s just another over-reactor from ESPN… :)

  44. Dukeshire says:

    There we many more who were saying that about Kap when he was at Reno.

    And “everyone” went “nuts and strongly disagreed with me” (sic) when you said Carolina could beat SF? There were many of us who took Carolina in the Pig Skin Pick ‘em contest, FYI.

    Seattle has a 2.5 game lead over SF, Seattle takes care of business and the division is theirs. And while that’s happening, I love to have them get some help in securing home field.

  45. ChrisHolmes says:

    “If the Saints beat SF, and they come to Seattle and win, they’re in the driver’s seat for home field. It makes no sense to me for any Seahawk fan to root for NO Sunday.”


    HFA is critical for us.

  46. yankinta says:

    lol,,dukeshire,, I don’t do pig skin,, like I said I only know about several teams that interests me but I know them very well, evidently,,, :)

    so in other words,, there were many of you that took Carolina but there were none of you that took Rams over Colts?? lol I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since most of the entire nation has been brainwashed when it comes to Andrew Luck and the Colts….

    p.s., picking Carolina in some contest is not the same as saying out loud that you have High Confidence that this will happen,, where you know you’ll get killed if you’re wrong…. If you really think it’s the same thing then you’re being ignorant again,, :)

  47. jawpeace says:

    I hate the 49ers like the Raiders of old and can NEVER root for them. Only one circumstance would change that and that would be we needed a win from them to make the playoffs.

  48. MoSeahawk12 says:

    you are your biggest fan. Duke’s knowledge dwarfs anything you think you know.

  49. yankinta says:

    lol,, evidently you’re wrong. and evidently your sucking up skills needs work…. :)

  50. Let him have his moment. He predicts an Indy loss every week, and this week he was actually right. Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  51. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Might be time to stop calling people ignorant and show a sliver of class. Something that escapes you often.
    No reason to suck up to anyone here. 99% here don’t talk down to everyone and think they are better than everyone. Guess what the other 1% does?

  52. RDPoulsbo says:

    Well, here’s the first scenario for clinching the division anyway. At the very least, it should tell you how hard it will be for SF to come back and win the division. The simple math is 4 wins or 3 wins if it includes beating SF.

    SEATTLE can clinch the NFC West title by winning their next three games (Minnesota, New Orleans, at San Francisco). That would get Seattle to 12-4 at worst with a season sweep of San Francisco. The best San Francisco could be is 12-4, but they would have been swept by Seattle. Arizona can still get to 12-4 but would have to win out to do so, including a win over San Francisco on Week 17, which would defeat any chances of a three-way tie at 12-4. Regardless, Seattle would beat Arizona at 12-4 even with a season split based on division record (4-2 to 3-3).

  53. Dukeshire says:

    It’s surprising that yank isn’t a bigger fan of the talking heads on ESPN. He’s exactly like them: the louder he states his opinion, the more he’s convinced it’s fact. And the more he crows about the few things he is right about, the smarter he believes himself to be. It’s remarkably typical behavior.

  54. yankinta says:

    OrrObb,, lol,, nah,, I only predicted it 3 times and I’ve been wrong once (against us, thanks to Ron Winter’s inept crew’s help) and right (Miami and Rams)… :)

    And I also predicted Colts would beat the Broncos,,I was right!,, so I don’t pick them to lose every week,, this clearly shows you don’t know what you’re talking about…. smh…

  55. HawkFromDay1 says:

    I took the Rams and the Panthers in my pool this week. But we pick with the spread (the way God intended) so it’s a little different.

    Those were good picks Yank – but if anyone called “oh yeah, Rams by 30″ I want them managing my retirement account.

  56. “If the Seahawks can’t take care of business at home against the Saints, then who thinks they would take care of business at home against the Saints in the NFC Championship game?”

    This is severely faulty reasoning. A lot changes from one game to the next. Injuries just being one factor.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t the Colts still 6-3? Just checking. A broken clock is right. It’s not impressive when you predict the same thing week after week and it eventually happens.

  57. yankinta says:

    jawpeace,, I hear you but,, I think of 49ers more like our little brother now…. I mean they’ve been blown out by us over and over again,, I think that we’ll win again on Dec 8th and further prove that they’re just our little brother…. I don’t think they’ll ever beat us unless CK quickly figure out how to go from first read to second and third reads….

    Therefore, I am rooting them to beat the Saints…

  58. yankinta says:

    bbmate,, read my comment at 12:39 PM, since that also applies to you,, since you don’t know what you’re talking about…. :)

  59. So much for some new found humility…smh

    5 self congratulatory attaboys on the Rams pick vs Colts in this thread alone and it’s only Tuesday midday.

    Ugh…make it stop Todd. Please.


  60. HawkFromDay1 says:

    Yeah but my self-congratulatory attaboy was by far the best one.

    (Please tell me everyone gets the sarcasm there…)

  61. ChrisHolmes says:

    If you don’t acknowledge a certain poster’s comments, if you don’t respond directly to them, it’s almost like they’re not there at all…

    I’ve enjoyed my last few weeks on this board since I adopted a blind eye toward a certain person.

    Come on guys. I believe in you. You can do it!

  62. Done…I’m in! I’ve been as guilty as any.

  63. yankinta says:

    Nah,, I’m just helping those that’s been brainwashed,, like I said, My only wish is to encourage fellow Seahawks Fans to trust our own eyes and ignore the hype by so-called experts…. :)

  64. yankinta says:

    joreb,, weren’t you that one that promised to come back and eat Crow if the Colts lost to the Rams?? I guess you don’t really keep your promises…. smh… I mean, do you really value your own words?? :)

    “Rams beat the Colts in Indy? Yeah, right. Pretty wishful thinking from none other than the Luck hater.”

    Read more here:
    “(I have no problem admitting I was wrong. I do it all the time, so Monday someone will be eating some crow).”

    Read more here:

  65. I posted Sunday night…go back and check before you pipe up!

    Obviously, you didn’t see it or you would’ve possibly, maybe, eventually toned it down a bit.

    Ah…who am I kidding?

    Continue to do your thing but I vow this is the last response I’ll have to any of your posts.

  66. yankinta says:

    Oh, I see. Which thread on Sunday night? Sorry I didn’t see it. I don’t usually get on this blog on the weekends….

  67. yankinta says:

    plus the deal was to come back on Monday,, not Sunday night…

  68. oreb
    Nov. 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I was WRONG about the Colts this week. Yanks prediction was prophetic. Rams put a whoopin’ on Indy, so…

    Does this mean we have to listen to more Luck bashing or will we all be freed as a result of new found, quiet humility? Can it actually be done?

    Oh yeah…VERY NICE win today in the ATL! Agree with most everyone as far as their most complete game of the year on both sides of the ball.


    Read more here:

  69. yankinta says:

    joreb,, yup,, found it…. sorry,,I doubted you,, You’re a man of your word!! :)

  70. MoSeahawk12 says:

    ChrisHolmes, great point that can be followed by all. Time to ignore the troubled teen.

  71. yankinta says:

    Sore Losers have NO facts and resort to name calling because they have been trounced so badly…. it’s just sad sometimes….

  72. What more can a team ask in the second half than to have its fate entirely in its own hands.

    What better place to be?

  73. doubledink says:

    Sounds like someones gout is acting up again. I can only tell from the many of your responses. I’ve been scrolling right past his comments for weeks now. You guys ought to try it. It really works well. Some people just don’t realize that they are purely selfish teammates. They suck energy from others to aggrandize themselves.

    What’s even better is if he responds to this I won’t even know it. HA!

  74. yankinta says:

    yet another sore loser,,, smh…

  75. doubledink says:

    BTW, we police the locker room, not Todd. The way this locker room is best policed is to ignore. This leopard won’t change his spots. Stop trying to make him change.

  76. doubledink says:

    If you stop and think about it, remember the times Sando, Eric or Todd or that Someone on Twitter responds to you personally? Remember the slight rush of good feeling you got? It is the same for trolls. That’s why they have to respond to each one of you. It feeds the narcissism.

  77. ChrisHolmes says:

    “What more can a team ask in the second half than to have its fate entirely in its own hands.

    What better place to be?”


    Before the season started I was hopeful that we’d be in this position. But to be sitting here 9-1, and actually be in this spot, feels really weird. Probably because, unlike Patriots fans or Steelers fans, we just haven’t been able to witness this position for our team.

    It’s an exciting time for us, as Seahawks fans. I like where we’re at. And we’re getting some key guys healthy.

    But even more than that, I was happy to see some dudes step up last week. I thought the WR group really showed something with some of the plays they made.

    Because think about this: ATL might not be a very good team right now, but they still had some really good coverage on our guys Sunday in spots, and our guys made some great one-on-one plays. When that ball is in the air, the OL and DL our out of the equation, and all that matters is who wins in a battle of centimeters.

    It made me feel good for the next games to come, to know that Tate and Kearse and Baldwin had those kinds of plays in them. That was encouraging.

  78. yanker, you talk about the Colts not being very good every week, multiple times. Yet they’re still 6-3. Were they a bit overrated? Perhaps. And they will probably struggle now that Wayne is out unless they can actually get Trent Richardson to produce.

    Remember the the Flynn prediction? The phantom RW prediction? Not knowing that Kam is spelled with a K? Your Hawks-Colts prediction. You got a couple of games right. Congrats. Go get yourself a Scooby Snack and then put a cork in it.

  79. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Agreed Chris, Tate seems to almost become like a video game version once he gets the ball. He makes moves, slips guys and has some serious quicks. He looks pretty small on TV, but gets up after big hits. I actually expect him to make the difficult catches every time now. He hasn’t and probably won’t ever be my favorite, but with him, Kearse, Baldwin and one day Percy, I think we have a nice crew.

    9-1 is pretty amazing and when you look back on last season, these guys have won 16 out of the last 18 regular season games.
    That’s a lot of winning that we’ve been fortunate to witness. Historic run for all to enjoy!!

  80. Screensmoke says:

    Just want to go on record saying I was totally wrong about john moffit – I was one of the men on here judging him saying he was nuts etc- I think he is a good dude and just an exception to the rule on how he walked away from the apologies to that gentlemen for judging him. After meeting him earlier today and listening to what he had to say I am pretty proud of him gor going what he did- he is a class act and a stand up guy- my helmet is off to him/-)

  81. sluggo42 says:

    Good grief,

    How many times do you bang your head into a wall before you realize it hurts?

  82. doubledink says:

    He seems that way to me too. Really just a intelligent and fun loving guy who has other options than football. Good for him. I think Cable saw in various little ways that he didn’t LOVE the game.

  83. I will Root for NO for 2 reasons – I can not pull for SF – usually I root for 1. My team 2. our division 3. our conference. But since Jim H came on the scene (and a few players) I can not stand them.

    Also, I will alway think WIN DIVISION first – When the division is won THEN I will think HFA. The first game at home is HUGE and the home team wins MUCH of the time (I thought I had found the number but it wasn’t – I am still looking) but in the NFC/AFC championship games over the last few years, Home field has not mattered as much. Both are good teams playing well, you can’t count on HFA at that point – does it help, yes. But it has been a LONG time since both #1 seeds have made the SB. That and I am NOT afraid at all to go on the road for one game and get a win anymore. This team and coaches have helped me get over that fear.

    Most important – WIN DIVISION -cause if we don’t we are on the road for the duration. and if you do that you are, at the least, starting at home!

  84. TallyHawk says:

    Couldn’t agree more xcman! I think winning the division is more of a priority than HFA. Getting at least one home game and a bye has to come first. I still think we win out at home and get HFA. That said I don’t fear this team having to go on the road for one game. Three is a different story.

  85. raymaines says:

    Chris points out Seattle is in control of their own destiny.

    Another reason to root for N.O. next week is that the only logical way SF can get back into the drivers seat is if they beat N.O., and N.O. beats the Seahawks. N.O. faces a brutal schedule and will likely lose another game or two, but SF could win out if they get hot.

    Geoux Saints.

  86. ChrisHolmes says:

    In a different year, with a different team, I’d be inclined to say, “Just win the division first”.

    But the reality is, this comes down to math.

    HFA is crucial for a trip to the Superbowl. I think we all realize that. Even though this team has won on the road this year, HFA significantly increases our odds of making it to the show.

    Any other year I’d be concerned with just getting into the playoffs. But this is a super-bowl caliber team. We should be realistically thinking about the Superbowl.

    Mathematically we’re 2.5 games ahead of SF. We’re only a game ahead of New Orleans. You root for the math that ensures your team a trip to the big show.

    I’ll be rooting for SF. If Seattle wins this weekend, and so does SF, Seattle is STILL 2.5 games ahead of SF and would then be 2 games up on NO as well.

    THAT is what I’m rooting for. I want the math on Seattle’s side.

  87. SEA 9-1; 6 games left, *3 iffy
    wk11 vMIN (S@1:25);
    wk12 bye;
    wk13 vNO (M@5:40); *
    wk14 @SF (S@1:25); *
    wk15 @NYG (S@10:00);
    wk16 vAZ (S@1:05);
    wk17 vSTL (S@1:25)*

    NO 7-2; 7 games left, *5 iffy
    wk11 vSF (S@1:25); *
    wk12@ATL (T@5:25);
    wk13 @SEA (M@5:40); *
    wk14 vCAR (S@10:00); *
    wk15 @STL (S@10:00); *
    wk16 @CAR (S@10:00);*
    wk17 vTB (S@10:00)

    SF 6-3; 7 games left, *3 iffy
    wk11 @NO (S@1:25); *
    wk12 @DC (M@5:40);
    wk13 vSTL (S@1:05); *
    wk14 vSEA (S@1:25); *
    wk15 @TB (S@10:00);
    wk16 vATL (M@5:40);
    wk17 @AZ (S@1:25)

    I’m not rooting for SF…

  88. Maybe SF & NO should tie?

  89. Kingpear says:

    My only advice is don’t count your chickens before they hatch. The only team to worry about this week is Minnesota.

    They need to bevrealtively healthy going into the bye, and come out prepared for NO. If they win hat the SF game doesn’t matter as much. We would (hopefully) have similar division records and even a head to head split. Getting down to similar opponents would be the Colts and the Panthers…need I say more?

    One week at a time peeps. Can’t worry about home field until week 14 or so. Too much can happen in 6 weeks, just ask the 2012 Redskins.

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