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Morning Links: Here come the Saints

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Jan. 5, 2014 at 3:00 am with 190 Comments »
January 5, 2014 9:09 am

Good morning.

It didn’t take long to determine the Seahawks’ first playoff opponent. The Saints upset the Philadelphia Eagles, 26-24, thanks to a field goal with no time remaining.

We quickly outlined what happened the last time the Saints came to Seattle. It was not pretty for New Orleans.

The Chargers and Bengals play this morning at 10:05. The 49ers play at Green Bay at 1:40 p.m. Here’s the road to the Super Bowl for San Francisco: win at Green Bay, win at Carolina, win at Seattle or at home versus New Orleans. Daunting.


> I wrote about the Seahawks handling the burden of expectations this season.

> A nice story here from John Boyle of the Everett Herald about Zach Miller, and some others, reaching out.

> Some more on the Seahawks and Saints from

> Some news and notes from 49ers land as they get set to take on the Packers today.

> First and foremost, be calm before this link: Andrew Luck “wills” the Colts back for a playoff win (deep breaths, deep breaths).

> And, as others pointed out, here’s Adam Schefter’s tweet:

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  1. edstang45 says:

    Good stuff Todd. Colts game was fun to watch. The Saints game in my mind was a win for the Hawks as I wanted to face Saints, rather than whiners. Now as was pointed out by Todd whiners have a hard row to hoe baby!! things look to be shaping up for us so far….Saints need to play like they did yesterday , Brees didn’t look all that sharp love that, and GB needs to get hot, very interested to see how Kraperstink handles the Cold……Go Hawks!!

  2. DanielleMND says:

    In other news, apparently Lynch was fined $50K for not speaking to the media during the season.

  3. montanamike2 says:

    Wow did the Chiefs ever have an epic collapse, they looked like they crushed the Colts in the first quarter on way to a blowout. The Saints secondary looked quite helpless at times. Nick Foles is good but the Saints made him look like a superstar. This will be a fun game tonight, i’m so glad we beat the Rams for HFA.

  4. pabuwal says:

    The Chiefs Defense was terrible all year. Even starting 9-0, they were allowing yards by the hundreds against backup QBs from Cleveland, Houston and Buffalo. They did a great job accruing sacks and turnovers.

    With rain in the forecast and a secondary decimated by injuries, the Saints would seem to be the ideal opponent. If the Seahawks passing game is functioning at a high level, this game will be decided well before the end. If the passing game malfunctions, then get ready for a heart attack.

  5. Southendzone says:

    From prior thread I’m reading several opinions that we just drew the best possible opponent. That might be the case, but nothing will be easy in the playoffs and another way to look at it is we just drew the arguably best coach / QB combo left in the NFC for our game.

    We had some things go right last time like a defensive score too so I’m under no illusion that next week will be as simple as the monday night game.

    The matchup I’m happiest for is the New Orleans D line against our O-Line, I felt we handled them pretty well last time and expect that to be repeatable.

  6. pabuwal says:

    As far as the Kansas City franchise, the curse of the Houston Oilers continues.

  7. Southendzone says:

    Did anyone see Schefter’s tweet that Marshawn was fined 50k for not talking to the media this year?

    Totally explains everything about his attitude in that press conference the other day

  8. pabuwal says:

    It explained why he actually did talk.

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The Saints are playing better on the road now. They almost beat Carolina towards the end of the season.

    I still don’t think they have enough to beat us unless we mess things up with turnovers, penalties and/or special teams mistakes.

    It should be a good game to watch but I’m hoping we are ahead by two scores or more in the 4th quarter so my heart attack odds go down.

  10. montanamike2 says:

    Even if we drew the best opponent for our first game, the Saints are still an NFL playoff team which deserves not to be overlooked. That said, they did limp into the playoffs and lost the #2 seed. I think we come out focused and turn up the heat, we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot with stupid penalties or they can beat us. It’s nice to have East coast teams have to travel to Seattle for once.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Todd, you’re slipping or sipping a little, lol. The 49ers land link is four days old.

    Here is something from yesterday-

  12. Really happy to be getting the Saints and NOT getting the 49ers – yet!

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The Seahawks can’t let the Saints bully the line of scrimmage like they did with the Eagles.

  14. Hammajamma says:

    The Eagles do not have Mebane, Bryant, McDonald and McDaniel.

  15. WiscCory says:

    Saints vs. Seahawks

    The Saints will benefit from playing in Seattle a month ago.

    The Saints should have confidence in beating what many considered the hottest team in the NFC, on the road.

    I doubt the Saints will come to Seattle this time with a defensive game plan that only focuses on stopping the run.

    The Seahawks offense better take it up a notch, otherwise this could have a disappointing outcome. (TDs instead of FGs, better run blocking, better pass protection, WRs get a little separation while on schedule, no stupid penalties)

  16. Dukeshire says:

    I like this quote from Hasselbeck:

    “Usually on that play, the guy going deep is just there to clear out the underneath area,” Hasselbeck. “But I heard Andrew and Pep (Hamilton) talking about it, and Andrew had that look like, ‘Yeah, I like it.’ That’s what I’ll remember about this game: the throw he made. So confident, so definite. It was a line drive; usually you like to get a little air under it. But it was perfect.”

  17. confucious says:

    Agreed Montana. This is a new season. The Hawks need to erase the shellaking they gave the Saints earlier from their minds. That said, if the Hawks can bring their balanced offense and stellar D to the game, they should win soundly. I think this is the best first round option they could get. Carolina is the team that makes me nervous.

  18. GeorgiaRay says:

    From previous thread…
    I’d personally rather not have to hear (the whole offseason) about how the niners were able to make it back to the NFC Championship game on the heels of a SuperBowl appearance…Words like “legacy” etc….Couldn’t deal with that…Come on Pack!!

    Also, I also was at that Monday Night game and it was amazing how we ran them out of the building, but before I get too cocky, Sproles was out and Graham was nursing a set back to his season long injury that night. I fully expect the Saints to spread the ball wide and short against us to loosen up the middle of the defense so, like last night, they can run later in the game…In other words, I expect a ball game this time.

    Go ‘Hawks!!

    Read more here:

  19. montanamike2 says:

    Carolina is the team that makes me nervous.

    Me too.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    I’m not sure how much benefit NO got from last month’s trip to Seattle. That is, they’ve had very little success in Seattle before that game, and the one before that.

    And yeah, the Eagles were 4-1 since their bye, but aside from the Bears, struggled in each game. I welcome the Saints visiting Seattle.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Montana – Agreed. Carolina are no punks. That defense is the real deal.

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Carolina doesn’t scare me as much since they lost Steve Smith.
    I would rather play them at home than any of the other teams including Green Bay.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The Saints almost had Carolina beat on the road this season and whipped them at home.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    Perhaps, but I always look at division games in a bit of a vacuum.

    And the issue Carolina provides is that as middling as Seattle’s offense has been since the Saint game, Carolina’s defense could “easily” hold them to two scores (or less).

  25. montanamike2 says:

    Carolina is Jeckle/Hyde team, you don’t know which one you’re getting.

  26. Hammajamma says:

    I just don’t think the Saints already experiencing losing in Clink amounts to any kind of advantage. Both teams will self scout, tweak game plans, bring the intensity. But if the national media is going to trot out the theory the Saints were inexperienced or somehow unprepared for the 12th man, and that now that won’t be factor, those pundits are simply facile hacks. Drew Bree’s is not intimated by the crowd, it’s the home team that gets the lift. And frankly, Seattle is the tougher, more physical, more intense and defensively explosive team. In a home game playoff environment, I expect another full day of punishment for NO.

    It won’t be close.

  27. montanamike2 says:

    Saints are tired too, we are rested.

  28. pabuwal says:

    The Eagles were 1-4 against teams that finished with 9+ wins. The only win was an early afternoon home game vs Arizona (3 points). That was the only regular season game they played a 9+ win team after the 3-5 start.

    Welcome to this year’s version of the 2012 Washington Redskins!

  29. pabuwal says:

    The Seahawks opened as 8.5 point favorites over New Orleans.

  30. WiscCory says:

    What’s KJ’s status? He was a huge part of the success covering Graham in the regular season match-up.

    Saints will benefit because the players on their roster, which is no doubtedly different than a few seasons ago, now know what to expect.

    Seahawks should be 8 point favorites, however it’s that playoffs, so expect a better game from the Saints.

  31. confucious says:

    That’s what stands out to me about Carolina too Duke. If you look at the remaining Defenses in the Nfc playoffs, Carolina and SF are the best. SF has struggled in Seattle and that no doubt is etched in their psyche. 12TH man Advantage Hawks. Carolina has a solid D and played us well earlier in the season. Our offense is so hot and cold. You never know what you are going to get.

  32. Ewalters7354 says:

    Lets be real here.The Saints didn’t play all that well against a bad Eagles defense.Drew Brees played horribly,missing key throws at key moments.And this was against the EAGLES DEFENSE!!

    Meanwhile the Hawks haven’t giving up over 200 yards passing in the last 5-6 weeks or so while also suffocating opponents ground game.

    I really feel like this defense has hit it’s stride and will once again give Drew Brees and company a hard time.If the offense can continue what they started doing in the second half against the Rams,Hawks win.

  33. averagejay says:

    Seahawks Road to the Superbowl:

    Win vs Saints 27-24
    Win vs Panthers 13-10
    Win vs Broncos 37-24

    What you got?

  34. Dukeshire says:

    WiscCory – Carroll has said, on at least two occasions, that Wright will be ready to go for the second playoff game, should there be one.

  35. slicktoxic says:

    Alright then….

    Win vs Saints 34-17
    Win vs SF 27-13
    Win vs Indy 37-24

  36. blueshq says:

    Who’s going to handle Graham with Wright out? Sproles will give us trouble. It won’t be easy but I believe we’ll prevail.

  37. GeorgiaHawk says:

    In 30 minutes I can buy Beer!!! They make us wait around here until 12:30pm on Sundays.
    At least we can buy it on Sundays now.

    Go Bengals!

    Go Packers!

  38. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It will be fun to bombard Yank with all these Luck stories tomorrow.

    Cool hand Luck. Lol.

  39. Dukeshire says:

    blueshq – I presume it will be a combination of Irvin and Chancellor, depending on down and distance, motion, etc… But I’d expect those two primarily.

  40. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Kam on Graham and Malcolm Smith on Sproles

  41. Dukeshire says:

    Sproles will be a bit different because when he swings to the flat, all will depend on whether it’s to the open or closed side of the field, and if it’s play-action or not. But yes, there will be times when Sproles will be Smith’s responsibility.

  42. If Luck, Wilson, CK and Cam were on the doorstep of becoming elite, these playoffs offer the opportunity to do just that.

    Luck did his job. We’ll get to see if CK can do it on the road today.

    The other 2 get their shot next week.

    NFL Playoffs is the BEST!

  43. pabuwal says:

    How about we get Chargers and Packers victories today?

  44. HawkyHann says:

    Beast Quake 2.0- Seahawks Domination

  45. confucious says:

    I’d prefer SF over the pack. Mr. Rodgers is a gamer. We know what to expect from SF.

  46. WiscCory says:

    Duke – that does concern me – Irvin covering Graham. Regardless, I do think the Hawks will win.

    I have to admit I think KJ got away with a couple plays covering Graham that some officials may have called pass interference. I noticed a couple good plays KJ made where his back was to the QB. Some officials call that.

    Anyway, Go Hawks! (and packers, today)

  47. I’d really like to see a San Diego win but Cincinnati is the better team and at home. Tough assignment.

    8.5 is not a bad line (Seahawk favorites). We will see if it stays there…if it does I may have to drop down to the Palace Station sports book and lay a hundred on that.

  48. I think it might be closer than that.

    Ditka just said that Harbarf has extra motivation to win today because he wants “one more chance at those birds up in Seattle”.

  49. thursday says:

    The good defenses don’t really kick in until the divisional round. Both the KC and Indy defenses were bad, just look at the score, and the same for the Saints and Eagles, though not as egregiously. What stood out to me is the Saints being able to run, they won’t be able to do that against us. I frankly think whoever makes it out of this Ice Bowl is not going to make it past Carolina’s brutal defense, so I see a 2005 redux in the championship.

    I think it’ll be Manning and Brady in the AFC Championship, one way or another. And Manning takes this one. Old AFC West Super Bowl here we come lol.

  50. Onea these days, Luck will try that pick up the fumbled ball and charge into the end zone and Brandon Mebane will be there – Luck will end up looking through his helmet earhole. IND was sposta win that game and it was like they’d read their clippings over the 1st half – and so had KC. Then in the 2nd half IND started playing like they were actually inna game. I sure hope SEA doesn’t start out playing like KC did next Saturday…

  51. raymaines says:

    I’m impressed with how the talking heads always know exactly what’s running through other people’s heads. I don’t even know what I’m thinking most of the time, and Ditka knows exactly what Jim Harbaugh wants? Amazing!

  52. Dukeshire says:

    Graham provides matchup issues for any defense he faces, that’s why he’s arguably the best TE in the game. But Irvin has been really impressive I’m coverage this year, and he has the size and athleticism to physically challenge him.

    If Graham splits the seam, that’s Chancellor. If he runs those shallow outs and curls, that will be Irvin (or Smith to the open side). No matter what, he obviously has to be accounted for on every play.

  53. The SEA vs. SF rivalry is heating up. It helps when the coaches have history against each other from their colleges days.

  54. chuck_easton says:

    Two things of note:

    1. What’s all the whining about how cold it’s going to be in GB today about? As I was driving my son to Luge practice at COP this morning the temp was -26c (-14.8F) with a windchill of -32c (-25F). The path along the river was packed with joggers. You dress for the cold.

    2. Yanker must be spitting nails, banging his head on the wall, and screaming at life’s total unfairness today. Driving home I was listening to CBS sports radio and the talk was how Lucks first two years in Indy have eclipsed Payton’s first two years. The talk was that Luck will be the face of the NFL for the next ten years and he is destined to win at least three MVPs before he’s done. Oh to be a fly on the wall in Yanker’s house today. SMH :) :) :).

  55. Dukeshire says:

    Also should note, I would imagine that NO would like to isolate Graham on Wagner as often as possible. If Seattle is 2 deep or cover 2, look for those seam routes where the Mike is responsible. That’s an awful matchup for Seattle. In any case.

  56. Dukeshire says:

    You lost me at “luge practice”. Parachute practice: gravity pretty much does all the work… Lol (j/k, Chuck)

  57. FleaFlicker says:

    Todd, I’d be really interested in the Saints injury situation leading up to the game. With the exception of one DB, they seemd to come out of that game pretty healthy. Can you give us a little info in that regard this week?



  58. chuck_easton says:

    He’s trying to make the National team for 2016 in South Korea. The bobsleigh people keep trying to steal him because they say he’s too big to be in Luge.

  59. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Break it down Duke!!

  60. “Linebacker Parys Haralson exited the game in the first half with a chest injury and they may not be getting him back before the end of their playoff run. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that the Saints think Haralson tore his pectoral muscle.”

    Will Herring played in his place.

  61. Dukeshire says:

    Bernard from Cincinnati is so powerful, damn. He’s got some Beast Mode in him, for sure.

  62. KC’s defense had been the strength of their team – by far – most of this season. It wasn’t until later on that they bagan to become prolific on offense. In their WC game they lost CB Brandon Flowers, which helped opened up IND’s passing game. Meanwhile, even though KC lost RB Jammaal (sp?) Charles early and still went up by 28 points over IND without him, KC also lost RB Davis Knile, and also Donnie Avery, which helped IND’s defense throttle KC’s offense. IND kept their dome closed so although it was kinda cold, it won’t be near as cold as when they go to NE (if SD wins today), or DEN (if CIN wins).

    IND’s 3-4 defense leaves holes in the middle of the field, especially just behind their DL. IND’s SS Antoine Bethea is their plugger. Prior to the snap, before offenses can change blocking assignments, Bethea charges toward the LOS and becomes a de facto ILB, often unblocked. He can rush the QB or, more often, stuff the run. If Bethea can be invited into the wrong gap, IND’s defense is vulnerable to big running plays. Bethea’s versatility allows IND to run many different blitzes on the outside of the DL. Take that away and IND’s defense suffers. I don’t see IND getting past either DEN in Mile-High or NE in Foxboro.

  63. Also, one thing that NO likes to do is move TE Graham split out wide, because most teams don’t have BBs or Sherms who can match up physically with him, and also trying to get a matchup of one of their faster WRs on a LB. Usually if the D throws a LB on Graham to account for his size, Graham will run a vertical pattern, which means straight ahead as fast as he can, and it’s usually a touchdown (unless that LB is Irvin, who is just as fast as Graham).

  64. JMSeaTown says:

    Eric Wright can get multiple DUIs, Aldon Smith isn’t the greatest guy on the planet, yet they’re both playing today. Browner smokes pot, which is legal in several states & across the globe & may never see the football field again. What a joke.

  65. Cold footballs are hard for RBs to hang onto…

  66. Dukeshire says:

    They split Graham off the line, but not not to flanker or split end, as you imply. And I’d be surprised to see Irvin shadow him running the seam. That would likely be Chancellor, or Wagner if they’re able to create that mismatch.

  67. Dukeshire says:

    Do we know it was pot?

  68. chuck_easton says:


    This has been debated already. Neither Eric Wright or Aldon Smith have been convicted in criminal court. Neither has failed an NFL drug test. Browner has failed three drug tests ( 1 in Denver and two in Seattle) in his four years in the NFL.

    Doesn’t matter if it’s legal in a couple of states, it’s still illegal nationally and the NFL is a national organization.

    And finally your employer has the right to test you for any substance they want as a condition to your employment, regardless if that substance is illegal or not.

    What is a joke is Browner knowing he’s being tested for said substance and using anyway without regard for how his actions hurt his teammates. Ok to be mad, but be mad at Browner.

  69. Dukeshire says:

    Chuck – Good luck to your son. That’s awesome!

  70. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Chuck, I saw you at the Arizona game. You didn’t look too happy.

  71. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I also saw you after the game taking it out on a poor Arizona Cardinals fan.

  72. The wording of the NFL Player Drug Policy is not around what is legal or illegal, it is around 7 drug classes. They simply state in Section I (C) what will be tested of all players before any intervention. Many of the drugs are in fact legal with a prescription and Appendix E covers abuse of prescription drugs. Marijuana seems to fit the definition of a prescription drug in section E, at least in certain states. But even so, because the NFL has final say over whether a prescribed or over-the-counter drug is abused, they can do whatever they want for marijuana. They seem to be saying that legal or prescribed, any use of marijuana constitutes abuse.

    Here is the drug policy:

  73. Dukeshire says:

    Good link, Pilot.

  74. I’d never want to contradict you Duke, it’s never a worthwhile use of time/effort – but mostly because I love to read what your mind publishes, but I’m confused about what you mean about NO not lining up Graham like a wide out?

    “Jimmy Graham – Saints
    “The next closest to Moore is the Saints new #1 option at the position, Jimmy Graham. Entering his second season, Graham will take over for recently-cut Jeremy Shockey and is expected to share tight end duties with David Thomas. Despite not playing much early in 2010, Graham racked up 254 snaps on the season, 137 (58%) of which were spent split out wide. Even more interesting is his split across the 4 “wide receiver zones”. Graham was split wide 30 times, slot left 36 times, slot right 30 times, and wide right 36 times. Clearly, the Saints like to move him around and give him opportunities to catch the ball. He’s a no-brainer TE1 in 2011.”

    “Through three weeks of the 2013 season, Graham has taken more snaps at a receiver alignment than as a tight end. By our count, thanks to the NFL’s Game Rewind feature, Graham has taken 69 snaps tight to the tackle and 95 snaps either in the slot or split wide.”

  75. I like Andy Dalton but I really don’t care for the Bengals. I kind of like the Chargers but don’t care for Rivers. lol

    We’re gonna his -60 later this evening (wind chill, “only” -30 for the temp). This is where I’m watching the game:

  76. I think the Eagles and Chargers are/were, by far, the worst two teams in the play-offs. The Eagles almost won and the Chargers are looking pretty good about right now. Just because we’re better than the Saints doesn’t exactly mean a thing come next Saturday… gotta get it done on the field and, for that, I’m not going to feel good until the game is over and the we’ve won (then it’ll be time to get nervous for the NFC Championship Game and if we’re lucky enough – the Super Bowl, too).

  77. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Dalton is choking and now the rain comes in heavy.

  78. Ditto BobbyK…
    Sure hope SEA doesn’t pull out the same game plan they used week 13 and just dust it off. You know Sean Payton et al will attack every perceived weakness to make sure they don’t repeat what they did before…

  79. That’s the thing that scares me. They know what they did wrong and can correct it (that early Bennett TD may not happen again either to give us an early cushion).

    Brees didn’t play well against us (although I defense and crowd noise had plenty to do with it) or against the Eagles last night, yet we all know he’s a franchise QB and those guys scare me to death.

    I’m going to be nervous as heck until we win. I think we should win, but it’s not the time of the year to count your chickens before they hatch.

    Count me in as nervous as nervous can be with this “easy” matchup. I can see us blowing them out, or winning/losing a close one. In no way are they going to blow us out though. I guess Meatloaf once sang that “Two out of three ain’t bad” but I’d rather have even better odds.

  80. Just let BamBamKam crush a couple of Grahams back ribs on a catch over the middle. Problem solved.

  81. Georgia, That .gif is Clay Matthews pounding CK.
    Clay is hurt? Then let Johnny Jolly do it.

  82. But Kam is a horrible matchup against Graham… that’s part of what is so scary.

  83. GeorgiaHawk says:

    So is Irvin.

  84. Dukeshire says:

    klm – The definitely put him in the slot, I would never agrue that. Obviously: he’s their best receiver. But I’ve never seen him used as a flanker or split end. Apparently however, based on those links, do put him there, albeit infrequently. Thanks for those.

    I will rewatch yesterday’s game and do snap counts by position for him, just as a reference.

  85. Put James Carpenter on him! Graham wouldn’t be able to run around our version of Jabba the Hutt.

  86. Dukeshire says:

    Well, there are no ideal march ups against Graham, aside from keeping him off the field. But I don’t think Kam is a “horrible” matchup. He’s improved a great deal in coverage. I would say Wagner would be horrible because he simply cannot match Graham’s athleticism.

  87. We could get a time machine and get Kenny Easley from ’84 to matchup against Graham. That’s about the only way I’d feel good about neutralizing him next week.

  88. GeorgiaHawk says:

    On paper we are the better team than the Saints, however if we don’t match their will to win we will have a difficult time winning.

    Will trumps talent and scheme, that’s why teams like the Chargers and Colts can do incredible things in the playoffs.

  89. The teams that I am most worried about are the 49ers and Panthers.

    We would still have to play well to beat the Saints or Packers, but the 49ers and Panthers are physical and play good defense, just like us.

    What do we do when KJ is healthy enough to play? I can’t see us putting Malcolm Smith back on the bench. Do we sit KJ or Irvin?

    Interested to see how Percy is next week…..

  90. Lol, Jabba the Carp Bobbyk! Any bets he’s not at least 360 lbs?!

  91. Dukeshire says:

    It’s a good problem to have. Quinn’s creative, he’ll find a way to get the better players on the field.

  92. Kansas City Chiefs sure couged it yesterday. :) Love that phrase, but any husky does….

  93. Well I’m 0-3 on playoffs picks so far. This is why I don’t gamble…

  94. I’d say Carp is closer to 1,360 lbs than anything. And he’s slower than this:

  95. MNHawk – looking forward to your -60 tonight?

  96. pabuwal says:

    The Yanker is 0-3 on his playoff picks so far.

  97. I have my suspicions as to which Media folk(s) complained about Lynch. Funny, Clemons doesn’t talk to the Media either, and according to Trib employees actually is rude to them, yet it’s Lynch who’s fined.

  98. Bobbyk, you’re killin me! I’m too sick to laugh this hard!

  99. STTBM – Found a photo of James Carpenter, Sean Locklear, and Chris Spencer for you:

  100. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It’s -10 right now at Green Bay with wind chill.

  101. Hahahaha! That’s awesome Bobbyk!

    God how I wish Schneider had ignored Cable and traded Wright or Lane or picks for a G or a RT before the season…

    Wrights best position is Mike, unfortunately. Perhaps Wags becomes too costly and we end up with Wright there–unless Wright leaves in FA first. I can’t see benching Smith vs the Saints with all their speed guys, but I could see alternating/subbing Wright in at all three backer spots to keep people fresh…

  102. Vegas56 says:

    Hey good for San Diego…everyone on Earth outside of Colorado is rooting for them next week. That Seahawk game down there next year will be good one to go to.

    The field at Lambeau looks like crap…frozen crap…almost literally.

  103. We are -9 (-31 wind chill). MNHawk – you’re not far away, we’ve got them “beat.” lol

    Pretty sure I’m staying in my igloo though.

  104. Vegas – Personally, I’m rooting for the Donkeys over the Chargers next week. If the Hawks somehow lose before the Super Bowl, I’ll be pulling for either the Broncos or Colts (or Saints if they beat us – but by then I’ll probably be so mad at them that I’ll want them to lose!).

  105. blueshq says:

    Put Percy on Graham!

  106. Vegas56 says:

    I think if the Hawks lose before the Super Bowl I’ll switch to the Panthers and Chargers but I don’t even want to think about that!

  107. Dukeshire says:

    GB May want to start accounting for Crabtree

  108. Vegas56 says:

    How do teams always seem to break down covering Crabtree? Not us but everyone else seems to lose him out there.

  109. I don’t know why anyone would be afraid of GB and not be at least a little nervous about SF coming here. They are built to beat us

  110. Vegas – I don’t want to think about it either. It really sucks. I have been a fan of 30 years (some longer, some less) but no matter what we’ve all seen zero wins in the game we want the most. This is the first time I’ve legitimately knows we’re the best but one thing being an NFL fan has taught me – the best teams don’t always win.

  111. Vegas56 says:

    Well at least they covered him in the end zone…

  112. Vegas56 says:

    Bobby, yeah no kidding….witness San Diego today

  113. pabuwal says:

    It sucks being a fan of any one NFL team and that’s the way they like it so you keep coming back for more.

  114. It’s sad – how much Red is in the stands in GB for this game!.

    GB getting all the early injuries :(

  115. Southendzone says:

    This GB/SF game looks like a crapfest. Mike McCarthy couldn’t outcoach a flea. He should have challenged the 3rd down play on their 1st drive as the fumble was recovered past the 1st down line by a GB player.

  116. Vegas56 says:

    In the early going, it definitely looks like the Niners are stronger.

  117. Has anybody seen – are there empty seats in the stands?

  118. Can this official crew come to Seattle next week – letting murder happen in the backfield

  119. When it gets cold enough, i think those sticky gloves lose some of their stickiness.

  120. This game is rapidly getting out of hand!

  121. Vegas56 says:

    If the Niners win this that would be 3 out of 4 home teams losing this weekend…and the one home team that won did it by 1 point on a crazy, incredible comeback.

  122. GB has a pretty good run-blkg OL, but with Bowman and Willis they just cant get anything going. If there was a really good MLB there for them early in the draft, would SEA spend a pick on one?

  123. Didn’t blocking usta mean sticking your elbows out and not grabbing with your hands?

  124. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Yes!!! Rodgers!

    Green Bay is back!

  125. Classic example of why FGs suck (although better than nothing) in the playoffs like this. The Whiners dominate the half and the Pack get one drive and are now in the lead. I’m not complaing, I wish both could lose.

  126. montanamike2 says:

    I’m glad SF isn’t blowing them out. That cold looks brutal.

  127. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It’s hard to win on the road with just field goals.

    49ers are going down.

    Down Down Down, niners are going down!

  128. Let me rephrase, FGs don’t suck… but FGs when you’re almost in the end zone suck (in comparison to gaining a few extra yards and having had a TD).

  129. GB missing Clay Mathews…

  130. and boom – Mo switches again

  131. Vegas56 says:

    GBs defense just isn’t good enough to win.

  132. Packers had Clay when they dominated them the prior two outings. Agreed, xcman, Mo switched again. Lets see what Rodgers can do before the half.

  133. Here is what I never understand about GB – they have a decent guy on the DL (Raji) a few Decent LB’s and are ok in the DB’s – but they can rarely put together a play-off caliber D. Shouldn’t be that hard to build around what they have to get some minimal improvement.

    More than just the Seahawks have proved you can find quality Defenders in the later rounds

  134. pabuwal says:

    The team leading at halftime is 0-3 this weekend.

  135. toastmaster says:

    SanFran seems to be playing better, but Go Packers Go!!!!!!

  136. It’s still possible for bad CK to show up in this game…

  137. Dukeshire says:

    I’m seeing something very different. GB is starting to play defense and move the ball. I like it

  138. On a side note – Chicago and Washington should be required to get a field like GB! just saying – or go to turf- I wish Seattle would get rid of the turf and get what they have in GB.

    for those that don’t know – it is a grass field with turf blades inserted about 4-5″ down into the ground – Stops the ground from ripping up in big chunks

    BIG drop on the deep pass for GB

  139. Isn’t that the same field that SEA’s WRs usta get injured on in the cold (untouched)?

    Why isn’t AR targeting whoever P.Cox is covering?

  140. Vegas56 says:

    Kap looks like he’s wearing a scuba suit under his jersey.

  141. I think Colin Kaepernick needs a miracle ear.
    I don’t the the Beats by Dre headphones are working for him.

    As long as he is QB for the niners, they will continue to burn timeouts and consistently get delay of game penalties, especially in pressure-packed situations in loud hostile environments (CLink!)

  142. Vegas56 says:

    The GB defense is markedly better in the second half.

  143. They still gotta score!!!!

  144. Vegas56 says:

    Lacy has a touch of Beast Mode going now.

  145. Whitener has been bumped all over by Lacy – Twice he has tried to knock Lacy over, but ended up going down instead

  146. toastmaster says:

    I know its self-centered, but I just don’t want this weekend football marathon to end. . .

  147. GB WR getting some bad drops!!!!!

  148. toastmaster says:

    Go Rodgers -houdini man

  149. Wow! Rodgers the magician! Houdini would’ve been envious of that escape.

  150. Damn, how did Rogers get out of that sack?!

  151. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Going down down down, niners going down!

  152. It’s 3 degrees but Jones can’t catch a cold!

  153. This game is rapidly evolving into a NFC West type slugfest.
    Even if the niners squeak by today, they will have to endure another slugfest in Carolina before they limp into CLink.

    Let’s just TCB and we’ll be at home sitting pretty, waiting for the walking wounded to stagger into our house of pain for an ambush.

  154. LOL Kuhn couldn’t even jump up for a lambeau leap

  155. I can’t stand Krapernick…an athlete but no class…

  156. mocarob says:

    (kuhn) white guys cant jump.

  157. Too many injuries mounting up – they are holding up well so far but they have to get points and then a stop – SF has seemingly scored just about every time to answer GB.

    Better yet – score – stop SF – score again

  158. bayareahawkfan says:

    Time for an old-fashioned six-minute drill culminating in a Jordy Nelson TD.

  159. Vegas56 says:

    Another excellent game. Rogers is taking control.

  160. bayareahawkfan says:

    I’m just rooting for Niner injuries at this point. Love to see Kuhn trucking Bowman! Boom!

  161. P. Cox – misses twice on Rodgers on the same play

  162. pabuwal says:

    Rodgers, Brees and Kaepernick have had a ton of trouble getting plays off in time this weekend. But they are willing to take a timeout instead of a penalty.

  163. toastmaster says:

    TIED UP!!!! What a game!!!!

  164. pabuwal says:

    Kaepernick has led 2 game winning drives the past 4 weeks. Does he have one more left in him?

  165. GB gotta get a stop here!!!!!!!!!! Try and win it in regulation, don’t know that GB can hold on with losing so many guys

  166. bayareahawkfan says:

    Doesn’t look like it will hurt SF in this game, but yet another in a series of games where they show a startling lack of coordination for a team as good as they are in other areas.

    Early first half: timeout to prevent delay of game, then coming in from that timeout they run a broken play because all 11 didn’t know what play was called.

    Then the first play in the second half after opening kickoff they call a timeout.

    At some point, I keep thinking, that will be the difference between winning and losing for this team.

  167. Vegas56 says:

    Packer defense doesn’t give me much confidence.

  168. Ok – in College if it was touched before it goes in the endzone knocking it out of the back of the endzone should be a safety – I guess that isn’t a rule in NFL or he didn’t touch it

  169. Vegas56 says:

    Oh man almost a pick

  170. Vegas56 says:

    It is ALWAYS Crabtree

  171. That could have been game over!!! Inches from an INT

  172. pabuwal says:

    Kaepernick was inches from being a goat and instead he’s on his way to being a hero.

  173. Vegas56 says:

    Kap is nothing if not lucky

  174. toastmaster says:


  175. Vegas56 says:

    Damned big 3rd down here

  176. In LONG FG range – oh boy

  177. toastmaster says:
  178. Vegas56 says:

    Kap is clutch…against less than good defenses anyway

  179. Vegas56 says:

    Packers need a miracle

  180. I think everyone in GB will hate Kaep forever more – he has killed them EVERY time they have played. I am sure he would love to play them EVERY week if possible

  181. I expect an epic slugfest in Carolina. Whoever survives that war of attrition, we will be waiting in our comfy confines of Century Link.

    Of course we have to make it past the Saints first, but I believe we will make that happen one way or another.

  182. Vegas56 says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how the Niners come out of this game. They have to fly back across the country after this game for Carolina. And they will be facing a real defense next week. They did it, but their road doesn’t get any easier now.

  183. Ultimately this game turned out the way it was supposed to. Pack played their hearts out today, but overall GB did not have a good year, barely squeaked out the last game after they brought Rodgers back. But that team has problems on D that go beyond just having an elite QB on offense.

    SF has their number because they can’t consistently stop the run just can not contain CK. And their DB’s are ok, but fail when they need to come up clutch. Someone like Sherm would have made Kap pay on that pass to Boldin, and it’s a whole another ballgame.

  184. GB:
    1@SF-L, 2DC-W, 3@CIN-L, 5D3T-W,
    6@BAL-W, 7CLE-W, 8@MIN-W, 9CHI-L,
    10PHI-L, 11@NYG-L, 12MIN-T, 13@DET-L,
    14ATL-W, 15@DAL-W, 16PIT-L, 17@CHJ-W,
    18(WC)SF-L. Not that bad a season for losing your QB for half a year.
    Close-loss in the WC game. Kinda like how Hoculi reffed that game.

  185. I caught a lot of grief advocating on blogs that Seattle should draft Crabtree. I was ok with Curry, and that was silly. But where would Seattle be had we picked him and the whiners had taken Curry?

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