Good morning. Welcome to game day.
In my advance of the game, I spent some time looking at the Jimmy Graham Issue. The Seahawks held Graham to three catches on nine targets in the first game this season, twice knocking the ball out of his hands late.
In the week leading up to the first game, Kam Chancellor said Graham may be more athletic than recently retired Tony Gonzalez, but he doesn’t have the same hands or “catch zone.”
Despite all the hand-wringing this week about the absence of K.J. Wright, the Seahawks dealt with Graham in multiple ways the first game and are likely to do so again. It didn’t all fall on Wright by any stretch.
Wright, Byron Maxwell, Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin and Chancellor all had coverage duties on Graham. The Seahawks also mixed in a lot of zone after taking an early lead.
The Seahawks jammed, ran with and zoned Graham knowing Richard Sherman didn’t need help with Marques Colston. The most interesting cover technique of the day came when the Seahawks were in a two-deep zone and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald dropped off the line to search out Graham on a shallow crossing route and was able to cover up the passing lane. It was a perfect defensive call.
Saints head coach Sean Payton will try to get Graham going today. How the Seahawks counter will be a key, as will how they handle the power running of Mark Ingram.
> Our Dave Boling wrote about the influence of homefield advantage.
> Don Ruiz writes from New Orleans about Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
> Our John McGrath says fighting words don’t show up easily in Seahawk-Saints matchup.
> From our news department, a look at Seahawks superfans in the South Sound.
> Russell Wilson’s success is no surprise to quarterbacks coach Carl Smith.
> USA today wonders if homefield is a playoff perk.
> 710 ESPN says the Seahawks’ defensive mantra is the Saints have to deal with them, not the other way around.
> Jim Moore says the Seahawks should turn Percy Harvin loose.
> Seahawks.com with five matchups to watch.
> Pro Football Focus with three matchups to focus on.
> Peter King was in Seattle this week and writes about Percy Harvin, plus makes his picks for the weekend.
> SI.com’s Audibles blog takes an educated guess at who could be a hidden gem this weekend. Michael Bennett is the selection for Seattle.
> Picks from CBS.
> Picks from ESPN.
> Picks from SI.
> Here’s where to watch a live stream of the game if need be.
Non-Seahawks game of the day
Indianapolis at New England, 5:15 p.m.
Hmm, tough choice.
> The Boston Globe writes that despite a spate of injuries, the Patriots soldier on.
> Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star writes that Tom Brady will beat the Colts.
Highlights from the first Saints game
Flashback video of the day
Will it get old? Probably not.
Since he was in the news this week, a video double-dip:
Today in bacon
Chalk talk with Brock Huard
Recipe of the day
Going to be wet and windy.
|San Francisco at Carolina||10:05 a.m.||FOX||Bank of America Stadium|
|San Diego at Denver||1:40 p.m.||CBS||Sports Authority Field|