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Seahawks Dominate In Kickoff Game

Chris Schisler

The season kicked off with a bone crushing Seahawks hit on the Kickoff return. The Packers drive started at the 13 yard line. Green Bay picked up a couple first downs featuring their powerful running game. It was a a wise plan considering the pass protection issues the Packers had in their previous meeting with the Seahawks. When the Packers initially went to their passing game the Seahawks defense had its fun. A sack ended the Packers opening possession forcing them to punt.

The Seahawks first drive featured three Percy Harvin plays, including the run play he burned Denver with in the Super Bowl. Russell Wilson was saved from an interception by a nice effort by, tight end, Zach Miller. The Seahawks went on to score the first field goal of the 2014 season.

The big moment of the first quarter was when Earl Thomas muffed a punt return. This is when Aaron Rodgers came alive. He took advantage of man coverage against Jordy Nelson (with Richard Sherman on the other side). John Kuhn scored the first touchdown of the season with a 3 yard rush.

The Seahawks would strike back quickly with a 6 play 80 yard drive. Percy Harvin had a big 33 yard reception in which he managed to get wide open for, across the middle of the field. Harvin accounted for 68 of the Seahawks 221 yards in the first half. The next play was a thing of beauty. Russell Wilson hit Ricardo Lockette for a touchdown pass on a read option fake. The cornerback came rushing into the backfield to stop the run , allowing Lockette to be open as could be. The Seahawks led 10-7.

The next Packers drive ate up over 6 minutes off the game clock but only ended with a Mason Crosby field goal. The Seahawks needed only 6 plays to march back down the field for another touchdown on the subsequent possession. That was the final score of the first half; the Seahawks led 17-10.

There were three themes to the first half. The first was the Packers effort to help Aaron Rodgers with the running game. Eddie Lacey had 8 first half carries, James Starks had 4 carries and Kuhn of course rushed one into the end zone. The second theme was the Seahawks commitment to getting Harvin the ball. Harvin touched the ball 7 times in the first half. The third theme of the first half was the Packers completely avoiding Richard Sherman. It was a very good first half between two very good teams.

Things snowballed quickly for the Green Bay Packers. The third quarter belonged completely to the Seattle Seahawks. By the end of the quarter the Packers were behind 29 to 10. It was a quarter in which the Packers had several nightmare situations. The Packers down 10, went for it on fourth down close to midfield. The Packers argued that the officials never reset the playclock and therefore unfairly rushing them. The argument was frivolous. The Packers also surrendered two points on a safety.

The Packers were not going to just sit and take their beating. Rodgers orchestrated a magnificent 82 yard touchdown drive to make it a 13 point game. The drive however had the tremendous cost of taking over 5 minutes off the clock. The Seahawks ate up clock and marched for another touchdown. That was not all she wrote; it was all she wrote that mattered. With just over two minutes Seattle led 36-16. The Seahawks toyed with Green Bay like a Dolphins toys with the fish it eventually devours. The reigning kings of the NFL food chain chomped down on their first opponent with relative ease. The Seahawks may be the first team poised to defend their championship since the Patriots did 10 years ago.

Rant of the Week: Report to Camp Marshawn!

Chris Schisler

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The Seattle Seahawks star running back, Marshawn Lynch is holding out of training camp. Lynch is in pursuit of a raise. Its not Lynch is not getting paid as he has $13 million coming his way in the next two seasons. Lynch, who we affectionately refer to as “Beast Mode”is the center piece of the Seahawks physical offense. However Lynch is being selfish, here. With Seattle’s long line of players to pay in the near future, what does Lynch expect?

When a little boy gets a brother the little boy becomes excited. When the baby takes the boy’s attention he gets jealous. This is what happened with a not so little Marshawn Lynch. Richard Sherman, Percy Harvin and Earl Thomas just got paid big money (attention). Now Lynch is mad that they got more money (attention) than him.

Lynch has absolutely nothing to complain about. His contract is the sixth highest among running backs. This is pretty damn fair deal, if you ask me. It would be one thing if he had a case of being underpaid- he simply does not.

This will be Lynch’s 8th season and he has taken a lot of wear and tear. I’m not suggesting its almost over for Lynch because there is no evidence to support that. What I am saying is that no teams, not even the run focused Seahawks, are going to give Lynch the kind of money he is looking for. Running backs take brutal hits and their career could end at any moment. They are important but unfortunately for Lynch, running backs are risky long term investments.

The Seahawks built their Super Bowl winning team through the draft. They filled the team with great young talent that was cheap. Now that their players are moving on to second contracts, the Seahawks have to shell out some cash. Russell Wilson will soon get his mega deal contract. Seattle loves Lynch, but there is no way to give him his raise. This holdout will likely get ugly.

Lynch has some growing up to do, if we’re being completely honest. Some holdouts make sense. If you are legitimately getting underpaid than you can complain. Lynch however, is getting exactly his market value. Its not like he can’t afford his Skittles (to speak in a tongue in cheek way).

I often support players because its a business and in business you do whats best for you. But this is the real world and he signed a contract. He signed a contract that was (and still is) very fair. Just because your teammates (siblings) got more money (attention) than you does not mean you should hold out (cry like a little boy). Their contracts do not make your contract any less fair.

Early Predictions NFC West

Chris Schisler

San Francisco 49ers: 11-5
Reason: I think San Francisco and Seattle are the two best teams in the NFL. However in a brutal division and a tough schedule, they will have some struggles. The 49ers will win the division determined to get revenge against Seattle.

Seattle Seahawks: 10-6
Reason: Add a potential Super Bowl hangover to a tough schedule and Seattle has a challenging season. They should still be very good. The offense should take steps forward. The defense will be dominant. A team capable of a 13 win season will end up with 10.

St. Louis Rams: 9-7
Reason: The Rams have the best defensive line (at least on paper). Overall they are a solid team with a great coach in Jeff Fisher.

Arizona Cardinals: 8-8

Arizona has a very solid team. I think however they fall victim to the division more than anyone. The offensive line is still a concern to me. I am not big on Carson Palmer either. The match ups worry me. This is a team that could prove me wrong. Bruce Arians is a very good coach.

Lopsided Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks are world champions after laying a world class beat down on the Denver Broncos. Seattle could do no wrong and won with the shocking score of 43-8. A lot if people picked Seattle but very few thought it would be a blowout.

At halftime the Seahawks were up 22-0. I was not sold the game was over. Denver had a future hall of famer under center and many weapons. I was convinced that Peyton Manning would heat up and at least make it a game. Seattle could care less how great the Broncos were. When Percy Harvin’s TD opening kick return was recorded; it was clear that Seattle would show no mercy.

This was the Super Bowl that was not so Super. It was a one sided affair. The commercials were stale. To be fair the halftime show was better than some in recent memory, and at least the power stayed on. I just can’t help but feel robbed of football’s finest day.

A blowout in the Super Bowl used to be common. The last real blow out was in Super Bowl 37, when the Buccaneers spanked the Raiders. We have been spoiled by great game after great game.

Seattle played magnificently. They played so well that the one sided game took until the second half to become unexciting. Seattle earned it fair and square. Seahawks fans got their money’s worth. I was glad to see Seattle win but I was disappointed in the lack of drama in the game.

How Denver can Comeback

I could care less about Bruno Mars and this ridiculous halftime show. Let’s talk about the second half of this football. Peyton Manning is the sheriff. Don’t count him out until it is literally over.
I’m not saying that it will happen, or that it’s even likely. But it could happen. Denver is too good to crumble this easy.

The Broncos are moving the ball well. They just are not scoring and to make matters worse they are turning the ball over.

They need to get their running game going. It sounds counterintuitive down 22. But there is no threat of the run. The Seahawks front seven is ready to stop Peyton. The defensive line is getting in the passing lanes and making Peyton adjust his release point. The man coverage is killing the Broncos. Though they need to keep going to the back shoulder throws.

Getting the run game going will give the Seahawks something to think about and may open up the passing game. We know the Broncos can play some ground it football. Running formations will give more protection for Manning.
This will also bring some credibility to the play-action. But Jacob Tamme is the biggest reason to bring in another tight end. Tamme is the last guy Seattle expects to kill him. Tamme is a good receiver and has a chemistry with Peyton going back to their Indianapolis days. Two tight end sets could be huge for Denver.

Defensively they Broncos need to keep stopping the run. Win on 1st down, get Wilson in 3rd and long, keep him in the pocket. It’s not rocket science but is easier said than done.

The point is this game is not over. The point is that it’s Peyton. Make adjustments and act as if it is a brand new ball game. Do your job and as Bill Walsh said “The score will take care of it self.”

Does the Super Bowl Favor Great Offense or Great Defense

We are a day away from the Super Bowl. The two week build up to the big game is almost complete. This year we have a meeting of a great offense (Denver) and a great defense (Seattle). The question is which does the Super Bowl favor, great offense or great defense.

In the early 2000’s the answer was great defense. The Giants great offense was dominated in Super Bowl 35 by the Ravens legendary defense. Super Bowl 36 saw St. Louis’s “Greatest Show on Turf” stifled by the Patriots dominant defense. Super Bowl 37 was won by the Buccaneers bone crushing defenders and it was not even close. The Patriots won the next two Lombardi trophies. While Brady had emerged as a great quarterback, New England still had a dominating defensive unit. Pittsburgh would win Super Bowl 40 and Super Bowl 43. The Steelers were a pretty balanced team in both championship seasons. That said we know they prided themselves on their defense.

Things seemed to be changing when the Indianapolis Colts won it all in the 2006-2007 season.The Colts were a great offensive team that beat Lovie Smith’s great defense. The Colts defense was far from great but it had just enough pieces to be successful. Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeny provided great pass rush; this made life difficult for teams that had to pass to keep up with Manning. Safety Bob Sanders was a dominating presence in the Colts secondary. An offensive centered team won the Super Bowl; but defense still had a strong presence in the big game.

The Patriots entered Super Bowl 42 with a historic undefeated record and a record breaking offense. The Giants entered the game on a roll after barely sneaking into the playoffs. New York’s defense frustrated New England’s offense. An offense that was used to getting what it wanted with relative ease was stifled. The Giants defensive line dominated the game. Eli Manning provided the late game dramatics with the winning score to Plaxico Burress. The Giants beat one of the greatest offenses of all time in the Super Bowl. This supported the Idea that defense wins championships.

Super Bowl 44 and 45 were won by teams with great offenses. In Super Bowl 44 we watched two great offenses as Drew Brees and the Saints beat Peyton Manning’s Colts. This Super Bowl will always be remembered by Sean Peyton’s rewarding gamble to start the 2nd half with an onside kick. It will also be remembered by Peyton Manning’s pick 6 that cost Indianapolis the game.

Super Bowl 45 was a shootout between Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. While the Steelers had a good defense it was not what it once was. Rodgers carved up the Steelers and stepped out of Brett Favre’s shadow. One of the most pivotal plays was when Cullen Jenkins busted up a run play, leading to a Clay Matthews fumble recovery. Are you noticing a trend?

Super Bowl 46 was a rematch of the Patriots and Giants. Oddly the game was almost entirely like their Super Bowl 42 meeting. The Giants defensive line was dominant. It was a tough game that Brady almost won; the problem was Eli got the last chance. Defense prevailed over an offensive juggernaut once again.

The Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl 47 on one of the best days of my life. I had waited 12 years for another Super Bowl parade in Baltimore. I was only 10 and just beginning to obsess over football when we won Super Bowl 35. The 2012 Ravens did not have the dominating defense I grew up watching. The Ravens got to the Super Bowl on the throwing arm of Joe Flacco.

The Ravens defense almost gave up what seemed like an insurmountable lead. That however is when the magical unscriptable and fitting ending happened. Ray Lewis’s iconic career ended with a goal line stand in the Super Bowl. The Ravens built their lead on offense and won the game (the hard way) on defense.

In the Super Bowl you will always have two great football teams. The Super Bowl almost always has two evenly matched teams- which is shown by the close games we have been treated to. I would argue that a Super Bowl championship is won and lost with defense. It comes down to who can make the game changing turnover or defensive stand. Even in Super Bowls featuring two great offensive teams, the game has come down to defensive heroics. As we approach Super Bowl 48, let me remind you that defense wins championships.

Comparing Super Bowl Teams

The best team does not always win the Super Bowl. A prime example of this is when the New York Giants defeated the undefeated New England Patriots in the 2007 season. The Lombardi trophy goes to the best team on Super Sunday. This is fair; after all just getting to the Super Bowl demands a perfect postseason run. On Sunday we will see who brought the better game with them to New Jersey; but who is the better team. Lets break it down by position.

QB: Broncos

With all due respect to Russell Wilson this one is not even close. Peyton Manning is a legend having his most impressive season. Russell Wilson has shown a ton of skill and poise in his young career but he is not on Manning’s level.

RB: Seahawks

This is rather easy to explain. Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch is exactly what his nickname suggests. Moreno is a serviceable running back. But Marshawn Lynch is a very crucial part of the Seahawks offense. Everything starts with the run game for Seattle.

TE: Broncos

While I love what Zach Miller brings to the table, it does not match what the Broncos tight ends. Julius Thomas is a match up nightmare. Jacob Tamme is a very reliable number two TE.

WR: Broncos

Demaryous Thomas, Erick Decker and Wes Welker… enough said. The Broncos have the best receiver group in football.

Offensive Line: Seahawks

When a team dominates on the ground much of their success is attributed to the offensive line. Seattle has a great run game. Every thing starts up front with the Seahawks, who strive to be the most physical team.

Defensive Line: Seahawks

The Seahawks are great at stopping the run and create tons of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Brandon Mebane, Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril will make life difficult for Denver’s line.

Linebackers Seahawks

Bobby Wagner leads one of the best linebacking groups in the NFL. Seattle does not blitz much but when they do they get to the quarterback. They are dominant against the run and swallow up underneath routes.

Secondary: Seahawks

Richard Sherman is the best corner in football and he won’t hesitate to tell you. Earl Thomas is as hard hitting a free safety as I’ve ever seen. This secondary is the Seahawks greatest strength.

Coach: Tie

John Fox and Pete Carroll are two experienced coaches who get it. Their players love to play for them. Both coaches are looking for their first Super Bowl ring. I have equal respect for both of them.

If you put a gun to my head and demanded I told you who the best team was I would chose Seattle. They are a great team all the way around. The Broncos have a great offense but I think Seattle is better overall. These teams have such contrasting styles it makes the game very intriguing.
Prediction: Seahawks win 27-24

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