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“If you didn’t know he was a rookie, you wouldn’t think he was.” – Ray Horton

The words uttered from the mouth of  the Cardinals’ respected blitz-happy defensive coordinator were a sign of the utmost respect towards the young man the football world calls “DangeRuss,” a heavily scrutinized athlete prior to being selected 75th overall in the 2012 draft who has now gained full backing from rabid football fanatics and support league wide. Gil Brandt perhaps gave the biggest endorsement through the eyes of a personnel man when he said, “You go broke looking for those guys. For every guy that you draft, that’s three inches and four inches below the accepted minimum, 99 of 100 are going to fail. He’s a real exception.”

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For the Aaron Rodgers or Robert Griffin III owner who desires to do awful things to the league’s schedule maker who put two of the top fantasy producers on the same bye late in the season, Russell Wilson is the best bye week fill-in not named Ryan Tannehill. We slotted him among the top quarterback waiver candidates earlier this week, and yet even now on a Friday long after claims have been processed, both Wilson and Tannehill are still available in 84 percent of ESPN leagues. All ya’ll Rodgers and Griffin owners must be pretty confident in your backups, I guess.

The more I think about it — and I think about such matters far too much — the more I think Tannehill should be favored here since he has a matchup against a Titans defense that’s giving up 273.4 passing yards per game at a rate of eight yards per attempt. That’s a lot, and it should lead to a lot of fun for Tannehill. But Wilson could have some fun times too.

The reasons for that are equally clear as the Jets travel across the country to visit Seattle. Although Antonio Cromartie has shut down top receivers, Darrelle Revis still isn’t walking through that door, and a pass rush that’s barely been a pass rush at all (just 12 sacks) will struggle to contain a mobile quarterback.

But if you need another reason to trot out Wilson during these desperate, trying times, there’s a stat for that.

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Consensus line: 49ers -7, total 37.5
Best line for SEA: Seahawks +8, -118 (Pinnacle)
Best line for SF: 49ers -7, -110 (SportsInteraction, 5Dimes)
Current betting percentage: 64% action on the 49ers, 54% on the OVER

Individual Team Trends:
Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.
Seahawks are 18-37-2 ATS in their last 57 road games.
Seahawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against NFC West opponents.
49ers are 19-6-2 ATS in their last 27 games following a S.U. loss.
49ers are 21-8-3 ATS in their last 32 home games.
Under is 5-0 in Seahawks last 5 games against NFC opponents.
Under is 5-2-1 in 49ers last 8 home games.
Over is 4-1 in 49ers last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.

Head-to-Head Trends:
Home team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Seahawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in San Francisco.

Most of the Thursday Night Football games this season have received a ton of one-sided action, but it appears as though a solid case can be made for both teams in this matchup. The Seahawks have been a pleasant surprise this season, starting the year with a 4-2 record including marquee victories over the Cowboys, Packers, and Patriots. They’re one of the more physical teams in football and it could be argued that they have the better defense going into this matchup, as their DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) is actually higher than the 49ers right now. I think the Seahawks are a good football team, but I look at this contest the same way that I looked at the Packers-Texans matchup on Sunday night—a great opportunity to buy low and sell high.

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Hey you. Yeah, you people marching outside of an empty Lambeau Field with your signs of protest. Go home now, for Roger Goodell has spoken, and he’s cured all of your angst and ills. You should calm down too, guy who contributed to the $150 million lost in Vegas due to a comically botched call on a play that wasn’t even the play Russell Wilson was supposed to call.

Yep, quiet down everyone, because there’s a totally logical reason for the worst call in recent memory that should strip the NFL of every ounce of remaining leverage it has (or thinks it has) over the locked out regular officials. There should have been an offensive pass interference call, and there wasn’t. That’s all.

Whoa boy. Here’s the league’s statement in its entirety, and before reading please ensure that one of those handy airline vomit bags is nearby.

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This wasn’t breakage in the Jesse Pinkman sense of the word. There was no loss here for some kind of greater gain, if that was possible. There was no sympathy, and no understanding. There was only angst, with the acknowledgement that the eventuality we all knew was coming had arrived, and the NFL’s replacement officials had run their natural course.

We knew a meaningful game would be butchered as Ed Hochuli sipped his chardonnay while doing power squats in a distant living room, and there would be serious implications for the standings, for the playoffs, for homefield advantage, for everything. So here we are during the morning after the botched call which awarded the Seahawks a tainted victory, and introduced the Packers to the 13th man.

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It’s the first weekend of the NFL regular season, so obviously you have questions about who your fantasy football team should have in the starting lineup. I understand that you’re desperate. You came in last place in your league last year, and you can’t take another off-season of taunts, harassment, and flaming bags of dog shit being left on your porch by your so-called “friends”.

Being a fantasy owner can be a tough (fantasy) gig, what do you do when a guy’s questionable?

Owners of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch better pour themselves a stiff drink, because they have some serious decisions to make.

If you have Lynch’s backup Robert Turbin, then you have the option of waiting a little bit longer before making your decision, because either way you’ll have Seattle’s starting RB ready to go. Otherwise, I’d leave Lynch glued to your bench until you hear a more definitive update on his injury status.

I’ve said this once, and I’ll keep saying this until my throat is sore: you can’t afford to leave points on the bench.

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I’m not sure how we as a society ever existed before Wikipedia. Blogs definitely wouldn’t have ever come into existence, because all research done on an Internet thing starts deep in the bowels of the Wikipedia machine.

I’ve gone on long Wiki reading binges prompted by the most random curiosity, and I’ve read words about things that most normal people wouldn’t invest more than eight seconds into. Example: this past weekend while camping and gazing up at stars that may or may not have actually been up in the sky, I read the entire page on the Big Dipper, or as I call it “Saptarishi.”

Anyone who’s ever had the kind of back spasms that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is dealing with knows the spasm sensation well. It’s a tingling sensation, and then it can build into a full-out cramp and muscle seizure. But as is often the case, Wikipedia describes it with far more delightfully colorful language.

Mostly, the color is red.

A variety of types of involuntary muscle activity may be referred to as a “spasm”. Examples include muscle contractions due to abnormal nerve stimulation, or abnormal activity of the muscle itself. A series of spasms or permanent spasms are called a spasmism. A spasm may lead to muscle strains or tears of tendons and ligaments, if the force of the spasm exceeds the tensile strength of the underlying connective tissues, such as with a particularly forceful spasm, or in the case of weakened connective tissues.

True hypertonic spasm is caused by malfunctioning feedback nerves, is much more serious, and is permanent unless treated. In this case, the hypertonic muscle tone is excessive and the muscles are unable to relax.

A spasmism is the most terrifying “ism,” and is only rivaled by any Bushism. For Lynch owners, it’s about to become far more frightening, and it’ll send you straight to a very different kind of reading, that of the frantic waiver-scouring variety.

Lynch didn’t practice Monday, and now his status for Seattle’s season-opening game against Arizona is in question.

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