Nobody knows how Peyton Manning will attack the Seattle Seahawks’ defense. He may not have a choice, to be frank. He may have to settle for underneath throws all night and work his way up the field. It’s entirely possible if his Week 6 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense is any indication.
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Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII, The Tape Never Lies on Jan 30, 2014
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII, The Tape Never Lies on Jan 29, 2014
He’s short and quick, a playmaker that can line up all over the formation and pin defensive backs on their heels. He can then turn them around full circle or run by them for big plays. He’s not Percy Harvin, however — he’s Doug Baldwin.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Denver Broncos, Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII, The Tape Never Lies on Jan 28, 2014
It’ll start up front, like always. Marshawn Lynch will take the hand-off . . . Terrance Knighton will penetrate . . . someone will be shaken or tackled.
The Seahawks have a versatile ground attack. Over the last two years, they’ve implemented a variety of concepts to expand their arsenal and utilize all of Lynch’s talent. They feature power, the traditional form of two backs as well as single back, and zone running, which has seemingly stretched into every team’s playbook. This matchup will be of interest in this game because it’ll put to test not only Lynch’s quickness (and decision making), but Knighton’s too.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XLVIII, The Tape Never Lies on Jan 27, 2014
There are several X-factors in Super Bowl XLVIII, and then there’s a J-factor: Julius Thomas. How do you stop him? He’s 6’5″, weighs 250 pounds, and he’s quick and explosive. He can line up in-line like a traditional tight end or like a modern flex/slot. He may not seem like any different of a problem to the Seattle Seahawks than some of the recent tight ends they’ve faced, including Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis the last two weeks, but he is. He won’t soften like Graham did or be underused like Davis was. He’ll battle the defense until the game’s end, and he’ll get plenty of chances to beat them too.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII, The Tape Never Lies on Jan 23, 2014
Patience was all he needed from others. After shredding his knee as a high school senior, Clemson was patient with him, redshirting his freshman year to give time to rehabilitate. Then he went to Seattle, a team that was patient as he stretched to touch his toes while battling through injuries before eventually beating up on foes. Now he’s the starting right cornerback for the Seahawks.
Meet Byron Maxwell, a 6’1″, 207-pound 25-year-old who All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman once wrote is the reason the Seahawks will be going to New York next week.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Richard Sherman, San Fransisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, The Tape Never Lies on Jan 22, 2014
The ballgame always comes down to inches in the playoffs, doesn’t it? It wasn’t different this past Sunday when the Seahawks defeated the 49ers on a last-second interception. An inch and it would have gone over Richard Sherman’s head, sending the 49ers to the Super Bowl via a Michael Crabtree catch. An inch and it would have quelled the criticism of Colin Kaepernick. An inch and it would have quieted Sherman – maybe.
The Seahawks won a tough game that came down to the final 32 seconds of the fourth quarter. The game’s brutality and closeness was expected, as the two teams had met previously and were similarly structured throughout their rosters. They were built the same way, but both couldn’t win on this day. It would come down to one play, one that would send a roar from CenturyLink Field through Sherman’s mouth to New York.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under San Fransisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, The Tape Never Lies on Jan 17, 2014
Russell Okung has his hands full this weekend. He’ll not only be facing one Smith, but two. That, of course, is a reference to Justin and Aldon Smith of the 49ers. Whenever a left tackle faces the 49ers, they have to face both because of the way the two pass-rushers line up. Justin is usually outside the left shoulder of the tackle or head up, while Aldon aligns well outside the shoulder like a typical pass-rusher. At the snap, one could go inside while the other outside, and vice versa. It’s not easy to figure out who is going where, as Okung knows from his Week 14 matchup, which he struggled in.