Seahawks approaching the Week 8 trade deadline
What moves will the Seahawks make? While doing my diligence poring over all things NFL and otherwise, I ran across this piece on NFL.com. Would the Seahawks take Tim Tebow for red-zone opportunities? It’s my guess we won’t. The Seahawks don’t need a new project right now, but go ahead NFL, surprise me.
The Chief-of-Augurs warms his hands and his NFL predictions
President Obama has been making regular TV appearances lately. Did he really set aside an animated gif for us NFL observers? I’ve spent all morning trying to read his lips. I’m pretty sure he’s saying, “Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain.” I understand the President’s schedule is muy busy these days, so it only makes sense that he say as much as he can in as few words as possible, especially when it comes to sports which don’t play a huge role in his current campaign. But if my imaginary FBI training serves me well, this message translates to, “Seattle by a field goal, 23 – 20 over Detroit.”
This was a tough decision. At first I thought the Ravens seemed like the living dead, due to their personnel health issues. Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb have been out. Until the recent Texans/Ravens game, Terrell Suggs was also out. It seemed only a matter of time before this team was ambling along like true zombies. But Suggs returned and, though the Ravens lost to Houston, it seems they can still compete. So I continued my search and found a suitable candidate. Sophomore superstitions notwithstanding, Cam Newton is my Week 7 MostWantedZombie. Reanimate this man. I suppose his rookie season set the bar so high that his below average performance thus far has been a glaring contrast. NFL.com QB stats list as of today, has Newton ranked 23rd for Passer Rating and 26th for passing yards. Last week he went 21/37, 233 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, and 1 lost fumble. His QB rating was below 75.0 and that rating doesn’t account for the fumble.
Weekly Wookie Wevue, Week 7
This week’s rookie spotlight goes to Carolina Panthers OLB Luke Kuechly. Highlighting Kuechly’s 15 combined tackles performance against the Cowboys places a silver lining on the Panthers’ Week 7 result. Kuechly leads his team in tackles, 2nd on his team in “passes defensed” and has a fumble recovery.
HoaxWatch: Week 7
In prior weeks I’ve featured my DeathWatch segment which tracks the living-and-dying playoff hopes of teams around the NFL. HoaxWatch was inspired by false reports of the death of two celebrities, just before the NFL’s Week 1. I had read headlines stating two celebrities had died. Both turned out to be hoaxes. In the same regard, buzzards have been circling the New Orleans Saints. While some may say their defense is not among the living, the team as a whole is alive thanks to a resurgent offense. The Saints lead the league in passing yards, are 3rd in overall offense and 6th in scoring. If that doesn’t dispel some rumors, watch them in primetime these next two weeks against Denver (this Sunday Night) and Philadelphia on Monday Night Football (Nov. 5). Then come back to watch them play divisional foe, the Atlanta Falcons the following week. It’s improbable they’ll win the NFC South, but as Wild Card hopefuls go, the Saints could be a particularly threatening team. I am passing on the DeathWatch portion for Week 7. Feel free to write in and tell me whose playoff hopes are quickly dying. I’ll be sure to address your suggestions in one of my Week 8 segments.
Thursday Night Football
Tampa Bay at Minnesota: For the Seahawks hopefuls, a Bucs win could be helpful in exposing the Vikings’ weaknesses. As it stands, Tampa Bay is outside the Wild Card bubble and Minnesota is seeded 5th overall. By the way, this Thursday Night Football game serves as a scouting opportunity for Seahawks followers since the Vikings come to play Seattle after the Seahawks return from their game at Detroit this Sunday.
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