We all have a friend in (Russell) Wilson.
I hope you enjoyed my positive review of Russell Wilson’s performance last week. I know the prior article might have had you wondering if I was going to turn out to be one of those glass-half-empty reporters. The glass is full, folks. Speaking of metaphors, watch for my upcoming article on Marshawn Lynch, titled “The Beast Runneth Over.”
I’m excited about Seattle’s Week 3 Monday night game against the Packers! Aren’t we all? The world will get to see Russell Wilson show that Aaron Rodgers’ll have to put on an out-standing performance to beat the Seahawks. I just hope John Kuhn doesn’t show up all over the special teams highlight reel. I’m confident we can turn in a winning performance, but Kuhn’s a special teams nightmare rumbling through blockers to the returner. I am confident in Leon Washington’s abilities as a returner and I don’t expect Kuhn to meet Leon this week. I am equally concerned about the pass rush and Clay Matthews who has 6 sacks in two games, but if Russell Wilson identifies blitzes well, he’ll take as much gainful advantage of the Packers as does Aaron Rodgers when he extends plays while under duress to come up big.
What is the name of the movie I referenced in the title of my last two Russell Wilson articles…hint ‘see ball, be ball?’ First reply wins a chance to suggest a movie phrase for my next article AND the winner gets to ask me a Seahawks related question. The winner gets to suggest a movie phrase and I have to mash it into the article, somewhat inconspicuously. No guarantees I’ll be right or wrong about the Seahawks question, but I WILL respond.
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Golden Tate was fined $21,000 for a play that appeared to leave the young receiver wobbly after the hit. Notice, seconds after Sean Lee hits the deck, Tate appears to lose his balance as he sort of bear crawled across the 25 yard line. I was a little concerned there, on behalf of both players. If you want to make a statement, de-cleating does the trick. But the block was over the top. This sport is for show and all eyes were peeled.
Once more, let me say, taking Lee off the ground was unnecessary to the success of the play. A good hard blindside shove would have gotten Lee tripped up just the same since he really didn’t look like he respected Tate enough to think he’d stay with him. I will commend Tate on staying active in the play. Too often players on the backside of a play become lax. Obviously these Seahawks players are working hard for the rookie Wilson. There are some great things to take away here. 100% effort on plays like these often differentiate players and teams from one another.
Please let the fine be the end of it and Golden, please, be healthy out there. I’m certain your balance was a little suspect after the hit and I don’t want you to miss any playing time, especially since it would be nice to see you go end-to-end in 2012, with the Seahawks looking so strong.
Sean, you were right alongside Golden Tate in the middle of the field when you took hot pursuit of Russell Wilson. You’ve GOTTA KEEP YOUR HEAD ON A SWIVEL! I won’t say I approve of the hit, but I’m putting some (nuanced) responsibility on you. I know you’re a tough player and I know you’re a strong head-up linebacker. Pound for pound and experience-wise, I’d give you the edge when squaring up against Tate, but you’re 4 inches taller and 40lbs stronger. Keep any eye on him and stay in the play! You should know that when you peel off to chase Russell Wilson that Tate’s right there behind you. He’s got speed and explosiveness. Otherwise, you’ll end up…well, out of the play. OK, I’m tired of this subject. Let’s move on!
I’m sure we’ll feature 11 players on both sides of the ball and on special teams. Hey, I’m not a fortune teller. I don’t know who’s going to play. Oh wait! I could go to the web and find out. Please, give me a second. I’ll go do that.
SEO frustration of the day:
I just stepped away from my player predictions segment to search the web to find out who’s in, and who’s out for the Seahawks this week. I Googled “seattle seahawks probables against Green bay” and got “NFL playoffs: Packers and Patriots still big favorites, injuries“, “Seahawks Football – Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Week 2 Preview” and “Matt Flynn – Seattle Seahawks – 2012 Player Profile – Rotoworld.com.” I guess the search is (case AND date) sensitive. Wow, talk about taking for granted Google’s ability to infer. I guess all I really have time for is to say how many players we’d have on each squad. I promise, that’s what I THINK will happen! 11 players on any given play.
Aaron Rodgers will be there. Following a 5 sack performance in Week 2 against the Bears, I imagine he’ll want to get the ball out more quickly against Seattle. Green Bay’s offense ONLY scored 16 points against a strong Chicago defense in Week 2 despite Jay Cutler passing the ball back to the Packers defense 4 times! Is the Seahawks defense as stingy as Chicago’s? I don’t know. Is allowing their opponents 13.5 points-per-game (on average) stingy?
Can we get more takeaways? I sure hope so. Will those takeaways be on special teams like last week against the Cowboys? Statistically, unlikely. Where will they come from then? Earl Thomas, probably. Watch out for Kam Chancellor, too. When the Seahawks put on pressure they way they have been so far in ’012, there’s no telling who’ll create the turnovers or who’ll possess the takeaways. One thing I know, Seattle’s defense is exciting to watch!
HoaxWatch: In prior weeks I’ve featured my DeathWatch segment which tracks the living-and-dying playoff hopes of teams around the NFL. Thanks to the fact, that after Week 2, most teams are 1 – 1 and many of those 1 – 1 teams were playoff hopefuls, it seems there’s no reason to feature my DeathWatch. However, previously I had an eye out for Miami to be on “high alert” for DeathWatch, but after Reggie Bush’s remarkable performance last week, I am presenting the first HoaxWatch report. HoaxWatch was inspired by false reports of the death of two celebrities, the week leading up to NFL Week 1. I read headlines that stated two celebrities had died. How morose? Both turned out to be hoaxes. In the same regard, I might have read some articles that said the Miami Dolphins were dead in the water for 2012 (no references cited.) MIAMI ISN’T DEAD! This is our first hoax of 2012. See Reggie run!
Visit my DeathWatch segment next week when I’ll highlight teams that are on “High” alert. The 0 – 2 Browns, Jaguars, Titans and Raiders all face the chance of starting the season in an 0 – 3 hole.
The Chiefs vs Saints game promises to yield an 0 – 3 team. I GAR-ON-TEE! I’d keep a few masks handy if you’re gonna watch this game. A respirator mask to guard against airborne “losing-football” virus, a CPR mask to revive either team throughout the game, and a gas mask, mostly for the smell. I suppose a brown paper bag mask might help too. If it’s any consolation, whoever loses this game stands a fair chance they’ll have another 0 – 3 team with which to commiserate by the end of Sunday’s games. The 0 – 2 Raiders host the Steelers, Cleveland has Buffalo, the Jaguars test their luck in Indy, and Tennessee hosts Detroit. I’m sure none of these teams want to be mentioned in the same sentence with any other team on the 0 – 3 watch.
Wookie Wevue Prevue: On a weekly basis, I cover a player whose performance appeared to be a noteworthy true-rookie or “rookie-like” performance. Brandon Weeden took Week 1 as a true-rookie with a noteworthy, miserable performance going 12/35, 118 YDS, 4 INT.
Jay Cutler’s noteworthy (rookie-like) performance in Week 2 was an early favorite to win the (dis)honor until it got bumped from the pages in favor of true-rookie Russell Wilson who gave a noteworthy “strong” performance.
I’ll always prefer to feature good rookie play in this segment, but I make no guarantees that I’ll be more impressed, one way or the other, by a good or bad performance. In Week 1, I was truly fascinated with Brandon Weeden’s play; fascinated like something horrifying catching me by surprise.
Russell Wilson’s Week 2 stats, 15/20 151 YDS, 1 TD pass, 4 rushes, 28 YDS. His accuracy was impressive. Pitching a 75% completion rate. Of course he’s been keeping his pass attempts down to a manageable count. In a way this reminds me of a closer in baseball who doesn’t have to throw much, he just has to be good and Russell Wilson was good. The other parts of the Seahawks team have already done the rest. Keep it up Russell!
For all you other rookies who wish to make my weekly “Wookie Wevue,” don’t sabotage your team just to appear in my article. Bad performances are strongly discouraged.
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Cheers! Enjoy your Week 3 games!
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