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Military Sea Hawkers Newsletter — December 22, 2012
The 12th Man on top of Mtn Geicko in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
I’m happy to announce that we have a pair of free tickets to give away for the final game of the season against the Rams. They were donated to the club and they are amazing seats (Section 139, Row J)!
If you’d like to go, visit the check-in page for the Rams game on the Military Sea Hawkers website. Post a message about how you’d like to win tickets. I’ll put the names into a random name selector and announce the winner in the next newsletter.
Be sure you have a current email address so I can contact you, and the tickets will be left under your name at will call at the northwest entrance to CenturyLink.
It’s going to be an exciting finish to the Seahawks season. Seattle only needs one win at home over the next two weeks to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. A win this weekend means they could be playing for the NFC West next Sunday.
Seattle could even make the playoffs before their game even starts. If the Bears, Vikings and Redskins all lose, then the Seahawks will secure a wild-card spot.
Seahawks in prime time (or early morning)
For those of you stationed in Afghanistan I feel like you must like the Sunday night games the best, since you can actually get a full night’s sleep and wake up first thing in the morning to watch the game.
This week’s game is on AFN Sports and DTS sports 1730 PST on Sunday. 0130 GMT or 0600 Afghanistan on Monday.
Hawks Claiming Spot as True Competitors
By Christopher Shurts Military Sea Hawkers
This Sunday’s game, that has been flexed to prime time, has all the makings to be one of the most electrifying games of the season. It is being brought by the #2 and #3 defenses, #2 and #3 rushing games and an emergence of two phenomenal young quarterbacks.
As for the Seahawks
They are coming off of a dominating three-game winning streak. We watched Russell Wilson surgically drive the Mighty Birds of Prey down the field for two game-winning drives, and they’ve outscored their opponents 131 to 34. They dropped two 50+ consecutive games for the first time since the 1950s. I don’t care who your opponents are, that is just plain impressive. These are all professionals and simply put, the Seahawks made the Buffalo Bills and the Arizona Cardinals look like the rookie setting on Madden.
The Seahawks have forced 11 turnovers while only turning the ball over twice in the past two games. They capitalized on 10 of those turnovers. Three of the turnovers were immediately returned for TDs while four of them were later put in the endzone by either Russell Wilson or Marshawn Lynch. The remaining three ended up being put through the uprights.
We also have to keep in mind, the last time the Hawks and the 49ers met up was in San Francisco and it ended up being an incredibly close game. If it wasn’t for two key dropped passes that would have been touchdowns had they been caught, and another four dropped passes that successfully killed quite a few drives, it could have had a completely different outcome. At that time in the season, Russell Wilson and the receiving corps had not built any sort of consistent cohesion. As of lately, Russell Wilson and company have definitely built some solid chemistry and only seem to be getting more comfortable with each other. With a surging offense, stout defense and a solid special teams, the Seahawks definitely have all the makings to beat the 49ers.
Now for the 49ers
Frankly, they surprised me this weekend. I did not expect them to win, let alone put 41 points on the Pats. Not that I didn’t think they have the firepower on offense to do it, I just didn’t think there offense would be on the field long enough to. The Patriots are known for their fast-paced brutally lethal offense and up until the 4th quarter the 49ers defense held them at bay (Much to my surprise).
With the emergence of Kaepernick, the 49ers have finally found their future franchise quarterback. He has put together some pretty solid games in the past few weeks and I believe he will be an incredible QB in the future, but he has not faced a defense on the same level as the Seattle Seahawks as of yet. He struggled a bit against the St. Louis Rams, who have a solid defense, but their defense is not on a tier anywhere near the Hawks. The pressure coming off of the edges with Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons is going to be a bit too much for him. Bruce Irvin that edge rusher that will be able to contain Kaepernick’s legs by running him down, while Clemons will be able to maintain him by blasting him before Kaep even knows he is there.
I also believe the 49ers defense is going to struggle immensely against the new style of play the Mighty Birds of Prey are bringing to the table. The precision behind the Zone-Read option that Russell Wilson and company are bringing is going to be overwhelming to the 49ers defense. Mix in the trick plays the Seahawks have been more privy to use and I see the 49ers defense folding under the pressure.
With all of the trick plays, from the flea-flickers, wide receiver passes, fake punts and anything else that Pete can think of: I think the Hawks are going to have a solid victory against the 49ers this weekend. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Michael Robinson throw a pass or two in a trick play. After all, the man did play quarterback in college.
My predictions for the game is 34-21 with the Seahawks walking away with a solid victory and truly proving to the rest of the NFL that the Hawks are real competitors.
Semper Fi! Go Hawks!
Brandan Schulze Military Sea Hawkers VP of Communications and Membership