We did it! It’s here! The regular season is about to begin. I’m not about to count the weeks since we saw the Falcons knock off the Seahawks in the final seconds of what looked like an amazing second-half comeback, but it has been long enough. The best part is the team is poised to be even better than last season.
If going undefeated in the preseason for a second straight year didn’t make you a believer in the amount of depth this team has, the 53-man cuts were likely to have caught your attention.
Antoine Winfield, a player who was thought to be a key offseason acquisition, was on his way to missing the cut and made the decision to retire after 15 years. Michael Robinson, who played in the Pro Bowl just last season, was also cut. In addition to losing a tremendous leader, Seahawks fans will also miss the behind-the-scenes content of the Real Rob Report. Another fan favorite, John Moffitt was traded to help add depth to an injured defensive line.
The Seahawks start the season with an early matchup against the Carolina Panthers. The Seattle tradition of losing 10am PT starts on the east coast have reporters salivating around this game as an easy pick for an upset. Toward the end of last season, the Seahawks started kicking that trend, so I don’t see that aspect as a big deal.
What the Seahawks will miss is having Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin on the defensive line to combat the speed of Cam Newton and DeAngelo Williams. Although the Panthers have taken a significant hit to their run game with Washington native Jonathan Stewart sitting out the first six weeks of the season after having ankle surgery.
Russell Wilson is much more polished this season than he was early last year when Seattle beat Carolina. Apart from playing three hours earlier in the day, I’m not seeing where the Panthers have gained enough of an edge to beat this Seahawks team. If this is the vogue upset pick of the week, then I look forward to seeing a lot of people proven wrong.
Now that the season is starting, this is the last week I’ll post this. You can help support the Military Sea Hawkers by mentioning account #052113953 when you sign up for DirecTV service for the first time. You’ll get $10 off your bill for 10 months, and it’ll provide $100 toward helping the club.
Less than 24 hours until the Seahawks season officially begins.
seahawks snubbed in season opener
Last week the Seahawks showed it didn’t matter if they are going to be broadcast on AFN on not–they’re still going to win. Unfortunately, folks overseas will miss out on the season opener. Don’t worry though, the game next week is a Sunday Night Football matchup. You won’t have to distress over going another week without Seahawks football. This week’s game against the Panthers isn’t scheduled on DTS either.
Thanks again for those who continue to download The Sea Hawkers Podcast. We’ve seen a tremendous number of downloads from overseas, so thank you for the support. Our plan is to record the show Sunday night after the Panthers game, and I’ll email/post a recap of the game Sunday as well.
You can check out the post below from the Seahawks on all of the options available for those stateside and overseas (NFL Game Pass) for watching the games this season.
Where to watch, listen to & follow Seattle’s regular season opener against the Panthers
By Tony Drovetto
Seahawks.comWriter & Producer
On Sunday, September 8, the Seahawks open the regular season on the road against the Carolina Panthers. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. PT from Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, where the Seahawks took home a 16-12 victory in Week 5 of last season.
The game will be televised on FOX (channel 13 in Seattle) with Chris Myers (play-by-play), former NFL defensive lineman Tim Ryan (commentary) and Jennifer Hale (sidelines) on the call.
If you can’t watch on TV and are wondering how to listen to or otherwise follow Seattle’s game against Carolina, here’s all the pertinent media information for Sunday’s game: