What a week! With a win like the one on Monday night, it sure makes the next few days go by that much faster. Next up, the San Francisco 49ers and an opportunity to clinch the NFC West title on the their turf.
After losing all three games on the road against division opponents last season, this will the last stop on Russell Wilson’s revenge tour of NFC West opponents. I’m sure he wouldn’t refer to it that way, but that’s what it’s feeling like. Though outside the Hawks’ division, one could even throw the win on the road in Atlanta as part of that tour.
We’re now three quarters of the way through the season. Just like Coach Carroll preaches to the team — it’s time for this 11-1 team to finish strong.
SEahawks At San Francisco Live on AFN/DTS
This weekend will be the first time the Seattle Seahawks go up against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the road.
The first two times Kaepernick has gone up against this Seahawks team, things haven’t turned out so well for him or his team. The last time these two teams faced off in San Francisco, Russell Wilson was playing in just his seventh game and was still getting comfortable with the offense.
I’m having trouble coming up with a reason to explain why the Seahawks are considered underdogs for this game. Clearly you can’t point to the “depleted secondary” as something Kaepernick is going to pick apart when one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL couldn’t do it.
We keep hearing about how having Michael Crabtree back in the lineup for the 49ers is going to make such a big difference, but if the Seattle secondary takes away passes of 15+ yards like they did against the Saints then there’s not much chance of San Francisco winning.
One major difference between Brees and Kaepernick is that Colin can get out of the pocket and gain yards on the ground. But this Seattle defense knows just how to defend against the read option considering they practice against Wilson and Lynch — a tandem we would take any day over Kaep and Gore.
The one thing I believe will keep this game close is the 49ers defense. They’ve played well fairly consistently this season, and they’re going to have to show up and play well if San Francisco is going to make a game out of it.
But just as the Seahawks showed against the Saints, simply attempting to limit Marshawn Lynch isn’t going to be enough to hold Seattle back. Wilson had no problem hitting guys like Doug Baldwin and Zach Miller to move the ball down the field.
Maybe it just comes down to people thinking that the Seahawks are a two-loss team this season and the 49ers happen to be the toughest team remaining on the schedule. I really can’t explain it.
The great news is that for those overseas, the game airs live on AFN Sports and DTS Sports at 1325 PT, 2125 GMT and 0155 AFG.
sea hawkers podcast episode 18
The Seahawks dominated the consensus #2 team in the NFC at home in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football with outstanding play from Russell Wilson on offense and K.J. Wright on defense. Adam and Brandan take a look at many of the top plays that stood out in the 34-7 win.
The guys preview the upcoming game against the 49ers as the Seahawks have the opportunity to clinch the NFC West and a first-round bye in the playoffs. How will this game be different compared to the 13-6 loss on the road in Week 7 last season?
Brian Nemhauser of hawkblogger.com joins the program to talk about his analysis of the team after 12 games and their vast improvement from Week 8 to Week 12. He also offers his perspective from San Francisco about the recent release to 49ers ticket holders explaining to them the intricacies of being a fan: like the type of colors to wear on game day and when it’s appropriate to make the most noise at the stadium.
In the “Do Better” segment, the guys both take shots at different articles from Bleacher Report, they read Facebook comments on the “Faces of Harbaugh” photo of the week, and give some more Seahawks love to Russell Wilson and the 12th Man in the “Better at Life than Skip Bayless” segment.