Four teams down and only 12 more to go before the end of the regular season. With a quarter of the season in the books, the Seahawks are undefeated and have now proven they can come back from a 17-point deficit at halftime against a playoff-caliber team.
This week they take on another playoff team on the road, and yes it’s 10am Pacific start time. But that doesn’t matter nearly as much as how the offensive and defensive lines will play a role in this game. After facing J.J. Watt, the Seahawks now have to deal with another prolific pass rusher in Robert Mathis.
Hopefully the team takes a page from the second half playbook and keeps a guy like Marshawn Lynch or Derrick Coleman in the backfield to give a bit of help to our backups on the offensive line. Handing the ball off to Lynch early and often could also help relieve some of that pressure.
Bruce Irvin returns to the team just in time to take on the Colts pass-heavy offense. Andrew Luck, like Russell Wilson, is one of the most frequently pressured quarterbacks in the league this year. But there is a big difference.
The Colts share common opponents in the 49ers and Jaguars this season, but while the Seahawks were taking on defenses with a stout defensive line in Carolina and Houston, the Colts were playing at home against the Raiders and Dolphins.
The most incredible thing to me coming into this week is that Michael Bennett might be back on the field. Seeing him go out on a stretcher last week and thinking his season might be done to playing the next week. Luck better watch out for a guy that tough, and I’ve yet to mention any of the guys on the NFL’s most elite secondary.
I don’t route for guys to go down, but it kind of makes me wonder if we might see former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the game at some point.
For those of you on furlough this week and for others who have been less than encouraged by the news surrounding the federal government this week, hopefully football this weekend will be a welcome escape.
Those of you overseas have my sympathies (see the post below). If we have another big win, and my wife doesn’t go into labor before Sunday night, I’ll be sure to put extra effort into the recap and hopefully get it out early so don’t have to rely on getting the news whenever SportsCenter just happens to air.
In the meantime, I’ll be crossing my fingers that the shutdown ends on Saturday so those of you serving overseas can watch some football on Sunday, and those of us on furlough can be back at work on Monday.
No football on afn/dts during shutdown
I don’t know if the Seahawks game against the Colts was even scheduled for this weekend, but I do know that AFN is airing regular news for 20 hours a day and sports news for the other four hours. That means no foot.
Until normal government operations resume, American Forces Network will continue to operate on a limited basis. On a slightly more positive note, AFN Fan’s Choice is back, so be sure to vote for the Seahawks. Voting regularly starts Sundays at 0800 PT/1500 GMT and closes each Wednesday at 12AM CET / 7AM JKT.
Vote SEahawks in USAA Million Fan Salute
USAA kicked off their Salute to Service campaign and the Seahawks are near the top. If Seattle can finish in first after voting concludes on Dec. 1, Joint Base Lewis McChord will receive a major facility upgrade provided by USAA.
Text “follow voteseahawks” to 40404 to get daily reminders. Click on the graphic to vote.
The sea Hawkers podcast: Episode 9
The Seattle Seahawks are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. Brandan and Adam break down where the game turned around for the Seahawks, pinpoint the time when fans may have thought the team wouldn’t come back, and how J.J. Watt looked like he belonged in the next installment of Scream.
In the Colts preview, Adam feels like he has to pick at least one game for the Seahawks to lose this season and this week is the one. Feel free to leave him some nasty comments on The Sea Hawkers Podcast Facebook page.
Jenny Goos, of OnHerGame.com, drops in at the 52:30 mark to talk about the win and her letter to the 49ers fans who complained about the crowd noise at CenturyLink. She also passes on some words of wisdom on how guys can help get their wives and girlfriends more interested in the games. Don’t bother with the rules—tell her stories about the players and why this team has so many great guys to root for.
Coincidentally, the podcast obtains an “exclusive follow-up editorial” from Rich and Judy who find another fairness issue to complain about beyond the crowd noise. This time they tackle the issue of fairness of the schedule.
49ers and Houston fans alike are the focus of this week’s “Do Better” segment, Richard Sherman is the first two-time honoree of the “Better at Life than Skip Bayless” segment and Steven Hauschka earns the honor for his game-winning kick.
Brandan Schulze Military Sea Hawkers VP of Communications and Membership