Sunday’s game was like a bad sequel. Bill Leavy, referee during the Seahawks first Super Bowl appearance, was on the field again as critical calls went against the Hawks. The most egregious was a pass on 4th-and-2 from Russell Wilson to the back of the end zone where Doug Baldwin was hit in the back by a defender as the ball fell incomplete.
Just like before, there’s nothing that can be done about bad calls after the fact. Now the Seahawks are 6-4 going into a critical stretch of NFC West rivals . . . and the Philadelphia Eagles.
This isn’t the time to give up hope for the postseason. Watching the Rain City Redemption that recapped the second half of the 2012 season, I was reminded how Seattle went into their last five games 6-5 before earning a victory in one and nearly taking a second on the road in the playoffs.
If you missed the game this last weekend, the Seahawks played very well. They led the Chiefs is passing yards, rushing yards, total first downs, time of possession and had two takeaways without turning the ball over themselves. They won in all the major categories, but weren’t able to come away with a win.
Wilson and Marshawn Lynch continue to lead Seattle via the ground game, and this week they face off against one of the league’s best run defenses. We’ll see if the Seahawks can continue the dominance on the ground or if they take to the air.
The Seahawks defense matches up very well with a Cardinals offense that prefers to take deep shots down the field. The only teams who have had success this year are the teams that have modified their passing attack to shorter, high-percentage compleitions.
The Legion of Boom will be tested this week and I think that gives Seattle a strong advantage, especially at home. I’m looking forward to this team going on a good run to finish out this season!
Seahawks vs Cardinals live on AFN & DTS
This week the Seahawks take on the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals. It’s very important for Seattle to win this weekend to gain ground in the NFC West and avoid falling farther out of the playoff picture in the NFC.
The game is scheduled to air on both AFN Sports and DTS Sports at 1300 PT, 2100 GMT and 0130 in Afghanistan.
Sea Hawkers podcast: Chiefs recap, Cardinals preview, media re-reporting same Lynch story
In a 24-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Adam and Brandan agree the loss hasn’t doomed Seattle from returning to post-season play. They only have to look back to the 2012 season to demonstrate how things can change for a team late in the season.
Recapping the Chiefs game, one thing they disagree on is the role officiating played on two key calls in the game. Brandan points out a big difference in how the Seahawks defense is playing in comparison to last season.
Previewing the Cardinals matchup, both agree that this could be a favorable matchup for the Seattle defense considering how Drew Stanton plays the game. How the Seattle offensive line holds up against the Cardinals defense will be important to watch.
Rob from the Arizona Birdgang podcast checks in with the show this week to talk about the Cardinals 9-1 season and this week’s matchup with the Seahawks. Are the Cardinals already a lock for the NFC West title, Rob thinks so where his fellow co-hosts are a bit hesitant.
The guys are floored by the listeners’ response to the challenge to surpass the Cardinals podcast and read through several reviews and award show stickers to some of their favorites.
Brandan has an extended do better for those in the media who continue to re-report about Marshawn Lynch when all they do is bring up prior stories to support an viewpoint that doesn’t seem to be backed up with any hard facts. Adam goes after a 70-year-old Saints fan.
Better at life honors go to a current Buffalo Bills kicker and good Samaritan as well as former Redskins running back Brian Mitchell for coming strong in his criticism of his former team.