Hey fellow 12ers, Let’s Tawk Hawk.
On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will host the San Francisco 49ers. The best NFC Championship game, ever, is happening on the turf of Century Link Field. I will Tawk this week as a fan of the game. I am first and foremost a Seattle Seahawk Super-fan. I am the 12th man. We deserve to be excited and emotional, as this is our year. I will not trash Tawk the opponent this week, or at least I will try not to.
Sunday’s epic showdown is between the two most complete teams in the NFL this year. The Broncos and Patriots are good, but they are nowhere near as well-rounded as the Hawks and 49ers. For all of the Brady vs Manning Tawk, this week is all about the Seahawks whooping up on the 49ers. Oops, sorry. I will try harder. The game is going to be a bare knuckled fist fight, a rumble, an absolute brawl between two very very physical teams. Who wants it more, who fights the hardest, who is the best in the West? Brady and Manning are players of epic quality and stellar performance histories, yet neither one of their teams have the physical prowess on both sides of the field that the Hawks and 49ers do. I just don’t see Seattle getting beat in the Superbowl by either of the AFC teams, darn, did it again.
There has been lots of Tawk all over the air-waves about how Russell Wilson has not been playing well. The majority of the Tawking heads I have heard are saying that the Seattle Seahawks are leaning too much on Marshawn Lynch. Is that not the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard? With the exception of a 3-4 game span last year, Seattle is not a flashy team. They don’t put up huge numbers, they beat you down. The Defense and the Legion of Boom maul and claw at the opponent until they have nothing left in the tank. Meanwhile Russell and company have time to figure out how to put up enough points for the win. Sure, they have shown signs of monstrous offensive production, but they do not depend on that kind of play. Russell is a smart young quarterback who rarely (with obvious exceptions) does anything stupid with the ball. The offensive line for Seattle is the obvious weak link in what is otherwise a exceptional football team. With a better offensive line, even one that is middle of the pack by NFL standards, imagine what he could do. But, Seattle is who they are, weaknesses and all, they are the best team in the NFL, and they will show it on Sunday. Oh well, I give up….Go Hawks, smack them 40-Whiners in their pleated eight dollar walmart khakis.
Last weeks predictions were way off. But they have been that way all year. Russell didn’t throw for 250 and Marshawn went 140 on the ground which really ruined my line. So this week I am saying 300 for Russell (200 in first half) and Marshawn hits 110 by ground with two TDs. Tater is top receiver with 97 yards and a Touchdown, and Dougie Fresh pulls in another. Russell also throws a TD to Luke Wilson right before the end of the third quarter. The Legion of Boom puts nine on the board as well with a pick six and a safety.
We all know that the defense and the LOB is going to have to be excellent this week. They have been all year, but this week is special. They are going to have to make zero mistakes. They are going to have to miss zero opportunities. I am looking forward to seeing constant pressure on Squidward. They ideally would keep him contained in the pocket and force him to throw the ball, but do so with bodies crashing all around him. A constant rotation of pass rushers and pressure from the front four will make him try to beat Seattle with his arm, and that is where the LOB comes in. Blanket coverage, and Earl Thomas roaming the back field while Kam Chancellor lays waste to anyone who comes near the middle outfield. I wonder if Vernon Davis is willing to go for that high ball along the sideline again. I know Kam hopes so. The defensive line is going to have to shed blocks like a Teflon™ coated bulldozer and close gaps while spying Gore and Squidward. A few good stuffs on each set of downs is going to be the mission for the Seattle front four. Sherman and Maxwell are going to have to make sure to get their hands on the ball once or twice, and Thomas is going to have to be at his Ball hawking best. Bobby Wagner and his band of dancing Hawks are going to be the center of attention for me. Can Wagner get the line set, make the right call, keep contain, and make everyone maintain their lanes? That will be the deciding factor. Now I am getting all sorts of fired up.
Russell needs to be smart with the ball. Marshawn needs to run like he always does. The offensive line is going to under a constant barrage of pressure coming from the left especially, so it will be paramount that they protect the house like never before. Russell will need to progress his reads a little faster, and get the ball out quicker. Tater, Baldwin, Kearse, Wilson and Miller are going to need to find the open spots and catch what does get thrown their way. Maybe Lockette the Rockette can lay waste to a kickoff returner after one of Russell’s touchdown throws, that would be nice.
All these things we know. What we need to see is that Seattle comes out firing on all 12 cylinders right away. The C-link is going to be raucous on Sunday, and I don’t think San Francisco is ready. The Seahawk are going to throw one heck of a welcome back party, and I am naming it the, “Winter Offensive.”
I leave you with this. It was painted on the wall of the reception station I worked in for a time as a Drill Sergeant. It was one of the first things newly arrived recruits read upon their arrival for Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT).
“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”
Back to work folks, sorry for being late this week, but duty is duty. Rest assured I was rocking with my Hawk out on Friday. I am not Tawking about Army work, you see, I have, “The Hawks Nest,” to complete. Until next week, 12thman now, 12thman forever, Go Hawks. Kick the living !@#$ out of those Whiners!