Week 8 Preview – Old School


Oct 6, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

How fun was last Thursday night?  If we go back to the preview before the season started I proclaimed the Arizona game one of the most important because it was a road game against an inferior team on a short week and that’s been an issue for the Hawks in years past.  How do they respond?  Oh, just driving the ball with incredible efficiency to build an early 14-0 lead (and that hasn’t been happening on the road lately).  Sure, they let the jobber Cardinals (sorry, pro wrestling term there) off the mat for a minute but ultimately finished them off with a superkick underneath the chin.

Now it’s on to the Gateway City.  For the second week in a row, the Seahawks will have the nation’s full attention as the four-letter network brings its traveling circus to St. Louis.  Let’s preview the game through the antics at Harrison University and Old School.

“Fill it up again! Fill it up again! Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!”: The Hawks get some national exposure once again.  It tasted pretty good last week.  I gotta think it’ll be pretty refreshing this week too.  ESPN gets graced with the ability to showcase our Seahawks this week.  After the gong show that was the game in New York last week, I think even Mike Tirico will appreciate calling this one.

“No. That’s a piece of crap. We stopped selling that six months ago. Nice gesture, though.”: Just when you thought you’d heard it all, the Rams apparently were inquiring about the availability of Brett Favre this week.  What, Vinny Testaverde turned you down already?  Jeff George was out of town?  Couldn’t get Rich Gannon out of the announcing booth?  I get that Sam Bradford going down with an injury is tough.  Nobody wants to hand over the reigns of an NFL team to Kellen Clemens, but would it kill you to maybe give Vince Young a call?  Maybe Matt Leinart?  I certainly understand not calling Tim Tebow, but come on Rams.  Let’s act like an actual viable NFL franchise shall we?

“Well, Columbus wasn’t looking for America, my man, but that turned out to be pretty okay for everyone.”: Meanwhile in Renton, we weren’t necessarily looking for standout defensive linemen when we signed Avril, McDonald, and Bennett, but boy did we get it.  We were just looking for some super glue to hold the line together while we waited for Irvin and Clemmons to return.  That display last Thursday in Glendale was very impressive.  Eight sacks by seven different guys tells me that the Cardinals offensive coordinator had absolutely no idea how to set up their blocking schemes.  You know Brian Schottenheimer saw that and you have to think an ulcer may have started once he realized he has to scheme for them this week.

“I see Blue, He looks glorious.”:  I don’t think that was the exact quote, but Richard Sherman could have said something similar after that hit from Larry Fitzgerald last week.  Thankfully, no such danger exists this week.  St. Louis has gone the way of trying to get short, speedy receivers with their biggest guy being 6′ 3″, 220 lbs. and he doesn’t play all that much. But as we saw in Indy with T.Y. Hilton, those short, speedy guys can give the Legion of Boom trouble.  They’re going to need to have their communication on the right wave length.  Which should be pretty easy because….

“We’re going streaking! We’re going up the quad and to the gymnasium.Who is? Th… W… There’s more coming.”: You could probably go streaking through the Edward Jones Dome on Monday night and nobody would notice.  They’ve either streaked up to Busch Stadium for Game 5 of the World Series or they’re watching the game on their phones.  That place is a pretty sterile, quiet environment to begin with, but when you have a baseball city with its team in the World Series compared to a mediocre team that just lost its starting quarterback, the only people who will be into this game will be the traveling contingent of the 12th Man.

“Guys, this is a very special occasion. The Godfather himself has decided to grace us with his presence.”: The way the media talks about him, you’d think Percy Harvin was the Godfather himself.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited at the thought of adding Percy to this offense.  This passing game needs him desperately.  But we may need to temper the enthusiasm just a touch.  He may very well come out and not have a great game Monday night.  He may not do a whole lot next week at home either (although he should, did any of you watch Tampa last night?).  We need Percy for December, January, and February.  The schedule’s a little soft through November which will give Darrell Bevell time to work him properly into the offense.  So if we get to the bye and he’s only got 10 catches and 1 TD, let’s not freak out just yet.

“Damn, I gonna end up workin’ at Red Lobster.”: Unlike the 15 coaches they’ve had between Dick Vermeil and him, I think Jeff Fisher’s job is safe at least for this year.  Of course after the Hawks get done with his lambs, he may wish he was serving up cheddar biscuits and shrimp scampi.

Seahawks 38, Rams 10