Seahawks Week 17
The Seattle Seahawks (7-8) head to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals (7-8) in the battle for second place in the NFC West as well as momentum heading into the offseason. Both teams lost their week 16 match-ups and look to finish the season at .500.
Reviewing the 49ers game
I usually break this into a Good and a Bad section but the loss just sucks, it sucks to get beat by a divisional opponent at home, it sucks to get swept by the 49ers, it sucks that we ended up a quarterback short of a victory, it sucks that the playoff hopes are dead.
That said, the Lions won and at the end of the day there was no chance of making the playoffs win or lose so there was that to comfort fans.
What I want to focus on in this section is the players reaction after the game. Many expressed how disappointed they were that the season slipped away and were obviously hurting inside knowing that they had chances earlier in the season to get more victories and still be alive.
Later in the week Richard Sherman was looking at the teams the Seahawks are playing next season and was already getting excited. That tells me that he will use this feeling as motivation during the offseason.
He wont be the only one, this young team now knows how it feels to be so close yet so far away and I don’t expect them to leave many plays on the field next season.
A look at the Cardinals
The trade for Kevin Kolb has not gone the way the Cardinals or their fans had hoped. Arizona’s passing attack ranks 17th in the league, pretty sad when you have Larry Fitzgerald and your “Franchise Quarterback”. Running the ball they are in the bottom 25% of the league ranking 25th with less than 100 yards per game.
Offensive Team Leaders:
- Passing: Kevin Kolb (#4) 1955 yards
- Passing: John Skelton (#19) 10 touchdowns 13 interceptions
- Rushing: Bennie Wells (#26) 1047 yards 10 touchdowns
- Receiving: Larry Fitzgerald (#11) 1262 yards 8 touchdowns
Defensively the Cardinals are ranked 18th across the board.
Defensive Team Leaders:
- Tackles: LB Daryl Washington (#58) 95
- Sacks: DE Calais Campbell (#93) 8.0
- Interceptions: Daryl Washington, CB Richard Marshall (#31) and CB Patrick Peterson (#21) 2
- Fumbles: LB Sam Acho (#94) 3 forced, DT Darnell Dockett (#90) and S Kerry Rhodes (#25) 2 recovered
Thing to take note of this week
This game is all about momentum. One team will say we are 8-8 despite having a terrible first half of the season while the other will say we ended the season on a two game losing streak in the division despite hitting a hot streak after the halfway point.
Weekly roster moves
Keys to a Seahawks victory
- Avoid overtime, somehow someway the Cardinals always find a way to win in overtime.
- Don’t eat at a questionable restaurant the night before the game. A Seahawks team with food poisoning could lose to the Cardinals.
- Avoid turnovers
- Avoid a ton of crippling penalties
- I know, I am very confident about this game
State Of The Seahawks For December 30th (Cardinals Week)
News and weekly injury report
Did Not Practice:
T Brandon Keith (ankle)
CB Patrick Peterson (achilles)
S Rashad Johnson (knee)
QB Kevin Kolb (head)
S Kerry Rhodes (ankle)
RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring)
RB Bennie Wells (knee)
How to catch the game
The Final game of the 2011 NFL season.
Kickoff is 1:15 PM PT Saturday
Watch: 13 or 113 HD (Fox)
Listen: 710 AM (ESPN)
Watch: 10 (Fox)
Listen: 620 AM