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Battle Of The Birds —  Ravens Host Seahawks

Things Have Changed

Way back in April of 2015, the Seattle Seahawks schedule was officially released.  I predicted just three losses for the Hawks in 2015—the season opener against the Rams, the Packers, and the game now before us, the game against the Baltimore Ravens.

My oh my, how things have changed.

The Seahawks did in fact lose the two other games I predicted they would, along with three others already, unfortunately.  The Seahawks of December are just a completely different team than the one I envisioned would be facing the Ravens back in April.  The Ravens, likewise, are just as different now than I thought they’d be.

It would be silly to ignore the devastating injuries the Ravens have been saddled with.  The Seahawks have had their fair share of injuries too, but in the Seahawks case, the injuries have been a catalyst of team unity, dedication, and desire.  For the Ravens, they have simply rolled over and died.

For those reasons, I now am happily forced to change my prediction.  The Seahawks will beat the Ravens Sunday.  Here’s how it’s going to go down:

No one seems to be blaming the girlfriend now.

No one seems to be blaming the girlfriend now.

Russell Wilson

The Seahawks star quarterback, Russell Wilson, is playing some of the best football we have ever seen from him.  His earlier season woes reading and reacting to the blitz seem to have completely disappeared.  Wilson is delivering the ball more decisively, quickly and accurately than earlier in the season as well.

I look for more one Sunday, of what we have seen from him that past three weeks.  He’s going to run occasionally, throw short and quick often, and take a half dozen or so deep shots down the field.  Wilson will also do all of these things without sacrificing his health, or forcing the ball into coverage that could lead to a turnover.

Thomas Rawls

The free agent rookie runner has to be considered now for the NFL rookie of the year award.  Thomas Rawls is averaging five yards per carry.  He regularly runs for over 100 yards per game.  It’s amazing the kind of athlete the Seahawks have found in a guy that no one was even willing to draft this spring.

With the Ravens banged up defensively, I thing Rawls could easily have another day where he rushes for over 200 yards.  I’m going to watch for the Seahawks to give the Ravens a steady does of Rawls via the read option.

Lockett the NFL Rookie of the year? Why not!

Lockett the NFL Rookie of the year? Why not!

Tyler Lockett

Speaking of rookies, Tyler Lockett is another guy I think warrants consideration when you start discussing the NFL rookie of the year award.  Lockett had career highs last week in terms of receptions and receiving yards.  He has just been devastating returning punts and kickoffs too.

Remember those half dozen or so deep shots I said Wilson was going to take Sunday?  Don’t be surprised if every one of them is to Lockett.  Wilson and Lockett have developed a feel for one another that’s equal to the relationship Wilson has with Doug Baldwin.

The Defense

None of what the offense has been able to do that past few weeks would matter if the Seahawks defense hadn’t been able to gel the way they have.  Somehow, the removal of Cary Williams at corner and the insertion of DeShawn Shead in his place, has turned this whole defense around.

Last week was also a bit of a coming out party for another rookie in Frank Clark.  Clark has seen his minutes go up because of injuries to Demarcus Dobbs and Jordan Hill.  I love the look of the Seahawks front four when the rotation puts in the combination of Michael Bennett, Frank Clark, Brandon Mebane, and Cliff Avril.

Those four guys were instrumental in shutting down the best NFL running back in the league last week.  Adrian Peterson finished with a pathetic 18 yards rushing in large part because of those four guys.  I look for a similar, dominating run defense from Seattle, especially considering the Ravens are without Justin Forsett.

Prediction

I already said the Seahawks would win.  The only real question left is—by how much?

I think this game is going to turn into a laugher.  It likely could result in some fights towards the end of the game as the Ravens frustrating season continues to spiral. 

The Seahawks win big and put up their first 50 burger of 2015– Seahawks 52, Ravens 14.

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