Seahawks keys to success
On Sunday the Seattle Seahawks will have the opportunity to play in the stadium where this years Super Bowl is scheduled to be held on February 4, 2014.
A winter storm is scheduled to sweep through the area Saturday night through early Sunday morning but it sounds like the temperature should be above freezing before the game starts.
Personally I am hoping the storm moves through the area a little slower than anticipated because I would like to see the Seahawks get a feel for playing in the snowy conditions that could await them on Super Sunday.
It doesn’t matter what the temperature on the field is Sunday Seattle needs to start hot. The Giants are known for starting games slowly which could play into the Seahawks favor and allow them to build an early lead.
Doing so will take the crowd out of the game and more importantly make the Giants offense one-dimensional forcing Giants quarterback Eli Manning to throw the ball without much of a threat of a running game. That should give the Legion of Boom more than a few errant throws to take advantage of.
New York, or should I say New Jersey, hasn’t been a great place to be a QB as both Geno Smith (Jets starting quarterback) and Eli Manning have thrown 20 interceptions this season to lead the league.
Less Penalties Please
Bill Leavy will be officiating the game and the Seahawks need to play disciplined football on Sunday. For those who don’t remember he was the head official of the crew that handed Super Bowl XL to the Steelers despite being outplayed by the Seahawks.
Years Later Bill admitted that his crew made calls that altered the outcome of the game but Seattle needs to make sure he can’t steal another game from the team.
Last week Richard Sherman called the game “A glorified practice” and it was very apparent that the Seahawks didn’t play at their usual level against the 49ers. This week the teams needs to bounce back and treat this game with the respect that every opponent deserves.
If they don’t they could find themselves on the wrong side of the final score for the second straight week.
The Giants rushing defense is giving up a little over 105 yards-per-game. Marshawn Lynch needs to reach that himself and get his season back on track.
I realize that he has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark this seasons however over the last three games Lynch has only been averaging 57 yards.
During the first ten games of the season he was averaging just over 87 yards.
In Russ We Trust
Sunday could be a great day for Russell Wilson. I know he’s a team guy, and a victory would go a long way in securing the division and home field advantage through the playoffs, but on Sunday he could reach some personal milestones.
With a win Russell Wilson will have won more games in his first two seasons than any quarterback in the history of the league. Also, if he throws 3 touchdowns he will tie Peyton Manning’s second year total. You may remember that Wilson tied Manning’s rookie record for touchdown passes last season.
Three touchdowns for Wilson would tie him with Manning for 2nd in most touchdowns thrown by a quarterback in his first two seasons at 52.
Wilson would then have two games to throw 16 touchdowns to match Dan Marino. Okay, that is not going to happen but Wilson may very well hold second place on that list to himself by the end of the season.
Those aren’t the only personal milestone’s Wilson could set.
With just 248 more yards he will have thrown for more yards than he did his rookie season. So much for a sophomore slump.
I expect the Seahawks to play inspired football and win 35-24.