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Seattle Seahawks schedule with far-too-early predictions

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Seattle Seahawks schedule with far-too-early predictions

Seattle's 2019 schedule is out. Here are some highlights. 

Home and away: Seattle begins the season with the first 10 games alternating home and away starting with Cincinnati at home in Week 1 and ending with a game at San Francisco in Week 10. That game is followed with a game at Philadelphia the in Week 11. Seattle has one other consecutive weeks of road games and they have Week 14 at the Los Angeles Rams and Week 15 at Carolina. 

Closing strong: Seattle could be in good shape if it enters the final two weeks of the season in must-win situations to reach the postseason. Seattle closes with games at home against San Francisco in Week 16 and Arizona in Week 17.  The 49ers were 4-12 last year and the Cardinals were 3-13. Of course, that was last season. And, last season, the 49ers defeated Seattle at home.

Working the night shift: The Seahawks have a great national following and the networks love to put them on in prime time. Seattle is scheduled to play five night games starting with a Thursday night during Week 5 on Oct. 3 at home against NFC West Division rival, the Los Angeles Rams. Seattle's next night game appearance comes Week 10 on a Monday night on Nov. 11 at San Francisco. On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Seahawks will play a Week 12 game at Philadelphia on NBC.  The following week on Monday, Dec. 2, Seattle plays at home against Minnesota in a Week 13 matchup. The list of night games ends Week 14 in a Sunday night game on Dec. 8 at the Los Angeles Rams on NBC. 

Playoff rivals: Seattle will play five games against teams that reached the NFL playoffs last season. Two against the Rams, at Philadelphia and at home against Baltimore and New Orleans. 

Here is a quick look at each game on the schedule along with a far-too-soon, meaningless, I'll-deny-I-ever-made-it prediction for each game:

Week 1

Date: Sunday, Sept. 8.

Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals

Time/Network: 1:05 p.m., CBS

Analysis: Seattle eases into the schedule with a home game against a team that went 6-10 last season. However, the Bengals began the year 4-1 before falling to pieces. 

Result: Seattle victory (1-0)

 

Week 2

Date: Sunday, Sept. 15. 

Opponent: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Time/Network: 10 a.m., FOX

Analysis: The Steelers were in the playoff hunt all of last season and have rid themselves of two headaches, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. They also rid themselves of two amazing players.

Result: Seattle victory (2-0)

 

Week 3

Date: Sunday, Sept. 22.

Opponent: vs. New Orleans Saints. 

Time/Network: 1:25 p.m., CBS

Analysis: The Saints were a Super Bowl contender last season and got robbed in the NFC Championship game. But don't expect them to be dominant again. 

Result: Seattle victory (3-0).

 

Week 4

Date: Sunday, Sept. 29.

Opponent: at Arizona Cardinals

Time/Network: 1:05 p.m., FOX

Analysis: The Cardinals will have new coach and maybe a new quarterback. Not a recipe for success. 

Result: Seattle victory (4-0).

 

Week 5

Date: Thursday, Oct. 3

Opponent: vs. Los Angeles Rams

Time/Network: 5:20 p.m., FOX/NFL Network

Analysis: Seattle lost two very close games to the Rams last season and they should play two more close games again this year. 

Result: Seattle victory (5-0).

 

Week 6

Date: Sunday, Oct. 13.

Opponent: at Cleveland Browns

Time/Network: 10 a.m., FOX

Analysis: Everyone is going crazy for the Browns and they should be very exciting to watch this season. 

Result: Seattle loss (5-1).

 

Week 7

Date: Sunday, Oct. 20

Opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Time/Network: 1:25 p.m., FOX

Analysis: Quarterback Lamar Jackson with his limited passing abilities are not rolling into Seattle to get a win. 

Result: Seattle victory (6-1). 

 

Week 8

Date: Sunday, Oct. 27

Opponent: at Atlanta Falcons

Time/Network: 10 a.m., FOX

Analysis: The Falcons were one of the bigger disappointments in the league last year and could be set for a major rebound.

Result: Seattle loss (6-2). 

 

Week 9

Date: Sunday, Nov. 3

Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Time/Network: 1:05 p.m., FOX

Analysis: New coach Bruce Arians, who used to coach Arizona, knows Seattle well. But not well enough. 

Result: Seattle victory (7-2).

 

Week 10

Date: Monday, Nov. 11

Opponent: at San Francisco 49ers

Time/Network: 5:15 p.m., ESPN

Analysis: The 49ers will be a threat this season with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo back in the huddle. 

Result: Seattle loss (7-3). 

 

Week 11

Bye. Nov. 17.

 

Week 12

Date: Sunday, Nov. 24

Opponent: at Philadelphia Eagles

Time/Network: 5:20 p.m., NBC

Analysis: The Eagles will finally find out if they can depend on quarterback Carson Wentz and should know the answer to that by this point in the season. Tough road game. 

Result: Seattle loss (7-4).

 

Week 13

Date: Monday, Dec. 2

Opponent: vs. Minnesota Vikings

Time/Network: 5:15 p.m., ESPN

Analysis: Rematch of last season's prime time clash that Seattle rolled in. It happens again. 

Result: Seattle victory (8-4).  

 

Week 14

Date: Sunday, Dec. 8

Opponent: at Los Angeles Rams

Time/Network: 5:20 p.m., NBC

Analysis: The Rams remain the class of the division until proven otherwise. 

Result: Seattle loss (8-5).

 

Week 15

Date: Sunday, Dec. 15

Opponent: at Carolina Panthers

Time/Network: 10 a.m., FOX

Analysis: Seattle made a beliver out of many by winning a great game at Carolina last season and helped send the Panthers into a tailspin right out of playoff contention. Not this time. 

Result: Seattle loses (8-6).

 

Week 16

Date: Sunday, Dec. 22

Opponent: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Time/Network: 1:25 p.m., FOX

Analysis: Seattle rights the ship against a struggling Cardinals team that will begin wondering why exactly they hired Kliff Kingsbury (that's not fair, but again, this is way too early for predictions). 

Result: Seattle victory (9-6).

 

Week 17

Date: Sunday, Dec. 29

Opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Time/Network: 1:25 p.m., FOX

Analysis: Seattle will need a win to have a chance at reaching the playoffs and will get it. 

Result: Seattle victory (10-6). 

 

SEATTLE'S PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8 vs Denver Broncos

Week 2: 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18 at Minnesota Vikings, FOX

Week 3: 7 p.m., Saturday Aug. 24 at Los Angeles Chargers

Week 4: 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29 vs Oakland Raiders, FOX

 

Luke Willson (aka the ‘juice master’) helps Tyler Lockett and David Moore get past the flu

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Luke Willson (aka the ‘juice master’) helps Tyler Lockett and David Moore get past the flu

Tyler Lockett and David Moore turned heads on Monday when they arrived to CenturyLink Field in matching Canadian flag onesies.

One could surmise that the outfits were a shout out to teammate and Canada native Luke Willson. But after some careful investigative journalism, NBC Sports Northwest has uncovered why the Seahawks receivers felt it prudent to make such a gesture in Willson’s honor.

It turns out that the tight end was tasked by Pete Carroll with being the caretaker for Lockett and Moore while they battled the flu last week. Carroll referred to Willson as the “juice master” and the “passion coordinator.”

“He just supported us and made sure that we were good and that we were still in it. When you have the flu, it’s devastating,” Lockett said following Monday night’s win against the Vikings. “You’ve got to have people that are there to carry you on. That’s exactly what Luke did for a lot of us.”

Luke Willson is the most gregarious and energetic player in the Seahawks locker room, and it’s not particularly close. He’s the mastermind behind “techno Thursday,” and he’s often seen hooting at hollering at anyone within earshot.

So last week, whenever he saw Lockett or Moore, he’s shout them out. He yelled “flu game” at Lockett (in reference to Michael Jordan’s flu game) and “rat in a cage” at Moore (in reference to the Smashing Pumpkins song “Bullet with Butterfly Wings).

“I don’t know what these things mean, man,” Willson admitted about the jargon that comes out of his mouth. “Keep the vibes going, you know? They had the flu. They were sick.

“My dumbass was sitting here with a bum leg, not sick, but unable to perform. I figured I might as well do something. Pete kind of gave me role of watching my guys D-Mo and Lock and make sure they’re vibed up.”

Willson said he was half being a “pseudo troll” and half genuinely trying to help keep spirits up. He did say he was honored by Lockett and Moore’s gameday outfits.

According to Moore, he and Lockett already had the onesies from a joint trip to Canada back in January. They’d been waiting for an opportune time to pull them out. Monday was the perfect moment in a necessary ode to Willson.

“That caught me off guard,” Willson said. “I didn’t know they were doing that. I mean I was hyped. I feel like they’re Canadian legends now, you know?”

Willson has missed Seattle’s last two games with a hamstring injury. He was on the field doing a rehab workout with Lockett and Moore arrived. Everyone told Willson he needed to hustle to the locker room in order to see them.

“I was pretty hyped,” Willson said. “I don’t know how I’m going to repay the favor, but I’ve got a few ideas.”

Pete Carroll provides positive injury updates about Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah

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Pete Carroll provides positive injury updates about Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah

It sounds like Jadeveon Clowney (core) and Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) are in good shape following Monday night’s win against the Minnesota Vikings.

Clowney has been dealing with a core muscle injury that is sports hernia-related. He registered three tackles, one quarterback hit and a forced fumble in his return to action after missing one game.

Following the win, Clowney said you’d have to “ask him (on Tuesday)” as to how he was feeling. Pete Carroll indicated on Wednesday that the Seahawks star pass rusher came out OK following the primetime win.

“(He’s) pretty good,” Carroll said. “He’s practicing today, and that’s a really good sign.”

Ansah suffered a shoulder stinger on Seattle’s final defensive possession. Carroll sounded less enthused about Ansah, but still positive overall.

“He looks like he’s doing OK so far,” Ansah said. “We won’t know for a couple of days if he’s cleared and all that.”

Carroll sidestepped a question about whether or not Ansah’s stinger was related to his offseason shoulder surgery.

“I can’t tell you that,” the coach said. “I don’t know that answer.”

Seattle’s pass rush has come alive over the Seahawks last three games. The defense posted eight combined sacks against the 49ers and Eagles before hitting Kirk Cousins seven times on Monday night. Ansah, in particular, has been tremendous of late with five quarterback hits over his last two games.

Both Clowney and Ansah practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday and should be in the lineup on Sunday night against the Rams.

Russell Wilson surprises Rainier Athletes with holiday shopping spree

Russell Wilson surprises Rainier Athletes with holiday shopping spree

Every holiday season starts at DICK'S, apparently.

Russell Wilson, in conjunction with the DICK'S Foundation's "sports matter" program and his own Why Not You Foundation, surprised a group of kids from Rainier Athletes with a holiday shopping spree on Tuesday night. Each kid received a $200 gift card to spend on sporting goods of their choice. In addition, Wilson presented a $25,000 Sports Matter grant to the Rainier Athletes organization from the DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation. The grant is to ensure as many kids as possible have the opportunity to play sports.

Wilson spent 1-on-1 time with the kids, explaining the impact sports have had on his own life as well as serving as the kids' personal shopper.

“It’s all about the youth," Wilson said. "It’s all about encouraging youth to believe and dream big. I used to come to this store, to DICK’S Sporting Goods, as a kid not having much and wanting the new pair of shoes or the new baseball glove. Just to be able to give them a little love.”

Wilson is well-known for his trips to Seattle Children's Hospital every Tuesday. Now he's taking his "giving Tuesdays" a step further during the holidays. Wilson posted a quick recap video on his Instagram that you can see below.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

Nearly six months after Bobby Wagner negotiated a three-year, $54 million contract extension to make him the highest paid at his position, the Seattle Seahawks linebacker is making waves again.

Wagner was recently named to Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 Sports list, which features athletes, inventive entrepreneurs and professionals in the field of media, law and development.

His accomplishments on the football field are impressive, but it’s Wagner's off-the-field accolades that caught the eye of Forbes.

“We should take the time to learn and understand how to make the money work for us, versus working for the money,” Wagner told Forbes.

Wagner made a five-figure investment in startup Denali Therapeutics in 2014 that has since gone public with shares close to $18. The 29-year-old also recently joined Andressen Horowitz’s $500,000 minimum investment cultural fund, which features companies like Hipcamp and Lime scooters, and included investors such as Diddy and Shondra Rhimes. 

This isn’t the first time Wagner has been recognized for his entrepreneurial pursuits. In 2017, he was part of a group of current and former NFL players who invested in 12-year-old Mikaela Ulmer’s lemonade business “Me & the Bees.”

Wagner has stressed the importance of athletes not only learning business, but understanding it. He has also talked about his desire to pursue something in the business field post-football.

“I love business and I love to get into different investments and things of that nature,” Wagner said last summer. “I envision myself negotiating deals down the line and, so, I told myself (if) I wasn’t willing to risk challenging myself with my own money and my own cash then I’ll never take that risk down the line. That’s why I was focused on it.”

At 29, Wagner has seemingly done it all on the football field. He’s been to five Pro Bowls, earned four first-team All-Pro nods and helped lead Seattle to its first ever Super Bowl.

But with the Seahawks at 10-2 and on top of the NFC West, he could soon add another Super Bowl title to his collection.

“We still have room to improve on, which is the scary thing because we can still get better.”

Seahawks players to wear custom cleats for charity for My Cause My Cleats

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Seahawks players to wear custom cleats for charity for My Cause My Cleats

The Seattle Seahawks will be decked out in flashy footwear when they travel to Los Angeles on Sunday to take on the Rams.

As a part of the NFL’s campaign known as “My Cause My Cleats,” Seahawks players will wear colorful cleats to show support for the organization of their choice.

Star quarterback Russell Wilson will be wearing neon yellow and green cleats with the words “Anything is possible,” on them in support of his foundation, Why Not You, while rookie wide receiver DK Metcalf will show off his pink and green cleats with the words “Love First” in support of Prison Fellowship

Here’s a look at all of the cleats current and former Seahawks players, coaches and staff will be wearing this week.

Following the game, the cleats will be available via the Seahawks auction site. All funds raised will benefit the players chosen causes.

What They’re Saying: Seahawks’ blueprint to Super Bowl forming once again

What They’re Saying: Seahawks’ blueprint to Super Bowl forming once again

The Seattle Seahawks are on top of the NFC West and have an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth Sunday with a win or tie over the Los Angeles Rams.

Seattle is beginning to look every bit the part of Super Bowl threats thanks to its MVP caliber quarterback, resurgent defense, unstoppable 1-2 punch at running back, stout offensive line and a plethora of targets at wide receiver and tight end. 

Heck, even Jason Myers is even making field goals look fun again. 

“We haven’t really done anything yet, but the finish is there for us,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said following Monday’s win. “With four games left we have to make some noise and see if we can finish this thing off right."

The Seahawks are shining on a stage they’ve been to before, but there’s still more football to be played. In true Seattle fashion: Expect a rollercoaster ride to the finish. 

Here’s a look at What They’re Saying about the Seahawks heading into Week 14:

Larry Stone of The Seattle Times says we’re seeing the vintage Seahawks on full display with no shortage of magic from Russell Wilson.

“It’s a formula that brought the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. And you can see the blueprint coalescing again in 2019, right along with the ever-growing confidence in the locker room.”

Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated highlighted Pete Carroll’s “do right, longer” speech and how its become the mantra of Seattle this season.

“For a team that is endearing in both style and fortitude, that has rebuilt around quarterback Russell Wilson in recent years, that waved goodbye to Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett and so many others, the Seahawks reinforced on Monday night that they are capable of another Super Bowl run. That is not, repeat not, to say they’re now the favorite. Nor is that to say they are without flaws. But in an NFC where it’s possible to make cases for or against the Saints, Seahawks, Packers, 49ers and even Vikings, the team that just keeps winning is as good a bet as any down the stretch.”

While the postseason hasn’t even begun yet, Riley McAtee of The Ringer takes a look at the two teams that are already circling one another in Week 17: the Seahawks and 49ers.

“The stakes could not be higher. Not only will the NFC West winner get the bragging rights that come with winning the division, but will also likely earn a first-round postseason bye. The loser, meanwhile, will almost certainly be a wild-card team, facing the uphill climb that entails. Since 1990, just three teams seeded fifth or worse have gone on to appear in the Super Bowl: the 2005 Steelers, the 2007 Giants, and the 2010 Packers. In that same stretch, 46 1- or 2-seeds have made it to the final game of the season. The last team to even play on wild-card weekend and still make the Super Bowl was the 2012 Ravens. The Niners and Seahawks aren’t just in a competition for the NFC West, they’re already racing each other to the Super Bowl.”

Nate Davis of USA Today has some trust issues with the Seahawks, despite recent comments from Seattle veterans K.J. Wright and Russell Wilson.

“Once upon a time, I invested heavily in the Seattle Seahawks — correctly predicting they'd win Super Bowl XLVIII six months before they actually did so, but then incorrectly betting they'd repeat the following season ... which they should have. I even figured the "Legion of Boom" teams would replace the New England Patriots as the NFL's latest dynasty ... and it could have.”

Our very own Seahawks Insider Joe Fann noted the growing relationship between running backs Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny.

“On Seattle’s first drive of the third quarter, Chris Carson gashed the Vikings defense for a 25-yard run down to Minnesota’s 5-yard line. He then did something seldom seen from running backs that close to the goal line: He tapped his helmet, subbing himself out so that Rashaad Penny could get into the game.

It took two plays for Penny to find the end zone, ultimately scoring on a 1-yard toss to the left. It was Penny’s third rushing touchdown of the season and second in as many weeks. As far as Penny was concerned, he owed that score to Carson.”

Seahawks can clinch a playoff spot with win or tie in Week 14 vs. Rams

Seahawks can clinch a playoff spot with win or tie in Week 14 vs. Rams

Seahawks fans are fortunate that this has become a December tradition: A weekly discussion of playoff scenarios.

We've reached that time of the year with Seattle owning a 10-2 record through Week 13. The Seahawks can clinch a playoff spot in Week 14 with a win or tie against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.

But that's not the juicy stuff. Even if Seattle lost each of its final four games, it would likely still be in the postseason. So nobody is celebrating a mere playoff berth at this point. The Seahawks aspirations are far greater.

Nobody in Seattle wants the Seahawks to be a 12- or even 13-win wildcard team playing on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles or Dallas Cowboys. Claiming a first-round bye is crucial. Thankfully for Seahawks fans, the 49ers loss in Week 13 gave Seattle some wiggle room. The Seahawks can now lose one of their next three games (Rams, Panthers, Cardinals) and still win the NFC West with a victory over the 49ers in Week 17.

Football Outsiders now gives Seattle a 60.4% chance at winning the division and 59.2% odds at a first-round bye. That is basically saying that it's going to take such a good record to edge the 49ers in the division that it would be near-impossible to do so and end up as the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC.

Next up for San Francisco is a road matchup against the Saints, who are also 10-2. Who you root for there depends on your level of optimism in the Seahawks. If you're confident in Seattle running the table, then it would be prudent for Seahawks fans to pull for the 49ers. There's no way Seattle can claim home field advantage without the Saints losing at least one more game given New Orleans owns the tiebreaker against the Seahawks. However, a Saints win would give the Seahawks even more breathing room in the division.

Regardless, Week 17 being a must-win game for Seattle seems inevitable. In a hypothetical situation that has the Seahawks and 49ers each at 13-3 with one loss to each other as well as losses to the Saints and Ravens, you'd be getting into some nitty gritty tiebreaker rules. Essentially, the Eagles (5-7) and Vikings (8-4) would need to finish with a better collective record than the Packers (9-3) and Redskins (3-9). That looks good currently, but it could change over the final four weeks of the season. Best to just handle your own business and not worry about that if you're Seattle.

Jadeveon Clowney giving Seahawks ‘everything’ while playing through core injury

Jadeveon Clowney giving Seahawks ‘everything’ while playing through core injury

Nobody knew what to expect from Jadeveon Clowney on Monday night. Heck, I’m not sure Clowney himself was certain how he’d fare against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Seahawks star pass rusher is battling through a core injury that Pete Carroll described as “sports hernia-related.” He did so admirably in Seattle’s primetime, 37-30, win over the Vikings, playing 43 snaps (78%) with three tackles, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hit, two pressures and a forced fumble.

Clowney’s 80.6 Pro Football Focus grade was the second-best of any Seahawks defender.

“You feel it, but you try not to pay no attention (to it),” he said of the injury. “You just keep playing through the pain. You let the crowd carry you and your teammates (keep you up).”

His signature play was chasing Dalvin Cook 15 yards downfield on a screen pass to make the tackle and force a fumble. Seattle didn’t recover the loose ball, but it was an incredible hustle play nonetheless.

The biggest question now is that if Clowney’s core injury worsened or remained at the status quo.

“I’ll be able to tell you tomorrow,” he said, referring to the unknown of how he’d feel waking up Tuesday morning. “Injuries are a part of the game. Sometimes you can play through them, sometimes you can’t. Right now I’m trying to give my team all I’ve got and everything I’ve got dealing with that.”

Clowney added that he hadn’t practiced in essentially three weeks and indicated that he felt some rust against the Vikings. He’ll have to get used to not practicing during the week as he manages his core injury for the rest of the season and playoffs.

“I guess that’s the norm now,” Clowney said. “I was really just trying to get back in the groove out there today. It’s been a while, and it showed today. But we got the win.”

Next up for Clowney and the Seahawks is another primetime matchup in Week 14, on the road against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football. It will be an opportunity for Seattle to clinch a playoff spot and continue its pursuit at a first-round bye.

“I’m looking forward to a big game against the next opponent we’ve got,” he said.

Clowney is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and Seattle isn’t even allowed to have contract talks with him until after the regular season. It’s hard to imagine Clowney re-signing without at least testing the free agent waters, but it’s becoming more and more apparent that the Seahawks need to do everything they can to keep him in the Pacific Northwest long-term.

A New Edition: Seahawks TD celebration becomes an instant classic

A New Edition: Seahawks TD celebration becomes an instant classic

NFL players are continuing to take touchdown celebrations to the next level. From squad photos, to keg stands, to boat rowing and more, touchdown celebrations have become just as much of a statement the touchdown itself!

And for a moment last night, the Seahawks traded in their shoulder pads and helmets to become a boy band. 

WATCH 

After Russell Wilson’s 60 yard touchdown pass to David Moore, he along with Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and Jaron Brown busted a move.   

After the game, the players explained the meaning behind the dance. 

The Seahawks have a lot to bust a move over. They now sit atop the NFC West after their win over the Minnesota Vikings.