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Week 1: Seahawks vs. Packers - Where each team is weak

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Week 1: Seahawks vs. Packers - Where each team is weak

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Tackling running backs and running over tackles

If you’ve ever wondered which circumstance is worse for your football team — no viable offensive tackles or no viable running game — the definitive answer will reveal itself on Sept. 10, 2017 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. These two potentially fatal weaknesses will be on full display when the Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks in NFL regular season week one.

The answer to this question may well decide the game. To make it interesting, the two old foes have split this weakness evenly with the Seahawks fielding a duct-taped lineup of underwhelming tackles and the Packers offering a doesn’t-matter-could-be-anyone lineup of ball carriers. Both opposing defenses are licking their chops at the prospect of taking full advantage of these glaring weaknesses.

On the left

George Fant was considered to be a rising talent at the long-suffering left tackle slot this season for the Seahawks. Whether or not it was actually true is now a moot point as the Fant experiment ended early in the Seahawks’ preseason week two exhibition against the Minnesota Vikings. Fant tore his ACL in an unfortunate friendly fire collision and is now lost for the season. Enter Rees Odhiambo, who took over for Fant for the rest of the game. As of now, the 2016 third-round pick appears to be the putative leader at that spot, where he had practiced some while also splitting time at guard (as the clear backup to newcomer Luke Joeckel).

When the answer to “who’s our left tackle?” is “next man up,” shortly on the heels of “let’s try this guy who never played tackle in college,” you know it’s less than ideal. Odhiambo will have to fend off the Seahawks’ two new panic Monday acquisitions, Matt Tobin, who was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday and street free agent Tyrus Thompson. Joeckel is also a possibility, but the Seahawks would prefer he stay at guard.

Offensive line coach Tom Cable was his usual effusive self in his assessment of the blue birds’ chances at fielding a respectable left tackle, “We have choices.” Coincidentally, Russell Wilson will also have choices: sprint wide left or wide right on every drop-back.

On the right

At the other end, the news may not be much better. Last year’s first-round selection, Germain Ifedi, has been moved from 2016’s position (guard) to right tackle. The job is his to lose and he may just do it. In his first 2017 preseason action, Ifedi allowed three pressures in 13 snaps. In week two, my impression of Ifedi was that he was doing an effective impression of a turnstile. Some say he improved over preseason week one, but I still counted two quarterback hits in about one half of action.

Theoretically pushing Ifedi at right tackle is 2017 second-round pick, Ethan Pocic. Pocic is also splitting time at guard (like Ifedi did in his rookie season) but he is built like a tackle (6’6”, 309 lbs.) and will ultimately sink or swim at the outside position. Against lesser competitors than Ifedi has had to go against so far in his two preseason games, Pocic appears to have a long way to go. He comically missed a second-level block against the Los Angeles Chargers’ backups in preseason week one. He got called for a hold in week two against the Vikings backups.

I think Russell Wilson is in trouble.

No rush

Also in trouble, the Green Bay Packers’ rushing game. Despite anointing surprise 2016 lead rusher Ty Montgomery as the starter and then drafting three rookie running backs in April, the Packers have yet to demonstrate any kind of impact from the position thus far into the preseason. Nobody is making the Packers forget Eddie Lacy.

Montgomery, the third-year converted wide receiver, is making his way through his first NFL preseason as a running back and has yet to demonstrate any of the sizzle that saw him gain 457 yards on 77 carries (5.9 YPC) in a partial 2016 campaign. To date, he’s had a total of three carries for zero yards, a lost fumble and a lower leg injury that held him out of the week two preseason contest in Washington D.C.

In his stead have been a litany of rookie running backs (three draftees, two free agents) who have yet to impress. Combined, the backs have received 31 carries for 74 yards, averaging a scant 2.38 yards per carry. It’s as if George Fant is carrying the ball for the Packers. Post-ACL injury.

The Packers’ running back culprits that will line up against the Seahawks in week one will consist of Montgomery and probably no more than two of the following five rookies: Jamaal Williams, BYU (round 4), Aaron Jones, UTEP (round 5), Devante Mays, Utah State (round 7), Kalif Phillips, Charlotte (FA) and William Stanback Virginia Union (FA) one or two fullbacks (Aaron Ripkowski, Joe Kerridge) who do not do anything other than pass protect and lead block.

Who of those two rookies will make it? Impossible to tell at this point and even more importantly—it hardly makes a difference. None have shown any ability to get more than what has been blocked for them. There is no rookie-vintage Thomas Rawls in the group.

The good news / bad news for Green Bay is that Aaron Rodgers and his deep, talented receiver corps remains the entirety of the Packers’ offense. They even imported two new free agent tight ends (Martellus Bennett, Lance Kendricks) to diversify the pass dispersals. The Packers will once again rely upon an aerial attack to move the ball and score. It’s worked in the past. It’s just never been the only option before. The Packers running backs will likely be judged more on their ability to pass protect and know assignments more than their rushing ability.

There will be two Achilles’ heels ready to snap in week one. The Seahawks’ and the Packers’ defenses could not be more pleased.

The Seahawks lost at Green Bay 10–38 in the last meeting between these two teams in 2016 week 14. Both teams were eliminated from the playoffs by the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons.

Twitter loses it over Russell Wilson’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder meme

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Twitter loses it over Russell Wilson’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder meme

Dolly Parton’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder meme is taking over the internet, and no one is safe. Not even Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

In a post on social media Friday, Wilson decided to participate in the viral meme and let's just say...Twitter nearly lost it.

As many pointed out, Wilson’s Tinder photo is originally a workout photo of teammate DK Metcalf. 

Metcalf has not yet responded to the photoshopped picture, but guard D.J. Fluker had some thoughts. 

We feel the same way, Fluke. 

Russell Wilson picks Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs over 49ers in Super Bowl LVI

Russell Wilson picks Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs over 49ers in Super Bowl LVI

Russell Wilson often shares some interesting tidbits in his DangerTalk podcast, and this week’s episode had one bold prediction.

Ahead of Thursday’s Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, Wilson sat down with co-host Daniel Mogg to discuss his prediction for Super Bowl LVI in Miami. And drumroll please…Wilson is riding with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Wilson said he’s taking the Chiefs over the Seahawks’ division rivals due to the phenomenal play of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

“You know I’ll pick Mahomes because he’s such a great player,” Wilson said. “Even though the 49ers are such a great team, Mahomes has such a great team around him, but he’s such a great player and he’s a factor, which always that great quarterback factor in that way, it’s always interesting.”

Wilson believes the game will ultimately come down to which defense can step up. The Chiefs will have to be prepared to stop the 49ers versatile run game, while San Francisco’s lethal pass rush will need to slow one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks.

According to Pro Football Focus, Mahomes’ passer rating drops from 113.4 to 95.1 when pressured this season.

“It’ll all come down to the defensive lines, how they play,” Wilson said. “The Chiefs d-line has got to stop the run. The 49ers got to see if they can get to Mahomes. I know the Chiefs’ protection is pretty good too.”

Like the rest of us, Wilson was glued to his television last Sunday as the AFC and NFC championships took place. The Seahawks franchise quarterback said he was impressed by the 49ers gap-scheme running game against the Packers. 

“Their ability to run the football throughout that game was nuts,” Wilson said. “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen in the NFL where they’ve run that many times, that many attempts, for that many yards, that consistently and dominated the game that way in that fashion.”

“So that was pretty fascinating watching that game. Unfortunately, I wish it was us, so we could try to compete against those guys one more time.”

He was equally fascinated with Mahomes, who has started to use his legs as a running threat. The Chiefs' monster QB had a highlight-worthy touchdown run that went for 27 yards and he ran for four first downs, including another run that went for over ten yards.

“Mahomes has been amazing this past stretch, I was tweeting about it,” Wilson said. “I’m not a huge tweet during the game kind of guy, but it was fascinating how much he was ballin’ so I had to. I have a lot of fun watching him.”

We can likely expect more tweets like this if Wilson's prediction is accurate next Sunday. Super Bowl LVI kicks off at 3:30 p.m. PT on Feb. 2. 

Seahawks, Broncos, and the worst Super Bowl of all-time

Seahawks, Broncos, and the worst Super Bowl of all-time

Super Bowl LIV is just about a week away and it should be one for the ages. 

The high powered offense of the Kansas City Chiefs takes on the no-nonsense defense of the San Francisco 49ers. 

It's the classic unstoppable force meets the immovable object scenario. Something has got to give. 

How will it all play out? We will find out next Sunday. 

Until then, we have 53 years of classic Super Bowls to reminisce about. 

Some good. Some not so good. 

Seahawks fans, they've had both. 

USA Today recently ranked all the Super Bowls, and Seattle's Super Bowl XLVIII matchup against the Broncos ranks as the worst Super Bowl of all-time. 

Said USA Today,  "The chasm between pre-game expectations and eventual outcome may have been the widest in the game’s history. Seattle's Legion of Boom defense stifled a Peyton Manning-led offense that had scored a league-record 606 points."

This game was as one-sided as they get. 

The tone was set from the jump, with the Seahawks forcing a safety on the first play from scrimmage. 

From there on, the Seahawks dominated from sideline to sideline. 

With 2:58 left in the third quarter, the Seahawks scored another touchdown to take a 36-0 lead. It was all over but the crying for the Broncos. 

The Broncos were a two-point favorite but ended up losing to the Seahawks 43-8.

The game tied the third-largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history and was the largest margin of victory for a Super Bowl underdog. 

The game was ranked so low simply because it didn't even come close to living up to the pregame hype. 

However, for Seattle Seahawks fans it is the greatest Super Bowl of all-time. Of the three Super Bowls the team has played in, Super Bowl XLVIII is the only one the Seahawks have won. 

So where do the other two rank on USA Today's list?

- Super Bowl XL: Rank: 33 - Said USA Today, "Steelers 21, Seahawks 10: Pittsburgh joined the club of five-time Lombardi Trophy winners as RB Jerome Bettis ended his career in style in Detroit (his hometown) and Roethlisberger, 23, became the youngest quarterback to win the game despite forgettable numbers and amid controversial officiating that hurt Seattle."

- Super Bowl XLIX: Rank 3 -  Said USA Today, "Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24: It will forever be remembered for Russell Wilson’s goal-line interception with the game hanging in the balance when the Seahawks could have given the ball to bruising RB Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch. The loss likely denied Seattle's shot at a dynasty while burnishing the Patriot Way. Brady won a record-tying third MVP award as he and Belichick collected their fourth title together but first in a decade. "

[SEE THE FULL LIST HERE]

For a trip down memory lane, let's rewatch the worst (best if you're a Seahawks fan) Super Bowl of all-time. 

Russell Wilson bests Lamar Jackson in Pro Bowl Skills Showdown

Russell Wilson bests Lamar Jackson in Pro Bowl Skills Showdown

While Russell Wilson would have preferred to be preparing for the upcoming Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks star quarterback is gearing up for the 2020 Pro Bowl.

Before Wilson and team NFC take the field on Sunday, he battled against the AFC, including likely NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, in the 2020 Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.

Here’s a look at how Wilson performed in Thursday’s events:

Wilson led the NFC team in the Precision Passing event with 19 points in 60 seconds, helping his team beat the AFC 43-17. Kirk Cousins also notched 18 points, while Lamar Jackson had just two points.

Wilson also received high marks in a new game this year called “Thread the Needle.” Four quarterbacks throw passes through targets, but you lose three points if a defensive back intercepts you. Wilson was picked once, but finished on top with 16 points. In the end, Wilson and Cousins (28 points) bested Jackson and Watson, who finished with 21 points.

The AFC dominated in the Gridiron Gauntlet, Best Hands, and Dodgeball events to take home the trophy, but Wilson’s outstanding performance did not go unnoticed by Twitter.

The 2020 Pro Bowl kicks off this Sunday at 12:00 p.m. PT at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Seahawks unveil end-of-year picks for best players, plays and moments in 2019

Seahawks unveil end-of-year picks for best players, plays and moments in 2019

The 2019 season is in the rearview mirror for the Seattle Seahawks. While it ended in a disappointing finish in Green Bay, there were still plenty of bright spots throughout the year, including Seattle’s incredible 8-2 road record, an MVP worthy season from quarterback Russell Wilson and the return of Beast Mode.

Our friends over at the Seahawks made their end-of-year picks for best players, plays, moments and more. Take a look at some of the results:

Offensive MVP: Russell Wilson

This one is obvious. Russell Wilson was on another level this season. He finished the season with 4,110 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns and just five interceptions. He added 342 yards and three more scores as a runner. Wilson had the highest WAR of any quarterback by Pro Football Focus’ metrics with just over four wins at 4.08 and was named MVP by PFF.  

Defensive MVP: Bobby Wagner

Wagner was named first-team All Pro for the fifth time in six seasons—the most in franchise history. He led the team with 159 tackles and has registered more than 100 tackles in eight years.

The 29-year-old linebacker was also recognized for philanthropic efforts off-the-field as the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year. Wagner led numerous events in the community, including the Bwagz Sees You walk for stroke awareness. He also recently surprised Safeway shoppers with a shopping spree while bagging groceries for Seattle's homeless.

Special Teams MVP: Ugo Amadi & Nick Bellore

Ugo Amadi became the Seahawks starter at nickel cornerback late in the regular season, a move Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he wishes he would have made sooner. The fourth-round pick out of Oregon won the starting nickel spot at training camp, starting there in Week 1. He was later replaced by Jamar Taylor and Akeem King, before getting a shot against the Panthers in Week 15.

He was also effective on special teams, recording a team-high 10 special teams tackles.

Nick Bellore was second on the team with seven special teams tackles.

Best Rookie: DK Metcalf

What a first year for DK Metcalf! The Seahawks rookie showed all the doubters that he was worth a first-round pick when he compiled 58 catches for 900 receiving yards—the second most by a rookie receiver since Joey Galloway’s in 1995.

His playoff debut against the Eagles in the Wild Card round was the highest postseason total by a rookie in the NFL. He caught seven passes for 160 yards and a 53-yard touchdown.

Best Newcomer: Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney undeniably provided a spark on the Seahawks defense this team so desperately needed. Despite battling a core injury since Week 10, he recorded three sacks, seven tackles for loss and a team-high 13 quarterback hits. The Seahawks hope to keep Clowney this offseason. He will become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins in mid-March. 

Other awards include:

Comeback Player of the Year: K.J. Wright

Best In-Season Acquisition: Quandre Diggs

Unsung Hero: Joey Hunt

Most improved: Rasheem Green

Unexpected breakout season: Jacob Hollister

Best Play, Offense: Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett touchdown vs. Rams

Best Play, Defense: Jarran Reed, Jadeveon Clowney team up for a defensive score against 49ers

Best unexpected late-season development to arise from a bad situation: The return of Beast Mode

Trends to continue in 2020: Turnover differential, overall offensive efficiency and road success

Things to clean up in 2020: Defensive inconsistency and struggles at home

You can read them on the Seahawks site here.

Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin orders orange juice, no ice while Mic’d Up at Pro Bowl practice

Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin orders orange juice, no ice while Mic’d Up at Pro Bowl practice

When you get to elite Pro Bowler status, you can have anything you want.

Just ask Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who during Day 2 of this week’s Pro Bowl festivities, ordered some orange juice during practice while Mic'd Up. 

Most people like Gatorade or cold water when working out, but the former UCF standout is back in The Sunshine State, where orange juice is basically nectar of the Gods.

“People think I’m talking to myself, but I’m not,” Griffin said in the video. “So can someone get me an orange juice, large cup, no ice. Thank you.”

Some of the fans who watched the video were perplexed by Griffin’s “no ice” request.

This is the third-year corner’s first Pro Bowl appearance. Griffin was named to the NFC squad as a replacement for Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore earlier this week.

Seattle Dragons out-pacing rest of XFL in season ticket sales, expecting over 20,000 at opener

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Seattle Dragons out-pacing rest of XFL in season ticket sales, expecting over 20,000 at opener

Football season isn’t over in Seattle, and it’s evident that the city is eager to embrace a second professional team.

The XFL’s Seattle Dragons are just a few weeks away from their first game. They’ll start on the road on Feb. 8 against the D.C. Defenders before their home opener on Saturday Feb. 15 at CenturyLink Field against the Tampa Bay Vipers at 2:00 p.m. PT.

According to a source, Seattle is currently leading the XFL (eight teams) in season ticket sales, in some cases by a wide margin. The Dragons have seen a surge in ticket sales following the Seahawks loss to the Packers in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. The club is currently projecting an attendance of more than 20,000 people on Feb. 15.

The hype surrounding the team began to build when more than 1,000 fans showed up to a Dragons open practice at Memorial Stadium in Seattle Center back in December.

The XFL’s resurgence comes a year after the Alliance of American Football (AAF) collapsed in its first season. WWE CEO and chairman Vince McMahon has invested more than $500 million to ensure that the XFL is financially stable enough to make decisions with a long-term view beyond merely surviving Year 1. Prominent broadcast deals are already in place as each game will air on either ABC, FOX or ESPN.

Dragons president Ryan Gustafson wouldn’t confirm the exact ticket numbers, but he did express his excitement with the season just weeks away.

“Seattle has the best sports fans in the world who love football and love their community, and that is what the XFL is all about,” Gustafson told NBC Sports Northwest. “We're so grateful for the support we have gotten and are excited to continue building this the right way, with our fans - not just for Game 1 or the first season, but for many years to come.”

Former Seahawks quarterback and Redskins head coach Jim Zorn is the Dragons head coach. Former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley is the team’s offensive coordinator. Brandon Silvers or B.J. Daniels will start under center and wide receivers Kasen Williams and Keenan Reynolds are two of the team’s prominent skill players.

Head here to see the entire Dragons roster and coaching staff and here for ticket inquiries. Affordable seats are still available for the opener and for full season packages. Season tickets start at just $20/ticket, or $100 for all five games for a lower-level seat at CenturyLink. Club seats start at $45/game or $225 for all five games.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says Shaquill Griffin is fired up to play in first Pro Bowl

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says Shaquill Griffin is fired up to play in first Pro Bowl

Russell Wilson has been here before.

For the seventh time in eight years, the Seattle Seahawks star quarterback has been selected to the Pro Bowl. His teammate Shaquill Griffin, however, is taking in the experience for the first time.

In a video shared via the Seahawks on Wednesday, Wilson spoke about what it was like to be joined by Griffin in Orlando, as well as his brother Shaquem, who was seen by his brother's side during several of the activities. 

“Having the Griffin brothers on our team is pretty amazing,” Wilson said. “Those guys are so dedicated to the game, they work so hard. It’s cool having them here, too. Shaquill’s been special for us. To have him out here is great and I know he’s fired up about that. They’re both from Orlando—they played here." 

Griffin returned to his old stomping grounds of Orlando, Florida after he was named to the Pro Bowl earlier this week. He replaced Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who will not participate in the game due to injury. 

You can follow Griffin and Wilson's journey to Sunday's game here

Russell Wilson has a message for the world’s best soccer players: 'Seattle’s the place'

Russell Wilson has a message for the world’s best soccer players: 'Seattle’s the place'

Seven-time Pro Bowler. Super Bowl champion. 2019 NFL MVP candidate.

Russell Wilson is known for his lengthy list of accomplishments as the Seattle Seahawks star quarterback, but he’s also a businessman off the field. He recently added part owner of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounder F.C. to his portfolio.

While partaking in activities leading up to the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday, Wilson was asked about LA Galaxy’s recent acquisition of Javier “Chicarito” Hernandez.

“Well obviously Chicarito is an amazing player,” Wilson said in a video via the Seahawks Twitter page. “I’m a Sounders guy though. I have ownership in the Sounders, Ciara and I. We want to make sure we get the best players in the world in Seattle. Any of the best soccer players in the world, Seattle’s the place.”

The Sounders came across Wilson’s video and of course, they had the best response.

“He can do it all, folks.” Yes, Sounders F.C. he can.