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12
Jan
08

Seattle Won’t Win, Won’t Play

With :15 second left in the first half and his Seattle Seahawks down 28-17 in their road playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, Mike Holmgren showed why he is a coach who was lucky to have won any Super Bowls, and why he likely will not win another no matter how talented of a team he is coaching. By taking a knee to run out the clock after his team had squandered an early 14-0 lead on two scores that came as a result of Ryan Grant’s two early lost fumbles, Holmgren once again demonstrated that he sometimes forgets football fundamentals and has almost no clue about the very existence of a small thing called time. They ran out the clock – with time-outs to spare.

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I don’t know how to better express what a mistake this is, so I’ll quote Gregg Easterbrook from ESPNs Page 2:

“Then again, maybe Spenser, my 12-year-old, had the explanation. Trailing 10-0, the Redskins took possession on their 9 with 47 seconds remaining in the first half, holding three timeouts. Washington ran up the middle to kill the clock, not using its timeouts, and this led to some interesting tactical maneuvering in the closing seconds to prevent Seattle from attempting the extremely rare free kick after a fair catch. Anyway, when Spenser saw the Redskins had no intention of trying to score, despite a zero on the scoreboard and all three timeouts, he scoffed, “They’re sure to lose now.” And yea, verily, it came to pass. I don’t care if you are backed up on your 9, it’s a playoff game and you have no points. Try to score!”

Ever since the Super Bowl that Seattle lost to the Steelers, when they appeared to not realize there was even a game clock, Holmgren has seemed to have lost his edge. Unfortunately for his team, it gives them very little chance to live up to their potential.

The Yardstick for this game finalized favoring the Packers to win by six points. They have outscored the Seahawks 28-3 since going down by fourteen. Make the score 35-17 now. I could not even finish this piece before the Packers scored again. Seahawks…get rid of him.

***Update: Wow, is Babineaux ever fast. He just took Ryan Grant down from behind in almost blizzard conditions on a run where Grant set the Packers post-season record for rush yards in a game. He now has 167 on 20 carries, with two touchdowns. Talk about making up for those two fumbles.

In Holmgren news, the offense, backed up in their own end and with 18 yards to go on first down, called an Alexander run, which got maybe a yard. Dumb call, if you are trying to get a first down, anyway – which is the point isn’t it. Green bay allowed seven runs of 20+ yards in 424 attempts during the season. That’s less than one in sixty. Might as well try, though, hey what?

Oh…make it 42-20 and give Ryan 169 and three scores. If Grant had celebrated his third score by making a snow angel, would he get fined by the NFL for using a prop?

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09
Jan
08

NFL Playoff Predictions: Seahawks at Green Bay

The Seahawks defense showed us all last week why they are the biggest reason that Seattle is making not only a trip to the playoffs as NFC Weak West champs again, but also that the Birds are going all the back to Green Bay for another playoff game where you can bet you will not hear former Packer backup Matt Hasselbeck declare that his team is going to win. I wonder how many times on Saturday we’ll get to see Matt and his infamous declaration of impending victory before kickoff. Can you imagine if this game goes to overtime?? That would be fun to see, especially if the ‘Hawks won the coin toss. Pray to the football, gods, people.

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So, can the Seahawks win this game in Green Bay? Hell, yes, they can. But I don’t think they will. Firstly, the Redskins played in a manner that helped the defense last week and the Packers are not going to make dumb, dumb mistakes like Santana Moss did when he decided not to stop Marcus Trufant from heading towards the end zone after a Todd Collins interception. Mind you, most of the rest of the Skins offense forgot they were supposed to start playing defense after an INT as well, and they simply watched as Trufant ran by and scored. Horrible.

Next, Brett Favre is no Todd Collins and, as such, should have a much better day than his Redskins counterpart against the vaunted Seahwaks defense. Of course, a lot of that will depend upon whether or not the Pack can get Ryan Grant and the running game going in order to keep the Hawks D honest and relive some of what otherwise will be a helluva ton of pressure coming into Favre’s pocket.

Matt Hasselbeck’s thigh pad was broken when Fred Smoot of the Skins hit him hard on a play early last week. Hasselbeck has been icing his leg and trying to work out what the team is now calling a thigh contusion. Basically, that means a bruise, but a bad one. Often the muscle fibers and connective tissues are crushed without breaking the skin. In other words, Matt won’t be running much, not that he was any kind of Steve Young anyway, but it is something to worry about if you are a Seattle fan. Matt is tough, though, you gotta give him that.

The Yardstick for this Divisional Playoff game favors Green Bay by five points. Yesterday, it was six. Yeah, once you think about it, this should be a pretty tight game.

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08
Jan
08

Early NFL Divisional Playoff Predictions

A quick, early look at the Yardsticks for this weekend’s NFL Divisional Playoff matchups reveals very few surprises, except for the closeness of FanYard user opinion on the Giants at Cowboys game. Up to this point, which is obviously a bit early in the week, the Packers are favored to win by six points over the Seahawks; the Patriots are favored to win by eleven over the Jaguars; the Colts are favored to win by nine over the Chargers, and the Cowboys are slim, one-point favorites to beat the Giants of New York.

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Last night’s BCS National Championship game was correctly called by FanYard users, as the LSU Tigers erased an early 10-point deficit to beat the Ohio State Buckeyes by a final score of 38-24.

07
Jan
08

Seahawks QB Hasselbeck’s Leg Must Hurt

I can’t remember who it was that laid the hit on Matt Hasselbeck on Saturday, as he was running with the ball, but I do remember that the helmet of the Redskins defender hit Matt’s right quad, directly in the meaty part of the leg, hard enough to spin the quarterback around in mid air. In slow-mo, you could see all the flesh move from the front of Matt’s leg, around the femur and almost spurt out the back of his leg before the combination of skin and uniform held everything intact so it could reverse back around the femur and settle in front of his leg once more.

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At the time, Cris Collinsworth remarked that he’d been hit like that before and, although he’d come back to play the rest of that game, the bruising on his leg got so bad in the days to come that he ended up in the hospital. Collinsworth says some silly things, but don’t be surprised if Hasselbeck at least misses a day or two of practice this week, football fans.

The early Yardstick for the Seahawks at Green Bay game is calling for a six-point win for the home team Packers, but that could grow substantially if Hasselbeck is indeed hurt in any way. A deep tissue bruise is nothing to shake a stick at, but the cold weather might actually help keep the swelling down. Of course, any associated muscle stiffness would be worsened, I would think. Then again, I’m no mathamocologist.

05
Jan
08

Saturday Wild Card NFL Playoff Weather

The weather report for game time in Pittsburgh and in Seattle is almost the same report. The temperature at Heinz Field will be hovering somewhere just above freezing, while it should be a few degrees warmer in the Emerald City. Winds will be around 8-9 mph and it will be blowing SSW in both Wild Card games.

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According to meteorologists, there will be light rain showers for both games today, which should make for some interesting plays, especially on that thing they call a field in Pittsburgh.

The Yardsticks for today’s NFL Wild Card playoffs call for a slim Redskins road win and a field goal victory for the Jacksonville Jaguars.