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A Closer Look at the Seattle Seahawks

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Welp, I'm going to my first game this year at the Ray Jay tonight and coming off consecutive hangovers induced by the Rays late series collapse, but hey.... let's take a look at the Seahawks. 

On offense: It's no secret that Holmgren likes to throw and throw often.  When healthy, Hasselbeck gives the Seahawks a vertical passing game, and they'll pretty much throw out of any set.  With a healthy Nate Burleson, Koren Robinson, Deion Branch, and Bobby Engram, they can really spread the field and give defenses a fit.  However..... their entire WR corps has pretty much been decimated by injury, so it looks like you'll be seeing Koren Robinson and Keary Colbert, with a chance for Deion Branch to play as well.  Not too scary.  Top draft pick John Carlson has been a huge asset for Seattle so far, catching 16 balls for 190 yds and a score.  He really gives them a chance to exploit the seam and the middle of the field and create matchup problems.  Seneca Wallace will be starting tonight in place of Hasselbeck and is, heh, well, a pretty sad option.  In 2 games this year, he's had a passer rating of 57.6.  He's not Michael Vick fast and he doesn't have a great arm, so he's fodder for any front 7 not named Detroit.  Julius Jones is 2 yards and trip and fall.  He sucked in Dallas and he sucks in Seattle.  Don't you need to be at least a decent player before you talk junk to a solid defensive team like the Bucs?

On defense: Well, they're a pretty crappy fantasy option, so that should tell you what you need to know!  Just kidding (about the what you need to know part... they are a horrid fantasy option).  Seriously, on paper, they're a pretty good bunch and they have some core guys remaining from a pretty good defensive football team the past few years.  Kerney's a productive end.   Tatutpu can go sideline to sideline and hits hard.  Julian Peterson's more of a 3-4 OLB/4-3 DE, but they've got him playing OLB in Seattle's 4-3.  Interesting.  He has an impressive 5 sacks through 3 games so far, so I guess it's working out.  Jennings and Trufant are a nice set of corners, but they've been asked to do too much in run support, as the Front 7 is getting pushed around and gashed in the running game.  The D just hasn't created consistent pressure and forced the turnovers they've been used to forcing over the past few years. 

Last matchup w/Bucs: Bucs dropped a 20-6 offensive stinker in the Pacific Northwest to start the 2007 season.

What will happen: Seattle sucks.  Bucs don't.  I'll be there.  Go Bucs.  Go Rays.  Bucs 27-17.  Rays 5-3.