Seahawks and saints Monday night football

Written by:Cory Antczak 

On Monday Night Football , the 9-2 New Orleans Saints will head to Seattle to play the 10-1 Seahawks. Though it is not a playoff game, this game is set to be one of the most important of the season, for both Seattle and New Orleans.

 

New Orleans is first in the NFC South and Seattle is 1st in the NFC West. New Orleans ranks 2nd in pass offense with 317.3 passing yards a game. Seattle ranks 24th with 210.5 passing yards a game. New Orleans ranks 23rd in rushing offense with 97.7 rushing yards a game, while Seattle ranks 3rd with 147.9 rush yards a game.

 

Both New Orleans and Seattle are ranked high inpass defense a game with Seattle ranking 2nd with 180.4 yards allowed and New Orleans ranking 3rd allowing 198 a game. Both teams are also close with their rush defense, Seattle ranking 16th allowing 112.9 a game, and New Orleans ranking 15th allowing 111.9 a game.

 

The injury report for this game includes:

 

New Orleans: 3 Probables: Chris Carr, Jahri Evans, and Darren Sproles.

The others are questionable, those include Keyunta Dawson, and Glenn Foster.

 

Seattle: 2 are OUT, those include Brandon Browner, who is out with a groin injury as well as a possible suspension for breaking the league’s substance policy. The other is Walter Thurmond who is suspended by the League for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Other injuries include Percy Harvin who is doubtful with a hip injury, Jermaine Kearse who is probable with a concussion, Marshawn Lynch who is probable with a knee injury, and Korey Toomer who is on the reserve/non-football injury list. That concludes the injury report for this game.

 

In other news heading into this game, Seattle’s 12th Man will be going for the noise record again, which was set on Sept 15th against the Niners, but broken by the Kansas City Chiefs with a decibel record of 137.5 at Arrowhead Stadium. The 12th Man will also be going for another “Beastquake” by jumping every time Seahawk RB Marshawn Lynch scores a TD.

 

The first “BeastQuake” was recorded when the Seattle Seahawks played the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs on January 8, 2011. Seismic activity was recorded by the University Of Washington at the exact time Marshawn broke through at least a dozen tackles and ran for a 67 yard TD to go on to beat the Saints 41-30 that night.

Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch Dances into the end zone after breaking at least half a dozen tackles against the New Orleans saints

Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch Dances into the end zone after breaking at least half a dozen tackles against the New Orleans saints

 

Seattle with a win will be one step closer to securing home-field advantage come playoff time. The Saints will be looking to tie up Seattle in the standings and fight them for 1st place in the NFC.

 

Seattle Stays Undefeted at home with Comeback Overtime Win

WRITTEN BY: RACHEL LOWE

It was an ugly way for Seattle to remain on top of the NFC and for the best start in Seahawks history to continue. Seattle tied the franchise record with its 12th straight home victory, which coincides with Wilson being a perfect 12-0 at home as Seattle’s starter.

After being pushed to the final yard on the final play last Monday at St. Louis, the Seahawks had to fight through another sloppy effort to knock off a double-digit underdog.

Seattle started very slowly, and thanks to some really excellent improvisational out-of-pocket plays by apparently-very-elusive Tampa QB Mike Glennon, quickly found themselves in what felt like an insurmountable hole going into the half. However, Seattle settled down on offense, ran the ball, made a few big plays, and started making some stops on defense to climb back into the game and eventually force overtime.

Tampa Bay fell to 0-8 for the first time since 1985 when the Buccaneers started the season 0-9. They pushed Seattle around at the line of scrimmage .Mike Glennon managed the game well and Mike James rushed for a career-best 158 yards.

But Seattle’s defense started getting stops in the second half, the Seahawks overcame two interceptions in the red zone and Lynch overcame a sore knee and feeling ill in the first quarter to have his best game of the season.

Wilson finished 19 of 26 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. He stood in against countless blitzes from the Buccaneers defense and made key completions in the second half. Tampa Bay never sacked Wilson, even though he was hit officially six times.

Glennon was 17 of 23 for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He managed the game almost flawlessly in the first half, but could not sustain drives in the second half and gave Seattle a chance to rally.

Glennon hit 10 of his first 11 passes, including touchdown passes of 12 yards to Tim Wright and 20 yards to Tiquan Underwood as the Buccaneers dominated the first half. Glennon’s first two TD passes capped the Buccaneers’ two longest touchdown drives of the season.

Tampa Bay scored on four of its first six drives and gained 274 total yards. The Buccaneers gained just 76 yards on its final five drives and never ran a play in Seattle territory.

Wilson was 15 of 18 passing in the second half and overtime and ran for a 10-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. He threw a bad interception on Seattle’s first drive at the Buccaneers 14 and was intercepted at the goal line in the fourth quarter when Keith Tandy tipped Wilson’s pass for Baldwin and pulled in the interception.

Despite the mistakes, Wilson was steady. He got started at the end of the first half by hitting Jermaine Kearse on a 16-yard touchdown then found Baldwin beating a blitz by the Buccaneers to pull Seattle even at 24.

Seattle also got an electric 71-yard punt return from Golden Tate to set up Hauschka for a 36-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

Wilson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:51 left in regulation to Tie the game, Seattle on a nine-play, 51-yard drive in overtime capped by Hauschka’s Game winning Field Goal Gave the hawks a 27-24 win overtime. Seattle is 8-1. Seattle will go on to the road to play the Atlanta Falcons On sunday

 

Seattle WR Doug Baldwin after Catching the game Tying TD

Seattle WR Doug Baldwin after Catching the game Tying TD

Game Preview: Seahawks vs Buccaneers

Written by: Casey Stamp

Stats chart and injury report courtesy of: CBS Sports

TAMPA BAY
BUCCANEERS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
0-7
4th NFC SOUTH
(0-3)
Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 4:05 pm ET
TV: FOX
AVG. YDS (RK) CATEGORY AVG. YDS (RK)
204.1 (25th) Pass Off. 198.8 (27th)
93.6 (22nd) Rush Off. 140.6 (4th)
243.9 (18th) Pass Def. 184.1 (3rd)
94.6 (7th) Rush Def. 105.1 (15th)
CenturyLink Field
Seattle, Wash.
Broken clouds. Cool. 50 °F, Wind: 0.00 mph/N
SEATTLE
SEAHAWKS
Seattle Seahawks
7-1
1st NFC WEST
(3-0)

 

The Seahawks (7-1) are headed back home to CenturyLink field in Seattle to take on the win-less Bucaneers (0-7).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon has struggled  to produce wins in his first year under Head Coach Greg Schiano. He has thrown 6 TD's and 3 INT's.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon has struggled to produce wins in his first year under Head Coach Greg Schiano. He has thrown 6 TD’s and 3 INT’s.

Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll mentioned earlier in the week that the Seahawks have yet to find their offensive rhythm. If that’s the case, this will be a scary team when to do find it. The Bucs meanwhile have been trying to find their identity along with a win. After releasing their former quarterback Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon has not preformed particularly well. Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano admitted earlier in the week that the gameplan has put too much pressure on the rookie QB and that the number of passes he’s thrown is in direct correlation with the number of INT’s hes thrown.

Keys to the game for both teams

 

Get off to a good start

For the Hawks, getting the home crowd up and on their feet is never an issue but more importantly, the Hawks should look to build early momentum and sustain long drives early on. This might not be too difficult considering how banged up the Buccaneers are. For Tampa, just look to get something positive going. Avoid turnovers at all cost and be prepared to settle for field goals at times.

Strong secondary play

It comes as no surprise the Hawks have the NFL’s most elite secondary. Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor will make it tough on a quarterback who is already struggling to get any positive momentum going. Meanwhile, Darelle Revis isn’t having the type of bounce-back season so many fans expected. If the Bucs want to have a prayer of winning this game, Revis will need to shut down Golden Tate.

Tampa Bay Injuries
DATE POS PLAYER INJURY NFL STATUS FANTASY NEWS

11/03/13

S

Mark Barron

HIP

QUESTIONABLE

The Buccaneers defense is dealing with a number of injuries in Week 9 against the Seahawks, based on Friday’s injury report. Linebacker Mason Foster (hamstring), defensive lineman Akeem Spence (wrist) and defensive back Keith Tandy (ankle) were all able to get through the week in practice and are probable, but represent less than half of the team’s list of injured players.

11/03/13

RB

Jeff Demps

GROIN

OUT

The Buccaneers have ruled out a pair of running backs for Week 9 against the Seahawks, due to lingering injury concerns.Doug Martin (shoulder) and Jeff Demps(groin) are both unsurprisingly out for Sunday’s game.

11/03/13

LB

Mason Foster

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

The Buccaneers defense is dealing with a number of injuries in Week 9 against the Seahawks, based on Friday’s injury report. Linebacker Mason Foster (hamstring), defensive lineman Akeem Spence (wrist) and defensive back Keith Tandy (ankle) were all able to get through the week in practice and are probable, but represent less than half of the team’s list of injured players.

11/03/13

S

Dashon Goldson

KNEE

QUESTIONABLE

Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson did not travel to Seattle for the Week 9 game against the Seahawks, the team’s official site reports. Goldson will miss Sunday’s game due to a knee injury. 

Goldson has played in six games this season and has 40 tackles for the Bucs defense.

11/03/13

G

Davin Joseph

KNEE

PROBABLE

 

11/03/13

DT

Derek Landri

BACK

QUESTIONABLE

The Buccaneers defense is dealing with a number of injuries in Week 9 against the Seahawks, based on Friday’s injury report. Linebacker Mason Foster (hamstring), defensive lineman Akeem Spence (wrist) and defensive back Keith Tandy (ankle) were all able to get through the week in practice and are probable, but represent less than half of the team’s list of injured players.

11/03/13

RB

Doug Martin

SHOULDER

OUT

The Buccaneers have ruled out a pair of running backs for Week 9 against the Seahawks, due to lingering injury concerns.Doug Martin (shoulder) and Jeff Demps(groin) are both unsurprisingly out for Sunday’s game.

11/03/13

WR

Chris Owusu

FOOT

QUESTIONABLE

The Buccaneers inactives list for Week 8 against the Panthers is heavy on players dealing with injuries. Of the seven players listed, five are sidelined due to injuries: running backs Doug Martin (shoulder) andJeff Demps (groin); wide receiver Chris Owusu (foot); guard Carl Nicks (foot); and defensive back Dashon Goldson (knee).

11/03/13

DT

Akeem Spence

WRIST

PROBABLE

The Buccaneers defense is dealing with a number of injuries in Week 9 against the Seahawks, based on Friday’s injury report. Linebacker Mason Foster (hamstring), defensive lineman Akeem Spence (wrist) and defensive back Keith Tandy (ankle) were all able to get through the week in practice and are probable, but represent less than half of the team’s list of injured players.

11/03/13

S

Keith Tandy

ANKLE

PROBABLE

The Buccaneers defense is dealing with a number of injuries in Week 9 against the Seahawks, based on Friday’s injury report. Linebacker Mason Foster (hamstring), defensive lineman Akeem Spence (wrist) and defensive back Keith Tandy (ankle) were all able to get through the week in practice and are probable, but represent less than half of the team’s list of injured players.

11/03/13

LB

Dekoda Watson

SHOULDER

QUESTIONABLE

The Buccaneers defense is dealing with a number of injuries in Week 9 against the Seahawks, based on Friday’s injury report. Linebacker Mason Foster (hamstring), defensive lineman Akeem Spence (wrist) and defensive back Keith Tandy (ankle) were all able to get through the week in practice and are probable, but represent less than half of the team’s list of injured players.

09/17/13

K

Connor Barth

Achilles

NFI

The Buccaneers announced Wednesday they reached an agreement with kicker Connor Barth, who is out for the season after suffering a torn Achilles in a charity basketball game in July, to be paid his 2013 salary and keep the final two years of his contract in place. 

09/17/13

K

Lawrence Tynes

Illness

NFI

Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes will miss the entire season due to an MRSA infection and he believes he contracted the problem at Tampa Bay’s team facility, NBC Sports reports Sunday. 

Seattle Injuries
DATE POS PLAYER INJURY NFL STATUS FANTASY NEWS

11/03/13

DE

Michael Bennett

ILLNESS

PROBABLE

 

11/03/13

RB

Derrick Coleman

HAMSTRING

OUT

The Seahawks listed the following players as inactive for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers at home in Week 9 due to injuries: quarterback B.J. Daniels, safety Jeron Johnson, fullback Derrick Coleman, tackle Breno Giacomini, tackle Caylin Hauptmann, defensive end Benson Mayowa and defensive tackle Jordan Hill.

11/03/13

S

Jeron Johnson

HAMSTRING

OUT

The Seahawks listed the following players as inactive for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers at home in Week 9 due to injuries: quarterback B.J. Daniels, safety Jeron Johnson, fullback Derrick Coleman, tackle Breno Giacomini, tackle Caylin Hauptmann, defensive end Benson Mayowa and defensive tackle Jordan Hill.

11/03/13

RB

Marshawn Lynch

KNEE

PROBABLE

 

11/03/13

DT

Brandon Mebane

NOT INJURY RELATED

PROBABLE

 

11/03/13

G

J.R. Sweezy

ELBOW

PROBABLE

 

11/03/13

S

Earl Thomas

ILLNESS

PROBABLE

 

10/28/13

LB

Korey Toomer

Knee

NFI

The Seahawks placed linebacker Korey Toomer(knee) on the reserve/non-football injury listTuesday. Toomer can’t return until Week 7 at Arizona at the earliest.

Game Preview: Seahawks at Rams

Written By: Adil Kahn
Stats chart courtesy of: CBS Sports
 
SEATTLE
SEAHAWKS
Seattle Seahawks
6-1
1st NFC WEST
(2-0)
Monday, October 28, 2013
TV: ESPN
AVG. YDS (RK) CATEGORY AVG. YDS (RK)
214.1 (21st) Pass Off. 228.1 (16th)
154.4 (1st) Rush Off. 70.6 (28th)
190.6 (3rd) Pass Def. 247.0 (19th)
91.6 (7th) Rush Def. 126.4 (30th)
2-9-SEA 15 (9:30) Marshawn Lynch rushed for 4 yards. 

Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Mo.
ST. LOUIS
RAMS
St. Louis Rams
3-4
4th NFC WEST
(1-1)
 

 

The Seattle Seahawks head on the road to faceoff against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams, who lost Quarterback Sam Bradford last week against the Carolina Panthers, will start the game with backup Quarterback Kellen Clemens. The Seahawks are 6-1, their best start in history and are looking to keep pace in the NFC West and stay ahead of the Niners.

 

Keys to the game for both teams

Establish a Run game

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson runs through Rams defenders.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson runs through Rams defenders.

Sticking with a run-based game plan will be tough this week for the Rams. Not only are the Seahawks expecting it, but they’re fully equipped to stop it. Seattle’s defensive line faithfully plays the run out of reduced fronts while the linebackers are helped by an eighth man in the box, Kam Chancellor, who has been extremely productive this season.

Play Action/Trick Plays

To have any chance with Clemens, Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will have to create opportunities by calling play action. That’s a technical way of saying he will have to hope trick plays can work. Now would be a good time for first round rookie Tavon Austin to start contributing.

 

Stopping the Run game

The Rams have been mostly horrible against the run this year, though they were very good against the Panthers last week. They need to repeat that kind of performance. The Seahawks are a run first offense and The Rams may fall for Seattle’s play action. That’s where Russell Wilson thrives. Stopping Marshawn Lynch will be a challenge for the Rams because of the duality of the Hawks offense having three primary sources of ground game: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and Russell Wilson.

Ball Security

Against the Cardinals last week, Russell Wilson fumbled in the ball three times, which was unlike him since he hadn’t ever shown such a obvious tendency to hold the ball. Overall, the Seahawks did not have much trouble with the Cardinals, because Lynch had so much success with misdirection runs. They’ll try to replicate that this week with a heavy dose of counter and wind back carries on early downs.