Three of which were against the same team, and two of which were when he played for the Steelers. Not sure that tells us much about what will happen in this game. Seahawks have given up 267 rushing yards in their two playoff games.SemperFidelisSox said:Blount vs opponents that finished in the top 5 in rushing defense by DVOA.
Week 2 vs Baltimore: 3 Att, 8 yds
Week 9 vs Baltimore: 10 Att, 23 yds
Week 12 vs Detroit: 12 Att, 78 yds
Division Round vs Baltimore: 3 Att, 1 yd
Really, a non factor in three of t,he four games against elite run defenses,
Steve Dillard said:I just heard Mayo's ad for lasik, and was reminded of his injury. I personally (non football expert) perspective always felt he was too limited in coverage and that contributed significantly to the weak pass defense, and his lack of pass rushing also took away some of that threat. Putting Collins in the middle, and shifting Hightower really helped solidify the defense from game 4 (of course, Browner helped too).
That said, I think we may miss his absence next week in clogging the middle for Lynch. KC showed that we can be gashed by a physical running game. Am I remembering correctly that after the Baltimore running game was gashing us we put Branch in for a lot of plays? Will he fill the middle?
Ben Volin made a great point on 98.5 and said the Pats tend to struggle against teams that run the zone blocking scheme aka Baltimore and KC and Miami, Seattle does not run this type of blocking scheme which could help us limit Lynch.
Volin is pretty much always wrong. If I recall properly he was adamant prior to the season that Browner was going to says play RCB because that is what he did with the Seahawks and the Patriots would be dumb to expect him to do something different here.DanoooME said:
Yup.H78 said:Also, someone on 98.5 made a great point yesterday - try to get Gronk matched up on Thomas and/or Sherman early. Even if it's a screen where he then purposefully bulldozes either one after the catch, you have to test their ability to tackle early on. If they can't wrap up, particularly Sherman, screen his ass to death until he proves he can stop it.
This is a really incredible article. I don't mean to ask others to do heavy lifting, but I think if someone were to make a "a When the Seahawks have the ball" thread this should be in the first post and required reading.DanoooME said:
I was smart enough to place a significant wager immediately when the first line came out. I got Pats at +1.5.WayBackVazquez said:The line on this game has already moved 2 points in the Patriots' direction. Opened at Seattle -1, and I'm seeing Pats -1 at most places now.
WayBackVazquez said:The line on this game has already moved 2 points in the Patriots' direction. Opened at Seattle -1, and I'm seeing Pats -1 at most places now.
Edit: Looks like Seattle was actually favored by as much as 2.5 initially.
Sherman was a full participant at practice today while Earl Thomas was a DNP.drleather2001 said:I think you're better off with the possibility of a suspension for the game still in the air.
Also; Sherman and the other Seahawks injuries news can really only get worse. Not saying it will, but you never know.
If the New England Patriots held a practice Wednesday, rookie center Bryan Stork wouldn't have participated.
That was the main takeaway from the team's projected participation report, which the club was required to submit per NFL rules. Stork, who started 12 games (including playoffs), injured his knee in the divisional round playoff win over the Ravens and didn't play in the AFC Championship Game. He was spotted walking through the locker room on Monday without the aid of crutches.
norm from cheers said:NFL Network is teasing they will be showing the Belichick PC this morning live at 9:30am EST. While I am sure BB will defer all "Deflate-gate" questions to the league, It will be interesting how the non local press core will ask the same questions in 30 different ways.
FL4WL3SS said:Well the fact of the matter is that the Packers still had a clean play on the ball, so that's probably why nobody cares.
JerBear said:Not illegal. Rules says at least 4 on each side of kicker.
(c) At least four players of the kicking team must be on each side of the kicker. At least three players must be lined up
outside each inbounds line, one of whom must be outside the yard-line number.
RedOctober3829 said:I was thinking about this last night: do we almost want Gronk out wide by himself on Sherman's side? That way, it opens up the other side of the field for bunch formations and better ways to get Edelman and LaFell open.
DrewDawg said:The guy that "found" this was relying on a private website (coachup.com) for his info.
The other thing they can do is try to run at Sherman and make him tackle Blount. That's not really fun for corners even if they're healthy.jsinger121 said:
I would be ok will that because he can be physical with Sherman and possible throw him out of the club on running plays onto the elbow.
RidleyShelterdog said:It's terrific to be this far into the season and only be down one starter (Mayo) and a handful of players who might possibly have been contributors if healthy (Dobson, Easley, Dennard and Buchannan)-none of whom had actually contributed meaningfully this year.