Originally posted by Kolohe:
All this Seattle loss means is more pressure on the 9ers to win the next two games. Sure Atlanta sucks right now but this could damn well be their Super Bowl and no way they lay down for anybody.
The pressure was already on to win this week as it guarantees the play-offs for us, and no way we wanted to go to Arizona to play them with that issue still on the line.
What happened to the Seahawks thread though? I predicted a Cards win and I want to be smug about it. That game was Arizona's season, they had to win it to keep their dreams alive, a loss meant season over. What I didn't see was Palmer throwing 4 interceptions and Seattle still losing, it takes a particularly bad team to not be able to close out a game with that kind of favourable turnovever and Seattle have been masking a lot of deficiencies which are now on film.
Anyway, I'll post here for the record - we will win tonight, the team is really focused bvut we are also mentally tough at the time it matters most. We've got the same kind of resolve as the Ravens had last year, winning ugly but getting it done. This game does not mean much for the Falcons.
Seattle have bought into their own hype and I think they are going to lose to the Rams. When I saw the video of Sherman's pre-game speech against us and the whole "glorified practice" I knew their mentality wasn't right. You don't make that kind of statement when you are a SB winning style of team, a SB team is focused on winning and every game is life or death. They have a kind of brittle-tough confidence, when it breaks it really breaks. They've been annointed by the media and they have bought into that but overlooked all their weaknesses:
1) Their Oline is struggling in run protection and Lynch is being bottled up. They don't have the kind of screen running game or backs that can get to the edge.
2) If Wilson is contained in the pocket he is ordinary. He'll light you up if you let him escape and buy time, but play disciplined D with pressure down the midddle and contain the sides and he really struggles. By the way, season long Kap is higher on ESPN QBR than Wilson and I put more faith in that than simple NFL style passing rating.
3) Their secondary is very good, but their dline is susceptible to the running game through the middle with big power backs or someone like Franky G that can find the hole and power through low.
4) Their offense is actually struggling and a bit disjointed, not sure what it is but the play calling seems to lack a bit of creativity and with the Oline abnd Lynch struggles and good defenses playing contain on WIlson, it's catching up on them.
5) As alluded to previously, they don't have the right mentality for a SB winner. They've bought the hype and mentally are all running around with invisible rings on the finger already.
I also see the Rams beating them next week. Fisher is an excellent defensive coach and that Rams defense is legit. Fisher is really playing for his job and for relevance, he's had a few years now and they are building well but him and the team want that win now, The game represents a winning season for the Rams and I think all those factors combined, and Seattle's fragile mentality, will see the Rams steal a win.
Also, Falcons will beat the Panthers. Tony G's last game and it's in Atlanta?! Contrary to tonight's game, that one next week is going to be very important for them to send off Tony G in style. Those guys are going to be out for blood