Originally posted by Rascal:
I will go one up on you. I truly believe the Seahawks have our number disregard of playing location. I am just going to be totally honest from now on instead of pretending to be positive when I am not. I am quite sure they can beat us at the Stick based on what I have seen in the 2 previous beat downs.
I have nothing to lose and I really hope I am wrong. But, based on my own assessment, this is what I am seeing. The only thing that will be on our side is that some of our injured players will be back such as Mario, may be Tank, and may be Moody. Mind you, they will too, they didn't even have Irvin, Clemons and Harvin. I can't imagine what they will be like when they are at full strength.
It's fair. They were built to beat us and have establish a "physical" culture and the NFL allows their style of play. I'm blown away by this given that "safety" seems to be the major theme for everyone else in the NFL...helmet can't be part of the hit, can't touch a WR in any fashion anymore beyond 5 yards, can only tackle in the strike zone, etc. But Seattle is allowed to, literally, throw our WR's on the ground and man-handle WR's well, WELL down the field; continue on after the play, etc. To put it in perspective, they had ONE illegal contact penalty and that was late in the 4Q. Obviously, when a guy like Culliver is equally physical in the Superbowl, he gets a critical P.I. Same with Nnamdi in this game (who even turned his head around and did not impede the route or WR in any way).
That said, they do have the best secondary in all of football and heck, I'd take Thurmond over any of our CB's. They had added a lethal amount of pass rushes and continue to play their style of offense: rush to set up the long ball. It's pretty simple. They are also a very good ad lib team with Wilson at the helm.
Now, all this said, IMHO, we clearly have the personnel to abuse them if used properly. But therein lies my biggest concern. We seem to add more and more personnel, deeper, more weapons but come game day, never seem to use them or use them consistently/properly. Seattle has played us the exact same way the past three gmes and have played their game the exact same way. So how do we counter? Well according to Roman, we played vanilla last year up in Seattle. And this year, it looks like we played even MORE vanilla. So what gives?