Chicago and Seattle kick off at 9 p.m. tonight in the Pacific Northwest.
“It’s rough, to go into a stadium like that,” Jay Cutler says.
Seattle has the blueprint for how to slow down the NFL’s high-octane offenses.
When you win the Super Bowl, there isn’t much to complain about as far as overall team performance is concerned. But here is a look back at what the Seahawks excelled at and aspects of their game that they will need to tighten up next season.
Defense wins championships, and the NFL has not seen a defense like Seattle’s in a long time.
What will matter most? The fact that Seattle has no players with Super Bowl experience, or their youth and speed and top-ranked defense? Or will the game be won by Denver’s suddenly stout rush defense and Peyton Manning’s blessed right arm?
Here are just a few of the bad “news” pieces we’re going to be subjected to for the next few days.
A great teacher will pay dividends and so will a coach who understands strategy and how to use his timeouts.
If the season were to end today, Seattle would travel to Chicago for a Wild Card round matchup. Granted, a lot of shuffling can – and will – happen over the next six weeks, but this Sunday is a huge game for both teams.
More often than not, “A-List” college coaches – such as the likes of Tressel, Kelly and Schiano – have ended up finding themselves shipwrecked on the NFL shores. It remains to be seen how Schiano will fare in Tampa, but below you’ll find a list of 13 of his predecessors who have experienced a mixed bag (of mostly bad) after beginning their head coaching careers in college before leaping to “The League.”
In November, the Chicago Bears fell to the Seahawks. Seattle’s blitz schemes resulted in six sacks of Cutler in their 23-10 victory. The Bears are ready for a different result in their push through the playoffs.
At this point in the week, everyone is aware of what happened the first time the Bears and Seahawks played this season. Sunday’s game will come down to which team has made the adjustments since week six.
The Bears’ offense isn’t the most dynamic and high powered in the NFL, but they do have the ability to create the big play and beat you if you’re out of position.
In the NFL, wins are the fastest way to change perception of a team. But going into the second round of the playoffs, eight wins aren’t enough to change much.
A win can do a lot for a team’s confidence, especially in the playoffs. And especially when the team, according to everyone outside of Seattle, didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs.
The late Harold Coffin, a humor columnist for the Associated Press, once said, “envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.”