Hawks Playbook Podcast Episode 34 – NY State of Mind

Open: Seattle Seahawks Fans, welcome back to the Hawks Playbook Podcast. Join your Hosts Bill Alvstad and Keith Myers as we recap the great complete team win in the Big Apple against the NY Giants.  We’ll pour over stats, facts and figures of the 24-7 win, and we will also talk about who’s standing out and who the real leader of this team is. (It’s not Russell Wilson). Finally, we will look forward to a home match up with the Texans.

Featured Segment: Seahawks win on the road vs. the Giants

Seattle finally has a pretty good complete game (don’t let lack of first half points fool you). The Seattle Seahawks dominated this game on both sides of the ball and moved the team to an overall record of 4-2.  The Seahawks came out ready to play this game and put up 222 yards of total offense in the first half….. But, they only came away with 3 points.  In the second half, the yardage was similar, but the results on the scoreboard were not. 21 second half points as a result of 3 touchdown throws from Russell Wilson sealed the deal.

  • Russell Wilson ended up being pressured on 38% of his drop backs. On drop backs with zero pressure, Wilson was 19 of 26 for 210 yards and 3 TD’s.
  • Wilson could have finished with close to 500 yards passing and 5 TD’s without missing badly on two overthrows to wide open targets.
  • The offensive line played well overall. Odhiambo and Glowinksi allowed only 1 QB pressure each out of 42 attempts. Ethan Pocic did not allow a single pressure on 22 snaps at left guard and center.
  • Seahawks again have the #1 scoring defense in the NFL. Against the Giants the Seahawks allowed 177 total yards and 1 TD, after getting the ball at the Seattle 17 yards line as a result of a Thomas Rawls fumble.
  • Giants had 300 combined rushing yards in previous 2 games. Seahawks allowed 46 yards and zero runs over 9 yards.
  • Giants never gained more than 20 yards on any possession until 4th quarter
  • Richard Sherman over last 3 games: 10 targets, 2 catches allowed, 17 yards allowed and 2 pass break ups.
  • Seattle’s defense (outside of Titan’s game) has allowed 12.2 PPG and 281.4 YPG. They have not allowed more than 18 points scored against them in the other 5 games.

Featured Segment 2: Game Preview – Seattle Seahawks vs the Houston Texans.

The Texan’s come into the matchup with a record of 3-3 and 3rd place in the AFC South. The Texans have wins against the Bengals, Titans and Browns and losses against the Jaguars, Patriots and the Chiefs.  The team is led by rooking phenom Deshaun Watson, the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.  So far in his rookie campaign, Watson has been nothing short of great. As we are set to enter Week 7, Watson leads all quarterbacks with 15 touchdowns on the year, despite not starting in Week 1 and not throwing for a score in Week 2.

Deshaun Watson has plenty of playmakers around him such as DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Lamar Miller, Bruce Ellington, Ryan Griffin and D’Onta Foreman.  Seattle needs to find a way to slow down Houston’s running back tandem and force Houston to become one dimensional. Watson is a rookie, and Seattle loves them some rookie QB’s. Seattle has a tendancy to expose these types of QB’s and force them into frustration mistakes as a game wears on. I would expect the same here.

Seattle’s offense can expect to face a stout run defense led by DJ Reader, Whitney Merceilus, JaDeveon Clowney and Bernardrick McKinney. They also have a playmaker at middle linebacker in rookie, Zach Cunningham.  Don’t expect Seattle to magically find it’s run game this week.  Where Seattle will be beating the Texan’s is on the arm of Russell Wilson.

Prediction: Seattle exposes the rookie and forces mistakes and Houston’s defense just can’t hold up against Wilson and the boys.  Final Score: Seattle Seahawks 27, Houston Texans 13.

Close: Well that’s a wrap.  Thanks Seahawks fans for joining Keith and I on the show.  Please take the time to leave us some feedback down below in the comment section, or you can chat with us any time on Twitter.  Keith is @MyersNFL and Bill is @NWSeahawk. You can find the Podcast Twitter feed as well as other social media links on the side of the page.  Have a great week and we will see you next time!