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Column: Defense wins championships? Not necessarily in NFL

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:55:19 UT

[...] as the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers have proven this season, a team can get to the cusp of the Super Bowl while ranking near the bottom of the league in the two most prominent defensive categories: points and total yards. Just when you're about to come to the conclusion that defense no longer matters, a look at the AFC championship jars you back to reality. [...] the Patriots also have one of the league's stingiest defenses and the Steelers aren't too shabby, either, which was evident in the divisional round when they won at Kansas City without scoring a touchdown, relying on six field goals to beat the Chiefs 18-16 . The Broncos were terrible offensively in the Super Bowl, managing just 11 first downs and 194 total yards while going 1 of 14 on third-down conversions, but a defensive touchdown helped carry them to a 24-10 victory over Carolina . "Any time we can limit that to zero or 10 — 13 realistically — those are numbers that we want to do," said Patriots linebacker and defensive captain Dont'a Hightower. [...] there were plenty of youthful mistakes and communication breakdowns early in the season. The Falcons gave up a long touchdown drive on Seattle's first possession — and then kept the Seahawks out of the end zone until the closing minutes, when the 36-20 victory was comfortably in hand. [...] that's all that matters.

Comparing mocks: Daniel Jeremiah & Mel Kiper

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:23:46 UT

Yesterday both Daniel Jeremiah ( and Mel Kiper (ESPN) posted mock drafts. Let’s have a look at both and which players were available to the Seahawks. Daniel Jeremiah’s mock Seattle’s pick at 26: Garett Bolles (T, Utah) “In 2016, the Seahawks used a top pick on an offensive lineman (OT Germain Ifedi), and I’d expect […]

Offseason questions: Seahawks still playing with Hausch-money?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:00:00 UT

Heading into the Seahawks offseason, we came up with 12 questions whose answers may very well tell the story of the team's 2017 season and beyond. Today, we look at questions 4-6:

  • Can the Seahawks still count on Steve Hauschka?
  • Is Trevone Boykin the best backup quarterback available?
  • Did Paul Richardson earn a bigger role?

Armchair Sports With Casey Mabbott – Episode 2

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:49:27 UT

(image) On this episode of Armshair Sports, host Casey Mabbott reviews the Seattle Seahawks season, previews and predicts the outcomes of the NFC and AFC Championship games, and talks a little Academy Awards. Intro music courtesy of Lybecker.

He Said / She Said – Seattle Seahawks Enter The Offseason

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:44:31 UT

(image) Oregon Sports News writers Julian Rogers and Jessica Ridpath discuss the Seattle Seahawks’ now concluded 2016 season. Rogers: No, the Seahawks’ season wasn’t over when Earl Thomas broke his leg by running into Kam “Cyborg” Chancellor on Dec. 4. It only seems like it. In fact, the Seahawks’ season was over in the second quarter [...]