Welcome! Login | Register

Chanel Fashion Designer Lagerfeld Passes Away at 85—Chanel Fashion Designer Lagerfeld Passes Away at 85

5 Questions On The Trail Blazers In The 2nd Half Of The Season Answered—5 Questions On The Trail Blazers In The…

Winterhawks Win Weekend With 3 & 3 Plus A Pair of Hat Tricks For Blichfeld—Winterhawks Win Weekend With 3 & 3 Plus…

Working Out With Kids—Working Out With Kids

Not All Emergencies Need a 911 Call – “Sunday Political Brunch” - February 17, 2019—Not All Emergencies Need a 911 Call –…

Seahawks’ Draft Prospects – Wide Receivers—Seahawks’ Draft Prospects – Wide Receivers

Anatomy Of A GOAT: Championships, Context, And David Foster Wallace’s ‘String Theory’—Anatomy Of A GOAT: Championships, Context, And David…

Fit for Life: Til Death do us Part—Fit for Life: Til Death do us Part

Can The Alliance Of American Football Find More Success Than The XFL?—Can The Alliance Of American Football Find More…

5 Questions On NBA All-Star Weekend Answered!—5 Questions On NBA All-Star Weekend Answered!


Seattle Seahawks: Looming Showdown With Arizona Will Make Or Break Their Season

Friday, November 13, 2015


Coming off of their bye week and clinging to a 4-4 record, the Seattle Seahawks have a big chance to reverse their fortunes this season and start their climb toward the postseason. And depending on how they choose to attack that opportunity, they may wind up getting a head start on packing for the offseason instead.

With eight weeks remaining in the 2015 season, Seattle currently sits two games behind 6-2 Arizona and a half game behind 4-4 St. Louis. If Seattle wins this Sunday coupled with a Rams’ loss, the Seahawks have a chance to go above .500 in their division record, overall record, and potentially leapfrog the Rams into second place in the NFC West, and pull within one game of the division lead with seven weeks to go and a second matchup with all three division rivals to strengthen their lead. 

Easier said than done, but that is what they need to accomplish.

If Seattle were to lose this game, the ramifications may be too severe to overcome. Call that statement extreme if you want, but it could be that bad. The Seahawks would be 4-5 overall, 1-2 in division play, and three games behind their division leader with seven games to go. If Seattle loses AND St. Louis takes down 3-5 Chicago, the Rams would be 5-4 and hold a 1-1/2 game lead over Seattle. While it would not be impossible for Seattle to make the postseason, the odds would be stacked against them.

The smart money has Minnesota and St. Louis pegged as wild cards, with Seattle and Atlanta still in the hunt. But it all has to start this Sunday for Seattle, some will say that all games are “must win”, but this one could very well decide the fate of their season. 

Such an important matchup couldn’t have come against a tougher opponent either, as Arizona ranks third in total offense, 2nd in scoring offense, and 1st in yards per play. They are 4th in passing yards per game, 9th in rushing yards per game, and have 28 touchdowns to 12 turnovers.  

On defense, the Cardinals are 9th in the league in points allowed at 19.1, and rank 3rd in total yards at 312.8 allowed per game. Arizona is the 7th best passing defense at 222.6 per game and allows the 4th fewest rushing yards at 90.1 per game.

That’s a well-balanced team, and they’re coming to CenturyLink Field on Sunday night to try and put an end to Seattle’s postseason chances. How will the Seahawks respond?

Coming into this game, Seattle is 3rd in the league in rushing yards per game at 139.5/gm. The Russell Wilson-led passing offense is 28th in the league, averaging 213.6 yards per game. While they may not be churning out yards at an alarming rate, they are producing consistently, but turnovers have become an issue as the offense has produced just 12 touchdowns to 10 turnovers.  

Wilson has been asked to build chemistry with matchup nightmare Jimmy Graham and still leave room for Marshawn Lynch to score in buckets, and the tradeoff has not been what the team brass dreamt up when they traded their Pro Bowl center and a high draft pick to get Graham. Two young linemen struggling to learn the way of the NFL blocking scheme is not going as planned either, and the entire offense is suffering as a result. 

On defense, Cary Williams is not filling the void left by Byron Maxwell as desired, and it’s easy to say that the unit is not playing with the same tenacity under Kris Richard that they were the last two seasons under Dan Quinn.

To say that Seattle has struggled to regain their identity is an understatement, and they will have their hands full with Arizona. Seattle hasn’t faced Arizona with Bruce Arians at the helm and Carson Palmer under center, so there really isn’t a matchup to review that might help them get an edge going into Sunday. The only tape that exists that would help Seattle is a 2013 week 5 matchup at Indianapolis where Arians and Andrew Luck dealt them their first loss of the season. 

This time, they won’t have to deal with Luck, but rather a rejuvenated Chris Johnson leading the rushing attack, and a healthy Palmer tossing darts to a re-emerging Larry Fitzgerald and second-year wideout John Brown, who is quietly becoming known as one of the best route runners in the league. 
Seattle didn’t face Palmer last year, as he tore his ACL prior to their first meeting in week 12, a 19-3 win for Seattle. Arizona’s backup QB’s Ryan Lindley and Drew Stanton showed flashes, but neither was a realistic option compared to the poised veteran that Palmer has been in Arians’ offense. Arizona was 7-1 with a healthy Palmer, and just 4-4 the rest of the way with Stanton and Lindley under center and still made the playoffs as a wild card.

So what can we expect on Sunday? Sparks for sure, as these two teams genuinely do not like each other. Both teams feature creative offenses, great play from their secondary, and top-5 defense that plays with a chip on its shoulder. Neither unit is as good as they were a season ago, but this one should be a great game to take in, so keep your Sunday evening schedule open. 

With both teams featuring superstars on either side of the ball, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a low-scoring grudge match that ends on a last second field goal, or a high scoring shootout that goes down to the last possession. 

Either way, Seattle needs to come into this game ready to put their whole season on the line. If they win, the door is wide open for a run at the playoffs, the division, and maybe even a third straight year with home field advantage. 

If they lose, the season could unravel quickly and some big personalities could come unglued. Everyone is happy when they’re winning, the rest of the league will be hoping to see Seattle’s best break up at the worst possible time.

How they attack their opportunity, and how aggressive they are against Arizona on Sunday will go a long way in deciding their fate this season. 

How will they respond in this make or break game?

GoLocalPDX partner Oregon Sports News: Since 2011, Oregon Sports News has provided entertaining, hard-hitting local sports news & commentary every weekday. To read more from this author, check out Oregon Sports News by clicking here.


Related Slideshow: 20 Things To Watch For In Sports This Fall

Here are GoLocalPDX's 20 things to watch for in sports this Fall.

Prev Next

How will the Ducks fair without Mariota?

The Ducks have been extremely fortunate to have had one of the greatest quarterbacks in college football leading their offense over the past few seasons. But with him now in the NFL there will undoubtedly be an adjustment period. Can the Ducks overcome losing the reigning Heisman trophy winner? Only time will tell.

Prev Next

Will the Beavers finally be able to step out of the Ducks’ shadow?

Over the past few seasons the Beavers have been commonly referred to as the Oregon Ducks’ “little brother.” It’s been close to 8 years since the Beavers last defeated Oregon in the Civil War, and it’s been even longer since they’ve had the type of success the Ducks have recently experienced. Although this year’s Civil War will be played in Eugene there’s still a chance that they could pull off an upset over the Ducks.

Prev Next

Will the Ducks’ receiving core live up to expectations?

This year’s receiving core is deep, fast and tall. There’s no doubt that the Duck’s receivers could give almost any team’s secondary headaches if they can put it all together on the field. If Devon Allen and Bralon Addison come back healthy, and Darren Carrington decides to stop smoking marijuana before big games, the sky’s the limit for the Ducks’ offense. 

Prev Next

Who will take more snaps between Jeff Lockie and Vernon Adams?

One of Oregon’s most prized offseason acquisitions is Vernon Adams Jr. Although he hasn’t been around the team as much as Jeff Lockie has it’s still possible that he wins the starting quarterback position. Both quarterbacks have pros and cons when it comes to starting. The only difference is that Oregon’s coaching staff knows what Lockie’s pros and cons are while they have almost no idea what Adams’ are. We’ll have to trust Mark Helfrich when it comes to who starts on September 5th. 

Photo via Vernon Adams Facebook page (image cropped)

Prev Next

Who will take the scoring load with Joseph Young now in the NBA?

Joseph Young was an offensive force last season for the Ducks’ basketball team. He not only led the team in scoring, he also won the Pac-12 Player of the Year award. He had a tendency to come up with big plays just when his team needed them the most. With him now in the NBA the team desperately needs someone to step up and take over where Young left off. 

Prev Next

Will Russell Wilson and the Seahawks agree to a new contract before the start of the regular season?

One of the Seahawks’ biggest question marks is whether or not they will be able to agree on a new contract with Russell Wilson. Wilson has led the team to 2 Super Bowl appearances and apparently wants to be one of the highest paid players in the NFL. The only issue is that the Seahawks don’t want to fork up that kind of cash. If this remains unsettled heading into the regular season it could provide plenty of distractions for the team.

Prev Next

Can the Seahawks move past their Super Bowl blunder?

Obviously the Seahawks’ last play of the Super Bowl didn’t turn out the way that they would’ve liked. The bigger issue is the fact that losing a game of that magnitude can have lingering affects on a team. Will the Seahawks let that loss affect them this season, or will they use it as motivation moving forward?

Prev Next

How will Jimmy Graham fit in with the Seahawks’ offense?

One of the Seahawks’ biggest offseason acquisitions was Jimmy Graham. Seattle brought in the former Saint to help Russell Wilson and the rest of the receiving corps this upcoming season. It’s no secret that the receiving core was one of the team’s weaknesses last year, so hopefully the addition of Graham will help the team make it back to the Super Bowl. 

Photo via Jimmy Graham Twitter page (image cropped)

Prev Next

Will Marshawn Lynch begin slowing down?

Running backs have a tendency to break down rather quickly in the NFL. It’s rare that you see a running back continuing to be effective well into their 30’s. With Lynch recently signing a new contract Seattle must believe that he can be effective for the next 2-3 years. By the time his contract expires he will be 32. 

Prev Next

Will Damian Lillard be able to lead a young Blazer team?

This was one of the most stressful off-seasons that the Blazers have endured in quite some time. After not knowing LaMarcus Aldridge’s intentions for the past few years he finally made the decision to leave Portland and join the Spurs in San Antonio. With Aldridge officially gone it’s now up to Damian Lillard to lead this young team.

Prev Next

Who will Damian Lillard’s sidekick be?

With Damian Lillard being the lone starter who has seen playoff action he will desperately need someone else to step up. Will it be C.J. McCollum? Meyers Leonard? Or maybe one of the newcomers? If this team wants to experience any type of success this season they need a sidekick for Lillard.

Prev Next

Will the Blazers be able to move past LaMarcus Aldridge?

Whenever a team loses one of the best players in all the NBA there’s no doubt that there’s going to be an adjustment period. Instead of the off having the offense flow through LaMarcus Aldridge it will now run through Damian Lillard. This won’t only be an adjustment that the players will have to grow accustomed to, but also the coaching staff. 

Prev Next

Can Meyers Leonard and C.J. McCollum continue improving?

If there’s one bright spot for the Blazers’ last postseason it’s that Meyers Leonard and C.J. McCollum showed drastic improvements. Leonard was an efficient 3-point shooter who could draw defenses out on him, while McCollum showed the ability to score the ball at will. Hopefully these 2 guys can continue improving this upcoming season. 

Prev Next

Will Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath be able to lead the Thorns to the playoffs?

Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath are coming off of a World Cup victory. After going head-to-head with some of the best teams in the world there’s no question that Morgan and Heath have learned some invaluable lessons that they can share with the rest of the Thorns. It’s fairly uncommon for any club team to have 2 athletes who started on a World Cup team. Hopefully they can use that to their advantage as Portland continues with their season. 

Prev Next

Can the Timbers fix their scoring woes?

After starting off the season in a rather sluggish manner the Timbers went on one of the longest winning streaks in franchise history. They currently stand as one of the best teams in the Western Conference even though they’ve had issues when it comes to scoring. If the Timbers have any hopes of advancing into the postseason they need to figure out how to score the ball more frequently. 

Prev Next

Will Joseph Young be able to contribute to the Pacers this season?

Joseph Young has the potential to be one of the most successful Ducks in the NBA. He experienced plenty of success in college that made him the 43rd overall selection by the Indiana Pacers during this year’s NBA Draft. The first obstacle that Young must overcome is simply making the roster. Young had an outstanding Summer League that helped increase his chances of playing for Indiana during the 2015-2016 season.

Photo via Joseph Young Twitter page (image cropped)

Prev Next

Will Gary Payton II follow in his father’s footsteps?     

It’s almost a guarantee that Gary Payton II has his eyes on the NBA. After all, how could you not when your father was one of the most iconic players to have played for the Seattle Supersonics? If he truly wants to make his dream a reality he has to prove to NBA teams that he has what it takes. 

Photo via Gary Payton Twitter page (image cropped)

Prev Next

Will Royce Freeman emerge as a Heisman candidate?

The University of Oregon has been blessed with numerous football players that have turned out to be Heisman candidates. Dennis Dixon, LaMichael James and Marcus Mariota have all been nominated for college football’s most prestigious award. There have already been some rumblings that Royce Freeman could be the next Duck to be up for the Heisman. He had a breakout season as a true freshman. If he continues to dominate there’s no doubt the sky’s the limit for the true sophomore. 

Prev Next

Can Marcus Mariota lead the Titans franchise?

Marcus Mariota is one of the most successful quarterbacks to have come through the University of Oregon. With him now in the NFL many are curious as to whether or not he can come in and contribute right away. The Tennessee Titans are in need of a franchise player, and Mariota could very well be that guy. We wont know for sure until this upcoming season. 

Prev Next

Will Chip Kelly’s offseason moves pay off?

Chip Kelly made a plethora of off-season moves that have many analysts scratching their heads. He traded away one of the most effective running backs in the NFL as well as his starting quarterback. What he got in return were two players who are both coming off of ACL injuries. If Kelly has a plan it better work out soon otherwise he could quickly find himself unemployed. 


Related Articles


Enjoy this post? Share it with others.



Stay Connected — Free
Daily Email