So, now the Hawks pack up the ol' charter plane and head out on the NFL's longest road trip that doesn't include London. With the game in Miami, I toyed with the idea of previewing the game through Golden Girls quotes, but that just seemed out of place here. Instead, let's prognosticate through the eyes of Gaylord M. Focker as he takes his future in-laws to meet his parents in South Florida.
"Can you believe I fathered him with just one testicle? Imagine how he would have turned out if I had had two.": Now, I can't be sure that Richard Sherman's dad only has one testicle, but if he did, he would be more than welcome to use that line as well. In the shock of the week, the 4-letter network actually recognized that Seattle has a team and in so doing, Ron Jaworski proclaimed Richard Sherman the best shutdown corner in the league. Richard, I realize you're facing a receiving corps very similar to the D-II squad the Jets had, but we need you and your Legion of Boom brethren focused.
"I'm saying that I have seen that kid eat at least 15 boogers since he's been here and and I've got news for you, Jack, prodigies don't eat there own boogers.": Prodigies also don't throw for 6 TD's while getting picked off 11 times. The Hawks get their first look at Ryan Tannehill on Sunday. Unlike a few of the other rookies in the league, Ryan's had a little tougher time putting games in the win column. With a 42 passer rating the last 2 games (against those juggernauts Buffalo & Tennessee) you get the feeling the ball-hawking Seahawks D could have themselves a day.
"Yeah, and now it's up to 50 Fockers. 50 Fockers. What could be better?": And that's about the size of the crowds lately at Joe Robbie Stadium. Oh sorry, Pro Player Stadium. No, it's Land Shark Stadium. What? Oh, sorry, Sun Life Stadium. For a region that produces so much football talent, apparently they can only get people to go to college games. If you ever see shots from Tampa, Miami, or Jacksonville, it's been half-full at best this year. Sure, those teams haven't been great the last number of years, but this to me feels like the canary in the coal mine. As I touched on in a previous rant, the NFL is ripe for a mass exodus from their stadiums as home viewing options become better and the stadium experience continues to worsen and get more expensive.
"Do you want me to be macho wacho? Dad, have I ever said the words macho wacho to you?": Marshawn, we need you to be macho wacho. The Dolphins are 9th in the league in run defense. If you can rip off a few good runs, that sets Russell up for success against the 24th best pass defense. This is a team that can be demoralized and will quit if it gets down a few scores. It will be tough to summon the emotion though in a dead stadium, so maybe we can pack the 12th Man in a can and have that going on the sidelines.
"You're going down, Byrnsie Boy! I'm gonna rearrange your bouquet!": This game scares me a just a bit. Even though the Seahawks are the superior team in pretty much every facet of the game, they have tended not to show that on the road. Like a certain unnamed team based in Montlake, they have a tendency to start slow and let teams hang around on the road. When you let inferior teams get some confidence and keep the game close, it's a recipe for disaster. Throw on top of that the really long road trip and you have the makings of an upset. But that was the old Seahawks and a QB only starting his first few games of his career. They're coming off a bye, fully healthy, and ready for the home stretch and a playoff push. They know they can't look past Miami and they won't.
Seahawks 28, Miami 10