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NFL Pre Season Week One In the Books

It’s here (and it’s about time)! The pro football season officially got moving over the weekend with a full slate of preseason action. Even though the games don’t count in the standings, there is plenty happening on the field and on the sidelines that have relevance for the regular season – and for next week.

For instance, the Seahawks failed to cover against Tennessee, but they did get a win for new Coach Pete Carroll while rolling up 322 yards. Carroll had hinted all week that he wanted to win in preseason and QB Charlie Whitehurst threw for 214 yards. Carroll bolted from the edge of the field to the bench in the second quarter to congratulate the defense following a three-and-out stop in the second quarter. He had a hug for Whitehurst for his first TD throw. Who says preseason is meaningless? Not the emotional Carroll.

Of note is that Seattle’s pass defense was shaky, a problem last season, and pass pressure is still the biggest question mark on Seattle’s defense. With Saturday’s victory, Seattle now has won its past six exhibition games. Seattle was undefeated in exhibition games last season, which didn’t do much to prevent the Seahawks’ 5-11 belly flop in the regular season.

The Patriots got a win over the Saints after building up a 24-7 lead. The offense has new looks – not just with personnel, but with a slight change of strategy. Last season the Patriots relied heavily on wide receivers Randy Moss and Wes Welker to carry the offense. QB Tom Brady went to the shotgun a lot, too. Sports Betting at the Sportsbook

What they showed in the preseason opener is that there appears to be a slight change in philosophy. Brady was far more under center than usual and they used 2 and even 3 tight ends at times. Part of that was that they drafted two potentially talented tight ends in Rob Grankowski and Aaron Hernandez, while adding veteran TE Alge Crumpler.

The Patriots were a weak red zone team last season and it’s clear they want to spread the football around more, possibly run more and use the tight ends in an attempt to bolster their red zone efficiency. In the preseason opener, they were 6 of 13 on third down and very strong in the red zone.

What team looked the worst? Let’s call it a tie with the Lions, Rams and Bills, three bottom feeders from last season. The Lions lost 23-7 at Pittsburgh, though there was room for optimism. Detroit outgained the Steelers and held Pittsburgh to 3.3 yards per rush. With the starting defensive line on the field, the Steelers offense gained 12 yards.

The Rams got flattened at home by the Vikings and the big story was not Sam Bradford but the St. Louis offensive line, which looks as bad as ever. Bradford’s NFL debut consisted of six completions in 13 attempts for 57 yards and a passer rating of 58.8. But the real story came in all the hits Bradford absorbed by the Minnesota pass rush. Bradford was sacked four times and hit at least three other times. “We had some issues up front,” Steve Spagnuolo said. So, what else is new?

The Buffalo Bills’ backfield took a major hit as running backs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch were hurt early in the 42-17 preseason-opening loss to the Washington Redskins. Jackson is believed to have a broken left hand, while Lynch hobbled off with an injured ankle. Jackson’s injury is the most serious as head coach Chan Gailey said Jackson will miss the rest of the preseason. Gailey has been demanding a tough, physical game, and it’s taking a toll as they are loaded with injured players.

The final word of the weekend goes to the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff, who punished receivers by sending them to the toilet. Kansas City coaches hauled a mobile outhouse onto the practice field and told pass catchers to go in, have a seat and close the door. The port-a-potty was used for a unique kind of pass-catching drill that players, suppressing a laugh, hailed as effective in developing some quick hand-eye coordination.

The Chiefs, you see, led the NFL in dropped passes a year ago. Assistant head coach Maurice Carthon, who introduced the Chiefs to the port-a-potty drill, stood about 10 feet away and shouted to another coach when to fling open the door. The second the door opened, Carthon fired the pass and it was on the player to hang on.”It teaches you hand-eye coordination,” rookie wide receiver Dexter McCluster said. So if they bounce the football to them would it be a one-hopper in the hopper? Just asking.


Leroy Hill Suspended for one game.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill (left) and his attorney appear in Issaquah Municipal Court. By Greg Farrar

Seattle linebacker Leroy Hill was suspended for Week 1 of the 2010 NFL and docked an additional game check for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse, The Seattle Times reported.

Hill pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug possession charge in April, leading to the suspension. The punishment, however, does not take into account Hill’s arrest just days later in a domestic violence investigation. In that case, officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute at Hill’s Georgia home and determined there had been an incident between Hill and his girlfriend.

Police said Hill’s girlfriend had suffered visible injuries, which she alleged Hill had caused.

It’s possible that the NFL could revisit that case and extend Hill’s suspension.

Dispite T.O character hampering his job Seahawks would be good fit.

NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche reported last month that several teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, made preliminary calls about Owens this offseason, but the receiver wouldn’t reveal his suitors Friday.

“There are some teams out there that have created some interest,” Owens said. “And a few of those teams asked to be anonymous — I know Seattle has come out and said they were interested — so other than that, we’re just waiting for the right opportunity.

Owens, 36, had just 55 receptions for 829 yards and five touchdowns with the Bills last season, but he has 1,006 catches for 14,951 yards and 144 TDs during his 14-year NFL career. Despite those numbers, the feeling around the NFL is that Owens will not sign until a team desparately needs a receiver, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Thursday.

La Canfora reported that he recently talked to a general manager “who is running a team that a lot of people would say has need for a wide receiver” and that executive said his club isn’t targeting Owens. The GM also doesn’t see a team being interested in the receiver until an injury occurs.

Owens said he doesn’t have a problem competing for a roster spot. He also acknowledged he might not find a team until training camps begin in late July.

“I know there’s a process where teams have drafted players, they’re looking at free agents,” Owens said. “They have to go through minicamps, the OTAs and eventually into training camp, and there are some things that may transpire. There are 32 teams out there, so you never know what could happen. So I’m looking forward to the opportunity of wherever I may play.”

Seattle Seahawks Makes the Playoff

With a 4-12 record the Seahawks 2008 season was nothing short of a major disappointment. The following season was a disappointment with a record of 5-11. With the additions of a excellent staff and several talented players such as Lendale White,Golden Tate,Leon Washington and much more.

I expected the Seattle Seahawks to make a playoff run in 2010 only if these question marks can come together (and by that I mean if this renewed coaching staff can light a fire under some asses) than I’ll be far more likely to turn on sports center this year after a Seahawks game, hoping I won’t have to see another mark in the L column.

Do not despair, there have been some good moves to accompany the questionable ones, like the signing of Housh-somethin-somethin, C Cole, and a couple of backup / role players, of drafting A Curry, M Unger, and D Butler, and of picking up the Broncos 2010 first rounder.

Some would call this a success, but with an aging O Line and a Secondary that (minus M Trufant) has been toast there is still some work to be done. So, here is my best case scenario for the Seattle Seahawks 2010 offseason.

Here’s my quick breakdown of each game and whether or not I expect us to win or lose.

San Francisco

With the Cardinals falling apart and breaking in a new quarterback to be their future longtime starter, these guys are likely going to be the favorites in the division. I don’t see us winning this game 12th Man.



We may have stolen their first rounder from them, With the Quartback situation in Denver I see us winning this one Seahawks start out 1-1, surprising no one.


St. Louis

We have won the last ten matchups and I don’t see anything changing.

Seahawks start out 2-1



This is a tough one. We played them straight up with eight starters hurt last year, and would have probably won with Hasselbeck at the helm. I think the Seahawks can win this one.

Seahawks start out 3-1



This game will likely come down to the performance of Matt Lienart, making this one another tough call, even with all of their off season losses. I still think they’re the better team, and I see them taking their fifth in a row against us.

Seahawks start out 3-2



The Seahawks smash the Raiders after going 1-4 to start the year and this serves as a refreshing win against the NFL’s most dysfunctional Franchise.

Seahawks start out 4-2



I have to have one surprise lose here, and the Seahawks have not lost to the Giants at home in almost 30 seasons but it’s a new coach. Matt Hasselbeck carries this squad but lose in the fourth quarter.

Seahawks start out 4-3



This late in the season injuries can take their toll, depending on how healthy both teams are, this could be an interesting game.

Seahawks start out 4-3

W/L, I see them splitting the season series with either the Cardinals or the 49ers.

New Orleans

Enough said.

Seahawks start out 4-4


Kansas City Chiefs

The Seahawks pummeled Kansas City with the running game.

Seahawks start out 5-4



Jonathan Stewart has a good homecoming to the northwest carving up the team he used to watch as a kid.


San Francisco

Like I said above, I expect the Seahawks to win one game against either the 49ers or Cardinals.



This offense is going to steamroll us.


Tampa Bay

Sitting at 4-10, the Seahawks will likely take one of the last two against the, (even more), lowly Buc’s or Rams.



See above.


Final record, 9-7. Will make The Playoffs