Back to the gridiron this week, 12’s! I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving and are ready for some Seahawk football. I couldn’t be happier with the placement of our bye week this year. Having it this late in the season allows us to rest our bodies and get back to 100% before we head into the final regular season stretch before playoffs. This off week has everyone well rested and ready to finish strong. I hope you 12’s are just as excited as I am for this Monday’s matchup! This couldn’t have been drawn up more perfectly this late in the season. The Saints are arguably one of the most high-powered teams in the NFC and well… we have a pretty notable reputation in the NFC as well. It is safe to say that this is the game that both teams have been waiting for!
Russell and the offense are playing very good football. The front line has continually improved each game, and have been playing their best football at the most important time of the season! Last week’s edge protection was the best I’ve seen it all year! This allowed Russell to have a lot more time in the pocket to progress through his reads. With the improved pocket time, and the addition of Percy to our receiving core, our offense is shaping up to produce even bigger numbers in games to come!
Our defensive play has continually gotten better as well. I think this is largely due to our defensive front! Red, Tony, Brandon and Chris have all done a great job of getting into the right spots and being more aggressive with their splits. They have all done a great job of penetrating the line of scrimmage and creating pressure in the backfield. This increased pressure has caused a lot of rushed throws that us DB’s are benefiting from – let’s just say that I’m not complaining!
As far as our defensive matchup, we need to be on point against Brees and this strong offense on Monday night. We have continued to improve our coverage, and blanketing receivers. It is important that we maintain this coverage and decrease passing windows for Drew to throw through. This is a challenge that we are always up for! We are excited to go up against a great receiving core and a very talented quarterback. We have always taken pride in winning the battle against talented players. To be the best, you have to beat the best and we are preparing for our chance to do that on Monday.
I am excited to take the main stage on Monday night and play against such a talented team. These types of games are the reason I play this amazing game! I hope you 12’s are ready to bring the noise and intensity to CenturyLink Field Monday night. You guys have been a huge factor in our games this year, and I look forward to playing in front of you on Monday. Seattle has established itself as the true meaning for home team advantage, and us players can’t thank you enough. I look forward to Monday’s game and the opportunity to go out and prove ourselves as an elite NFC team.