By: Chris Taylor
The 2014 NFL Regular Season kicked-off in Seattle last night, as the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks hosted the Green Bay Packers.
Seattle dominated Green Bay on both sides of the ball yesterday evening, winning by a final score of 36-16.
Offensively speaking, Seattle looked scary to say the least. Hawks’ wide receiver Percy Harvin had 11 touches, some through the air and some on the ground, which he used to accumulate 100 total yards.
Meanwhile, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson went 19 of 28 for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Packers last night. The third-year quarterback made some key throws when needed and showed his veteran-like smarts by not making any mistakes against the Packers defense.
Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch rumbled for 110 yards on the ground on just 20 carries, scoring 2 touchdowns in the process. “Beast Mode” lived up to his name on Thursday night, breaking numerous tackle attempts from Packers defenders on route to another 100+ yard game.
As for Green Bay, the Packers defense had no answer for Seattle’s stellar run game. Green Bay surrendered over 200 yards on the ground to the Seahawks offense.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers played well in defeat, going 23 of 33 for 189 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception, but it wasn’t near-enough to beat the defending champs.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers will have to go back to the drawing board to ensure the team doesn’t lay another egg in week 2.
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By: Chris Taylor
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is one of the NFL’s most dynamic players.
He has incredible speed, power and athleticism to compliment his soft hands and play making ability.
The only knock on Harvin is that he has struggled to remain healthy during his 5 years in the NFL.
Entering this year’s training camp, Harvin was told by doctors not to participate in three consecutive days of practice so that he would stay healthy.
However, Percy recently told reporters that he’s been partaking in practice every day and feels great, his words:
“I was supposed to be sitting out every other practice,” he said. “But I’ve been going every day. Like I said, I’m feeling very good. I’m explosive. I’m coming out of my breaks with no problem at all. I’m feeling very confident and I’m ready to go.”
Harvin only played in one regular season game last season, and has missed a total of 22 games over the past 2 seasons.
That did not stop the former Florida Gator from having a standout performance in last year’s Super Bowl however, as #12 returned the games second half kickoff for a touchdown and had some key catches in Seattle’s route of the Broncos.
If this year’s training camp is any indication of what we can expect from Harvin this season, Seattle Seahawks fans should be in for a treat. Percy has already been named the Seahawks ‘Most Impressive Player’ in this year’s camp and says that he is reaching gears he didn’t even know he had:
“My body is feeling tremendously good,” he said. “I’ve actually reached some gears that I didn’t know I had. I’m feeling very, very fast right now.”
Seattle plays host to the San Diego Chargers this Friday night at 10pm ET in game #2 of their preseason schedule.
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By: Chris Taylor
Marshawn Lynch’s holdout has come to an end, as NFL media insider Ian Rapoport reported on Friday that the Seattle Seahawks were able to reconstruct “Beast Mode’s” existing contract to meet his requests.
Lynch had opted to not report to the Seahawks training camp when it began last week in hopes of receiving a new contract.
Lynch had been set to make $5 million this year with $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses and another $500,000 in incentives.
The Seahawks took the $1 million bonus and incentive money and applied it to Lynch’s base salary and added $500,000 that had been bookmarked to him for 2015.
After all was said and done, Lynch’s base has been bumped from $5 million to $6.5 million.
The return of “Beast Mode” to Seattle’s offense spells trouble for every NFL team, most directly those in the NFC West Division.
Lynch ran for a total of 1257 yards and 12 touchdowns last season with Seattle.
“Beast Mode” will be looking to earn his fourth-straight 1000+ yard campaign with the Seahawks in this 2014 regular season.
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By: Chris Taylor
The 2014 NFL Regular Season will kickoff in Seattle on Thursday September 4, when the Green Bay Packers invade CenturyLink Field to take on the Seahawks.
The Seattle Seahawks will be looking to build off the momentum they earned from winning last year’s Superbowl.
Russell Wilson established himself as one of the league’s best quarterbacks in 2013, throwing for 3357 yards and 26 touchdowns.
While the Seahawks fierce defense did not change much over the offseason, the same cannot be said for the team’s offense.
Seattle management is still engaged in a contract dispute with star running back Marshawn Lynch. “Beast Mode” is currently holding out on the team in order to make some changes to his current contract.
Seattle also lost the services of Russell Wilson’s go-to-receiver this offseason, as free agent Golden Tate opted to sign with the Detroit Lions.
With that said, Seattle still has a ton of depth on both sides of the football so don’t expect their offense to sputter.
Percy Harvin is expected to take a major role in Seattle’s offense this year. The dynamic receiver showcased his abilities in Seattle’s Superbowl route of Denver last year.
Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers will be looking to return to the form that saw them win the 2011 Superbowl Championship.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers played in only 9 games last season due to injuries, but was still able to throw for 17 touchdowns against just 6 interceptions.
Green Bay’s offense finally put forth some solid numbers on the ground last season, as running back Eddie Lacey carried the ball for 1178 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Rodgers favorite target, receiver Jordy Nelson, just signed a blockbuster deal to remain a Packer for the foreseeable future.
A healthy Packers squad spells trouble for the rest of the NFL, as Green Bay averaged over 400 yards of offense last season while dealing with injuries.
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