Seahawks Win First Preseason Game Against Chiefs

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Having been defeated in the Divisional Play-offs by the Carolina Panthers last time around, Head Coach Pete Carroll will be looking to ensure his Seattle Seahawks team make a quick start to NFL life this year. The Seahawks certainly demonstrated that their off-season work has paid off, with a 17-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in their opening pre-season fixture. In what was a tight game at Arrowhead Stadium, rookie quarterback Trevone Boykin starred, with the 22-year-old finding wide receiver Tanner McEvoy for a 37-yard touchdown to pull his side level in the closing stages. As a result, Seattle were able to go for an additional two points, with running back Troymaine Pope sealing victory with the last play of the game. With any number of teams looking to mount a serious challenge in the standings this year, NFL betting explained at BettingSports.com is certainly worth a look at.

With some questioning the credentials of the Seahawks offensive line in the off-season, Carroll stated post-match just how happy he was with his team’s performance, with the likes of J’Marcus Webb, Mark Glowinski, Justin Britt and Germain Ifedi all impressing against the Chiefs. With Carroll needing to watch the game back again before making a full assessment of his team’s performance, such displays certainly back up the Seahawks as the favourites for the NFC title this year, as seen at BettingSports.com. BettingSports.com offer the lowdown on all the latest NFL action, with the Seahawks looking set for another big season.

With just a little under a month until the Seahawks season opener against the Miami Dolphins at the Century Link Field, there is still improvements to be made. However, with best odds of 8/1 from BettingSports.com to reach the Super bowl in 2017, the position of strongside linebacker is perhaps one of the only remaining questions for supporters ahead of the new season. With Bruce Irvin no longer around, it remains to be seen who will gain a starting jersey alongside Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. Eric Pinkins offers exceptional speed and athleticism, while Cassius Marsh and Kevin Pierre-Louis offer something a little different for Coach Carroll.

The Seahawks will now travel back to Seattle, before returning to work for ‘Competition Wednesday’ ahead of their second pre-season game against the Minnesota Vikings on August 18.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett and LT Bradley Sowell Tossed from Practice for Fighting

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Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and left tackle Bradley Sowell got into a heated dust-up Sunday that resulted in both players getting pulled from practice, Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com reports.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the fight was the result of Sowell shoving defensive end Josh Shirley to the ground earlier in a one-on-one drill. When Bennett got a turn to face Sowell, the two players mixed it up and ended up on the ground before they were separated.

“He’s just fighting for his own a little bit,” Carroll said of Bennett. “One of the young guys got knocked around, and he was standing up for him. He’s got a lot of pride. He’s an incredible competitor, but he’s got to make sure he stays poised so he doesn’t get himself in trouble. So we had a good illustration of that today.”

Bennett and Sowell spent the remainder of practice on the sidelines. Afterward, they walked off the field together.

Bennett got kicked out of a practice earlier in training camp. He said at the time that he understood the message Carroll was sending to the team.

“There’s a lot riding on this season for our whole football team,” Carroll said. “And we have to deal with that. We have really high expectations, and that can heighten the passion and intensity and all of that. That’s kind of something we’re kind of used to out here.

“I think everything about everything is more intense than it’s been. It just seems like the focus has been there to get prepared for this season, and I can’t say that we don’t like it. We just have to manage it well and perform well. So far we need to do better in games. We’re getting too many penalties, and we need to make sure that we’re doing right. I don’t know if that’s part of that or not, but we’re working on it to make sure that it isn’t.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Says QB Wilson Has to Save Himself From Opponent Pressure

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knew that of all the statistics from Thursday night’s preseason 18-11 loss to the Minnesota Vikings one would stand out — the four sacks that quarterback Russell Wilson endured in the first half.

So Carroll decided to head off that topic quickly during his post-game meeting with the media, addressing it in his opening comments before anyone could ask. And in his answer he made it clear that the blame may have been more accurately placed on Wilson for not getting rid of the ball more quickly than on a rebuilt offensive line that has been the topic of much conversation in the off-season, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

“I know that you are looking at the sack numbers and thinking ‘oh geez, what’s that mean?”’ he said. “We really, we need to get the ball out. We need to throw the ball away and get rid of it so we don’t take the big plays (losses). … Russ can do a better job to help us there when we get stuck.

“Sometimes we try really hard to get out to try to make a bigger play when the pressure eventually gets there. But on rhythm, we were fine a few times. We need to get the ball out and stay quick with it like we want to and not let the rush get to us. When you don’t, then you suffer negative stuff that makes it hard to get going.”

Russell completed just 5 of 11 passes for 77 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The most glaring number on his stat line was the four sacks, a major problem area for the quarterback, and one that could see him eventually get injured if he keeps holding on to the ball for too long.

The Seahawks will be back in action at CenturyLink Field on Thursday, August 25th at 7pm as they host the Dallas Cowboys. There are plenty of Seahawks tickets for sale for the key third preseason matchup as the Hawks look to get on track after their loss to the Vikings.

Seahawks Bring Back DL Tony McDaniel

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The Seahawks’ have brought back Tony McDaniel for depth on their defensive line, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma Tribune reports.

McDaniel, 31, started for the Seahawks during their 2013 Super Bowl-championship season. They released him last summer, and he played 2015 on a one-year contract for Tampa Bay. He has been a free agent since January.

He’s 6 feet 7 and 305 pounds. He started 29 games in the 2013 and ‘14 regular seasons for the Seahawks. He started three games and appeared in 14 last season with the Buccaneers.

Bennett Says He’s Reached Out to Cam Newton About Comments He Made on SportsCenter

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During an interview on SportsCenter, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett on Monday confirmed that he reached out to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to clarify comments he made about athletes and social change, Sheil Kapedia of ESPN.com reports.

“I just said that I’m not trying to make a division within the community of NFL players,” Bennett said. “I’m just trying to bring unity, basically. Sometimes you read things, and it comes out like I’m saying that that’s the main person. But I’m just saying that we need to work together to come together with what’s going on and figure a way, how can we be better? How can we be better influencers?

“Just want to work well with all the players together. It takes a village to do something like this. It’s not going to be one player. It’s going to be a group of players. I just want to emphasize that to a lot of the players.”

On Saturday at Seahawks training camp, Bennett called on NFL players to follow the lead of their NBA and WNBA counterparts in influencing social change.

“In the NBA, everybody is standing up for it, so the greatest players are in the forefront of the movement,” Bennett said Saturday. “Here in the NFL, the greatest players aren’t in the forefront of the movement. Whether it’s the CBA, whether it’s things going on with trying to change the way — concussions. The greatest players aren’t involved like LeBron James, Chris Paul and all these guys [in the NBA]. Our great players are sitting back just taking the dollars, whether it’s Cam Newton, all these guys. They’re not really on the forefront of trying to change what’s going on.”

Pro Football Talk first reported that Bennett called Newton.

Former Seahawks WR Lockette Felt He May Die on the Field in Dallas

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Former Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette writes in an article for the Players Tribune that he feared he was going to die on the field in Dallas after suffering a severe neck injury November 1 against the Cowboys.

Lockette writes that he couldn’t hear, couldn’t move and couldn’t feel anything after the hit, which left him wondering: “Am I deaf? Am I paralyzed? What is going on? Am I about to die?” He added that he lay there thinking about his family. “Now, all of a sudden, I can’t move. And the only thing that mattered to me in the entire world was being able to see my family again, to hold my kids in my arms,” Lockette writes. “Then I remembered something that broke my heart. My daughter was in the crowd. It was her 10th birthday. She wanted to come down to Dallas to see me play. Now she was watching her daddy lying on the field, surrounded by teammates and trainers.”

Fortunately for Lockette and his family, an injury that could have left him paralyzed for his life was not as serious as first feared. Within weeks of surgery to repair his damaged vertebra, he was healthy enough to play in a pick-up basketball game with his friends. But Lockette was smart enough and realistic enough to know that his body could never absorb another NFL hit and he announced his retirement on May 1.

Marshawn Lynch Confirms to Showtime That He’s Retired from the NFL

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As if there was any question about the matter, it appears that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has ‘officially’ said so long to the NFL, as according to tweets from Seattle Times Seahawks beat guy Bob Condotta, Lynch has told Showtime in an interview that he’s done playing.

Seattle Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman Optimistic about the Secondary

The once ferocious defense that held the No. 1 rated Denver Broncos offense to 8 points in Super Bowl XLVIII, has slowly struggled after that sensational season.

In 2014, the Seahawks went back to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. The result didn’t end up like the team and fans wanted, but it showed that they still have a top rated defense.

It wasn’t until this season that the highly rated and once terrifying defense struggled in all games they played in.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman talked about the energy that has been showing up at team practices and how everyone is healthy and ready to contribute to have a successful 2016 season. (All quotes are from Seahawks.com’s Writer John Boyle)

We had two years of going to the wire, and you just beat your body up to a certain degree playing that long, Sherman said Wednesday. This year we got, what, two, three extra weeks off. That does a lot for the mentality and the body, just let your body rest. You always want to make it to the Super Bowl and win it, but there was a silver lining of sorts for us not making last year—letting guys rest their bodies and their minds, because that’s a lot of football on your body. Guys got to heal, guys got to sit back and enjoy their families for a second and come back renewed.

Sherman is excited about the extension of veteran cornerback Jeremy Lane and the development of cornerback DeShawn Shead.

We’re going to be incredibly versatile, we’re going to be incredibly experienced, Sherman said. There aren’t going to be a lot of people we can’t match up with individually or collectively as a group. It’s going to be a fun challenge to put out there.

Being No. 2 in any category is “an off year” for the Seattle Seahawks.

An off year for us is being, what, No. 2 in pass defense, No. 2 in total yards? Sherman said. That’s a bad year for us. Most people would give their left arm to have our defense, but for our standard and what we do, being the No. 2 pass defense, being the No. 1 scoring defense, being No. 2 in total yards, that’s an off year.

We will just have to wait and see but if the players continue to stay healthy and the rookies step up their game, then the Seattle Seahawks will become the No. 1 rated defense in 2016.

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