Trick? Or treat?

Published on October 30, 2010 by     Seahawks.Com News (Feed)

It’s the NFL version of the irresistible force vs. the immobile object on Sunday, when the Raiders’ Darren McFadden and Michael Bush run into the Seahawks’ No. 2-ranked run defense at a place where it’s always Halloween.

Just the mention of a Halloween game against the Raiders at Oakland Coliseum makes Colin Cole smile, and then laugh.

“Obviously Oakland is going to be a raucous place,” said Cole, the Seahawks’ nose tackle and anchor of the No. 2-ranked run defense in the NFL. “You know, Halloween day, the fans might be just that much more, uh, …”

As Cole paused to find just the right word, someone interjected, “Festive.”

“There you go,” Cole said.

If only the Seahawks’ primary concern for Sunday’s game against the Raiders was limited to those “festive” fans who show up in Halloween-type costumes for every game.

But there’s also the Raiders’ running game, which cranked out 328 yards in last week’s 59-14 romp over the Broncos in Denver. That’s 3-2-8, as in the kind of rushing yards a major-college university slaps on a lower-division opponent during the cupcake portion of its schedule.

“Obviously with the success they had last week they’re going to try to establish that early and they’re going to try to set that up as their go-to thing,” Cole said. “Obviously they’re going to try and test us and see if we’re going to continue to do what we’ve been doing.”

What the Seahawks have been doing is shutting every running attack they’ve faced. They are allowing averages of 77.5 rushing yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry – each mark ranks second in the league to the Pittsburgh Steelers (63.7 and 2.8).

And the Seahawks’ averages are actually inflated after they yielded 113 rushing yards and a 5.7-yard average to the Arizona Cardinals’ Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells last week – both season highs.

The Raiders will come at the Seahawks with a similar 1-2 punch: Darren McFadden, who had a career-high 165 yards against the Broncos, not to mention four touchdowns; and Michael Bush, who had 52 yards a TD.

Bush is a basher, a 245-pounder who makes his living running between the tackles – and running over would-be tacklers. McFadden also has size (6-2, 210), but it’s his speed (4.33 seconds for 40 yards at the scouting combine in 2008) that makes him special.

“He has serious breakaway speed,” Cole said. “Everybody we’ve faced has their own talents. But McFadden is unique in that he’s a huge guy and he’s got the speed of some of the elite backs out there.”

It’s not just that the Raiders have two backs; it’s how they use them.

“Bush, he’s a bruiser. He wants to get downhill on you,” Cole said. “McFadden, he’s a bounce-out guy who wants to get to the edge so he can get into space.”

The Seahawks have faced both kinds of backs already. They limited the 49ers’ Frank Gore to 38 yards on 17 carries, and he is averaging 81.9 for the season. They limited the Rams’ Steven Jackson to 70 yards on 22 carries, and he’s averaging 88.1 yards. They limited the Bears’ Matt Forte to 11 yards on eight carries, and he was coming off a 166-yard performance the week before. The Cardinals’ Hightower “got” them last week, rushing for 59 yards on six carries.

This is yet another challenge, but a somewhat different challenge, because of the backs the Seahawks are facing and where they will be facing them.

“With his bust and his ability to make people miss, he’s the real deal,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said of McFadden. “He just looks like he’s playing with a lot of confidence.”

So what might start with Cole will need to include as many defenders as the Seahawks can bring – and as quickly as possible.

“Wrap up. Get guys to him. The old swarm-tackle deal,” Bradley said. “Because he can make the first guy miss. The thing we’re trying to simulate (in practice) is just the speed. He gets into a lane and then you have to take the right angles on him.

“We saw last week there were some bad angles, and that’s just because of the burst he has.”

And just when you’re starting to become less blinded by McFadden’s speed, Bush comes in with his rock-’em, sock-’em style.

“They mix it up pretty well,” Cole said.

Fear the challenge? Hardly. Embrace the challenge? Well, Cole also answered that one, and this time with a straight face.

“Obviously it’s going to be a huge week for them,” he said, “going against the No. 2-ranked rush defense.”

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

HPv9A.AuSt.5

Youth not a burden for Pete Carroll

When the NFL draft lights go out, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll picks up the phone. Just thinking about ...
1cdoa9.AuSt.5

Seahawks draft for the 2 P’s: passion, perseverance

Last week, coach Pete Carroll came up with the term “gritty” to describe the kind of player the ...
AP167044948598-480x319

Seahawks take fullback Kiero Small with their final draft pick

The Seahawks used pick No. 229 to draft Arkansas fullback Kiero Small in the seventh round. Get this: Small ...
c3502f36-4f0b-4f27-9327-c4b03b0fdd9a_800

Richardson: ‘I figured it out when the general manager called me’

Here’s what Paul Richardson had to say: (On where is he at right now….) “I’m California right now with ...
7efb6d24-c022-4fd8-ae10-2f3bcaf8d8b7_800

Britt: ‘If nasty is the word you want to use, then I’m nasty’

Here’s what new Seahawks lineman Justin Britt, whom Tom Cable said will compete right away at right tackle ...
140508schneider600

Seahawks trade first-round draft choice to Vikings

The Seahawks traded out of the final pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday ...
140506udfa600

The Seahawks have been very good to rookie free agents

Despite having one of the best and deepest rosters in the NFL, the Seahawks have become a good ...
140505donald600

Where does Aaron Donald fit in first round of NFL Draft?

Aaron Donald did all the right things at the University of Pittsburgh, but the undersized defensive tackle needs ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz