Gameday is finally here, the first of the regular season for the Seahawks, and the only scheduled home primetime game of the year for Seattle, as well.
Cornerback Richard Sherman alluded to the idea that the NFL doesn’t want to give Seattle many home primetime games because of the way the Seahawks have been blowing people out the last few years — meaning the TV ratings drop in the second half — when he said “I’ll let you guys speculate those reasons.”
That’s one of seemingly a dozen or so subplots tonight.
There’s the banner unfurling, what in a lot of ways feels like the debut of the real Percy Harvin, seeing what the new emphasis on defensive holding and illegal contact will mean.
And more than anything, the Seahawls’ first game as defending champs.
We all get to see a little piece of sports history tonight.
Now for a Top 10 of links to get you ready — though since it’s a gameday, we’ll go to 12.
1, I talked to Pete Carroll for a while a week ago and wrote this story as a result, with some of his thoughts on what has happened so far in Seattle and what may be to come. Meanwhile, columnist Larry Stone says the Seahawks are tackling the tough road on their way to repeating. And here are keys to the game and a look at the secondary ticket market. Also, here’s a roundup of who the national media is picking tonight.
2, NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal writes that the scary part about the Seahawks is they have so much room to improve.
3, In an Insider piece, Mike Sando picks the Seahawks to win the Super Bowl again, concluding:”
“There isn’t a team better positioned to win the Super Bowl this season. Conventional wisdom says repeating is tough. Just know it’s a lot easier with one title in the bank and so many factors leaning your way.”
4, CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco with a nice breakdown of what the Seahawks did so well defensively against Green Bay in 2012.
5, Good stuff here on Seahawks GM John Schneider from Andrew Brandt of MMQB.
6, SportsonEarth examines the role penalties could play tonight.
7, USA Today asks if the pitfalls of being Super Bowl champs will befall the Seahawks.
8, The Washington Post wonders if defense will be enough to carry the Seahawks this season.
10, Here’s ESPN’s prediction and preview and also from ESPN, a good roundup of everything you’d want to know about the Packers. Also lots of good stuff on the Packers here from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Green Bay Press Gazette.
12,If you missed the America’s Game documentary on the Seahawks last night, here are some video excerpts.
And finally. …
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) September 4, 2014