Seattle Seahawks: Even as Six Seed, Hawks Remain Poised for Another Super Bowl Run

Another season, another playoff appearance for the Seattle Seahawks. The two-time defending NFC champions enter the playoffs as the sixth, and lowest, seed in the National Football Conference. Seattle opens the playoffs against the Minnesota Vikings, the highest seeded NFC team not to receive a first-round bye. Additionally, even if the team wins it all, the Seahawks are guaranteed a total of zero home games.

And yet, the Seattle Seahawks have the look of a team poised to make a third consecutive Super Bowl.

Pete Carroll’s squad trounced the Arizona Cardinals on the road to wrap up the regular season. Playing without starters Russell Okung, Kam Chancellor, Marshawn Lynch, J.R. Sweezy and Luke Willson, the Hawks beat the team’s division rivals 36-6. Seattle’s defense bottled up one of the league’s best offenses while Russell Wilson and company shredded an equally elite defense.

The win was not only impressive, but it showed a sign of things to come for the Hawks.

Seattle will now take the show on the road during the playoffs, but that shouldn’t be a cause for worry. The team’s opponent in the first round is the Minnesota Vikings. Obviously it’s the playoffs and anything can happen, but the Seahawks did steam role the Vikings in Minnesota just last month. The score in that contest was 38-7, with Wilson tossing three touchdowns and Adrian Peterson being held to just 18 yards.

If the Seahawks beat Minnesota, the team will travel to play the Carolina Panthers. Carolina did beat Seattle earlier this year in the Pacific Northwest, but the Hawks led 20-7 at one point and controlled most of the game.

While the Panthers are an extremely good team, Cam Newton doesn’t have a lot of weapons at his disposal in the same way Russell Wilson does. In other words, if Newton has an off day, Carolina is susceptible to defeat. Case in point, the Panthers only loss came against the Atlanta Falcons, who held Carolina’s star quarterback to 188 total yards and one total touchdown.

Of the three teams the Seahawks could face in a potential NFC Championship game, none should be overly intimidating. Washington owns the worst record of any playoff team, while Seattle has experience against both Green Bay and (obviously) Arizona.

The Hawks lost by 10 to the Packers on the road in Week 2. However, Seattle had a lead in the fourth quarter despite playing without Chancellor. Green Bay also needed a passing masterclass from Aaron Rodgers to earn the win.

One of the NFC’s two wild cards, Green Bay faltered down the stretch, going 4-6 over the team’s final 10 games. That included losses to the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. Additionally, three of the Pack’s four wins came against struggling teams such as the Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders.

In addition to a potentially favorable schedule, the Hawks will get Lynch back from injury. The Seattle offense was already dynamic without the team’s star running back. Now it seems the offense will only become more explosive with a healthy “Beast Mode.”


With Lynch’s return, the Hawks are now equipped to play any style required. The team can slug it out in a run dominated and low scoring affair, or throw it 50 times per game.

However you slice it, the Seattle Seahawks are equipped for another Super Bowl run. Watch out NFL.

Seattle Seahawks: Christine Michael Finally Gets His Shot

After almost three years and stints with two different teams, Christine Michael is getting his chance to shine with the Seattle Seahawks.

The running back, who was drafted in the second round by the Hawks in 2013, is back with Seattle. He was previously traded to the Dallas Cowboys before the season to clear room for the man he is helping replace in the Pacific Northwest: Thomas Rawls. Dallas cut Michael, prompting the back to sign with Washington’s practice squad.

But thanks to injuries to Rawls and Marshawn Lynch, not to mention DuJuan Harris’ ineffectiveness, Christine Michael will finally have his shot to be the lead back in Seattle.

He’ll obviously have to compete with fellow new addition Bryce Brown for snaps, but with Fred Jackson staying in a passing/third-down capacity, there will be plenty of snaps for Michael.

The former second-round draft has always had the talent, but has never quite had a full opportunity to establish himself. Michael never had that chance with the Hawks thanks to the presence of Lynch. If “Beast Mode” is healthy, no one is going to be taking carries away from him.

But with Lynch injured, it could Michael’s time to shine.

In 19 career games, the newest Seahawk has ran for 305 yards on 67 carries.

Early in his career, Michael showed flashes of brilliance. The running back once ran for 71 yards on only four carries against the Giants. For his career with Seattle, Michael has averaged 4.6 yards per carry. There’s clearly talent there, but the Seahawks just need to see it on a more consistent basis. The former Texas A&M star has registered five career games with less than five total rushing yards.

Despite that, the Seahawks’ upcoming schedule provides Michael the opportunity to do some serious damage. Sunday’s opponent, the Cleveland Browns, allow the fourth most rushing yards. The Browns have also allowed 11 rushing scores, tied for the sixth-most in NFL history.

Following the Browns, Seattle will play the St. Louis Rams. St. Louis has given up the eleventh most yards on the ground. The team’s last contest of the season is against the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona has only allowed the sixth-fewest rushing yards in the league. While the game could be an intense battle for the division, it could also be a game in which the Cardinals are resting there starters ahead of the playoffs.

What’s more, Russell Wilson and the passing game’s recent hot streak will open up running lanes for Michael as teams focus on Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and the receivers. The now-former Cowboy is joining a dynamic offense. An offense that will also provide him plenty of opportunity. Only the Carolina Panthers have attempted more rushes in the NFL.

In other words, Christine Michael will get his chances.

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#FantasyFootball Week Nine Recap & Week 10 Lineup Decisions

TBD TBD pulled out a win against a team with a number of players injured or on bye weeks. The team posted a mere 74 fantasy points, with Andrew Luck, Todd Gurley and Randall Cobb doing the heavy lifting. Adam Vinatieri chipped in with 12 points.

The Dallas Cowboys’ Defense/Special Teams put up a -5 while Malcom Floyd had a goose egg. On the bench, Martavis Bryant was the only player who could have helped.



Roster/Lineup Decisions

It was a brutal week for injuries. Dion Lewis has been placed on injured reserve with a knee injury while Luck will remain out for somewhere in the neighborhood of a month thanks to multiple injuries. Floyd may miss time as well.

Blake Bortles is obviously going to start at quarterback in Luck’s absence. Ben Roethlisberger is available. Should we claim him and stash him for later? The playoffs perhaps?

There is also a decision to be made at FLEX. Who should start?



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Additionally, who should we add?

If a player is added someone has to go…

Ultimately, you decide how the team is run, so put on your GM hat and send me your ideas on Twitter (@BenRosener / @knowhitter272) or in the comments.

For more about TBD, as well as the current season in Fantasy Football, click here. 

#FantasyFootball: Week Eight Recap, Week Nine Preview

TBD TBD was done in by Drew Brees’ monster game. Add that to poor fantasy days from Randall Cobb, Donte Moncrief, Ladarius Green and John Brown and you have a recipe for disaster. The team would be a whole lot worse-for-wear without the Houston Texans Defense/Special Teams and Todd Gurley.

#FantasyFootball: Week Eight Recap, Week Nine Preview

On the bench, thanks to byes and other results, Dion Lewis is the only player who would have been any help to the squad.

#FantasyFootball: Week Eight Recap, Week Nine Preview

Here’s the lineup for week. Lots of bye weeks, in addition to Joseph Randle no longer having an NFL job. We’ll need a replacement for the now-former Cowboys running back.


Also, who starts at running back?

Tight end?


There are some interesting names available, should TBD add any of them?


And finally, who needs to go?

Here’s to a much better week.

Ultimately, you decide how the team is run, so put on your GM hat and send me your ideas on Twitter (@BenRosener / @knowhitter272) or in the comments.

For more about TBD, as well as the current season in Fantasy Football, click here. 

TBD TBD: #FantasyFootball Week Seven Recap & Week Eight Preview

Another week, another win for the TBD TBD. While Julius Thomas put up a zero, and the Houston Texans’ Defense/Special Teams Unit posted a paltry -3 points, the rest of the team performed well.

Despite two interceptions, Andrew Luck accounted for 23 points. Marshawn Lynch and Todd Gurley combined for 45 points while John Brown and Donte Moncrief put up a cumulative 21 points. Lastly, in what is likely his final game of the season (more on that later).


While their scoring output didn’t help the final score, the bench played its part as well. Zach Ertz turned in another respectable game, while Blake Bortles and Martavis Bryant both eclipsed double digits.


Week Eight Preview and Picks

With both Thomas and Ertz on bye weeks, a streaming tight end will be needed. Larry Donnell faces a fairly cushy matchup against the New Orleans Saints while Jordan Cameron could see a number of extra targets should the Miami Dolphins fall behind early against the New England Patriots. Eric Ebron could find pay-dirt for the second consecutive week as he faces the Kansas City Chiefs. Should Thomas or Ebron be cut to make way for this new tight end?


Lineup Decisions

With Foster out, the team will need a new FLEX, who should start there? Joseph Randle is questionable to play against a tough Seattle Seahawks defense while Randall Cobb faces an equally challenging matchup with the Denver Broncos. With Dion Lewis uncertain to play, Bryant and Giovani Bernard round out the list of FLEX options.

Ultimately, you decide how the team is run, so put on your GM hat and send me your ideas on Twitter (@BenRosener / @knowhitter272) or in the comments.

For more about TBD, as well as the current season in Fantasy Football, click here. 

#FantasyFootball Week Six Recap and Week Seven Decisions

Week Six was a good week for TBD TBD. Despite struggles from Dion Lewis and Randall Cobb, every other starter registered at least 11 points.

Blake Bortles led the way with 22 points while John Brown and Arian Foster chipped in with 17 and 16 points respectively.

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The team also received solid production from the bench. Andrew Luck and Martavis Bryant both eclipsed 25 points while both Giovani Bernard and Donte Moncrief had more than 11 points each.

F Bench scores

Now to the lineup choices for this week.

(Note, I have moved Lynch to Lewis’ spot as the Pats’ RB is now listed as questionable. Plus, ‘Beast Mode’ plays on Thursday night, so leaving the flex spot open provides more lineup flexibility.)

F Lineup

F Bench

Ultimately, you decide how the team is run, so put on your GM hat and send me your ideas on Twitter (@BenRosener / @knowhitter272) or in the comments.

For more about TBD, as well as the current season in Fantasy Football, click here. 

Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap and Week 6 Preview

Despite zeroes from both Owen Daniels and the Texans defense/special teams, TBD TBD pulled out a win. Good call on picking Blake Bortles as the team’s quarterback. The Jaguars QB put up a matchup-high 28 points.

Fantasy Football Starting Lineup scores

Bench wise, Dion Lewis and Giovani Bernard both turned in respectable games, as did Zach Ertz, who turned in a solid game.

Z Bench Score

Moving on to the lineups, there are some interesting choices. Joseph Randle and Todd Gurley are obviously not playing because both the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams are on bye weeks, and Daniel put up a bagel on the score board.

Also, the tight end situation… Charles Clay is available, so is Jordan Reed and Richard Rodgers.

Ultimately, you decide how the team is run, so put on your GM hat and send me your ideas on Twitter (@BenRosener / @knowhitter272) or in the comments.

For more about TBD, as well as the current season in Fantasy Football, click here. 

#FantasyFootball: Should I add Giovani Bernard and/or Doug Martin, or neither?

As Week 4 of the NFL season approaches, TBD sits at 1-2. I recently asked who I should attempt to trade for in order to make the team better. So far, the public has picked Brandon Marshall as the trade target, with Andre Johnson going the other way. I’ve proposed this trade to Marshall’s owner with a message asking what he/she wanted for Marshall. So we’ll wait and see with that. In other transaction news, both Giovani Bernard and Doug Martin have hit the waiver wire. Should I add either of these players, or do I have enough running back depth? Let me know in the usual ways (Twitter: @BenRosener /@knowhitter272, comments, and/or the poll below).

(I’m leaving most all of this up to you guys, even the team name. So long as it’s not vulgar or offensive, send me your suggestions on Twitter @BenRosener /@knowhitter272  or in the comments.)

The Case for Giovani Bernard

Giovani Bernard Fantasy

Bernard is stuck in a timeshare with Jeremy Hill, who entered the season as the starter in Cincinnati. However, that hasn’t stopped Bernard from ranking fifteenth in scoring amongst fantasy running backs. Hill scored twice in Week 1, racking up 18 points in the process, but has struggled since. He fumbled twice in Week 2 en route to 39 yards on 10 carries. He finished with -1 fantasy points. Week 3 brought a slight improvement, but not much. Hill had 12 carries for 21 yards and two fantasy points.

The stat line for Bernard is extremely different. The running back had eight fantasy points in the first game of the season before taking full advantage of Hill’s fumbles in Week 2. Bernard ran for 123 yards on 20 carries (13 fantasy points). He followed that up with 49 yards on 13 carries in Week 3. He managed seven fantasy points last week.

Both figure to hold value with the Bengals playing so well. One is bound to feature as the team’s top back, and judging on recent performances, that could be Bernard.

The Case for Doug Martin

Doug Martin Fantasy

Martin has been Tampa’s lead back this season, amassing 46 carries over only three games. While those three carries have only gone for 176 yards, having an unquestioned starting running back (no matter what team they play for) can be valuable in fantasy. If nothing else, you know they will get consistent carries each week.

Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims will get looks going forward,

There’s potential with Martin, but just like Bernard, there is risk. He hasn’t come close to equaling his 2012 numbers when he ran for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns in addition to 472 receiving yards and another score through the air.

Fantasy Football Flex Options for Week 3

Per your voting, Cardinals running back David Johnson has been added to the roster with Percy Harvin hitting the waiver wire to make room. Thank you for making that call. In retrospect, it looks like a smart move. Johnson may end up as Arizona’s lead back sooner rather than later, making him a player with a world of fantasy potential. Harvin has yet to establish himself as anything more than a fringe FLEX play.


In other roster news, Joseph Randle moves into one of the two running back slots, with Arian Foster (at least for now) moving into the FLEX spot. Foster is only there because he may not play this week. KPRC 2 News’ Randy Mcllvoy reports that Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said he isn’t sure about Foster this week.


With Foster potentially missing this week’s game, his FLEX spot becomes up for grabs. Obviously Martavis Bryant won’t be able to start given his suspension, but the spot is available to everyone else on the bench. Who should the team start in the FLEX spot for Week 3?

Should the team make any other lineup/roster changes? Let me know in the comment section or on Twitter  @BenRosener, @knowhitter272 or @kingdomeSEA. Drop me a line if you think the team should be named something other than TBD TBD. As long as the suggestion isn’t vulgar/offensive/spam, all suggestions are welcomed.

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