Once again the team no one wants to face, Seattle is one win from the playoffs

Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Vikings 7 – Seahawks 21

Let’s be honest, it wasn’t a pretty win… but it was my favorite kind of win. It was a win that could have easily gotten away from Seattle. But it didn’t, and now the Seahawks are one win away from clinching a playoff berth. In a year where they weren’t expected to win more than four or five games, they are the team no one wants to face.

Lisa Johnson and I argue about this all the time on the OTFB podcast. Defense or offense, which is more important? But it’s not just a shtick we do for the show. She truly believes offense wins games, I say, quite adamantly, the defense is most important.

What last night’s Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings showed was that what truly wins games is a balance. What makes the Seahawks so dangerous right now is that balance, and it’s alive and well in Seattle.

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Bears-Rams matchup has familiar feel

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The Chicago Bears will be hosting the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday night at Soldier Field and Bears fans are both excited and nervous.

And for good reason.

The Rams are the number one seeded team in the NFC with a record of 11-1. The Bears hold the 3rd seed spot at 8-4 and currently first in the NFC North division.

With Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky back under center, after he sustained a shoulder injury against the Minnesota Vikings, it will be interesting to see what kind of game churns out. Currently, the Bears have a 5-1 record at home and fans have been coming out in droves to bring some noise to opposing teams.

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The holiday season looking bright for the Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

December, the time of year that brings us fun holidays, great times with family and friends, and a bright new year. But for Seattle Seahawks fans, it also brings their teams best football of the year. This year seems to be no different. Lets look at the gifts Seattle fans are receiving this year. Gifts that will help take the Seahawks to the post season.

Could anyone ask for a better present than the gift of having linebacker Bobby Wagner on their team? Wagner is the best linebacker in football and I dare you to argue it with me. After his insane game on Sunday against San Francisco, Wagner has 100 tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, and a beautiful interception that was run back 98 yards for a touchdown. Without question, he is in his prime and we as Seahawks fans are lucky to have him.

 

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The Lions lost, but that’s not important now

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

LA Rams 30 – Detroit Lions 16

The St. Louis Rams came to town and pretty much did what was expected.  They won, but it wasn’t as much of a slaughter fest as originally thought.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t pretty, but it wasn’t a bloodbath!  Though there was some hope when left tackle Taylor Decker scored a touchdown to make the score 16-13.

However, all hope was lost when the Rams defense did their thing.  Quarterback Matthew Stafford got hit by defensive tackle Aaron Donald and fumbled the ball in the 4th quarter, and the Rams were able to score and pulled away from the Lions. The Rams were able to win their division, and the Lions are looking forward to the draft. Once again.

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Looking ahead, what the Seattle Seahawks schedule tells us

Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The 2018 season for the Seattle Seahawks started out with a lot of pessimism. Media and fans had basically written this season off as a rebuilding season. A throwaway year as the team got their young players up to speed. But as we head into week 12, the Seahawks have proven that the team never bought into that narrative.

Seattle is smack dab in the middle of the playoff hunt after their win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The team was determined to keep their win streak in Carolina, now having won in Carolina the last 4 times they’ve met there during the regular season.  It was a must-win game if the Seahawks wanted to keep their foot in the postseason.

This win, along with the wins over Green Bay and Dallas, has the media changing their tune about Seattle. At the beginning of the season, Seattle was in the bottom 5 of the power rankings. Now they are top 10.

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LA Rams come out on top in epic battle with the Kansas City Chiefs

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LucyRK78

LA Rams 54 – Kansas City Chiefs 51

White rally towels flickered throughout the stadium reading “LA Together,” as the LA Rams dedicated Monday night’s game to first responders and those affected by the California wildfires and the mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks.

Members of the Cal Lutheran University choir sang the national anthem as first responders and their families carried an American flag that stretched the length of the field before the start of the Rams’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Players and coaches from both teams wore dark gray hats with logos of Los Angeles-area firefighter and law enforcement agencies.

From start to finish, this was a playoff caliber game. Billed as the “Game of the Year,” this matchup somehow managed to exceed expectations.

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Is this Pete Carroll’s best coaching ever?

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Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Seattle Seahawks have had a roller coaster of a few weeks. Twice coming within one catch of winning against the two Los Angeles teams, then beating the Green Bay Packers in Seattle last night on Thursday Night Football.

I’ve always found social media to be an interesting place after a win or a loss. Fans often have extreme reactions, and the last few weeks have been no exception. From shouts of “Trade Wilson now!!” to “Super Bowl Bound!” all rang through Twitter. However, it was the calls for the firing of head coach Pete Carroll that caught my eye the most.

National media have been crowing about Carroll this season. They’ve said that this season has been some of the best coaching Carroll has ever done. If that is true, why are some fans calling for his head? What is it the media sees that fans are missing?

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Monday night football goes west

Araceli Villanueva Kansas City Chiefs Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva //@Aracelv1

The Kansas City Chiefs were originally scheduled to play the Los Angeles Rams at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for one of the biggest games of the year. However, the game was moved west to Los Angeles after officials declared the field was unfavorable. And with growing concerns from the players – who allegedly refused to play – it was a done deal.

Scheduled as an away game, it made sense to move the game to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. However, with an enormous Chiefs fan-based already residing in the City of Angles, I have no doubt they will turn the Coliseum into Arrowhead Stadium as they did earlier in the season when the Chiefs visited the Los Angeles Chargers in week one.

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Larry Fitzgerald to Host Women’s Football Clinic

Calling all Phoenix area women!

On Monday, November 19th, if you’re in the Phoenix area, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be hosting his 2nd annual Women’s Football Clinic.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about football from one of the NFL’s greatest players, and also one of the nicest players.

The football clinic will be open to women 21 and older and will be held at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium from 6:30-10:00 pm Monday, November 19th.

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LA Rams fall to New Orleans Saints

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78

New Orleans Saints 45 – LA Rams 35

It was inevitable. We said last week that the odds of going 16-0 were almost impossible. However, what a great game this was!

While New Orleans was dominant early, the Rams put on an amazing comeback in the second half, tying the game with 21 unanswered points.

While the final result wasn’t what Rams fans were hoping for, we can be reassured in knowing that no deficit is too big for this team to overcome. It’s just one game and the Rams still have the best record in football, sitting tied with the Chiefs at 8-1.

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