#1 defence has a core of young players led by Pro Bowl linebacker von miaowang123 16.04.2019 03:43

SEATTLE - Heres what has set the defending champion Seattle Seahawks apart: They seem to have perfected not overhyping an individual game.While others are willing to acknowledge the enormity of the moment, the Seahawks thrive by keeping everything even.Im just thinking to myself, Its the same for us. Its not going to be different. Its going to be another football game. Its going to be us versus yall, Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin said. Thats the biggest thing. Our mindset is different. Pete (Carroll) has us at a whole different level than other people think.That approach will be tested on Saturday night when the Seahawks (12-4) host the Carolina Panthers in an NFC divisional playoff game. Aside from facing an opponent with similar qualities, the Seahawks will be trying to overcome recent history.No defending Super Bowl champion has won a playoff game the following year since New England in January 2006. Three defending champs have earned a playoff bye since then only to get upset at home in the divisional round. The most recent was Green Bay, which went 15-1 in 2011 and was knocked off by the New York Giants at home.That is the history the Seahawks are attempting to ignore and the trend the Panthers (8-8-1) are hoping to continue.I think we have the experience of it being the same game to us and understanding that we play a championship game every week and this is no different, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said. We play it like its an elimination game every week so it doesnt change that for us.The Seahawks are riding a six-game winning streak, turning the contentiousness of a 6-4 record into a second straight NFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Theyve also won three straight regular-season games against the Panthers.But the Panthers have a way of making things difficult on the Seahawks. None of the three games were decided by more than five points and neither team scored more than 16.Carolina is trying to become the first team to reach the conference championship game after making the playoffs with a losing record. Seattle knows the road Carolina is trying to travel. The Seahawks won the NFC West in 2010 with a 7-9 mark and beat New Orleans in the wild-card round before falling to Chicago.The truth of the matter is it doesnt matter how you get in, just get in, and then see what happens, Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. Its what happened to Seattle a few years back, they got hot. They got hot, they won a game, thats kind of the way we look at it. We got hot, we won a home field playoff game, but we just go from there.Here are other things to watch as Seattle seeks an eighth straight playoff win at home:CAM AND RUSS: Cam Newton has never played well against Seattle and all those games have been at home. Newton has a passer rating of 70.6 and been sacked eight times in three games against the Seahawks.Its about going into a hostile environment and not only proving to people, but proving to ourselves that we belong here, Newton said.Russell Wilson hasnt been perfect, but has managed to make key plays to go 3-0 against Carolina. This season, Wilson hit Luke Willson on a 23-yard TD in the final minute to pull out the victory.PANTHERS ON THE RUN: The Panthers are averaging 196.6 yards rushing per game during their current win streak.Jonathan Stewart has carried the load, averaging 104.8 yards per game with two touchdowns during that span.Newton is averaging 56.2 yards per game with three TDs during the stretch. One of the main reasons for the improved play is the Panthers have found consistency on the offensive line, starting the same five players for the past six games.SUFFOCATING: When All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner and safety Kam Chancellor returned from injuries, Seattles defence became suffocating. The Seahawks didnt allow any fourth-quarter points during their six-game winning streak. They allowed 39 total points and an average of 202.2 total yards.GANO STRUGGLING: Carolinas Graham Gano parlayed an outstanding season in 2013 into a big contract this past off-season. Hes 30 of 37 this year, but has struggled in recent weeks with missed field goals in three of the last four games. Hes also struggled in the fourth quarter, converting just 8 of 12 attempts.EAR PLUGS: Newton and his Carolina teammates have never experienced CenturyLink Field and its notorious noise. Sherman called the first experience for any opponent in Seattle unnerving. 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The move came one day after the Minnesota Vikings hired Mike Zimmer as their head coach. Its also the second time in two weeks that Cincinnati replaced a co-ordinator with an in-house candidate. They elevated running backs coach Hue Jackson to offensive co-ordinator after Jay Gruden was hired by the Redskins as head coach. "Were going to have some new coaches, and its great for us," coach Marvin Lewis said on Thursday. "Some new blood, some new energy. Because we cant be the same. We dont get to be the same. Weve got to be better in 2014 than we were in 13, and thats what our quest is right away." The Bengals won the AFC North this season, but couldnt shake their legacy of flaming out in the playoffs. They lost to San Diego 27-10 in the opening round at Paul Brown Stadium, making it 23 years since they last won a playoff game, tied for the sixth-longest streak in NFL history. Theyve also tied the NFL record by losing their opening game three years in a row. And Lewis is 0-5 in the playoffs during his 11 seasons in Cincinnati, trailing Jim Mora by one for the most consecutive playoff losses to start a coaching career. "I want to still be playing a year from now," said Lewis, who is entering the final year on his contract. The Bengals are the first team since the 2006 San Diego Chargers to lose both co-ordinators to head coaching jobs elsewhere, according to STATS LLC. Zimmer presided over one of the Bengals best stretches of defence during his six seasons in Cincinnati. The Bengals finished in the Top 10 for fewest yards allowed in four of the last five seasons. Guenther has spent nine seasons on Cincinnatis coaching staff, the last two with the linebackers. He worked with Zimmer to formulate the defensive plays.dddddddddddd "Since the first day he got here, Ive been by his side most of the time," Guenther said. "If you look back at our defence in 2008, it has transformed to now. Weve sat side-by-side and put a lot of this stuff together." Zimmer wanted to bring Guenther with him to Minnesota as his defensive co-ordinator, but Guenther decided to stay in Cincinnati. "Ive got young kids; I didnt have to move my family," Guenther said. "Ive got good players that I really like and care for. And really at the end of the day, that was probably the one thing that I said: OK, I feel bad for these guys, this guys leaving and that guys leaving (as co-ordinators) and these guys deserve a good situation." The Bengals will be getting a couple of their defensive stars back from injury. Top cornerback Leon Hall tore an Achilles tendon and defensive tackle Gen Atkins tore a knee ligament during the season. The defence has a core of young players led by Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict. One of the biggest challenges for Guenther will be calling the plays during games. Zimmer was known for his ability to anticipate what the opposing offence would do and get into a defence that contained it. "Youve got to understand (the opposing offence) better than they understand themselves," Lewis said. "Mike was excellent at that. Going forward, thats going to be the challenge of Paul in this situation in this role. Hes not been that." Guenther sat with the coaches in a booth on game days and was part of the discussions about which defence to call. "There is a lot of communication going on every play: What do you like here? What do you like there? To be honest with you, I could sit up in the press box and probably 95 per cent of the time know what was going to come out of his mouth," Guenther said. "Being around the guy and understanding how he calls the game, certain situations, you know it. Its just a matter of going out there and doing it." ' ' '

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