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Bill Simmons with the lowdown on my Seahags. . . September 29, 2006

Posted by Administrator in Sports.

Heh. Sure sounds good.

But I do think the Hawks are legitimately good. For one thing, they have the only discernable home-field advantage in the NFL right now. It’s impossible to win there. The crowd won’t allow it, and they’re the only team that can definitively say this. More importantly, they overpaid for Branch, but the trade gave them four quality receivers, leading to the ridiculously potent four-WR offense last week that flummoxed the Giants. As any “Madden” junkie knows, there are only three unstoppable offenses: The five-WR shotgun if your line can protect you, the two-TE offense with two quality tight ends who can block and go deep, and the four-WR offense with a great back and four good receivers.

To pull off one of these offenses in “Madden,” you need to rig at least one trade and sign a couple marquee free agents. In real life, it’s almost impossible; in fact, the last time it happened, the ’99 Rams were involved (the most unstoppable “Madden” offense of this generation). But Seattle inadvertently stumbled upon something significant here — they can run, they can throw, and if that’s not enough, they have this obscene four-WR weapon with Alexander and Hasselbeck and tons of freakish jaw-drop upside. Play the pass and they run. Play the run and they pass. Blitz Hasselbeck and he dumps it off to an open guy. I don’t see how you stop them once they get cooking. Throw in the defense, a healthy Alexander and the home-field advantage, and I’d take them over anyone right now.

He has San Diego as the only stronger team in the NFL right now because Alexander broke his foot.

Like I said, Sure sounds good.

All the same, I am really nervous with the Hags traveling to Soldier Field.

Da Bears are TOUGH this year.



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