The man in the picture above doesn’t seem like hero material, does he. I mean, he’s not what the typical hero should look like. Someone who is at least 6’5″ and 240 pounds with a stare that could cut granite.
Believe it or not, Steven Hauschka is 6’4″ but comes in at 220 lbs. with a stare that could make people laugh. But don’t let that demeanor fool you. He has ice in his veins and has come through in many, many clutch situations.
While he may be a well-traveled kicker (the Hawks are his sixth NFL team, plus he had a season kicking for the UFL’s Las Vegas Locomotives), since 2011, Hauschka has found a home with Seattle.
As for the game this Sunday, I have a gut feeling that this is going to be a classic throwback defensive struggle. Points are going to be at a premium with both teams scoring only one touchdown.
And it’s all going to come down to Hauschka’s right foot with less than 30 seconds to play…and he will come through with a 48 yard field goal to win it.
He may be the hero of the moment but the hero of the game is going to be that Seattle defense. They will harass and annoy the Cardinal’s third string QB Ryan Lindley, causing him to rush his throws and keep him off his game.
The secondary will clamp down on the Cardinal receivers. Not sure if they will get any picks but for the most part, a lot of broken up passes and sure handed tackling as to mitigate any big plays.
I guess that would be one of the keys to the game. If the defense can force the Cardinals into 3rd and long situations and get Lindley to throw downfield, opportunities for turnovers will increase. I am fairly confident that Cardinals coaching staff will have Lindley on a short leash throwing a lot of screen passes and short passes over the middle to tight-ends and running backs.
And that just plays into perhaps the strongest part of the Seattle defense, the linebacker corps. Bobby Wagner and Malcolm Smith need to key in on those screens and passes over the middle. If there are going to be any picks in this game, I predict they will come from the linebackers.
But the game will come down to Hauschka’s foot…and it will be one of the sweetest wins for the Seahawks this season!