It’s the first preseason game of 2017 for the Seattle Seahawks, and their sexy dance is already in midseason form:
No. 98 defensive tackle, Garrison Smith, is seen showing off the dance moves here. This was after a pick-six and as you can expect, when a defensive player gets the opportunity to show off his moves, he’s gonna do it.
If you haven’t been keeping up, the Seattle Seahawks are the kings of sexy dance:
The only thing that comes close is Denver’s Von Miller. But he is only one man:
The Seahawks have it down to a science — so much so that Michael Bennett has determined exactly how many thrusts will get you a fine vs. how many thrusts will get you a baby. And we respect that.
With the NFL easing up on its punishment for celebration, there is no doubt that the Seahawks are fully prepared to take advantage of this and continue their dominance of sexy dancing celebrations.
Depends. If you’re a Volunteers fan, absolutely. Rookie quarterback Joshua Dobbs, a fourth-round pick out of Tennessee, will get the start for the Steelers. Dobbs isn’t a finished product, but he’ll have a chance to show the Steelers if he’s worth investing time and work into. That could mean Dobbs can eventually succeed Roethlisberger — or at the very least backup Landry Jones, who is out due to injury.
Friday’s preseason showdown will likely be a sloppy affair between two teams taking their first game reps, but it will also give a glimpse of how two expected contenders will look in 2017. The Steelers and Giants both have explosive offenses led by veteran championship quarterbacks. If their defenses can rise to the occasion, Week 1 of this year’s preseason could be a preview of the final week of the postseason.
The Seattle Seahawks crushed the Minnesota Vikings when those NFC teams met back in Week 13. The Seahawks will get a chance to beat the Vikings in Minnesota for a second time this season as a road betting favorite when the teams do battle on Wild Card Weekend.
The Seahawks opened as 5-point road favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com against the Vikings for their Wild Card matchup, with Seattle having topped Minnesota 38-7 and easily covering the 3-point spread on the road when they met in early December. Seattle is also coming off a blowout victory, knocking off the Cardinals in Arizona by a 36-6 score to close out their regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon.
After Blair Walsh opened the scoring with a 39-yard field goal, Aaron Rodgers marched the Packers down the field on a 16-play drive that went 70 yards, but the Packers also had to settle for a field goal. Mason Crosby tied things up with a 28-yarder.
Things continued to be a low-scoring affair, with neither team’s defenses giving up much. Teddy Bridgewater set up another scoring opportunity by driving down in the red zone, but the drive stalled out at the 14-yard line and Walsh gave the Vikings the 6-3 lead with another field goal. That would be same lead Minnesota takes into halftime, with Green Bay unable to muster up much of any offense.
The Vikings finally scored the game’s first touchdown in the third quarter, thanks to the superhuman efforts of Adrian Peterson. After driving down to the 2-yard line, Bridgewater handed the ball off to Peterson, who barreled his way through the line and carried a couple of defenders into the end zone.
New York Giants: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
The Giants need an intimidating and effective force up front, and at 6’7, few seem more menacing on the field than Buckner. When you add in his 10.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss this season, his production matches the expectations his size suggests. Buckner has a good first step for a player his size, and can obviously cover a lot of ground in a hurry.
The defensive backs were the last group to participate in the 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL Combine, wrapping up the performances in the Combine’s most popular drill Monday.
Highlighting the group of defensive backs were Washington’s Marcus Peters, Alabama’s Landon Collins and Michigan State’s Trae Waynes. But it was a different Collins who stole the show early in the morning.
LSU’s Jalen Collins is one of the biggest cornerbacks in the 2015 NFL Draft class at 6’1, 203 pounds, yet still managed to have one of the top times among the defensive backs. His 4.48 time topped most of the other participants in the drill, although it was Waynes who wound up setting the top time of 4.31 seconds. Mississippi State’s Justin Cox wasn’t far behind at 4.36 seconds, and Florida State’s Ronald Darby was right behind him with a time of 4.38 seconds. Peters managed to post a time of 4.53 seconds.
Jean Francois also reported interest from both the Seattle Seahawks and his former team, the 49ers. In fact, Jean Francois was in Seattle for a visit on Thursday, according to another tweet from Rapoport. Seattle has one of the best defenses in the league and is preparing for the departure of its own free agents. Washington has struggled big time in recent seasons, though, and Jean Francois will get every opportunity to start and make a difference.
Jean Francois played in all 16 games this past season, putting up 28 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery to go along with six passes defensed. The defensive line is one of Washington’s biggest needs this offseason, with Jason Hatcher struggling (after being a marquee free agent signing in 2014) and multiple injuries along the line, namely to Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield.
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