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29 Nov 2012

ESPN Upset Watch: Seahawks over Bears

What happens when the offense that depends more on its No. 1 receiver than any other meets the defense that leads the league in defending against No. 1 receivers?

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 29 Nov 2012

10 comments, Last at 03 Mar 2013, 2:04am by perruques


by Tballgame (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:11pm

The league suspends your cornerbacks and the No. 1 receiver runs free?

by casey (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:26pm

It's the strangest thing - even though I am an Insider subscriber, when I go to Aaron's upset watch piece, Insider asks me to sign in, and then won't let me access the full story. Very weird. Happens all the time. I can access all other Insider content fine.

I know this is an ESPN problem, not a FBO problem (I'll talk to them about it) - but Aaron, if they say no one is reading this piece, maybe it's ESPN's fault.

by DisplacedPackerFan :: Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:25pm

Usually I can fix this by first opening a tab to some other ESPN Insider piece and then opening the Upset Watch link in a new tab. It is generally only Upset Watch that ever has this issue for me, other Insider content that FO links to on ESPN generally works just fine to open however I want.

by dmstorm22 :: Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:32pm

What happens when a team that scores 16 points per game on the road plays against a team that allows just 13 at home?

/yes, I know there are schedule strenght's I'm not accounting for here.

by Karl Cuba :: Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:52pm

"Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Lloyd were the only No. 1 receivers to gain more than 55 yards against the Seahawks."

How are you defining no 1 receivers? I would have thought that Welker would be the Pats' no 1.

by Joe C (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2012 - 4:30pm

Welker might be the pats no 1, but he was lined up against Trufant all game (when Welker torched Seattle), I'm assuming Sherman and Browner will be up against Marshall all game.

by Travis :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 2:17pm

Jeremy Kerley had 57 yards against the Seahawks, and he'd be considered the Jets' #1 WR by most standards.

by Moon Hippo (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2012 - 9:03pm

This kind of depends on what the Bears do with Marshall.

My impression from watching the Seahawks games so far is that Browner plays right corner, Sherman plays left - they rarely move about and follow WRs.

So, if the Bears want Marshall to be able to get free, just put him in the slot on passing downs...

by Eddo :: Thu, 11/29/2012 - 9:38pm

They've done that sporadically this year, most notably against the Cowboys.

by perruques (not verified) :: Sun, 03/03/2013 - 2:04am

Jeremy Kerley had 58 yards against the Seahawks, and he'd be considered the Jets' WR by most standards.