Long week for me, football pals, building a house and working 50 hours at my "real" job, so here's an abbreviated StatHawk column instead of something in-depth. Tune in next week for valuable content.
In the meantime, captive audience, how about a round of "would you rather"? Here's the dilemma: Rams or Packers? The Hawks have spent the Russell Wilson Era cultivating some very nice rivalries with those two fine franchises.
In a vacuum, you'd rather Rams, right? I'd rather Rams. They don't have a Hall of Fame quarterback, they don't have a single playoff win in the last decade, let alone a Lombardi. They don't do winning seasons anymore.
And yet. And yet. Here are the statistical "highlights" from the last three seasons' worth of rivalry matchups.
|Category||When Playing Rams||When Playing Packers||Notes|
|Record||4-3||3-0||Yes, fine, all three GB games were at the CLink, whatever.|
|Opposing QB Comp-Att-Yds-TD-INT||139-218-1790-6-8||68-106-590-2-3||St. Louis QB's featured: Sam Bradford x2, Kellen Clemens x2, Austin Davis, Shaun Hill(!), Nick Foles|
|Opposing QB rating||83.3||73.2||You remember that Rodgers is the highest-rated quarterback of all time.|
|Russell Wilson Comp-Att-Yds-TD-INT||129-187-1525-7-5||43-78-538-5-4||Both these jerk teams pick Wilson off frequently.|
|Russ QB rating||94.9||76.8||Weird, right? Passer rating isn't everything.|
|Hawks points scored||151||78|
|Hawks points allowed||118||50|
|Average game score||22-17||26-17|
|Pts/defensive possession||1.64||1.61||Consistency. Also, Packers scored 2.63 points per drive in 2014.|
|Pts/offensive possession||2.19||2.29||Consistency. Hawks were at 2.19, 2.12 and 2.13 last three seasons.|
|This row intentionally||left||blank;||Your statement continues below.|
|Sacks suffered||31||7||Fuckin' Rams.|
|Opponent rushing yards/game and YPC||82.4 and 3.3||99.7 and 4.2||Weird, right? Rushing yards aren't everything.|
|Marshawn Lynch Att-Yds-YPC-TD||119-524-4.4-3||70-365-5.2-3||Except of course when Marshawn is involved.|
|Earl Thomas chops + shoulder injuries||1||1||Push|
|Golden Tate troll jobs||1 ( heart u golden )||1 ( heart u golden )||( still heart u golden )|
|ST scores allowed||3||0||Jeff Fisher can go suck on a poisonous jellyfish.|
(No, I'm not making a chart of successful/unsuccessful trick plays.)
Football is so dang weird sometimes, right?