Men’s Basketball cruise past Eastern Michigan, 87-69

first_imgKouat Noi had a career-high 27 points to lift the Horned Frogs to a dominant win. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto printKouat Noi had a career-high 27 points to lift the Horned Frogs to a dominant win. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoTCU men’s basketball rebounded from their first loss of the season as they cruised to an 87-69 victory over Eastern Michigan Monday night behind a career-high 27 points from forward Kouat Noi.“It sucks to lose,” Noi said. “This past week, we’ve been going hard every day and pushing each other, and it showed tonight.”In just his second game back from injury, the sophomore from Newcastle, Australia shot 11-15 from the field and 5-8 from three to go with four assists and two rebounds.“I’m always comfortable shooting the ball,” Noi said. “It was a good game today, and I give all the credit to my teammates for finding me when I was open.”Noi’s performance played a big part in TCU’s season-high 60.7 shooting percentage.The Horned Frogs stuttered out of the gates, as they missed nine of their first 11 shots and found themselves down 11-2 with 13:02 left in the first half.“This was going against zone for the first time, so you saw the struggles early,” said head coach Jamie Dixon.The Horned Frogs adjusted, and from there, it was all TCU.The long-awaited return of guard Jaylen Fisher finally paid off. While he officially returned in TCU’s previous game against Lipscomb, the junior only played seven minutes and did not score.In a span of 2:28, Fisher announced his return by hitting on three-straight three-point attempts. His electric shooting was part of a 20-6 run by the Horned Frogs, propelling them to a 35-24 halftime lead.Jaylen Fisher had 12 points in his first full game back from injury. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto“I just felt like that’s what the team needed then, you know what I mean, just a spark of the bench,” Fisher said.  “It was just a blessing for me to come in and do that.”Fisher finished the game with 12 points and five assists in 31 minutes played. He said after the game that his knee felt “not one hundred percent, but it will get there.”TCU thrived defensively, scoring 21 points off of 16 forced turnovers.“It kept us going in the first half and eventually got us going in some offense,” Dixon said. “We want our defense to lead to more offense. That’s something we need to do.”Kevin Samuel played a huge role in the efficiency that lifted the Horned Frogs to victory. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoLed by Noi and center Kevin Samuel in the second half, the Horned Frogs attacked from both outside the three-point line and inside the paint.Samuel finished the game with 15 points on 7-9 shooting to go with seven rebounds and two blocks.“You have Kouat and Jaylen, you know, they open up the floor with their shooting ability,” Samuel said. “It opens up the floor, so you can get me inside.”TCU shot 67 percent on 19 assists in the second half, including six three-pointers and five dunks.The victory pushes TCU’s record to 4-1 on the season, no longer in the top 25 after falling to Lipscomb.The Horned Frogs will return to the court at 6:30 p.m. on Friday to face Central Michigan at Schollmaier Arena.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebook Linkedin Linkedin + posts TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Twitter Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Post Twitter Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Previous articleWomen’s Basketball split games at SDSU Thanksgiving ClassicNext articleRevitalized organization to push for campus-wide sustainability Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

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Charlie Nicholas makes Barcelona v Liverpool prediction ahead of Champions League semi-final

first_img‘When you go and attack teams, Liverpool’s weakness, if there is a weakness, is their midfield. The instinct here is to say lots of goals.‘The defensive qualities of both teams have improved, so Liverpool will have to be patient, they are quite good at doing that.‘That said, I fancy Luis Suarez to get his first goal of the campaign against his old team to leave the tie wide open for the second leg. Barcelona 2-1.’Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, admits a draw would ‘not be the worst result’ for the Reds at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. Comment Advertisement Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool face Barcelona in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas believes Barcelona will edge the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool at the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening.The Reds, currently second in the Premier League, take on a Barcelona side that clinched a 26th La Liga title over the weekend.Ernesto Valverde’s side progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League after beating Manchester United 4-0 on aggregate, while Liverpool proved too strong for Porto in the last-eight.Arsenal hero Nicholas says the semi-final is a ’50-50 tie’ but believes Barcelona will travel to Anfield next week with a narrow advantage.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe told Sky Sports: ‘We are into the Hollywood part of the tournament now, and these two will be favourites to lift the trophy whoever reaches the final.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Barcelona clinched the title and Lionel Messi scored in a 30-minute cameo and was, crucially, rested.‘When you hear Messi speak about individual things you know he means business, and he has come out and said he wants the Champions League in his locker once more.‘This is a 50/50 tie in my eyes, though. When you go to the Camp Nou, you have to be cautious.⚡️ Tomorrow night’s stage ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/D8pwCWZBaK— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 30, 2019 Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Apr 2019 11:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link157Sharescenter_img Barcelona clinched the La Liga title over the weekend (Picture: Getty)‘A draw would not be the worst result in the world tomorrow,’ he said. ‘So many people came to play Barcelona and had a plan and then they got a proper knock.‘We saw the game against Real Sociedad, they did well, Levante did well, but Barcelona won.‘It’s not only about [Lionel] Messi. They have the highest quality team. They are already champions.‘Messi said before the season he wants to bring back this cup and that sounds like a threat to all of us! But we want to go to the final as well.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Charlie Nicholas makes Barcelona v Liverpool prediction ahead of Champions League semi-final Advertisementlast_img read more

Warriors will face Rockets on Christmas Day, report says

first_imgIn what’s become an NBA tradition, the Warriors are playing on Christmas again in 2019.They’ll host the re-vamped Houston Rockets in San Francisco’s new Chase Center, according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon.It’ll be the seventh consecutive Christmas game for the Warriors, who lost to LeBron James and the new-look Lakers last season. James went down in LA’s 127-101 victory and missed several weeks with a groin injury, sinking the Lakers’ playoff hopes. The Warriors are 3-3 in their last six …last_img read more

SA banks outperform global peers

first_img As part of its report, PricewaterhouseCoopers looked at South Africa as a gateway to the rest of Africa. “As growth and investment in Africa continue to accelerate, South Africa offers a portal through which companies from Asia, South America and the Middle East can tap into opportunities across the continent and African companies can reach out to other parts of SAAAME (South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East),” the report said. “With growth of more than 5% a year over the past decade, a population of over 800-million and total purchasing power over US$1.9-trillion, Africa is emerging as one of the most attractive frontiers for growth.” South Africa’s financial institutions, in particular, offer a gateway, as the country’s banking sector accounts for more than 40% of Africa’s assets and the insurance sector comprises more than 70% of the continent’s premiums. This allows these institutions to provide trade finance and support for companies looking to invest in Africa, the report said. SAinfo reporter This performance came against the backdrop of the global economic crisis and financial instability. “While there are some headwinds in the domestic economy and significant uncertainties from Europe, [South Africa’s] banks continue to demonstrate that they have the capability to manage and adapt,” the report said. To build on this success, the report said it is necessary to respond to changes in customer expectations; this includes harnessing technology for customer convenience and improving operational efficiencies. 21 September 2012 South Africa’s four major banks – Absa, FirstRand, Nedbank and Standard Bank – outperformed their Western global peers in several key areas, including return on equity, in the first half of 2012, professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a report released on Wednesday. Combined headline earnings of R21.3-billion and an average return on equity (RoE) of 15.9% saw the country’s banks beat a benchmark group of their Western counterparts, who recorded an average RoE of 2.1% for United States commercial banks and 14.7% for Canadian banks. “This was a commendable performance by South African banks in a relative sense, and a very strong performance compared to the Western world,” PricewaterhouseCoopers said in its analysis report covering the first six months of 2012. “Even more interesting is the composition of earnings for local banks when compared with other countries, which demonstrate that our banks have an enviable net interest income, non-interest revenue mix and continue to operate at favourable efficiency ratios.” Gateway to Africalast_img read more

SEA Games: PH beats Malaysia on penalties, takes shot at ice hockey gold

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH sports ‘darlings’ take on hosts in women’s volleyball SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Philippines’ team competes with Malaysia’s team (black) during Ice Hockey round robin of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYThe Philippines gets a crack at the ice hockey gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games after staying undefeated in three matches.The Filipinos’ biggest win yet was 2-1 victory over host Malaysia in penalty shootout Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT The match went into overtime after a tied game at 7-7. Neither side scored in the extra five minutes, sending the game into a shootout.The Philippines, which has defeated Singapore and Indonesia, will face Thailand for the ice hockey gold on Thursday .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe sport is being played for the first time in the regional games. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READlast_img read more

SEA Games: PH athletics team delivers 2 golds before day’s end

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Toledo defeated Thailand’s Suttisak Singkon who had 7,411 and Vietnam’s Bui Van Su who tallied 6,737.Quickly after, Beram clocked 20.84 seconds to crown himself the 200m sprint king, besting Jirapong Meenapra of Thailand (21.22 seconds) and Malaysia’s Thevarr Gunasegaran (21.26 seconds).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarco Vilog placed second in the men’s 800-meter run (1:49.91) while Mark Harry Diones also captured silver in men’s triple jump (16.63m).Fil-American Kayla Richardson, meanwhile, crashed out of the podium in the women’s 200m. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments Anthony Beram wins 200m dash. Photo from @KL2017/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines got two golden triumphs in athletics, through Aries Toledo in decathlon and Anthony Beram in men’s 200m dash late Wednesday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.Just when the country was prepared to have a dry day, 23-year-old Toledo tallied 7,433 points after 10 events to capture the gold medal at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Perlas Pilipinas rallies to stun Thailand WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

NAFTA US says auto irritant nearly solved other snags remain

first_imgWASHINGTON – The United States has confirmed a breakthrough in the NAFTA negotiations unlocking a major irritant involving automobiles, while stressing that a few remaining disagreements need to be settled before a deal is concluded.A sense of optimism that the unofficial No. 1 issue in the NAFTA talks might be close to resolution lifted the Canadian dollar more than a cent Wednesday, while the U.S. trade czar confirmed the positive developments on autos.“We’re finally starting to converge,” Robert Lighthizer said, while delivering a progress report to the U.S. Congress.“I think we’re in a pretty good place.”The U.S. is pushing for a deal within weeks. Otherwise, the process risks being punted into 2019. By mid-spring, it will be too late to complete the legal steps that would allow a ratification vote in the U.S. before midterm elections usher in a new Congress.Lighthizer summarized the state of the talks this way: “I believe that we have made a great deal of progress — but we still have a ways to go. I have urged our trading partners to recognize that time is short if we are to complete a deal in time for consideration by this Congress.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he believes that a deal is “eminently possible.”“There seems to be a certain momentum around the table now that I certainly take as positive,” he said at a Toronto news conference.That said, serious irritants remain.The blunt-spoken Lighthizer minced no words while listing several of them — he referred specifically to Canadian policies on dairy, culture, wine, and intellectual property. Dispute settlement rules and Buy American issues are also sticking points.— Of Canada’s intellectual-property rules, Lighthizer said: “Canada has Third World intellectual property protection. Getting them to accept First World is not easy.” In its annual report on the topic, the U.S. lists its main concerns as Canada’s enforcement of counterfeit crimes, and its looser rules for educational exemptions.— On cultural protections: A lawmaker complained that Canada has abused the exemption on cultural products. He referred to Canada’s blocking the QVC shopping network on cultural grounds. Lighthizer replied: “There’s a legitimate case for some cultural exceptions. But it’s not for this kind of thing. … The cultural exemption is very often just cultural protectionism.” Trudeau, though, tied culture to bilingualism, “which highlights just how incredibly important it is for us to protect our culture, our languages, our creative sectors, our artists.”— Online shopping: The U.S. wants more online purchases of American goods. Lighthizer ridiculed the disparity between what the U.S. allows citizens to import duty-free versus what Canada allows — US$800, versus $20 in Canada: “(That’s) just ridiculous… There’s no one that can argue that.”— On wine sales, the U.S. is already fighting Canada at the WTO for discriminatory rules on store shelves. Lighthizer said: “It’s just rank protectionism at the provincial level in Canada.”— Dairy remains a major problem. Lawmaker Devin Nunes, a third-generation dairy farmer, lamented Canada’s limits on imports under supply management. “Canada has been getting away with murder in their dairy industry,” he said. “It’s causing tremendous problems for farmers here in the United States.”Lighthizer concurred. He said it’s also a problem in other supply-managed sectors, poultry and eggs. He expressed some sympathy for Canada’s challenges in dismantling the system, but he said he hopes to negotiate reforms.“It’s difficult for them to change their policies in these areas,” Lighthizer said.“Having said that it’s a very high priority to make changes in the Canadian dairy programs. … I’m hopeful that when we put the final deal together it’s something we will make real headway on.”Trudeau suggested that will mean a fight: “We’re going to continue to defend supply management, because it works.”Lighthizer predicted how the final hours of bargaining will unfold: he said the last issues to be sorted out will include sensitive agricultural areas, such as dairy and wine, as well as intellectual property.But he said he envisions a new NAFTA with 33 chapters — up from the current 22 — that benefits every country.He said his primary goal is to steer back some manufacturing from Mexico, through several means: driving up wages in Mexico, new auto rules and weakening the investor-state protections that allow companies to sue foreign governments under Chapter 11.“The Canadians, to be honest, have a similar objective,” Lighthizer said.He said he wants guarantees that Mexican workers will get to vote by secret ballot on collective bargaining agreements. On dispute resolution, he was pressed by 103 Republican lawmakers who released a letter demanding that he maintain the investor-state system.Lighthizer pushed back.If an American company wants to move a plant from Texas to Mexico, and is frightened that, for example, socialist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador might win the presidential election and discriminate against foreign companies, why, Lighthizer asked, should U.S. trade policy help provide reassurance?last_img read more

Unknown Shalini Yadav to challenge Modi in Varanasi

first_imgLucknow: The Samajwadi Party has fielded Shalini Yadav as the joint candidate of the SP-BSP alliance in Varanasi to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections.A light-weight candidate, Shalini Yadav has unsuccessfully contested he Mayoral polls in Varanasi on a Congress ticket in 2017.Shalini Yadav is the daughter of former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Shyamlal Yadav.Samajwadi Party sources said that none of the senior party leaders in the region were willing to contest against the Prime Minister and the party then decided to field Shalini Yadav who joined the party on Monday evening. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”I will work to the best of my abilities under the guidance of Akhilesh Yadav and try to wrest the seat from the BJP. The youth is on our side and nothing is impossible if you make the effort,” she told reporters.The Varanasi seat had been won by Murli Manohar Joshi in 2009 and became a VIP seat in 2014 when Narendra Modi defeated his nearest rival Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party by a huge margin of over 3.75 lakh votes.Polling in Varanasi will be held in the last phase of elections on May 19.last_img read more

Can The Seahawks Get Back To The Super Bowl

2015116117115109— The Seattle Seahawks came into 2015 as championship favorites, having put up one of the best two-year runs in NFL history, with a bid for back-to-back titles undone by one of the most shocking twist endings in Super Bowl history. But things went downhill in a hurry. Seattle lost four of its first six games; then won two in a row, against the foundering 49ers and Cowboys; and in Week 10 dropped a crucial home game against the Cardinals that effectively killed any chance of a third consecutive NFC West crown. It was mid-November and the Seahawks were unlikely to make the playoffs, let alone win the Super Bowl.You can’t keep a good fish-eating bird of prey down, though. After three straight wins, including an impressive 38-7 dismantling of Minnesota on the road on Sunday, the Seahawks look like they’re rounding back into form — and are nearly back in their familiar perch atop our NFL Elo ratings. Elo even gives Seattle a healthy 83 percent shot at making the playoffs now. But making the playoffs and regaining the preseason championship favorite designation are two very different things, and reasons why the latter will be much more difficult for Seattle can be found both on the field and in the NFL’s playoff format.Russell Wilson is back!First, some good news: Seattle’s offense is showing signs of life. Since Week 11, QB Russell Wilson’s aerial attack has led the NFL by a mile in passing expected points added (EPA) per dropback — the difference between the No. 1 Seahawks and No. 2 Bengals is bigger than the gap between Cincinnati and the No. 19 Titans — after ranking 21st through Week 10. It helps that the three defenses Seattle has played — the 49ers, Steelers and Vikings — have mediocre EPA ratings against the pass, but the ways in which the passing game has improved are also encouraging.One puzzling thing about Seattle’s early-season passing woes is that they came despite the addition of Jimmy Graham — a tight end so productive with New Orleans that he wanted to be called a wide receiver. Graham had led all NFL TEs in receiving yards over the preceding three seasons and was expected to add a new dimension to the Seahawks’ offense.Thing is, Graham wasn’t associated with especially efficient short passing for New Orleans, doing most of his damage on seam routes and other deeper patterns. He was 17th among the league’s 32 qualifying1Minimum 80 targets. tight ends in yards per target on passes of 10 yards or fewer from 2012 to 2014; Saints QB Drew Brees ranked only 16th in Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) when tossing short to TEs.2Compared to his third-place ranking in passes of all yards, to all positions, over the same span. In Seattle this season, the same trends have manifested. The Seahawks have been great when Wilson throws the ball more than 10 yards downfield, but they ranked only 15th in per-dropback EPA on shorter routes during the season’s first 10 weeks, with Wilson also suffering the league’s worst sack rate.3Hence, their 21st overall ranking — they were good at deep passing but mediocre on short targets and allowed sacks at a frequency that would impress even David Carr. Graham ranks 17th once again in yards per target on short passes, and Wilson ranks 23rd in QBR on short passes to TEs.So perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the Seahawks’ short passing attack saw the opposite of adverse effects when Graham was injured for the season against the Steelers in Week 12. Or perhaps football is an incredibly complicated sport with a small sample of games each season, and it’s difficult to filter signal from noise in any individual player’s statistical footprint. Either way, Wilson and the Seahawks have finally found their passing rhythm of late and since Week 11 have had the league’s most efficient passing offense on both short and long routes, with Wilson being sacked 40 percent less often.It’s a good thing that the passing game is picking up. Seattle’s rushing EPA per play is down quite a bit from last year’s ridiculously efficient output, and the team’s defense has been on the downturn from its typical dominant form.Not the same SeahawksWe can trace Seattle’s evolution over the course of the Russell Wilson Era using the team grades I developed here, which place per-play EPA in a given category on a scale where the league average is 100 and one standard deviation in performance is +/- 15 points: OFFENSE RATINGDEFENSE RATING 2013116101139108Won Super Bowl YEARPASSINGRUSHINGPASSINGRUSHINGPLAYOFFS 2014104138122128Lost Super Bowl 201211811411993Lost divisional round Because passing is more important than rushing in today’s NFL, it won’t take much of an aerial improvement for the Seahawks to compensate for their decline in the ground game this season. However, the team’s defensive drop-off is more concerning. In 2013, Seattle defended the pass about as well as any team ever has, but it’s steadily become more mortal over time. The Seahawks now rank 14th — decent but not great — at defending short4Again, defined as pass attempts of 10 or fewer air yards. passes (they ranked second in 2013 and 2014) and a below-average 18th against deep ones (first in 2013 and 2014). Add in a commensurate drop in rush defense (to 10th this year) and the Seahawks — while still better than average on D — are no longer the fearsome defensive leviathan they built a reputation as over the past few seasons.As I mentioned earlier, even given all that, the Seahawks have still mustered nearly the best Elo rating in the league. But Elo also pegs Seattle’s chance of winning the Super Bowl at a mere 6 percent, far below the chances of their peers atop the Elo food chain. Even Denver and Cincinnati, inferior clubs according to Elo, have double-digit Super Bowl probabilities. The reason is simple: The teams ahead of Seattle have either already clinched their division (Carolina) or are overwhelmingly likely to do so.Seattle, meanwhile, almost certainly has a wild card date in its future. That means the Seahawks will need to win one more playoff game than most of their fellow title contenders. (Carolina and New England are practically guaranteed first-round byes; Arizona is highly likely to earn the same; and Denver and Cincinnati are nearly a toss-up to grab the remaining slot.) And as a likely No. 5 or 6 seed, Seattle will have to do it on the road. The reality of an extra single-elimination test slices into Seattle’s Super Bowl probability considerably.Assuming that the Seahawks do make the playoffs, though, they’ll be on everyone’s list of dark-horse Super Bowl candidates — and nobody’s list of preferred postseason opponents. They may not be in their typical role as title favorites, but all it might take to change that are sustained improvements in the passing game and a first-round playoff victory. read more