Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Oct. 22:
The big news, of course, is what has been apparent since QB Tarvaris Jackson strained his right pectoral muscle in the third quarter of the pre-bye week upset of the Giants: backup Charlie Whitehurst is the likely starter in tomorrow’s game against the Browns in Cleveland.
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at Whitehurst’s big chance. Offers O’Neil: “This is Whitehurst’s chance. It’s an opportunity that opened up because of injury, but it is an opportunity. So how did Whitehurst respond in practice? ‘This week he just took it over,’ Carroll said. ‘He just assumed that this was his job. It gave a lot of people a good feeling. The players, they don’t feel like anything is missing right now. We’d like to have Tarvaris available, but Charlie just took over.’ ”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune points out that Carroll stopped short of ruling Jackson out, even though he is listed as doubtful. Says Williams: “Jackson has been a limited participant at practice all week because of a strained pectoral suffered against the New York Giants two weeks ago. He’s been limited to light throwing in individual drills this week, with Whitehurst taking the majority of the snaps with the starters. … ‘We prepared all week long to get Charlie ready to start, and that’s what we’re thinking right now,’ Carroll said.’“But we’re going to still see what Tarvaris does in the next couple days. He threw well yesterday, and he feels OK. So we’ll go all the way up to game time to see where he is.’ ”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald says Whitehurst’s teammates have confidence in him. Offers wide receiver Mike Williams: “Nobody questions whether or not he’s ready to go or whether or not he can get it done. He’s played well on a big stage for us. . . The locker room has a lot of confidence in him and the coaches have a lot of confidence in him.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look back at Whitehurst’s impressive relief performance in the win over the Giants. Says fullback Michael Robinson: “If you’re not out there a lot, it’s hard to get a feel for what you’re comfortable with. And Charlie did a great job, man. It was very impressive.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his “final word” on the NFC West teams heading into Week 7, and he says it’s not time for the Seahawks to relax: “Seattle’s road victory over the previously 3-1 Giants gave the team a 2-1 record over its last three games, casting the Seahawks as a young team on the rise. The Browns, meanwhile, have beaten only an 0-6 Indianapolis team and an 0-5 Miami team. Winning on the road was once a bonus for Seattle, but with San Francisco running out to a 5-1 start, including 3-0 away from home, the Seahawks need to beat bad teams on the road just to stay within striking distance. They are seeking victories in back-to-back road games for the first time since 2007.”
Sando also his “best guesses” predictions for the teams in the division, and he sees a close victory for the Seahawks: “Many, many internal alarms keep going off as I prepare to predict a Seahawks victory in a 10 a.m. PT kickoff. A young team coming off a bye week and an upset victory over the Giants could be feeling a little too good about itself. Throw in a quarterback change with more shuffling on the offensive line and danger signs abound. I just cannot shake from my mind how bad the Browns looked falling behind 24-7 even after Oakland lost starting quarterback Jason Campbell. This one is on Seattle’s defense. Sando’s best guess: Seahawks 16, Browns 14.
As for the rest of the league, there’s Clark Judge’s “Peek at the Week” at CBSSports.com; and John Clayton’s “First and 10” at ESPN.com; and Jason Smith’s “Viewer’s Guide” at NFL.com, in which he predicts a shootout between the Seahawks and Browns.