Tuesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 8:

FOCUS ON

A running contradiction. How can a defense that is allowing the second-lowest per-carry average in the NFL be ranked only 13th in rushing defense?

That’s the situation the Seahawks find themselves in heading into Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens at CenturyLink Field. They are allowing 3.4 yards per carry, which ties them with the Ravens – .1 yard behind the Cincinnati Bengals.

But they’re also allowing 110.4 rushing yards per game, which ranks behind the 49ers (70.8), Bengals (84.5), Ravens (86.8), Texans (91.4), Vikings (94.4), Steelers (95.6), Falcons (96.5), Packers (100.0), Patriots (102.3), Cowboys (102.4) and Jaguars and Bears (both 110.0).

How does that happen? Opponents have run the ball against the Seahawks 257 times. Only the Colts (318) and Browns (261) have faced more running plays. The 49ers, by comparison, have faced 163 runs.

When you fall behind, which the Seahawks have in the first halves seven times in eight games, opponents tend to run more against you – even when they getting fewer yards per carry.

ROSTER ROULETTE

Wide receiver Deon Butler was activated off the physically unable to perform list today, and defensive tackle Pep Levingston was signed off the practice squad.

To clear spots on the 53-man roster, rookie wide receiver Kris Durham was placed on injured reserve and defensive tackle Al Woods was released. The team also signed wide receiver Patrick Williams to its practice squad, and released guard Paul Fanaika.

For those scoring at home, that’s 209 transactions since Jan. 17. For more on today’s moves, click here.

STAT DU JOUR

The Seahawks play their ninth game of the season on Sunday, and Game No. 9 has been good to them in the past – especially when playing at home. The Seahawks are 21-14 overall in ninth games, 13-6 in Seattle. Here’s a look at their past Game No. 9 performances:

Year       Outcome

2010      W, at Arizona 36-18

2009      L, at Arizona 31-20

2008      L, at Miami 21-19

2007      W, 49ers 24-0

2006      W, Rams 24-22

2005      W, Rams 31-16

2004      L, at St. Louis 23-12

2003      L, at Washington 27-20

2002      W, at Arizona 27-6

2001     W, at Buffalo 23-20

2000      L, Chiefs 24-19

1999      W, Broncos 20-17

1998      W, Chiefs 24-12

1997       L, at Denver 30-27

1996       W, Oilers 23-16

1995       W, Giants 30-28

1994       L, Bengals 20-17 OT

1993       L, at Houston 24-14

1992       L, Redskins 16-3

1991       W, Chargers 20-9

1990       W, at Kansas City 17-16

1989       L, at Kansas City 20-10

1988       W, Chargers 17-14

1987       W, Packers 24-13

1986       L, Jets 38-7

1985       W, Raiders 33-3

1984       W, at San Diego 24-0

1983       W, at Raiders 34-21

1982        W, Broncos 13-11

1981        L, at Green Bay 34-24

1980        L, Eagles 27-20

1979        W, at Atlanta 31-28

1978        L, Broncos 20-17 OT

1977        W, at NY Jets 17-0

1976        W, Falcons 31-13

UP NEXT

The players return from their off day Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

Tickets for the game against the Ravens are available and can be purchased here.

YOU DON’T SAY

“That’s all we’ve ever talked about. We talk about one day at a time and how we really try to hit it home with one practice at a time and all that. So we try to maximize the opportunity of that day.” – coach Pete Carroll on his approach with a team that has so many young players


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