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Cyber surfing: Saturday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” out the Seahawks for today, Nov. 26:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his “Final Word” heading into the conclusion of Week 12 in the NFC West, including this look at the division “race”: “The 49ers were in position to clinch the division title with a victory against Baltimore and a Seattle defeat at home to Washington. But with the 49ers losing to the Ravens on Thursday night, it is still technically possible for the Seahawks or Cardinals to match San Francisco’s victory total this season. The 49ers play three of their final four on the road. The home game is against Pittsburgh. The Seahawks play their next three at home against losing teams, followed by a road game against the quarterback-challenged Bears. If the 49ers beat St. Louis in Week 13 and win at Arizona in Week 14, they’ll win the NFC West. If they were to drop that Arizona game and then lose to the Steelers, a four-game winning streak by Seattle would make the Week 16 game between the Seahawks and 49ers meaningful. The 49ers have two games remaining against the Rams, making it nearly impossible for them to do anything but win the West.”

Sando also goes deep with this look at the Seahawks’ pass game: “Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin have been the best wide receivers on the team. In looking at the chart, it’s clear receiving talent isn’t the only factor at work. The Seahawks’ leading receiver from last season, Mike Williams, and one of its top free-agent additions, Zach Miller, also have good receiving skills. Tarvaris Jackson hasn’t been nearly as effective when targeting them. His rapport with Rice from their days together in Minnesota has come into play. Baldwin’s excellence from the slot has made him the team’s most reliable target on third down.”

Speaking of Jackson, Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has the surprising development from Friday’s practice – Jackson participating fully: “The fact Tarvaris Jackson was able to throw on back-to-back days at practice is a sign his strained pectoral muscle is healing. The fact Jackson has not been able to do that until this week — a month and a half after he suffered the injury — is a sign of just how hurt that muscle was.”

Eric Williams at the New Tribune looks at the other side of the injury situation – defensive tackle Alan Branch not practicing all week because of sore ankle: “For the first time this season, the Seattle Seahawks could be without a key player in one of the team’s most effective units. Branch did not practice this week because of an ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday’s game against Washington. He is a game-time decision.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald looks at how the Seahawks and their opponent on Sunday, the Washington Redskins, are heading in opposite directions: “The Washington Redskins, who come to Seattle this weekend with a 3-7 record, are only one game worse than the Seahawks according to the standings, but the way the two teams have gotten to where they are 10 games into the season couldn’t be more different. The Seahawks, after losing three in a row, bounced back with a victory over Baltimore, one of the AFC’s top teams, then won handily on the road last week against St. Louis. Suddenly the young Seahawks look like a team on the rise — one that, while unlikely to make the playoffs, is in position to finish the season strong. The Redskins meanwhile, have lost six in a row, completely killing the momentum they had early in the season after a surprising 3-1 start. Their current losing streak is the longest endured by the franchise since 1998.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at how coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have come up with the uniquely special pieces that comprise a Seahawks defense that has been puzzling for opponents: “ ‘You know what? It’s crazy, but it’s all come together,” nickel back Roy Lewis said. ‘Players may not see what coach’s vision is, but the coach understands completely how he wants to put guys and different pieces of the puzzle together. When it all comes together and it all clicks and every piece is accounted for, it’s a force to be reckoned with. … We really do have everything under the sun. We’ve got aggressive guys. We’ve got cover guys. We’ve got big hitters. We’ve got sure tacklers. We’ve got who fits the roles. And as (safety) Atari Bigby always says, ‘If you’re going to play a role, why not win an Oscar for it.’ ”

We’re also got the team’s final full practice of the week covered in “Friday in Hawkville,” as well as Tony Ventrella’s video recap.

For a look at the rest of the league, there’s John Clayton’s “First and 10” at ESPN.com; Clark Judge’s “Peek at the Week” at CBSSports.com; and Peter King’s “Game Plan” at SI.com.


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