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Cyber surfing: Tuesday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Dec. 6:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com looks at how the Rams’ and Bears’ injury situations should assist the Seahawks in their quest to reach .500 over the next two games: “The Rams have placed 10 cornerbacks on injured reserve this season. Like the Seahawks, they are playing without both starting offensive tackles. An ankle injury has sidelined their quarterback, Sam Bradford. Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Monday the Rams weren’t sure if Bradford would return this week. … A trip to Chicago in December is rarely fun for the Bears’ opponents. Facing the Bears without Okung’s presence against Julius Peppers will be daunting. However, the Bears are hurting worse after losing quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte. The knee injury Forte suffered Sunday will sideline him for weeks.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times takes the .500 achievement a step farther by looking at the Seahawks’ chance to return to the playoffs: “No one can seriously be talking about the Seahawks’ playoff chances can they? Well, maybe not so much seriously as theoretically, but yes it’s still possible. The San Francisco 49ers have clinched the NFC West title — their first since 2002 — which leaves Seattle a 5-7 longshot for any wild-card possibilities. Now, those possibilities don’t look all that good, but losses by Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and the New York Giants this week certainly helped. Those are the four NFC teams that are not currently leading their division that have a better record than Seattle. Three of those teams already have seven wins making it unlikely that 8-8 will get anyone in the playoffs, which means Seattle likely has to win out at this point, and even then, get some help.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at another reason for optimism as the Seahawks head into their final four games – Tarvaris Jackson is getting healthier: “For the past two months, Jackson has had to take practices off during the week in order to limit his throws to make sure he’s healthy enough to play in games. But during last week’s short preparation, Jackson took all of the throws with the first unit and practiced fully for the two days leading up to Thursday’s contest against the Eagles. ’It kind of surprised me,’ Jackson said.”

Scott Johnson at the Everett Herald continues his “The Game of my Life” series with a look at Norm Johnson: “After going undrafted in 1982, Norm Johnson made the Seahawks’ roster and had such a long, productive career that he was the fourth-highest-scoring kicker in league history at the time of his 1999 retirement.”

Here at Seahawks.com, our “Monday metatarsal musings” looks at one of the reasons for the Seahawks’ recent success in running the ball: “ ‘That man is awesome in in-game adjustments,’ fullback Michael Robinson said after the game, referring to Tom Cable, the team’s assistant head coach/offensive line coach. ‘I mean, seriously. He came up with some plays at halftime. We basically came up with new plays at halftime to run the ball. He’s an offensive genius when it comes to running the ball.’ The best thing Cable did, and has been doing, wasn’t as ingenious as it was insightful: He, along with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, continued to give Lynch the ball. Lynch, the Seahawks’ Skittle-back, carried 11 times for 90 yards in the first half against the Eagles and 11 times for 58 yards in the second half. His quarter breakdown went like this: six carries for 44 yards in the first; five for 46 in the second; four for 25 in the third; and seven for 33 in the fourth.”


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