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Cyber surfing: Wednesday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Dec. 14:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times takes a look at three things we learned in Monday night’s win over the Rams, including this one: “Rookie receiver Doug Baldwin might have an “S” on that chest. Not only has he caught 45 passes – third-most among all rookies – but in the first five minutes of Monday’s game he returned the opening kickoff 37 yards, downed a punt at the St. Louis 6 and blocked a punt that fullback Michael Robinson returned 17 yards for a touchdown. Baldwin is not going to break the franchise’s record for receptions by a rookie, set by Joey Galloway with 67, but Baldwin has been the biggest boon to Seattle’s offense this season.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at Golden Tate, and how the second-year receiver is taking advantage of the opportunities that are coming his way: “Tate got his chance when Sidney Rice was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list three weeks ago because of a concussion. Since then, Tate has started two games and has had seven catches for 86 yards and a touchdown in those games – including three catches for 39 yards against St. Louis, along with a 14-yard run.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald is your guide for a tour of what has to happen for the surging Seahawks to make the playoffs: “If the playoffs started today, these six NFC teams would be in: 1. Green Bay (13-0, NFC North champ), 2. San Francisco (10-3, NFC West champ), 3. New Orleans (10-3, NFC South champ), 4. New York Giants (7-6, NFC East champ), 5. Atlanta (8-5, wild card), 6. Detroit (8-5, wild card). These four would be on the outside looking in: Chicago (7-6), Dallas (7-6), Seattle (6-7), Arizona (6-7). So now the question is what needs to happen in the final three weeks of the season for Seattle to move into that top six. Obviously with Atlanta and Detroit already sitting on eight wins, it will be nearly impossible for Seattle to make it at 8-8, so first thing’s first: The Seahawks must win out. So for the purpose of this story, we’ll assume the Seahawks win the rest of their games and finish with a 9-7 overall record and 8-4 conference mark.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his weekly “Stock Watch” in the NFC West, and Baldwin is an obvious choice for one of the “risers” spots: “The undrafted rookie opened the game with a 37-yard kickoff return. He blocked one punt, downed another at the St. Louis 6-yard line and added a 29-yard touchdown reception. Baldwin was one of several young Seattle players making a positive impact. Rookie linebacker K.J. Wright finished the game with eight total tackles, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, one sack and one pass defensed.”

Sando also looks at the YAC impact of the receivers in the division: “Baldwin gained 73 of his 93 yards after the catch Monday night, a season-high for a Seattle player.”

Here at Seahawks.com, “Monday metatarsal musings” morphs into “Tuesday metatarsal musings” because of the Monday night game, and we look at the ability of the running game to keep producing despite the loss of three starters on the offensive line: “ ‘We’re just kind of filling in,’ said Max Unger, who has been a rock at center in the sea of seemingly endless change on either side of him. ‘It’s still the same group that we’ve had for the most part since (training) camp.’ It’s just that the line has reached the bottom of the depth they entered the season with, and still are getting the job done. The players give ample credit to Tom Cable, the offensive line coach. ‘Coach Cable and our offensive coaches prepare us like we could be in there at any time,’ right guard Lemuel Jeanpierre said. ‘Coach Cable always talks about being a professional, and being a professional is not only practicing hard in our individual drills, it’s preparing in the playbook and everything like that. You watch us in practice; we’ve still got the same tempo we had in camp. Coach Cable’s motto is, ‘You take the hill.’ So you just take the hill and try to get better every day.’ ”

We’ve also got a look at just how productive Marshawn Lynch has been running behind that line in “Tuesday in Hawkville,” as well as a look at the Chicago Bears in “Up next.” And there’s also a look back at the win over the Rams in Rod Mar’s photo blog and Tony Ventrella’s video review.

Chris Burke at SI.com takes a look at the Bears’ Marion Barber, who’s subbing for injured back Matt Forte, and it’s not a pretty picture: “How unexpected was Barber’s fumble? Well, it was his first fumble since Week 13 of the 2009 season, a stretch of 277 carries. The turnover wouldn’t have been possible, though, if not for Barber’s mental block in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter. … when Barber bounced to his left in an effort to get outside and allowed himself to be knocked out of bounds. The Broncos then got the ball back with 56 seconds on the clock.”


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