Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, October 22.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks have struggled playing against teams built in a similar style as they are, “This Seahawks team — with its run-heavy approach and rookie quarterback — figured to have trouble keeping up with the high-fliers like Green Bay and New England. The reality has been the exact opposite. It’s the low-scoring affairs against similarly conservative attacks that have highlighted the Seahawks’ offensive inadequacies. Seattle has played four teams currently ranked among the league’s top 10 defenses in terms of yards allowed. The Seahawks are 1-3 in those games. All three of those defeats have come on the road, but the sites of those games might not explain everything. The Seahawks have beaten the Packers, who led the league in scoring a year ago. They have defeated the Patriots, who are the league’s top offense this year. They held Dallas — which is No. 6 in total yards this year — without a point in the second half, and they have lost to both Arizona and St. Louis, who like Seattle rank among the league’s five worst offenses.”
O’Neil also has a look at what we learned and what we’re still trying to figure out after last Thursday’s defeat at San Francisco, “You can’t take Wilson’s passing numbers at face value.
Well, 9-for-23 passing may not get it done, but how about 14-for-23? Does that sound better? Because Wilson had some passes that couldn’t have been thrown any better and should have resulted in big gains that were flat-out dropped. Wilson played very well in the first half, and if tight end Evan Moore, receiver Golden Tate and running back Robert Turbin catch balls that hit them in the hands in the first two quarters, Seattle’s lead would have been larger than 6-3 at halftime.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks’ mini-break in their schedule after Thursday night’s game is a good chance for them to catch a mid-season breather, “Most players are using the three days off to get in a mini-vacation or reconnect with family and friends. After that matchup with the Lions, Seattle will settle into a second-half schedule that includes home games against Minnesota and the New York Jets before a bye in Week 11, the latest Seattle has had a bye week since 2000. While Seattle finishes with five of its last eight games at home, they also face a potentially more difficult schedule. Seattle’s final nine opponents have a combined record of 31-22 (58.5 percent). The Seahawks’ first seven opponents have a combined record of 21-20 (51.2 winning percentage).”
Williams also highlights linebacker and special teams co-captain Heath Farwell, who has proven to be the team’s most productive special teams player, “Through seven games, Heath Farwell leads in special-teams tackles with eight. Farwell also led the NFL in special-teams tackles last season with 21, which was more impressive because he joined the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent last October, five games into the season. ‘I’m definitely not the fastest guy down there – that’s (Byron) Maxwell or (Chris) Maragos,’ Farwell said with a laugh. ‘But you’ve got to have instincts, too. I’ve got those guys running down in front of me, and I kind of play off of them. And they make a lot of stuff happen that allows me to make tackles.’ “
Dave Wyman, writing for mynorthwest.com, says you shouldn’t feel too bad about the Seahawks’ 4-3 record, “How bad should a 4-3 record feel? When you’re third loss came on the road, in a short week and against a top-five team, not that bad. Going 0-3 in the division and not beating the Cardinals or Rams on the road should feel bad. But it should feel awfully good that you did beat the Cowboys, Packers and Patriots at home. The CenturyLink Field advantage is back and I’d say that if the Seahawks could win two more road games and only lose once at home, 10-6 looks pretty good. I’ll take my chances with that record at the end of the season. Too bad the Seahawks aren’t in the AFC, where just two of the 16 teams are above .500. Here’s what else to not feel bad about: Seattle’s three losses were by a total of 17 points. In 2010, Carroll’s first season as the Seahawks’ coach, they were also 4-3 after seven games. But their three losses were by a total of 64 points. That year, the Seahawks’ average margin of defeat was a league-worst 21 points.”
Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com revisits Russell Wilson’s performance following Thursday’s game against the 49ers, “It was safe to assume Wilson wouldn’t complete as many deep throws against the 49ers as he did against the Patriots. He didn’t, but he would have had more success on such throws had it not been for some drops. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Wilson was 20 of 35 with five touchdowns and three interceptions on passes traveling more than 15 yards downfield entering Thursday, but he went just 2 of 8 with an interception against San Francisco. Tight end Evan Moore and receiver Golden Tate each dropped a pass on one of those attempts. Tate had a second drop, while running backs Robert Turbin and Marshawn Lynch dropped passes as well. Turbin might have scored had he caught his pass.”
Tim Booth of the Associated Press notes there were other problems than Wilson’s performance and the drops by the wide receivers in last Thursday’s loss to the Niners, “Seattle’s run defense allowed an opponent to top 100 total yards rushing for the first time this season. Gore’s 131 yards were the most by an individual rusher against the Seahawks since Dallas’ DeMarco Murray ran for 139 yards in Week 9 of last season, a span of 14 games. … The fact Seattle held San Francisco to just 13 points and still felt the night was a defensive disappointment exemplifies the standard to which Carroll holds the Seahawks. ‘It was a heck of a night by our defense, but I’m still frustrated that we didn’t stop a couple of things. If we stop a couple of things, the game doesn’t go like that. Now, it still was going to be close because we didn’t score much, but we need to play better in the running game,’ Carroll said.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com says the Seahawks have nine weeks to figure out what went wrong in their Week 7 loss to the 49ers before a Week 16 re-match in Seattle.
Amy Brachmann of ESPN The Magazine catches up with Wilson and asks the rookie quarterback a few off-beat questions, “What is the most embarrassing music you have to admit you listen to? There’s some *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys on my iPod. I listen to it if it comes up on shuffle. What is your guilty pleasure? Milk chocolate with caramel. What is your most irrational fear? Jumping out of a plane. I could never do that.”
For a complete look around the weekend in the NFL Peter King of SI.com has his Monday Morning Quarterback column.
Seahawks fan Chuck McGowan has his “12th Fan View” update after the Seahawks’ Week 6 victory over the New England Patriots.
Lastly, we leave you with fullback Michael Robinson’s latest episode of the Real Rob Report, which was shot prior to last Thursday’s game in San Francisco: