Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, October 26.
Larry Stone of the Seattle Times writes that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is looking to take the success he’s had at home to the road, “Wilson has completed 60 percent of his passes at home, averaging 191.3 yards, with six touchdowns, no interceptions, and five sacks. On the road, he’s completing 59 percent, averaging 164 yards with just two touchdowns, seven interceptions and nine sacks. Even in his one road victory, against Carolina, Wilson’s QB rating of 82.3 was lower than in any of the home games. Asked Thursday about the disparity, Wilson pointed out how close the Seahawks were to winning all three games that turned into road defeats. ‘I think the biggest difference is that we have to play a little bit better,’ he said. ‘We’ve lost some very, very close games on the road, and so we just need to finish those games. That’s what it really comes down to. Just focusing on executing and finishing, especially in the second half, third quarters and fourth quarters. We just have to make the plays when we need them.’ ”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has the Seahawks and Lions injury reports from Thursday, noting Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson participated in limited fashion with knee soreness.
John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune comments on the NFL trade deadline, and on the Seahawks’ lack of interest in making a move to add to their receiving corps, “The NFL extended its trade deadline by two weeks this year, from the Tuesday following Week 6 until the Tuesday following Week 8. So there’s time for the Seahawks to swing a deal – 11 days – but I doubt they’ll be active. Acquiring somebody like [Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne] Bowe would require them to surrender future draft picks, and future draft picks are a more coveted commodity in the NFL than actual players, even those who are proven.”
Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune highlights Detroit pass-rusher Ndamukong Suh, “The Seattle Seahawks are more than aware of the havoc that Suh and his defensive linemates can cause Sunday in Detroit. ‘He’s a real good defensive lineman,’ said Seahawks center Max Unger, who will have to block Suh on more than a few occasions. ‘He’s a talented player and you definitely need to know where he’s at on the field.’ Just ask Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler about the Suh experience. On Monday Night Football, Suh needed all of one arm and a little momentum to body-slam the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Cutler into the Soldier Field turf like he was feather pillow. It was a gruesome, nasty but legal hit that left Cutler with a sprained left shoulder. The seemingly 2 million replays in the days following didn’t make the hit look any less painful. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has seen it more than enough times. ‘I’m not worried about that at all,’ he said. ‘I focus on what I can control, getting the ball out on time, with rhythm and an accurate football. And I just play the game.’ ”
Michael Rushton of The Sports Network previews Sunday’s matchup in the Motor City, “It has been bizarro world for the Lions, who have struggled scoring while watching their defense continue to exceed expectations. Detroit would be one of the league’s more dangerous teams if it can get the offense on the same level as the other side of the game. A matchup with Seattle’s hard-nosed defense with extra rest isn’t the best remedy, nor is the loss of Burleson. The Seahawks’ offense doesn’t set the world on fire and that is the reason that the Lions may have the edge this weekend since they luck out by not having to travel to Seattle. Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Lions 17, Seahawks 16″
John Boyle of the Everett Herald also touches on Wilson’s struggles away from CenturyLink Field this season, “Wilson is convinced that improvement isn’t too far away, and that no drastic changes are needed. If a few more passes had been caught last week, or if Wilson hadn’t forced a ball into triple coverage, the passing-game numbers would look drastically different. ‘We just have to make a few more plays here and there,’ he said. ‘That’s really what it comes down to. In all the games we’ve lost, we’ve had an opportunity to win the game at the very end and we just fell short for whatever reason. We’ve also won one as well on the road, and we’ve made those plays when we needed to. I think that’s the only difference. There’s no need to go searching for an exact answer, that is the answer: just making the plays when we need to make them.’ ”
Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com notes that despite the Lions recent struggles on offense, the Seahawks defense knows what they are capable of, “While the 2-4 Lions have struggled to find the end zone this season, they are still a potent offense. [Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus] Bradley pointed out that quarterback Matthew Stafford and Detroit’s offense is still averaging over 400 yards per game. Part of Detroit’s struggles, Bradley said, has been fumbles in the red zone. Turnovers killed two scoring chances Monday in a loss at Chicago. Bradley said he has been stressing the importance of his defense causing more interceptions and fumbles, especially in road games. Bradley said the Seahawks defense had its pride hurt by several big running plays against San Francisco. Detroit runs similar quick-hitting trap run plays up the middle.”
Swartz also says the Seahawks have great respect for Suh and the Lions’ pass rush, “Preparing for his first confrontation with Suh, Seahawks center Max Unger sees a very good lineman who plays the game hard. ‘He’s made a lot of great plays in the first couple years, and you just have to know where he is and not do anything crazy,’ Unger said. ‘You can’t freak out against a player that good. You have to have a game plan and stay with it.’ Suh has mutual respect for the Seahawks, most notably running back Marshawn Lynch. The two have spent time together on television and photo commercial shoots.”
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” discuss whether or not getting tight end Zach Miller more involved in the passing game would help the rookie quarterback Wilson in this short video.
Brock Huard and Mike Salk of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Salk” offer their opinions on the Seahawks’ Week 8 road matchup with the Lions in this short video.
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report from Thursday’s practice, including a couple interesting nuggets of knowledge on the Lions, “The Lions’ offense has the potential to break out at any time but they have a challenge in facing the Seattle defense. Detroit is 3-43 over their last 46 games dating back to November 2007 when scoring 21 points or fewer. Seattle is allowing just 15.1 points per game and has only allowed 21 points once this season in their 24-23 win over the New England Patriots. If Seattle can keep the Lions offense under 21 points, history shows Seattle should have a very good chance to win the game.”
Tim Booth of the Associated Press points to historical evidence that NFL teams can succeed when they limit their throws on offense while acclimating a rookie quarterback to the League, “Seattle is averaging 25 pass attempts per game and is on pace for 400 pass attempts this year. In the last 12 seasons, only five teams have attempted less than 400 passes in a season: Atlanta in 2004, Pittsburgh in 2004 and 2005, San Francisco in 2005 and the 2009 New York Jets. Not surprisingly, in three of those circumstances the teams were starting rookie quarterbacks – Ben Roethlisberger, Alex Smith and Mark Sanchez. Perhaps surprisingly, the combined record of those five teams was 50-30 with three of those teams winning at least 11 games. In no way is that an indication of how the Seahawks’ season will go. But it’s recent historical proof that playing with such a limited passing game can still be successful.”
Our friends at NFL Films preview Sunday’s game in Detroit in this short video.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth looks at the maturation of Wilson through seven NFL starts and has a recap of yesterday’s activities in his “Thursday in Hawkville,” as he catches up with third-year wideout Charly Martin, who is expected to garner more snaps this week in place of the injured Doug Baldwin (high ankle sprain).
Tony Ventrella has his “Seahawks Daily” with a focus on finishing the first half of the season.
And finally, team photographer Rod Mar has a look at the week of practice in photos.