Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, December 5.
Early this morning, Randall Liu, the NFL’s Director of NFC Football Communications, announced on Twitter that Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has been named the NFC Offensive Player of Week 13 for his performance against the Chicago Bears. According to Liu, Wilson becomes the first Seahawk to win Offensive Player of the Week since running back Shaun Alexander in 2005, the year the Seahawks went on to Super Bowl XL.
The club announced a trio of roster moves yesterday, placing offensive guard James Carpenter on the reserve/non-football illness list for the remainder of the season, waiving wide receiver Braylon Edwards with the designation of injured, and promoting offensive guard Rishaw Johnson from the practice squad to the active roster.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has his story on the team’s roster moves, “Letting Edwards go also speaks to the effectiveness of starters Golden Tate and Sidney Rice, who have each caught seven touchdown passes this season. Seattle also has Doug Baldwin, Charly Martin and Jermaine Kearse on the 53-man roster.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune writes that the Seahawks believe a NFC West division title is still within reach, “Seattle plays three of its last four games – NFC West division foes Arizona, San Francisco and St. Louis – in the noisy comfort of CenturyLink Field, where the team is 5-0 this season. And Seattle’s only road game is against 5-7 Buffalo, in what will almost be a neutral site in Toronto. One final bonus: So far the 49ers are the only team left on the schedule with a winning record. San Francisco hosts Miami on Sunday, followed by a trip to New England to face the Patriots, a road game against Seattle and a season finale at home against Arizona. San Francisco’s contest against the Patriots is the most likely game where the 49ers could stub their toe — since 2001 the Patriots have a league-best 23-1 home record in December. ‘It’s still out there,’ Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said about winning a division title. ‘We’ve got a lot of games left in the division. San Francisco has a great thing going there. And if they can take care of their business, then they’ll leave everybody else behind. But they’ve still got to win the games, and we do too.’ “
Looking ahead to Sunday’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, Williams also has a transcript of a Q&A session with AZCardinals.com beat reporter Darren Urban, who looks at the reasoning behind the Cards’ decision to start rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley, “The argument for starting Lindley is that you want to keep seeing, with experience, if he can improve and be a future factor on this roster and that you have a pretty good idea of what Skelton brings to the table after what you have seen from him over the past three seasons. The argument for Skelton would be more experience, the knowledge he has beaten the Seahawks in the past and the fact Lindley has played very poorly the past six quarters.”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald puts Wilson in the conversation for Rookie of the Year, “Now, three quarters of the way through the season, it’s hard to look at the numbers — and at what the Seahawks have accomplished as a team — and not put Wilson in the same class as [Robert] Griffin [III] and [Andrew] Luck. That’s not to say that Wilson will have as good a career as those two. Maybe he will, maybe he won’t, but trying to project the career arc of any NFL player, let alone a quarterback, after 12 games is a fool’s errand if ever there was one. But Wilson’s 19 touchdown passes compared to eight interceptions, his 95.2 passer rating, his continually improving play and also the Seahawks’ 7-5 record mean that Wilson, and not just Luck and Griffin, is firmly a part of what used to be a two-man battle for offensive rookie of the year honors.”
Sticking to that Rookie of the Year conversation, Mike Sando of ESPN.com breaks down the play of Wilson and Luck versus the same seven opponents, as the Seahawks and Colts have shared seven common foes thus far in 2012, and will make it eight when the Seahawks face the Bills in Week 15, “Wilson has 16 touchdown passes with only one pick against these teams. He has a 115.6 NFL passer rating and 81.6 Total QBR score against them. Luck has 13 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 74.9 passer rating against them. His QBR score (68.2) is stronger than his traditional stats might indicate, a theme for Luck all season, not just in these games. Wilson has a 5-2 starting record against the seven common opponents. Luck’s record is 4-3 against those teams.”
ESPN.com has their updated NFL Power Rankings for Week 14, which you can view here. The Seahawks move up one spot from a week ago to No. 12 on their list.
CBSSports.com has their Power Rankings, and the Seahawks come in at No. 12 on their list as well.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth leads with his 12-game honor roll, handing out awards for club MVP, best offensive, defensive, and special teams player, and best rookie.
Farnsworth also has his first look at the Seahawks’ Week 14 opponent – the Arizona Cardinals, “Burning question: What happened to this team? After starting 4-0, the Cardinals have lost their last eight games … The last time the Cardinals scored more than 20 points in a game was in Week 4 against the Dolphins, which also was the last time they won – and that game went into overtime. The defense has held six opponents to fewer than 20 points, and the Cardinals are 3-3 in those games. The Cardinals have allowed 48 sacks, nine more than the next-highest team (the Packers). They are averaging 3.6 yards running the ball. Their three QBs have combined to throw 10 TD passes and 13 interceptions.”