Tuesday in Hawkville: There’s no place like home

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 11:

The Seahawks have won their last three home openers, outscoring opponents 72-16, and since CenturyLink Field opened in 2002, the Seahawks are 8-2 in home openers.

FOCUS ON

Home openers. Dorothy’s got nothing on the Seahawks when it comes to clicking her heels and muttering, “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.”

The cleat-clicking Seahawks, coming off a tough-to-swallow loss to the Cardinals in Arizona, will play their home opener this Sunday against the Cowboys at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks have won their past three home openers, including last season when they beat the Cardinals after starting 0-2 on the road; and eight of their past nine.

Is there a better get-well venue in the NFL than CenturyLink Field?

“Here we go with Dallas coming in, that’s going to be a major matchup,” coach Pete Carroll said on Monday. “We’re happy that we’re coming home.”

The team’s success in home openers has been an indication of what they’ve been able to accomplish over the course of the season. The current 8-1 run started in 2003, when the Seahawks began a stretch where they advance to the playoffs five seasons in a row and won four NFC West titles.

Prior to that (1992-2002), they were 1-10 in home openers, and the team posted a winning record (9-7) only twice that 11-season span. In the nine seasons before that (1983-91), the Seahawks were 6-3 in home openers, and also posted six winning records and advanced to the playoffs four times. In their first seven seasons (1976-82), they were 1-6 in home openers, and had two winning records (9-7 in 1978 and 1979).

Click those heels, and repeat: There’s no place like home.

BLOCK PARTY

When 6-foot-8 Calais Campbell got a hand on Steven Hauschka’s 50-yard field goal attempt on Sunday, it was the sixth of his career and the 13th for the Cardinals since the start of the 2008 season – the most in the league during that span.

But at No. 2 are the Seahawks with nine. Those blocks have come from Red Bryant (three last season), Craig Terrill (three in 2010 and one each in 2009 and 2008) and Howard Green (one in 2008).

Here’s a look at the teams with the most blocked field goals since 2008:

Blocks     Team

13             Cardinals

9               Seahawks

6               Browns

5               Cowboys, Giants and Bears

UP NEXT

The players return from their off day to begin preparing for Sunday’s game with a midday walkthrough and an afternoon practice. Carroll’s noon news conference will be available live on Seahawks.com.

PREP WORK

Allison Sedlacek, a senior on Stadium’s state championship soccer team, has been selected High School Athlete of the Week. She will be recognized on the field at CenturyLink Field during Sunday’s game.

Sedlacek excels off the field, as well. She has a 3.95 grade point average and is a member of the honor society. Sedlacek also is active in raising money for Relay for Life, Good Samaritan Walk for Breast Cancer and Walk for Diabetes, and ran her own food drive with donations going to Northwest Harvest.

 YOU DON’T SAY

“The Rams went right down to the end (before losing to the Lions in Detroit), and that was a great win for San Francisco in Green Bay. This division has been steadily improving in the time that we’ve been here, so it’s going to be a real task going against everybody twice.” – Carroll, looking at the NFC West after one week


Comments Off