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On this date: Peterson kicks Seahawks past Oilers

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 29:

Todd Peterson

The Seahawks crowd around kicker Todd Peterson after his 48-yard field goal with one second remaining tops the Tennessee Oilers in 1998 at the Kingdome.

1981: The Seahawks take a 24-3 lead at the Kingdome, but the Raiders storm back to score 29 unanswered points in the second half and escape with a 32-31 victory. The Seahawks also lose QB Jim Zorn to a broken ankle in the fourth quarter, which sidelines him for the final three games.

1998: Todd Peterson kicks a 48-yard field goal with one second remaining in a 20-18 victory over the Oilers at the Kingdome. Jon Kitna throws touchdown passes to Joey Galloway and James McKnight and Ricky Watters has 126 yards rushing and receiving.

2009: Justin Forsett runs for two touchdowns and Josh Wilson returns an interception 65 yards for a score in a 27-17 victory over the Rams, which runs the Seahawks’ winning streak in St. Louis to five in a row.


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Tuesday in Hawkville: Seeking a similar path to another road win in Chicago

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 27:

FOCUS ON

Red Bryant

Defensive end Red Bryant snags an interception and rumbles 20 yards into the end zone in a 38-14 victory over the Bears in Chicago last season.

Da Bears. In not quite 2¾ seasons under coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks are 6-16 on the road. During this same span, the Chicago Bears are 16-7 at home. But two of the Seahawks’ road wins have come at Soldier Field – 38-14 in Week 15 last year and 23-20 in Week 6 in 2010.

Has there been a common thread in the Seahawks claiming a third of their wins on the road at one location?

“I hope so. I hope so,” Carroll said with a laugh. “We do know the setting. … We’ve found some success. We know how to travel there. We know what it takes and all that. We’ll try to bank of that the best we can and make the most of it.”

That’s exactly what the Seahawks did during their wins in the Windy City the past two seasons.

Last year, the Bears played without the injured duo of quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte. Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown combined to complete 11 of 23 passes for 123 yards, but the Bears rushed for 132 yards and a 4.3-yard average with Kahlil Bell (15 for 65) and Hanie (5 for 34) picking up the slack for Forte.

The Bears defense held Marshawn Lynch to 42 yards on 20 carries, but the Seahawks’ Beast Mode back managed to get into the end zone twice. The defense also scored twice, as end Red Bryant (20 yards) and cornerback Brandon Browner (43) returned interceptions for touchdowns.

In 2010, Cutler and Forte played, but Cutler was tackled in the end zone for a safety and Forte was held to 11 yards on eight carries. Lynch, in his first game with the Seahawks after being obtained in a bye-week trade with the Bills, scored a TD. So did two players who no longer are with the team – running back Justin Forsett and wide receiver Deon Butler. Two other since-departed players also made big contributions, as Mike Williams caught 10 passes for 123 yards and Matt Hasselbeck was 25 of 40 for 242 yards.

This week, the Seahawks need a repeat performance from their current players to register another upset and atone for Sunday’s fall-from-ahead loss to the Dolphins in Miami, which dropped their road record to 1-5.

BATES BACK, PORTIS RELEASED

Wide receiver Phil Bates has been re-signed to the practice squad. Bates, a rookie free agent, was with the team during training camp but released on the roster cut to 75 players. He was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 31 and then released on Nov. 14.

To clear a spot, quarterback Josh Portis was released. Portis was on the 53-man roster last season. This year, he was released on the roster cut to 53 players and signed to the practice squad the next day.

STATS ’N STUFF

Lynch has slipped to third in the league in rushing (1,051 yards) after being held to 46 yards by the Dolphins. The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson still leads the NFL (1,236), while the Texans’ Arian Foster (1,064) leapfrogged Lynch. Peterson ran for 108 yards against the Bears on Sunday.

Lynch also is fifth in the league in total yards (1,189).

Jon Ryan is ninth in the league in punting average (47.7), but fifth in net average (42.1). He also tied a club record against the Dolphins by having six punts downed inside the 20-yard line. That gives him 22 for the season, which ranks fifth in the league.

With his 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Dolphins, Leon Washington increased his average to 31.9 yards, which ranks third in the league.

Rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner continued to lead the team in tackles with 90.

As a team, the Seahawks rank fifth in the league in total defense (12th against the run, third against the pass) and 27th in total offense (eighth rushing, 31st passing).

STAT DU JOUR

How efficient and effective has rookie QB Russell Wilson been over the past seven games? Only two quarterbacks in the league have a better QBR, the rating system used at ESPN.com, and their names are Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Here’s a look at the Top 10 since Week 5:

Player, team                             QBR

Tom Brady, Patriots                 84.7

Peyton Manning, Broncos      81.0

Russell Wilson, Seahawks       79.1

Drew Brees, Saints                   76.9

Josh Freeman, Bucs                 74.9

Robert Griffin III, Redskins     74.7

Matt Ryan, Falcons                  73.2

Aaron Rodgers, Packers          72.7

Andrew Luck, Colts                  72.3

Eli Manning, Giants                 71.3

UP NEXT

The players return from their “off” day to begin practicing for Sunday’s game on “Competition Wednesday.” Because the game is in Chicago, the team will leave on Friday for the second consecutive week and hold its Saturday walkthrough at a local high school.

YOU DON’T SAY

“Knee-jerk reaction: ‘Good teams don’t go 1-5 on the road. The Seahawks are a fraud. They’ll never make a dent in the playoffs as a wild-card team at this rate.’ Reality or not? ‘What did you expect, a 12-4 season? Seattle is building around one of the most impressive rookie QBs in the NFL. Simply reaching the playoffs should be enough.” – NFC West blogger Mike Sando in the weekly “Knee-jerk reaction” feature at ESPN.com


On this date: Chris Warren, as friend and foe

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 22:

Chris Warren

Chris Warren (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

1987: Dave Krieg passes for two touchdowns and runs for a third and the defense holds the Chargers to 156 yards in a 34-3 victory at the Kingdome.

1992: Chris Warren runs for 154 yards and a touchdown but the Seahawks lose their eighth game in a row as they fall to the Chiefs 24-14 at the Kingdome.

1998: The Cowboys score two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 1-yard run by ex-Seahawk Chris Warren, in handing the Seahawks a 30-22 loss in Dallas. Defensive tackle Sam Adams returns an interception 25 yards for one of Seattle’s touchdowns.

2009: In a vintage performance, Brett Favre throws for four touchdowns – including two to now-Seahawk Sidney Rice – and completes 22 of 25 passes as the Vikings hand the Seahawks a 35-9 loss at the Metrodome. Nate Burleson and Justin Forsett combine to catch 14 passes for 180 yards, but Seahawks gain 4 yards on 12 running plays.


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On this date: Packers sent packing

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 15:

Brian Bosworth

Brian Bosworth, top, of the Seattle Seahawks, tackles Kenneth Davis of the Green Bay Packers, holding him to a one-yard gain during the first quarter of their NFL game in Seattle, Nov. 15, 1987. Seattle beat Green Bay, 24-13. (AP Photo/Barry Sweet)

1987: The Seahawks force five turnovers and the defense shuts out the Packers in the second half of a 24-13 victory at the Kingdome. Curt Warner runs for 123 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown; while Eugene Robinson returns a blocked punt for a score.

1992: The defense holds the Raiders to 188 yards, but the offense generates only a 43-yard field goal by John Kasay late in the fourth quarter of a 20-3 loss in Los Angeles.

1998: Joey Galloway returns a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and Chad Brown has two sacks in his 10-tackle effort, but Greg Davis kicks a 38-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining to give the Raiders a 20-17 victory in Oakland.

2009: Matt Hasselbeck throws 52 passes in 315-yard passing performance, T.J. Houshmandzadeh catches nine passes for 165 yards and Justin Forsett runs for 123 yards and a touchdown, but the Cardinals score 14 points in the fourth quarter to take a 31-20 victory in Arizona.


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Tuesday cyber surfing: Breakout season for Okung

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 5:

John Clayton at ESPN.com has a photo blog of the Top 10 Breakout Players for the 2012 season, and Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung shares the No. 10 spot with Trent Williams of the Redskins: “Entering their third seasons, the top two left tackles from the 2010 draft should start to claim their Pro Bowl spots. Okung has to stay healthy and Williams needs to be more consistent.”

Also at ESPN.com, Mike Sando looks at the previous-coach or -coaches draft choices in the NFC West as one reason the 49ers have the edge over the other three teams: “The Mike Nolan era in San Francisco produced more heartache than the 49ers would care to revisit, but the long-term legacy isn’t so bad. Eleven draft choices, including eight current starters and five Pro Bowl selections, remain on the 49ers’ roster from the Nolan era. The other NFC West teams have a combined eight of their own draft choices from the same 2005-2008 window. That includes six starters and no Pro Bowl selections for the Seahawks, Cardinals and Rams.”

Sando also provides updated roided-out rosters for the teams in the division.

Eric Williams at the News Tribune addressed the Seahawks’ possible record during a Monday chat: “I think Seattle can win 10 games if the team stays relatively healthy. But I really think this team will go as the defense goes. As long as the offense plays mistake-free football and puts the ball in the end zone when they are inside the 20-yard line, the Seahawks can win a lot of games. But the defense and the swagger they play with will carry this team.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at Justin Forsett’s stay with the Seahawks after he agreed to sign with the Texans in free agency: “Once Seattle decided it wanted a bigger, more physical running back to pair with (Marshawn) Lynch, Forsett no longer had a role. But Forsett doesn’t deserve to be characterized as if he were a hangnail who were got trimmed off, either. He’s much more than an afterthought, though, who will be remembered as the undersized overachiever that he was. He was a great teammate and a more productive player than anyone had a right to expect from a seventh-round pick. Remember all the time and money Seattle spent on free agents? Guys like Julius Jones, T.J. Duckett and Edgerrin James. Well, Forsett averaged more yards per carry than all of them.”

Bucky Brooks at NFL.com takes a look at the two-tight end sets that are sweeping the league, and will be featured more by the Seahawks after the recent acquisition of Kellen Winslow: “In the past, offensive coordinators would employ this tactic primarily in the red zone, but more play-callers are taking advantage of these matchups by aligning the tight end in a wide position to get him isolated on linebackers or defensive backs in space. The quarterback will capitalize on the matchup by targeting the tight end on fades (back-shoulder fades) and slants. Given the superior size advantage, this becomes a high-percentage throw that is nearly indefensible.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we examine the roots of “The Real Rob Report,” the behind-the-scenes look at the team that is provided by Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson: “This isn’t something that has just happened the past few months, or even years. Robinson has been planning for his long-term future since he was at Penn State. In December 2004, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising/public relations – in only three years. Because the school did not have sports broadcasting program until his senior year, Robinson got a second degree in journalism a year later. Robinson’s first on-camera reporting gig was covering Penn State basketball games. From that acorn of an assignment, the tree that is ‘The Real Rob Report’ has blossomed. In 2006, his rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers, Robinson started doing ‘The Rookie Report.’ That morphed into ‘The Real Robinson Report,’ which became ‘The Real Rob Report’ last offseason.”


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Monday cyber surfing: Best secondary in the NFL? It’s the Seahawks

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 4:

Brady Henderson at 710 ESPN offers highlights from Tim Hasselbeck’s appearance on the Brock and Salk show, including: “Hasselbeck pointed to the Seahawks’ two Pro Bowl safeties, two towering cornerbacks and overall depth as reasons he thinks Seattle has the best secondary in the league. Hasselbeck said Kam Chancellor is better than Arizona’s Adrian Wilson – who’s considered one of the top strong safeties in the league – and predicted a breakout season for Earl Thomas, a Pro Bowl starter in 2011. Hasselbeck: ‘When Marcus Trufant is your fourth corner, that’s a good thing. That is a very good thing in terms of depth for your secondary.’ “

Speaking of Trufant, Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at the veteran corner, who admits he missed the game while sitting out the final 12 games last season: “At a recent offseason workout, Marcus Trufant quickly broke on a pass out in the flat, swatting it away from rookie receiver Jermaine Kearse before he could haul it in. That’s the feeling Trufant longed for while watching from the sideline most of the 2011 season because of a balky back. ‘I learned that I love football because I missed it sitting out,’ said Trufant, who has fought back issues since 2009 and was placed on the season-ending injured reserve with a bruised sacrum after four games last season.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has highlights from his appearance on 710 ESPN with John Clayton, including: “Clayton asked about the Seahawks’ quarterback situation. The answer I gave was lacking in nutritional value. It’s simply too early to pass judgment. Newcomers Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson have never played a game for the team. They have never even participated in a padded practice with the team. We have no idea how they’ll fare. Wilson impressed initially relative to reasonable rookie expectations. Flynn has done fine without wowing. Tarvaris Jackson represents the known and an insurance policy at this point.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we also check in with Trufant, who is settling into a new role: “Of all the things Trufant has done for the Seahawks in his nine-season career – which is a lot – he’s never done this. Not make a play. That has become routine, as Trufant has tackled (604), picked (21) and tipped (113) his way into the franchise’s Top 10 in all three categories. But for the first time in his career, Trufant is playing as the nickel back during the team’s OTA practices. ‘It’s brand new,’ Trufant said Friday, after the Seahawks wrapped up the second week of their OTA sessions. ‘It’s a lot of carryover, but it is new. So I’m learning on the fly. I’m in the film room. I’m just trying to get better at it. It’s a process. I’ll be all right, though.’ ”

We’ve also got a “look” at Doug Baldwin’s one-handed catch from Friday’s OTA practice: “The Seahawks not only wrapped up the second week of their OTA practices today, Doug Baldwin wrapped a bow around the drizzle-drenched session with a one-handed catch that had to be seen to really appreciate. Since that can’t happen, an explanation will have to suffice. ‘It was a regular corner route,’ said Baldwin, the team’s leading receiver as a rookie last season. ‘The nickel corner that was playing me (rookie Jeremy Lane) kind of leaned to the outside, so I had to go over the top of him and Matt (Flynn) put the ball in a place where only I could get it.’ Even more impressive was why Baldwin made the one-handed grab for a 35-yard gain. ‘You use these practices like a project, so sometimes you do things you wouldn’t normally do to try and make yourself better,’ he said. ‘So I’m working on my ability to go up in different ways to catch the ball.’ ”

John McClain at the Houston Chronicle has the word on Justin Forsett signing with the Texans: “Forsett, 27, gives the Texans three veteran running backs with Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Forsett worked out for the Texans last week.”

Teresa Walker of the Associated Press has a look at the Titans’ QB situation, which includes a couple of passers with ties to Seattle: “… the Titans kicked their quarterback battle into a new gear with their first on-field training activities last week. The Titans are letting Hasselbeck, who quarterbacked the Seattle Seahawks from 2001-10, and Jake Locker, the eighth pick overall in 2011 out of Washington, compete to be the starting quarterback this season. The veteran got the ball first in team drills last week, and Hasselbeck said he’s approaching this year as he does every year. ‘The advice I give to guys over the years is you’re not really competing with the guys at your position,’ Hasselbeck said last week. ‘It’s probably a faulty view of things. At this level, you’re competing with everyone in the world they could find to replace you with whether they’re here yet or not, and you know I almost learned that lesson the hard way this offseason. That’s just reality.’ ”

For a look around the league, there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com.


Photoblog: Windy City Winning

The surging Seahawks landed in the Windy City to face the Chicago Bears at Solider Field for the third time in two seasons. Seemingly no longer affected by 10:00 am Pacific time kickoffs, the Seahawks scuffled through the first half before waking up to score 31 unanswered points on their way to a 38-14 victory.

Overnight snow in Chicago forced the Seahawks to audible their walk-thru plans, and instead of heading to a nearby outdoor field, the team walked through the hotel to the adjacent McCormick Convention Center.

Offense, defense and special teams all went through the motions during indoor walk-thru, held in a ballroom of the convention center adjacent to the team's hotel.

Lesson one for rookies: Don't mess with the head coach. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin learned the hard way after the team's walk-thru on Saturday. Having never seen snow before, Baldwin grabbed a snowball and looked for a target while Pete Carroll stood by, chatting. Unbeknownst to Baldwin, the crafty coach had a snowball behind his back and smashed it on his player's head before dashing into the safety of the hotel lobby, leaving Baldwin to laugh off a head full of cold wet snow.

On game day, strong safety Kam Chancellor makes his way down the narrow tunnel leading from the visitors locker room to the turf at Soldier Field.

Seattle's defensive backs huddled and got pumped up before taking the field for pregame warmups.

David Hawthorne, Golden Tate and Max Unger wait for the signal to lead the team onto the field during pregame introductions.

Earl Thomas celebrates after recovering a fumble by Chicago's Johnny Knox in the first half.

Chicago receiver Johnny Knox gives teammates and fans a "thumbs up" as he is taken off the field on a cart after being hit hard after fumbling in the first half. Knox had surgery on his back and is expected to make a good recovery.

Tight end Cameron Morrah stretches for the end zone but comes up just short after a 21-yard reception to set up Seattle's first touchdown.

Running back Marshawn Lynch wasn't given much room to run by the Bears stout run defense, but gained enough yardage to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the season.

Roy Lewis continued his strong contribution in the Seahawks nickel and dime packages, knocking a ball away from Chicago's Dane Sanzenbacher.

Earl Thomas comes out of the end zone after intercepting a pass that was tipped by teammate Kam Chancellor in the second quarter.

Marshawn Lynch reaches over the goal line for his second touchdown of the afternoon, giving him 11 touchdowns for the season.

Red Bryant high-steps untouched into the end zone leaving a trail of Bears in his wake on a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown. Bryant's play resulted in Seattle's second touchdown in the first two minutes of the second half.

Bryant starts his touchdown dance as teammate K.J. Wright leaps for joy. Wright tipped the pass that resulted in Bryant's interception.

Chris Clemons jumps on Bryant's back in celebration, but even that can't topple the 323-pound defensive end.

Raheem Brock chases down Chicago quarterback Caleb Hanie as the defense kept applying pressure on their way to a second half shutout.

Chris Clemons' smile is visible through his shaded facemask as he takes down Hanie for a nine-yard sack in the fourth quarter.

Justin Forsett took a swing pass from Tarvaris Jackson down to the three-yard line in the fourth quarter.

Michael Robinson celebrates with tight ends Anthony McCoy and Zach Miller after scoring a two-yard pass from Jackson, giving the Seahawks a 31-14 lead.

Flanked by teammates David Hawthorne (57), Kam Chancellor (31) and Chris Clemons (91), cornerback Brandon Browner heads for the end zone following his team high sixth interception of the season extending the Seahawks lead to 38-14.

Seahawks defenders Leroy Hill, left, and Clinton McDonald, right, sandwich Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown in the final minutes.

Cornerbacks Brandon Browner, left, and Richard Sherman celebrate after Sherman joined the interception club with the team's fourth pick of the game.

A jubilant Pete Carroll congratulates Sherman after the interception.

Red Bryant is all smiles in the Seahawks locker room as he is singled out during the postgame meeting for his interception and touchdown.

Everything was beautiful for the Seahawks in Chicago, including the sunset as they departed the Windy City for flight home to Seattle.


On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 29:

1981: The Seahawks take a 24-3 lead at the Kingdome, but the Raiders storm back to score 29 unanswered points in the second half and escape with a 32-31 victory. The Seahawks also lose QB Jim Zorn to a broken ankle in the fourth quarter, which also sidelines him for the final three games.

1998: Todd Peterson kicks a 48-yard field goal with one second remaining in a 20-18 victory over the Titans at the Kingdome. Jon Kitna throws touchdown passes to Joey Galloway and James McKnight and Ricky Watters has 126 yards rushing and receiving.

2009: Justin Forsett runs for two touchdowns and Josh Wilson returns an interception 65 yards for a score in a 27-17 victory over the Rams, which runs the Seahawks’ winning streak in St. Louis to five in a row.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 22:

1987: Dave Krieg passes for two touchdowns and runs for a third and the defense holds the Chargers to 156 yards in a 34-3 victory at the Kingdome.

1992: Chris Warren runs for 154 yards and a touchdown but the Seahawks lose their eighth game in a row as they fall to the Chiefs 24-14 at the Kingdome.

1998: The Cowboys score two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 1-yard run by ex-Seahawk Chris Warren, in handing the Seahawks a 30-22 loss in Dallas. Defensive tackle Sam Adams returns an interception 25 yards for one of Seattle’s touchdowns.

2009: In a vintage performance, 40-year-old Brett Favre throws for four touchdowns – including two to Sidney Rice – and completes 22 of 25 passes as the Vikings hand the Seahawks a 35-9 loss at the Metrodome. Nate Burleson and Justin Forsett combine to catch 14 passes for 180 yards, but Seahawks gain a franchise record-low 4 yards on 12 running plays.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 15:

1987: The Seahawks force five turnovers and the defense shuts out the Packers in the second half of a 24-13 victory at the Kingdome. Curt Warner runs for 123 yards.

1992: The defense holds the Raiders to 188 yards, but the offense generates only a 43-yard field goal by John Kasay late in the fourth quarter of a 20-3 loss in Los Angeles.

1998: Joey Galloway returns a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and Chad Brown has two sacks in his 10-tackle effort, but Greg Davis kicks a 38-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining to give the Raiders a 20-17 victory in Oakland.

2009: Matt Hasselbeck throws 52 passes in 315-yard performance, T.J. Houshmandzadeh catches nine passes for 165 yards and Justin Forsett runs for 123 yards and a touchdown, but the Cardinals score 14 points in the fourth quarter to take a 31-20 victory in Arizona.


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