A look back and a look ahead at the week that was and the week that will be for the Seahawks:
Anatomy of a 25-19 loss to the Bears at Qwest Field on Sunday
David Hawthorne’s opportunistic appendages: The second-year middle linebacker got his first NFL start because Lofa Tatupu was out with a strained hamstring, and all Hawthorne did was collect 16 tackles – the third-highest total in franchise history for a regular-season game. He ran down plays. He plugged gaps. He took on much-larger blockers and still made plays. Oh, and he also intercepted a pass. Not too shabby for someone who made the team last year as a rookie free agent.
Brandon Frye’s groin: It’s obviously connected to his heart, and his guts. Frye also made his first NFL start – at left tackle, because Walter Jones and Sean Locklear were out. Frye strained his groin in the first quarter, but had it taped up and finished what he started. He drew exemplary grades for his perseverance, and also did a pretty decent job against defensive end Alex Brown – who had two sacks in the Bears’ Week 2 upset of the Steelers
Nate Burleson’s big-play hands: Seneca Wallace, who was subbing for Matt Hasselbeck, threw to Burleson 12 times and he caught nine passes for 109 yards. Seven of his catches came during scoring drives. Five produced first downs, and two of those came on third downs. All this from a player who missed almost all of last season after tearing a knee ligament in the opener.
Julius Jones’ churning legs: So this is how the one-step-and-go running style is supposed to work in the new zone-blocking scheme. Jones averaged 5.2 yards on 19 carries to finish with 98 rushing yards. He also scored the Seahawks’ only touchdown, by taking a short pass from Wallace and running through an attempted tackle on his 39-yard score. Jones ran with determination (he was stopped for negative yards only once), and he also made good decisions (he had runs of 20, 15, 16 and 14 yards).
Olindo Mare’s foot: The usually sure-footed Mare made four field goals, but he also missed two – both wide left from 43 and 34 yards. This from a kicker who missed only three field goals attempts all of last season.
The week ahead
This is beginning to play like a broken record (remember records?). But the focus of the week – other than the Colts – will remain which players might be healthy enough to actually play in Indianapolis.
The Seahawks played without eight injured starters against the Bears, and then lost two more as left guard Rob Sims strained an oblique and right cornerback Ken Lucas aggravated a groin injury.
Linebacker Leroy Hill (groin) will not play this week. Mora will update the balance of the injuries at his 2:15 p.m press conference today.
Not ideal, but real. As they did Sunday against the Bears, those players who are available will have to play as well as they can against a Colts team that presents problems on multiple fronts – from all-seeing QB Payton Manning, who threw four TD passes against the Cardinals on Sunday; to favorite targets Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark, who combined for 14 receptions against the Cardinals; to spinning top of a pass- rusher Dwight Freeney, who had two sacks Sunday; to a defense that held the Cardinals to 10 points at home.