A look at the week that was and the one that will be for the Seahawks:
Anatomy of a 35-9 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday
David Hawthorne’s opportunistic hands: Is it time to just reserve this top spot for the second-year middle linebacker? Another start, another impressive effort – 15 tackles, 11 of them solo and one for a loss. In five starts for the injured Lofa Tatupu, Hawthorne has 16 tackles (vs. 49ers), two sacks (vs. Cowboys), two interceptions (vs. Lions), 11 tackles (vs. Cardinals) and Sunday’s showing. Not surprisingly, Hawthorne leads the team with 70 tackles, and his inspired and productive play has the front office talking about devising a 3-4 package for next season when Tatupu returns.
Nate Burleson’s happy feet: Not those kind of happy feet – the dreaded trait of quarterbacks who over anticipate the pass rush. Burleson’s feet carried him to a double homecoming. First, he caught six passes for 100 yards, after going without a reception the week before. But he also did it against his former team. It was Burleson’s second triple-digit outing, and first since Week 3 against the Bears.
Jon Ryan’s right leg: The Seahawks’ punter got ample opportunities, and made the most of them. Ryan averaged 51.3 yards on seven punts, with a net of 44.1 yards and a long of 67 yards. He is fourth in the league in average (47.3).
Brett Favre’s entire body of work: Just when it seemed impossible that a QB could have a better game against the Seahawks than the Colts’ Peyton Manning produced in Week 4, along comes the 40-year-old Favre. Four touchdown passes (for a league-record 22nd time in his career). Eighty-eight percent completions (for a franchise record and personal best). Total control – and command – of the game. Yes, Canton is calling. But is the slam-dunk first-ballot Hall of Famer finally ready to listen?
The week ahead
Thanksgiving week brings an opportunity for the Seahawks to win a road game for the first time this season, and stop a skid that has seen them drop four of their past five games. That would be playing the Rams in St. Louis.
The Rams have only one win, and over the Lions, at that. But they also present one very big problem: Steven Jackson. The former Oregon State running back leads the NFC in rushing (1,031 yards) and total yards from scrimmage (1,262). He ran for 116 yards against the Cardinals on Sunday, making him the first back in franchise history (Los Angeles, as well as St. Louis) to rush for 1,000 yards in five consecutive seasons. And he also leads the Rams in receiving (35).
The Seahawks blanked the Rams in the season opener at Qwest Field, and the Seahawks need this rematch to launch them into a six-game stretch run that also includes matchups with the 49ers (4-6), Buccaneers (1-9) and Titans (3-6) at Qwest Field. Coach Jim Mora keeps talking about showing progress and doing things to validate the new schemes on offense and defense. It’s time for the players to start doing just that.