A recap of the day’s activities:
Craig Terrill. There’s a knack to blocking field goals. Joe Nash had it. The Seahawks’ former defensive tackle blocked a team-record eight during his 14-season career. But Terrill’s also got it.
Terrill deflected a 26-yard field goal attempt by the Texans’ Kris Brown on Sunday and it led to the Seahawks’ only touchdown in their 34-7 loss. It was the fifth field goal block in Terrill’s six-year career, which ranks second on the team’s all-time list to Nash.
“I got it with my elbow,” Terrill said.
That and a little help from his friends on the field-goal block unit. Terrill said he got such a good push because Brandon Mebane helped open a gap for him – and someone also pushed him from behind.
“I’m not sure who it was, but he did a really good job,” Terrill said.
Terrill has had a block in four of the past five seasons, including two in 2006. But Sunday’s was his first in 27 games.
“It created a bit of a spark,” he said. “But it was just one of those days.”
Free safety Jordan Babineaux and middle linebacker David Hawthorne have been taking turns leading the team in tackles the past two months.
It was Babineaux for three weeks, before Hawthorne went on a 26-tackle run against the Cardinals and Vikings to take the lead. But Babineaux moved back on top after collecting 22 against the Rams and 49ers.
Now? It’s Babineaux by one, 93-92, after Hawthorne had a team-high 10 tackles against the Texans.
Neither player has ever led the club in tackles. Babineaux is in his first season as the starting free safety, while Hawthorne is starting because Lofa Tatupu is on injured reserve.
The Seahawks have faced six of the Top 10 vote-getters in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl: No. 2 Vikings QB Brett Favre (1,120,174 votes); No. 3 Colts QB Peyton Manning (1,113,934); No. 4 Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (1,079,993); No. 5 Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (684,698); No. 7 Colts tight end Dallas Clark (603,492); and No. 10 Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (546,693).
They’ll add a seventh when the Titans play at Qwest Field in the season finale, because Tennessee running back Chris Johnson is No. 9 on the list with 560,479 votes.
The others: No. 1 Saints QB Drew Brees (1,120,535); No. 6 Patriots QB Tom Brady (622,916); and No. 8 Bengals running back Cedric Benson (565,763).
Players and coaches will cast their Pro Bowl ballots on Dec. 22-23.
STAT DU JOUR
Linebacker Lance Laury leads the Seahawks with 17 special-teams tackles. That’s more than the total that has led the team in five of the past seven seasons. But it’s also only half of the team record of 34 set by Jay Bellamy in 1996. Laury needs six more in the final three games to tie the highest total since then, and second-highest total in franchise history – 23 by Josh Scobey in 2005.
YOU DON’T SAY
“There are certain things that forever in football will be important – running the ball, tackling, applying pressure on the QB, protecting the QB. Those things will always be important to the game. So we’ve all got to do our part.” – QB Matt Hasselbeck