Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Sept. 28:
John Boyle of the Everett Herald looks at the impact of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor on a Seahawks defense that is ranked 10th in the NFL. Says Boyle: “Three games into their second season together — Chancellor’s first as a starter — it’s also clear that the Seahawks have something special in their young safety duo. And in a year when the Seahawks offense has started slow, scoring just 30 points in three games, and figures to an inconsistent group all season, let us offer this unsolicited advice to Seahawks fans hoping to keep their sanity during what could be a difficult 2011 season: keep your eyes on the Seahawks’ two young safeties.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com has five observations from the Seahawks’ win over the Cardinals in their home opener. Among them: “Center Max Unger is looking better. Unger, back in the lineup this season after missing nearly all of 2010 with an injury, seemed to be searching for his bearings during preseason. He fared well after a shaky start. Unger directed Darnell Dockett out of the play during Leon Washington’s 21-yard run in the second quarter. Unger also appeared determined to make sure the Cardinals didn’t bully Seattle. Unger is the Seahawks’ only remaining starter from the 2009 line that drew criticism for letting Dockett rough up Matt Hasselbeck with an elbow to the throat.”
Also from Sando, an NFC West Stock Watch. No. 1 among the “risers” is Sidney Rice. Says Sando: “Not long ago, reports of a torn labrum raised questions about whether Rice might be headed for season-ending surgery. Those fears were misplaced. Rice caught eight passes for 109 yards in his Seahawks debut. His shoulder proved strong enough to prevent the Cardinals’ Adrian Wilson from wresting the ball away after an early reception. Seattle will have to open up its offense to compete with better teams. That would be impossible without Rice.”
Still more from Sando. The Seahawks are tied for the fewest dropped passes in the league. Says Sando: “Seattle has had one dropped pass through three games, tied with New England for fewest in the league. No Seahawks wide receiver has dropped a pass; running back Marshawn Lynch owns the lone drop.”
There’s also a look at Alex Bradshaw’s Make-A-Wish request being granted by Brandon Mebane in words and video, as well as an “Up next” look at the Atlanta Falcons and a Tuesday in Hawkville report that focuses on Chris Clemons.