Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Oct. 8:
Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his “Final Word” for all the teams in the NFC West heading into Week 5, including this item on Marshawn Lynch: “The Seahawks’ offensive line took pride in allowing no sacks in its most recent game. A repeat performance on the road against the New York Giants isn’t realistic. However, this game does give the Seahawks an opportunity to improve their unproductive ground game. The Giants have allowed 100-yard rushers in their past two games. The Seahawks have failed to top 64 yards rushing in three of their four games. Marshawn Lynch has gained 61 percent of his rushing yards after contact this season, the fourth-highest percentage in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Seattle’s line needs to keep defenders off him a little longer.”
Sando also has an item on how the Seahawks are better prepared to play without Mike Williams, last season’s leading receiver who won’t play against the Giants because of the concussion he got last week.
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times has more on Williams’ situation, as well as the team’s other injuries. Offers O’Neil: “Nine different players caught passes for the Seahawks last Sunday. Seven finished with three or more receptions. Seattle is going to need every bit of that receiving depth in New York on Sunday with starting wide receiver Mike Williams out because of a concussion, tight end Zach Miller coming back from a sore knee and rookie Kris Durham slowed by a hamstring injury.”
Dave Boling at the News Tribune has the word on cornerback Marcus Trufant, who did not practice for the second consecutive back on Friday because of back spasms. Says Boling: “The other major injury issue facing the Hawks as they prepared to fly to New Jersey for their first visit to the new MetLife Stadium was that of cornerback Marcus Trufant, who encountered lower back spasms. ‘It happened in the (Atlanta) game, and it didn’t really tighten up until Wednesday at practice,’ (coach Pete) Carroll said. ‘So we’ll see how he’s doing. He looks like he’ll be OK.’ Trufant had been playing well, with nine tackles against Atlanta and an interception the previous week in a win over Arizona. Second-year corner Walter Thurmond will get the start if Trufant is sidelined.”
Christian Caple at PI.com looks at the acting debut of Sidney Rice. Says Caple: “Rice appeared in the opening scene of the season premier of FX’s “The League,” a comedy about a group of friends who are hyper-competitive about their fantasy football league. One of the show’s characters, Ruxin (played by Nick Kroll), celebrates his 2010 championship by filming a parody of the 1985 Chicago Bears’ “Super Bowl Shuffle” titled “Shiva Bowl Shuffle.” The Shiva Bowl is the name of the fantasy league’s championship game. (As for where that name comes from, it’s a long story. A funny one, but long nonetheless.)”
Clark Judge at CBSSports.com looks at this weekend’s games in the NFL with his “Peek at the Week.”