Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Oct. 9:
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times examines the Seahawks’ no-huddle offense that has served them so well in the second halves of their past two games. Offers O’Neil: “Hurry up. That’s been the key to whatever offensive success Seattle has found this season. ‘I’ve felt us being much more aggressive in that mode,’ coach Pete Carroll said. So expect Seattle to try to squeal its tires Sunday in New York against the Giants. The Seahawks will attempt to sustain the momentum that was generated last week in a defeat that had a silver lining.” He’s also got a preview box for today’s game.
Dave Boling at the New Tribune looks at the recent death of former Seahawk Joe Tofflemire, who was only 46. Says Boling: “Heart failure was considered the cause of Joe Tofflemire’s death last week. But football contributed. ‘Heart failure, yes, but in truth, Joe was dealing with a lot of things,’ said his brother Paul. ‘In some ways, his whole body was shot.’ The painful effects of surgeries to fuse vertebrae and rebuild his shoulder with titanium parts left him struggling to get out of bed and walk. And, Paul said, doctors had started tests for the onset of early dementia caused by the numerous concussions Joe suffered in a lifetime of football.”
Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams also takes a look at the Seahawks’ no-huddle. Says Williams: “As Carroll suggests, the reason Seattle is using the no-huddle more is simple – they have been better converting third downs and staying on the field when the offense is sped up. Opponents’ offenses have a 35:27 to 24:32 time of possession advantage per game over Seattle. And the Seahawks have run 39 fewer plays than their opponents this season.”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald looks at why the second half last week might be a turning point for the offense. Says Boyle: “For the Seahawks to have a chance in New York today, they’ll need that suddenly confident offense to pick up where it left off against the Falcons. Slow starts have been an Achilles heel for the Seahawks this season, and falling behind on the road against a good Giants team would likely be a recipe for another loss and a 1-4 record heading into the bye.”
Christian Caple at PI.com has five things to watch in today’s game. At No. 3: “Giants quarterback Eli Manning and coach Tom Coughlin each spoke at length this week about how much better Manning has been this year at not making poor decisions with his throws. That’s important for New York, because Manning’s penchant for picks last season was one of the reasons the Giants failed to make the playoffs. He threw 25 interceptions last season. So far this year, Manning has tossed eight touchdowns and two picks, a much more acceptable pace. And his 105.6 passer rating is the third-highest in the NFL.”
The big news around the league, of course, was the death of Al Davis on Saturday. Gil Brandt of NFL.com remembers the Raiders’ owner. Says Brandt: “One of the reasons the NFL is the NFL is because of Al Davis. The league is as successful as it is today in large part because of things Davis brought to the game. He created rivalries, was influential as part of the new league’s competition committee, became an innovator in the passing game and always thought years in advance as to what trends would emerge.”