Cyber surfing: Monday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks in the wake of their 36-25 victory over the Giants on Sunday:

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times focuses on the game-turning performances of Charlie Whitehurst, Doug Baldwin and Brandon Browner. Says Kelley: “The backup quarterback, the undrafted free agent, the nomadic CFL corner. They’ve found jobs in the NFL, and Sunday they found magic in the Meadowlands.”

Also at the Times, Danny O’Neil looks at the Seahawks’ moment in the sun, and others who soaked it up. Offers O’Neil: “There was more than one moment on this sun-soaked Sunday afternoon across the river from Manhattan. There was backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst leading two fourth-quarter scoring drives, and giving Seattle the lead on a 27-yard touchdown pass to undrafted rookie Doug Baldwin with less than three minutes left. There was Marshawn Lynch running for 98 yards, his most in any regular-season start as a Seahawk, and Anthony Hargrove, Seattle’s Brooklyn-born defensive lineman, recording the first safety of his career.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune examines how the Seahawks’ pressure helped turn the tide on Eli Manning’s 420-yard, three-TD afternoon. Says Williams: “Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch said his motivation playing the New York Giants was simple – keep the sacks in the defensive line’s domain. Consider it mission accomplished, with defensive end Chris Clemons finishing with two sacks and Branch one, as Seattle managed to get pressure in the face of New York quarterback Eli Manning. The entire defense did not record a sack against Atlanta last week.”

Also from Williams, a look at the success the Seahawks continued to generate – and plan to continue to generate – with their no-huddle offense. Says coach Pete Carroll: “There’s no question that what we’ve found in the tempo that we like is something that is special, and it helps us. And I was thrilled about it. Of course they came right down and scored too, which kind of negated it. But then again we’re knocking on the door, really, for 28 points in the first half because of the movement of the football and taking advantage of the field position. We’re different. We’re different than we’ve been.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his “Wrap-Up” of the Seahawks’ effort. Here’s what he liked: “The Seahawks were the better team, particularly early and late. They built off the progress shown during the second half of their 30-28 defeat against Atlanta a week earlier. Seattle allowed no sacks in that game, a victory for the team’s young offensive line. This week, Marshawn Lynch and the line took advantage of a Giants defense that has struggled against the run recently. Lynch’s 47-yard run helped set the tone early. On defense, Earl Thomas ended his 12-game interception drought and, through his active play, again showed why he’s one of the best safeties around. Tony Hargrove’s third-quarter safety was another huge play for the defense, breaking a 14-14 tie. Interceptions from Thomas, Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor showcased some of the Seahawks’ young talent on defense. Browner returned his 90 yards for the clinching touchdown.”

Also from Sando, a closer look at Baldwin, who is on pace for the 1,000-yard receiving season. Here’s a statistical peek at this day: “Baldwin caught a team-high eight passes for 136 yards and a game-winning touchdown. He did most of his damage on passes traveling at least 15 yards in the air, collecting four catches and 95 of his 136 yards on such passes. Baldwin entered the game with four catches on throws of 15-plus yards.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the contributions from some unexpected players, as well as the resolve of the overall team performance. Tony Ventrella also has his video recap.

As for the rest of the league, there are the usual Monday morning recaps from Peter King at SI.com, John Clayton at ESPN and Clark Judge at CBSSports.com. What’s unusual is that Seahawks generated some positive buzz.

King picked Chris Clemons as one of the defensive players of the week (and it’s about time someone started giving him some credit): “The ‘Hawks were buzzing around Eli Manning all day at the Meadowlands, and Clemons got home to sack Manning twice, once to force a fumble. That’s a really interesting Seattle defense, with a bunch of guys we’re just getting to know (like Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor in the secondary). Without a pass rush, that secondary would be hung out to dry, and Clemons is clearly an indispensable piece of the Seattle front.”

Clayton on the lack of QB situation in Seattle: “Despite Charlie Whitehurst’s contributions in the Seahawks’ upset victory over the Giants, there is no quarterback controversy in Seattle. Tarvaris Jackson remains the starter even though he suffered what the team considers a minor pectoral injury. The Seahawks are on a bye this week and coach Pete Carroll believes Jackson will have enough time to heal for the next start.”


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