Cyber surfing: Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Oct. 27:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com looks at injury situations that matter for each team in the NFC West, and that includes the four offensive starters who missed the Seahawks’ loss to the Browns in Cleveland last week: “Seahawks should get center Max Unger, running back Marshawn Lynch and and/or tight end Zach Miler back from injuries this week. All were limited Wednesday, and coach Pete Carroll said decisions would not be made until later in the week. Seattle needs Lynch because the team doesn’t have another big back for its offense. Backups Leon Washington and Justin Forsett are too similar to provide the differentiation Carroll values. Miller’s absence played a leading role in the team’s defeat at Cleveland, I thought. Backup Anthony McCoy suffered through a rough game. The Seahawks need Miller back. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is the other big question mark for Seattle this week. His pectoral injury hasn’t prevented him from throwing, but he remains limited. It’s too early to say whether he’s likely to play this week. I would expect a better effort from backup Charlie Whitehurst this week, should he play.”

Sando also takes a look at pressure points for the four division teams, which has been a problem for the Seahawks in the game where they’ve had a difficult time getting off the field on third down – as in Sunday’s loss to the Browns, when 44 percent of Cleveland’s total yardage came on the 12 third downs they converted. Says Sando: “The Seahawks’ numbers stand out pertaining to sack percentages. The team gets sacks on 2.8 percent of pass plays when sending four or fewer rushers, the lowest percentage in the division. The percentage climbs to a division-high 11.7 percent when sending added pressure. The Seahawks have gotten 35 percent of their sacks from linebackers and defensive backs.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the rookies who are leading the Seahawks (Doug Baldwin) and Bengals (A.J. Green) in receptions, as well as the league in receptions, receiving yards and TD catches (Green) and per-catch average (Baldwin). Offers O’Neil: “Baldwin is the inspiring surprise to this Seahawks season — a player that wasn’t even invited to the NFL scouting combine who leads the team in receptions. Green’s success is a fulfillment of all the expectations heaped upon him when the Bengals chose him in the first round, No. 4 overall.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune takes a closer look at Jackson’s status this week. Says Williams: “Carroll said Jackson’s throwing velocity by the end of the week will help determine whether he plays or not. Carroll added that he’ll likely take the decision up to game time. ‘It’s just whether he’ll be able to throw the ball the way we want to see him throw it,’ Carroll said. ‘He’ll get the work. He took a bunch of reps today in preparation, so he’ll have all of the mental stuff done. But we have to really take it easy on him throwing. We just need to steal as much time as we can before we extend him, so that’s how we’ll go about it.’ ”

Also at the News Tribune, Dave Boling looks at what appeared to be a sure win for the Seahawks when the schedule was released isn’t because the Bengals have improved and are 4-2. Says Boling: “Credit coach Marvin Lewis for changing the stripes on these Bengals. Lewis is a rare coach who has stayed employed by the same club for nine years despite having only two seasons above .500. At the end of last year’s 4-12 campaign, Lewis’ return was in doubt, with uncertainty reported on both sides. But Lewis came out of his meetings with president Mike Brown, and after his own assessment of all the things that went wrong, announced: “I will fix us.” Apparently he has, but the fix required widespread change.”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald examines the role-model journey of rookie cornerback Richard Sherman from Compton to Stanford to a starting spot in the Seahawks secondary. Says Boyle: “Some athletes try to shy away from being a role model. Richard Sherman, on the other hand, has been trying to be one since he was a teenager. And when Sherman makes his first start cornerback Sunday for the Seahawks just seven games into his NFL career, he knows plenty of people back home in Compton, Calif. will be watching, particularly football players at his alma mater, Dominguez High School. But as proud as Sherman is to be representing his high school and home town as an NFL player, he hopes it’s the decision he made years earlier that really sends a message to the young athletes who pass through Dominguez after him.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the relationship between Sherman and cornerback Roy Lewis, two corners from Los Angeles who could be two vital pieces in the Seahawks’ nickel secondary to will face the Bengals’ Andy Dalton-to-Green passing game on Sunday: “I didn’t know Richard growing up, but I met him actually on his recruiting trip up to the UW,” Lewis said with a large smile. The smile turned to a grin and then a laugh as he added, “I do remember playing against him when he was a wide receiver – which, by the way, he was not a good wide receiver. Let it be known, he’s a far better DB than he ever was a wide receiver.” The Seahawks aren’t just planning on that, they’re counting on it. Sherman is the proverbial next-man-up, after Trufant was placed on injured reserve 10 days ago with a disc problem in his back and Thurmond followed on Monday after fracturing an ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Browns in Cleveland.”

We’ve also got Wednesday’s practice coverage in words and video.

As for the Bengals, the Associated Press – via PI.com – has this report on Bernard Scott getting the start at running back against the Seahawks because Cedric Benson has been suspended for Sunday’s game. Says Scott: “We’re two different kinds of backs. He’s a bruiser, I’m a slash-and-dash type of back. But if I have to run inside, I don’t mind running inside neither.”

Les Carpenter, formerly of the Seattle Times and now at YahooSports.com, profiles the Bengals’ Dalton. Says Carpenter: “Andy Dalton is not an excitable man. He sits at his locker with a calm but confident look. When Green first met him, the receiver thought to himself, ‘This guy is going to be great just by the way he goes about his business.’ He is doing the same thing Cam Newton is doing in Carolina, which is starting as a rookie without the benefit of an offseason. But unlike Newton, who has filled highlight shows with his rocket throws, Dalton has drawn little attention despite the fact his team is winning. The coaches say the calm and decisiveness he brings is a big reason why the Bengals are succeeding.”


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