Cyber surfing: Saturday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 12:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the Baltimore Ravens’ defense that will invade CenturyLink Field for Sunday’s game, and sees the kind of defense the Seahawks would like to become: “The Seattle defense will be measured against Baltimore’s defensive performance, and the Ravens are the NFL’s gold standard in terms of the run-squashing defense to which the Seahawks aspire. Baltimore has ranked in the league’s top five in rush defense for six successive years, and only San Francisco and Cincinnati have allowed fewer rushing yards than the Ravens this season. ‘There’s no better bunch of guys that you’d want to play defense with than those guys,’ Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of the Ravens. ‘They’re all tough. They’re all physical. They’re all strong and play with a great attitude and can really make your day hard.’ ”

Eric Williams of the News Tribune stays on the defensive – side of the ball, that is – and wonders where all the sacks have gone: “The question was a bit facetious, but it achieved the desired affect. Was it coach Pete Carroll’s design for the Seahawks defense to play more pass coverage and total only 13 sacks midway through the season, tied for third-worst in the National Football League? ‘The quick answer to that is no,’ Carroll said, chuckling. ’There’s no design to have 13 sacks. We should be getting two or three a game if we’re doing just average, so we’ve got to get to the quarterback more. We need to do all of the things – we need to pressure better and more effectively, we need our guys to rush, we’ve got to cover and hope they hold it more – so it’s a combination of things. We’ve got to get ahead in games too, so they’ll have to throw the ball more, and when we’re dictating situations that’ll help quite a bit.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his “Final Word” on the NFC West heading into Week 10, including this ominous look at third downs concerning the Seahawks: “The Seahawks’ last three opponents have converted 24 of 52 chances on third down. That percentage would rank 30th in the NFL if applied to this season as a whole. The third-down trouble stands out as a primary concern against Baltimore. The Ravens made first downs 14 times on pass plays alone against Pittsburgh last week, the highest single-game total in the NFL over the last 15 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we’re got a look at the day’s activities in “Friday in Hawkville,” including John Carlson being selected the team’s Man of the Year. Said Carlson: “Obviously, it’s just a tremendous honor, and not something that I expected. I accept it on behalf of all the guys on this team that do things in the community, because it’s not just me. Just like every year it’s not just the guy who wins Man of the Year. There are a lot of people on the team that contribute.”

There’s also a look ahead to Military Appreciation Day at CenturyLink Field tomorrow, as well as Tony Ventrella’s video report from Friday.

For a look at the rest of the league in Week 10 there’s Clark Judge’s “Peek at the Week” at CBSSports.com; Peter King’s “Game Plan” at SI.com; and John Clayton’s “First and 10” at ESPN.com, which includes this look at how the NFC West is affecting battles for other division titles: “The Seahawks, Cardinals and Rams are 1-7 against NFC East teams. They are 0-6 against the AFC North. If that trend continues, it affects playoff races in both conferences. The Ravens travel cross-country to face the Seahawks, who, if they lose, could match the Rams at 0-4 against the AFC North. The Ravens and Steelers are each 2-0 against the NFC West and are counting on the four-game boost from this division. The Eagles hope to keep their playoff hopes alive when they play the 2-6 Cardinals. They are counting on winning three games against the Seahawks, Rams and Cardinals. At 3-5, the Browns aren’t thinking playoffs but the next two weeks could get them back to .500. They host the 1-7 Rams and the 2-6 Jaguars over the next two weeks.”


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