Cyber surfing: Monday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 14:

Steve Kelley at the Seattle Times looks at Marshawn Lynch’s “Beast Mode” of an afternoon in Sunday’s 22-17 upset of the Ravens at CenturyLink Field: “Nothing was pretty about the work Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did on Sunday. He didn’t break into the open field with dazzling jukes and spins. He didn’t glide through holes, smooth as butter. Lynch pounded. And he punched. And he punished. Over and over again, like an irresistible force, he moved the pile, even with three or four of the nastiest Baltimore Ravens yanking at the ball like, well, ravens fighting over a piece of meat. Lynch took a hit to get a yard. He delivered a hit to get another couple of yards. He was in full ‘Beast Mode.’ ”

Jerry Brewer at the Times looks at the impressive start to the second half of the Seahawks’ season: “On Sunday at CenturyLink Field, the 2-6 Seahawks of the season’s first half stepped aside, and the franchise embraced the artificial opening of the second half. It’s not really a new season, unless you need it to be. The Seahawks certainly desired something fresh, and they took advantage of the mythical clean slate and played their best overall football game in 2011. So now they’re 1-0, sort of. ‘This is the beginning of the finish,’ Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. ‘We always want to finish well. Today was a beautiful day in making that illustrated. But there’s nothing we can do about the first half, and the second half is about what can we do, and we went out and got a terrific start to this thing, so let’s build on it.’ ”

Also at the Times, Danny O’Neil looks at the Lynch-fueled final drive that iced the upset: “The Seahawks’ most important drive of the game didn’t produce any points. It did, however, put the Baltimore Ravens down for the count in Seattle’s 22-17 victory Sunday at CenturyLink Field. That was true when Marshawn Lynch faked out the mighty Ray Lewis to convert a third down. And it was true when time expired, with the Seahawks having consumed the final 5 minutes, 50 seconds of the game. That kept the Ravens from getting the ball back after they cut the deficit to five points on tight end Ed Dickson’s touchdown catch from Joe Flacco. Lynch gained three consecutive first downs and surpassed 100 yards rushing for the second consecutive game, and the Seahawks ran out the clock against one of the league’s top rushing defenses.”

John McGrath at the News Tribune looks at the special efforts of the Seahawks’ special teams, which included a franchise record-tying five field goals from Steven Hauschka: “ ‘In our meetings last night, we talked how we hadn’t done our part all year,’ special teams co-captain Michael Robinson said Sunday. ‘We knew we were capable of playing a lot better.’ Seattle’s special teams kicked off the second half of the season by achieving retribution against an unlikely opponent: the Baltimore Ravens. Coached by former Philadelphia special-teams coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens are among the NFL’s most efficient clubs in the ‘third phase’ of football.”

Dave Boling of the News Tribune looks at how the oh-so-young Seahawks went “old school” on Sunday: “These guys spend all week devising strategies and scenarios, fine-tuning techniques and plotting advantageous matchups. But sometimes winning a game in the National Football League is no more sophisticated than a couple guys settling their differences on the junior-high school yard. ‘You gotta hit a bully in the mouth, that’s the only way you’re going to get ’em up offa ya,’ Seahawks fullback Mike Robinson said Sunday afternoon after Seattle upset Baltimore, 22-17, at CenturyLink Field.”

Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams looks at the Seahawks’ Ravens-like effort on defense: “The Ravens came in with the No. 2 defense in the NFL, giving up a league-low 86.8 yards on the ground. Baltimore also had 26 sacks on the year, second-most in the league. But Seattle showed they can play a little defense too, holding Baltimore’s offense to 323 yards, including just 75 on the ground. ‘I’m just excited,’ said Seattle safety Earl Thomas, who finished with a team-high eight tackles. ‘I feel like our defense played well. We were the best defense out there today, and it showed.’ ”
Todd Fredrickson at the Everett Herald checks in with Hauschka after his record-tying performance: “Steven Hauschka didn’t have a sense that he was headed for a big day. Facing his former team on a cold, windy day, the Seattle Seahawks placekicker was distracted before the game and not kicking very well. ‘The funny thing is I didn’t even kick well in warm-ups,’ Hauschka said. ‘It was kind of a distraction during warm-ups because I knew half the guys on the other sideline. But once I got that out of there, then I felt like I started kicking well. It just kind of came together during the game.’ ”

Also at the Herald, John Boyle takes a closer look at Lynch’s signature play from his big day: “When the Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch caught a pass from Tarvaris Jackson late in the fourth-quarter Sunday, it looked like he was going to come up short of the first down. The Seahawks would have to punt, and Baltimore, which a week earlier had used a dramatic late-game drive to earn a victory, would have three minutes to attempt another comeback. Instead, Lynch, seemingly cornered by two would-be tacklers, stopped, then bounced to the right and left linebackers Ray Lewis and Jarret Johnson grasping at air as the Seahawks running back picked up a first down. ‘He made a great play,’ Jackson said. ‘He made like he (was) out there in the back yard playing against some of his cousins or something. … That was big.’ ”

Christian Caple at PI.com has the updates on the six Seahawks who left the game with injures: “Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor each left Seattle’s 22-17 win over Baltimore on Sunday with concussions. The severity of each is not yet known. Starting right guard John Moffitt left with a knee injury and did not return. He’ll undergo an MRI exam on Monday before the team determines his status going forward. Moffitt put very little weight on his right leg as he was helped off the field following the injury.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his “Wrap Up” of the Seahawks’ big win, including what he liked: “The Seahawks’ defense took the game to Baltimore and prevented the Ravens from getting going on the ground or through the air. This was exactly the type of performance the Seahawks needed from their defense against a team that had scored at least 23 points in six of its eight games this season. Seattle scored its third-highest total of the season in part because the defense and special teams forced turnovers. Seattle built a 22-10 lead through three quarters thanks to four field-goal drives beginning at the Baltimore 19-, 42-, 18- and 4-yard lines. Lynch found running room early, helping the Seahawks jump to a 10-0 lead, gaining confidence. Lynch carried 32 times for 109 yards overall. David Hawthorne’s interception was another big play for the Seahawks.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at how the Seahawks’ most complete three-phase effort of the season led to the upset victory: “This victory to kick off the second half of the season was not a two-man show, or even a 22-man show as the Seahawks lost six players during the game. … This victory also came despite the Seahawks being flagged 13 times for 100 yards in penalties – both season highs for a team that has been battling penalty problems since the preseason. But the Seahawks overcame it all – the loss of key players, the rash of penalties and the heavily favored Ravens – by playing their best all-around game of the season.”

We’ve also got a recap in our “Game at a glance,” as well as a look at the game in pictures and Tony Ventrella’s video review.

For a look at the rest of the NFL in Week 10, there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com; John Clayton’s “Last Call” at ESPN.com; and Clark Judge’s “Judgements” at CBSSports.com.


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