Cyber surfing: Wednesday

Posted by Clare Farnsworth on November 23, 2011 – 8:22 am

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 23:

Eric Williams at the News Tribune is talking … playoffs? Riding a two-game winning streak and looking at a stretch of three consecutive home games against teams with losing records, the players are using the P-word: “Believe it or not, the Seattle Seahawks still think they have enough gas in the tank to make a run at the postseason. … And one reason for Seattle’s confidence in completing the arduous task ahead is because the Seahawks already accomplished the unexpected last season, becoming the first 7-9 team in league history to advance to the playoffs. ‘To do it in the fashion that we did it, getting smacked up all year long,’ Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch said. ‘Anybody else in that position I think would have been like, ‘You know what man, this ain’t for us.’ But we kept fighting and kept clawing.’ ”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times takes a look at the are-we-there-yet aspect of the Pete Carroll/John Schneider building project with six games to play: “So how about it, coach Pete Carroll? Your Seahawks have won two in a row for the first time this season and have the next three games at home, all against losing teams. Where do things stand in the great renovation of Seattle’s pro-football enterprise? ‘We’re coming around,’ he said. ‘We’ve got to do something with this week. Two weeks doesn’t mean much to me, but it is two weeks better than we were.’ ”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald offers the glass-half-empty viewpoint: “So, is it crazy to be talking about the Seahawks’ playoff chances at 4-6? Well, quite frankly, yes, it absolutely is. In the now-famous words of former Colts coach Jim Mora, ‘Playoffs? Don’t talk about playoffs. You’re kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game.’ ”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his weekly “Risers and Fallers” in the NFC West, and an obvious choice among the “risers”: “A three-sack performance against the Rams left Chris Clemons with eight sacks for the season. He forced two fumbles, giving him three for the season, a career single-season high. Clemons became the first Seahawks player since 2007 to collect three sacks in one game (Patrick Kerney did it three times in a four-game stretch that season). Clemons is an impact player in all areas and arguably the best player on the team. He has recorded seven of his eight sacks on the road this season. A three-game home stand against losing teams should let Clemons reach double-digit sacks for the second consecutive season.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got a Thanksgiving Eve smorgasbord, with the main course being a look back at Sunday’s victory against the Rams through the lens of Rod Mar and the sideline/locker room view of Ben Malcolmson: “After the Rams’ first two drives tallied 50 yards and a 7-0 lead, the Seattle defense didn’t allow another point and only 155 yards the rest of the game. St. Louis never reached the red zone and crossed midfield just twice for the remainder of the afternoon. The Seahawks offense, meanwhile, gathered itself and wound up scoring 24 points, its third-best output this season. ‘The best thing is, we had adversity, on the road, and you didn’t back down one bit,’ Carroll said in his postgame speech.”

As side dishes, there’s Tony Ventrella’s video report on players passing out turkey dinners on Tuesday; a look at how the Seahawks’ run defense is altering the way opponents attack them; a look at linebacker Leroy Hill as part of “Tuesday in Hawkville”; and a look at the Washington Redskins in “Up Next.”


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