Cyber surfing: Monday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Jan. 2:

Steve Kelley at the Seattle Times looks at a very bright moment from the Seahawks’ 23-20 overtime loss to the Cardinals: “Tarvaris Jackson had all day to throw, which meant Ricardo Lockette had all day to run, and we’re starting to find out that when Lockette is running, amazing things can happen. Down 20-13 in the middle of the fourth quarter, Lockette streaked down the left sideline, gaining speed with every stride. He fought off cornerback Marshay Green with his right hand and somehow was able to keep his concentration and catch Jackson’s bomb in stride for a 61-yard game-tying touchdown. It was a truly remarkable play in the Seahawks’ unremarkable 23-20 season-ending overtime loss to Arizona. But more important, it just might have been the harbinger of many touchdown explosions to come from the free-agent rookie from Division II Fort Valley (Ga.) State.”

Also at the Times, Danny O’Neil looks at how the season finale mirrored the Seahawks’ season: “The game didn’t decide the fate of this Seahawks season. It mirrored it almost perfectly, though, from a first half that was packed with Seattle penalties but not much offense, to a second-half comeback that was impressive and unexpected, but ultimately futile. That story line of the Seahawks’ 23-20 overtime loss at Arizona on Sunday was pretty much the story of this whole year. ‘Typical of our season,’ quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said. ‘A slow start, us picking it up in the second half. Unfortunately we came up short, but I’m very proud of the guys in the locker room.’ ”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at Larry Fitzgerald’s latest big day against the Seahawks, as the Cardinals’ Pro Bowl wide receiver had eight catches for 148 yards in the second half and overtime: “And Fitzgerald took over the game when his team needed him most, in overtime, with the decision in the balance. He made an acrobatic catch for 26 yards in the middle of the field on a third-and-3 play. He also had two more catches on the drive, including a one-handed, 12-yard catch across the middle that put his team into field-goal position.  ‘He is incredible,’ said Arizona quarterback John Skelton, who targeted Fitzgerald a game-high 18 times. ‘Whenever the ball is in his general direction, he makes plays. He makes your life as a quarterback much easier. The tenacity that he has when the ball is in the air is incredible, especially when it’s down in overtime like that and we need the yardage for the field goal.’ ”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has a “Wrap-Up” of the Seahawks’ overtime loss to the Cardinals, and here’s what he liked: “This was another intense, physical battle between NFC West teams late in the season. Penalties are not something I would generally list under the “what I liked” category, but personal fouls against Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman, Paris Lenon, Early Doucet and Levi Brown reflected the spirited nature of this game. Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch continued to punish defenders with his aggressive running, breaking free from Calais Campbell and running over Daryl Washington on two early runs. He and Leon Washington gave the Seahawks another strong team outing on the ground (170-plus yards). Leon Washington’s 48-yard rushing touchdown and 47-yard kickoff return in overtime were key plays.”

Sando also takes a look at the 2012 opponents for each of the NFC West team, and has this to say about the Seahawks: “Another season, another trip to Chicago. The Seahawks will have played the Bears eight times since 2006, counting playoffs. The scheduling rotation sent the third-place team from the NFC East (Dallas) to the third-place team from the NFC West (Seattle). The Seahawks also drew the third-place team from the NFC South, which means they’ll be facing Cam Newton on the road. Also, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are coming to CenturyLink Field. Will the Seahawks have a new quarterback? Marshawn Lynch gets to face his old team, Buffalo, on the road.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the Seahawks’ 7-9 record this season being an improvement from last season’s 7-9 record: “Last season, their nine losses came by an average of 21 points; this season it was by an average of 9.8 points. Last year, the Seahawks lost games by 34 (to the Giants), 30 (to the Raiders) and 23 (to the Buccaneers) points. This year, their most lopsided losses were to the Steelers (24-0) and Bengals (34-12). In 2010, all their losses were by double-digits. This season, there were four losses by 10-plus points, but they also dropped games by two points (twice), three points (twice) and six points. On defense, they entered Sunday’s game ranked No. 9 in the league, after finishing 27th last season. On offense, the running game improved from 31st in 2010 to 21st entering their finale. ‘Without question, we’re a different team than we were last year,’ coach Pete Carroll said. ‘The way we’re playing. The margins we’re dealing with are so much better. Even when we got beat, we had chances to win.’ ”

We’ve also got our “Game at a Glance,” as well as Tony Ventrella’s video review.

For a look at the rest of the league on a wild final Sunday of the regular season, there’s Clark Judge’s “Judgements” at CBSSports.com; and Don Banks’ “Snap Judgments” at SI.com.


Comments Off on Cyber surfing: Monday

%d bloggers like this: