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Smith on Falcons: “We’re not playing very consistent football right now”

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is pressured by Tampa Bay defensive tackle Brian Price last week. (AP file photo)

Atlanta head coach Mike Smith was blunt in his assessment of where his team sits heading into Sunday’s contest with Seattle, with the Falcons at a surprising 1-2.

“We’re not playing very consistent football right now,” Smith said. “And I would say it’s probably most noticeable on our offense, but really as a football team we have not played consistent football in the first three weeks – offensively, defensively and special teams.

“I’ll give you an example. All of last year we had seven penalties on special teams, and through three games we’ve got seven penalties. And we’re doing some very uncharacteristic things across the board.”

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Seahawks Insider pick ‘em – Week 4

We had an eight-way tie at the top in Week 3 in our Seahawks Insider Pick ‘em contest, with Fanaticos deSeahawks, Champion0445, Fayjia 1, Use the Forsett, rifra31, RhewChuryll, Spencerdtom 1, and Beemus21 1 all getting 13 correct.

I finished with 11 correct.

And after three weeks, Fanaticos deSeahawks, dudlbgr1 and spencerdtom 1 lead the standings with 27 correct after dropping their worst week.

I am three picks back with 24 correct.

As always, you can check out the results or join in by clicking here.


Hawks-Falcons stats

2011 Stats Seahawks Falcons
Record 1-2 1-2
Total Yards Gained 644 1029
Total Offense (NFLRank) 214.7 (31) 343.0 (19)
Rush Offense 72.3 (29) 92.7 (19)
Pass Offense 142.3 (30) 250.3 (18)
Points Per Game 10.0 (30) 20.0 (17)
Total Yards Allowed 954 1,119
Total Defense

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Morning links: No chemistry between Williams, Jackson

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams (17) warms up before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

My story today focuses on the lack of touches for Seahawks receiver Mike Williams. He finished without a catch against Arizona last week, and only has five catches for 43 yards on the season, tied for fifth on the team.

However, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, are aware that they need to get Williams going this week.

“Obviously, we want to get the ball to Mike a little more,” Jackson said after the game. “We didn’t connect today (Sunday). We didn’t have a lot of plays and defenses – he probably was open a couple times, if I go back and watch the film, I’ll probably see him open a couple of times on the pictures.

“We just have to do a better job of making sure I look for that (and) we get some plays where we get him the ball.”

Perhaps one saving grace for Williams is he got off to a slow start last season. Through the first three games of the 2010 season, Williams had just seven catches for 106 yards. But he totaled 25 catches for 242 yards in his next three games on his way to finishing with 65 receptions for 751 yards and two touchdowns.

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Carroll says Curry still part of team

There’s been some speculation that the Seattle Seahawks are potentially interested in trading the team’s first-round draft pick from 2009, linebacker Aaron Curry.

According to this report, five teams have contacted the Seahawks about possibly making a deal, including Philadelphia, Arizona, the N.Y. Giants, Carolina and Kansas City.

However, this report is unsubstantiated by other news outlets and has not been confirmed by the Seahawks.

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Monday Morning QB live chat replay

Join us to talk about the Seahawks 13-10 win at noon.


Morning links: Reaction to Hawks 13-10 win

Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb is sacked by Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons. (AP Photo/Ted Warren)

Good morning. We’ll have the Monday Morning QB chat today at noon, and Pete Carroll’s press conference is at 3 p.m. this afternoon.

Here’s a look at what was said about Seattle’s 13-10 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Tarvaris Jackson got a win in his first home start as a Seahawk – something the quarterback before him Matt Hasselbeck did not do. Jackson continues to take heat for his uneven play, and heard some boos on Sunday. However, he’s not letting the negative vibes affect him: “If they keep booing and we keep winning, then I don’t care.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Seattle finally looked like they had an NFL offense in the opening drive of the third quarter, the team’s only touchdown drive of the day.

John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that with the addition of receiver Sidney Rice, the Seahawks could contend for another NFC West crown.

Doug Pacey of The News Tribune says that defensive tackle Alan Branch feels good about getting a win against his former team.

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Carroll on win: “We have a long ways to go”

They’ll take it.

That was basically the attitude of Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and the rest of his players in the locker room after the team’s 13-10 over the Arizona Cardinals.

The Seahawks understand they can play better, but they like winning while going through that growth process better than losing. It certainly make it easier to go back to work on Monday.

“I’m very happy to get a win,” Carroll said. “We have a long ways to go and a lot of work to do, but we got a little bit better today. We did some good things and made enough plays.”

The Seahawks finally got things going offensively in the second half. And they went to no huddle in the third quarter to speed up the tempo – and it worked.

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