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Morning links: Road to the playoffs

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 15, 2011 at 7:38 am with 26 Comments »
December 15, 2011 7:38 am
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch leaps (24) runs against the St. Louis Rams in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 30-13. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks playoff chances with three games left in the season. Although Seattle’s chances are slim (one online site calculated them at 6 percent), the Seahawks still have something to play for down the final stretch of the season.

Here’s a look at where the seven teams sit that are vying for two NFC Wild Card berths.

Atlanta (8-5)
Games left: Jacksonville, at New Orleans, Tampa Bay
The skinny: The Falcons should get to nine wins, and maybe 10. Consider them in as one of the NFC wild cards.

Detroit (8-5)
Games left: at Oakland, San Diego, at Green Bay
The skinny: Losing three straight would help the Seahawks, and it’s not hard to imagine Lions stumbling in Oakland.

Chicago (7-6)
Games left: Seattle, at Green Bay, at Minnesota
The skinny: Bears are collapsing without Jay Cutler, having lost three straight. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they lose three more.

Dallas (7-6)
Games left: at Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, at N.Y. Giants
The skinny: Either the Cowboys or Giants will win the NFC East. Since Dallas beat Seattle, 23-13, the Cowboys own the tiebreaker if the teams finish with the same record.

N.Y. Giants (7-6)
Games left: Washington, at N.Y. Jets, Dallas
The skinny: The Seahawks’ win over the Giants gives them the edge should they finish tied.

Seahawks (6-7)
Games left: at Chicago, San Francisco, at Arizona
The skinny: The first order of business is to win out, because finishing 8-8 makes it tough to get in. And going 7-9 is not going to cut it this season.

Arizona (6-7)
Games left: Cleveland, at Cincinnati, Seattle
The skinny: Four wins in five games have put the Cardinals in the same boat as the Seahawks. And their schedule is a bit easier than Seattle’s, too.

The Seahawks have allowed on two quarterbacks to throw for 300 or more yards against them this season – Eli Manning (420 yards) and Rex Grossman (314). Seattle faces Chicago backup quarterback Caleb Hanie, who’s managed only 502 passing yards in three games. The Seahawks allowed five quarterbacks to throw for 300 or more yards against them last season.

Art Thiel of gives Seattle props for switching back from the no-huddle offense to Pete Carroll’s original philosophy of using a physical run game and play-action passing to move the ball offensively.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times tells fans wanting the Seahawks to tank the season for a better draft pick to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle says that safety Kam Chancellor has had a big impact for the Seahawks in his first year as a starter. Wyman says Chancellor is valuable because of his flexibility.

Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle breaks down Doug Baldwin’s 29-yard touchdown catch against St. Louis.

Clare Farnsworth of provides some notes from Wednesday’s practice, including a picture of a recent addition on the walls of the team’s indoor practice facility – NFC West division title banners.

ESPN’s Mike Sando updates where NFC West players sit in fan voting for the Pro Bowl. Punter Jon Ryan and safety Kam Chancellor are third in voting, and Earl Thomas is fourth.

Brian Burke writing for the New York Times’ Fifth Down blog gives Seattle a 30 percent win chance at Chicago.

Michael Wright of ESPN Chicago writes that running back Matt Forte is pessimistic about returning for Sunday’s game against Seattle.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports counts Marshawn Lynch as one of the 10 most underrated players in the league.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It just made me sick last year in the playoff game against the bears in the first quarter when it seemed like everything that could go wrong did go wrong!

    Here’s hoping for some payback this time around!

    And why does it seem like we always play the bears at Soldier field?

  2. Ewalters7354 says:

    Georgia,I wonder the same thing about playing at Soldier Field.The last time the Bears played in Seatown was in 2007.I also wonder why we always are on the road to play the Steelers.

  3. Palerydr says:

    @Big E something I have been wondering about who runs the scout team for the Hawks? Is it Whitehurst or Portis or do they split time? How many snaps does Portis get a week? Does Portis use his eyes to look off the safety?

    2 things that continue to bother me about Jackson he fades into the pocket but doesn’t step up to make throws. He doesn’t use his eyes to look off the safety.

    The defense has got to help the offense this week and force turnovers. Da Bears are certainly gonna do their best to stuff the run game. They give up 3 yds less per game than we do. However they give up 4.4 yds per carry compared to us at 3.7. We need to get out to an early lead and force them to pass Haney has 6 picks and 2 tds get after the QB!

  4. JazBadAzz says:

    Seattle chief export against chicago should be: PAIN!!!
    Kick their arse while their down and don’t look back…

    The probowl voting is a joke, I gurantee their will be more seahawks in the probowl than 3…atleast 5 maybe 6.

    Jerry Brewer keep preaching what it buddy, screw the off season, enjoy great smashmouth football while it last baby. I trust our front office to get great players no matter where we draft.

    With that said ” Laissez les bons temps rouler “!

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The temperature is expected to be around 40 on sunday with no percipitation.

    Does anyone know off hand how well Jackson has played at Soldier field when he was with the Vikings?

  6. Dukeshire says:

    What maked me sick about that playoff game were all the dropped passes. That was a very winnable game and Seattle played like dogs.

    Perhaps the league no longer allows the Bears to come to Seattle after that horrific lime green jersey debacle at Qwest in ’09.

  7. JazBadAzz says:

    I can’t believe how stupid some guys are…We don’t have to worry about this idiot on Sunday!

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Well, he only has 8 receptions on the year so he won’t be missed by the Bears. (And yes, he is an idiot…) Too bad it wasn’t Israel Idonije, or some such player.

  9. Ewalters7354 says:

    Thanks Duke forbghe correction.I forgot we played the Bears at home when Mora was the coach.The Lime Green Jerseys were nice man!I play with them all the time on Madden.
    JazBadAzz…you made me laugh with that New Orleans saying even though u spelled it wrong lol….but anyway LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

  10. JazBadAzz says:

    He is a pretty good sp team player. Martz always tries to go deep on us with players that rarely play. So cancel that one Mike…

    Idonije is a good dude off the field, I don’t want to see anyone put their career in jeopardy with idiotic dreams of being Tony Montana. It only hurts the family and kids and that’s an entirely different sad sad story.

  11. JazBadAzz says:

    @Ewalters7354 Hahaha I’m having a blast winning every week while others walking around with long faces and cold cups of coffee…sorry about the spelling, I will google next time! Cheers

  12. Bring back the lime green jerseys for 1 game per year!

  13. We traveled to Chicago for two of those games in the play-offs b/c they were the higher seed. That’s not too hard to figure out.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    And also a regular season game last year. This will be 3 in a row in Chicago. Just how it works out.

    Please don’t EVER bring those green jerseys back. For any reason.

  15. Palerydr: Depending on Tarvaris Jackson’s health, Charlie Whitehurst takes a handful with the first unit and most of the reps with the second. Portis splits reps with Whitehurst with the second unit.

  16. chuck_easton says:

    I say Seattle should wear the Lime Green Jerseys this weekend in Chicago. They can’t be confused with the Bears navy blue and they may blind Hanie into throwing some INT’s.

  17. Palerydr says:

    Thanks Eric!

  18. GeorgiaHawk: “Does anyone know off hand how well Jackson has played at Soldier field when he was with the Vikings?”

    Georgia, the last times Tarvaris Jackson was QB in games against the Bears, he was 18 of 29 3INT in Minnesota in a win, and he was 9 of 23 1TD 0INT in a win at Soldier Field.

    But those games were in 2007, and I doubt that has any bearing on this game. I’d say its time to throw out all the Tarvaris Jackson tape from his Minnesota days. He’s now a more mature, better coached, better QB than he was back then. And it seems that he’s not done getting better yet.

    One of the biggest changes I’ve seen the past couple games is that TJack is changing plays at the LOS and audibling now more than early in the season. And a lot of those audibles are leading to first downs, not INTs. So we can see him improving on the field, and Carroll is starting to let him make more of the game decisions.

    If the Bears think they’ll be facing the same TJack as the Vikings TJack, they’ll be sadly surprised on Sunday.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Stevo – You got that kool-aid on an IV or pounding it straight out of the bottle? lol

  20. Seahawkfan78 says:

    Straight out of the bottle!!!! :) He looks a lot better now then he did at the start of the season.

  21. I’m sure a dominant runing game has nothing to do with that.

  22. Seahawkfan78 says:

    I think there is a lot of factors. But that is defiantly of the main ones. Confidence, everyone knowing the audible, and the line having a bit of nasty in them helps to. Too bad they had to wait until they were 2-6 to figure out how run the ball and be this effective.

  23. Its hilarious that when any other QB in the league plays well and wins with a good running game, they get credit. When Jackson does it, the same people will argue he had nothing to do with the win.

    If you guys can’t see that Jackson is a better QB now than he was in 2007, I can’t help you. But I know who I’ll be rooting for on Sunday. Do you? ;)

  24. I like the Lime Green uni’s too. But they bring back nightmares remembering TJ Douchemanzadeh.

  25. bird_spit says:

    If there was ever a game to bring back those lime-green jersey’s it would have been one of the past two. They could have worn the jerseys, and put the clink in black-lights. It would have been something to watch… Ball would need a white skin or something or maybe the old AFL ball. (red-white-blue).

  26. gonefishin69690 says:

    Unfortunately, It’s too little too late for this year’s playoffs. Our “Road to playoffs” this year has as many potholes as Tacoma streets do. Next year however, I really think we have a good shot. This team just keeps getting better, and at the very least, they are fun to watch.

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