In my story today, although disappointing in a 19-17 loss to San Francisco over the weekend, the Seattle Seahawks still have something to play for in the last game of the season at Arizona.
Seattle has a chance to finish a game better than last season’s 7-9 regular-season record and finish with a nonlosing record for the first time since 2007.The Seahawks travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals on Sunday in their finale.
“I feel like it’s an important game because it’s the next game,” Bryant said. “You always want to finish strong, and we know those guys are fighting for the same thing. I believe they are 7-8 as well, and they’re playing at home. So it’s going to be another great game.
“It will be two teams going at it, and it will come down to who can make a play, and who can’t.”
There’s little doubt that heading into the final week of his second season in Seattle, coach Pete Carroll has the Seahawks on an upward trend. They are No. 10 in the NFL in total defense this season, up 17 spots from last year.
The Seahawks are averaging 105 rushing yards a game – 21st in the league and up 10 spots from 2010, when they gained an average of 89 yards a game.And Seattle has a plus-7 turnover differential this year, good enough for a tie for fifth in the league. The Seahawks had a minus-9 turnover differential in 2010, tied for 27th overall.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Marshawn Lynch was the player of the game on Saturday.
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com writes that the Niners were one play better than the Seahawks.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times offers his thoughts on a Niners assistant screaming “Merry Christmas” moments after his team’s win while exiting the press box on Saturday.
Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated gives us some prospects to watch during the bowl season.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives Seahawks a C-minus for their performance against the Niners .
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has Seattle selecting North Carolina defensive end Quinton Couples at No. 15 overall in his latest mock draft.