From my story today, most Seattle players are using the three days off this weekend to get in a mini-vacation or reconnect with family and friends.
After the Seahawks’ contest against Detroit on Oct. 28, Seattle will settle into a second-half schedule that includes home games against Minnesota and the New York Jets before a bye in Week 11, the latest Seattle has had a bye week since 2000.
While Seattle finishes with five of its last eight games at home, they also face a potentially more difficult schedule. Seattle’s final nine opponents have a combined record of 31-22 (58.5 percent).
The Seahawks’ first seven opponents have a combined record of 21-20 (51.2 winning percentage).
Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports that Seahawks defensive tackle Jason Jones was fined $15,750 by the league for his helmet-to-helmet hit of quarterback Tom Brady in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. Jones was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that Seattle’s problems on offense don’t all lead to Russell Wilson. “We are going to come back Monday and watch this film, and we are going to be real critical,” Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate said. “We have to figure something out. It is not over, the season is not over. We still have a long way to go. We can’t let this set us back.”
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that the San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh is complaining that the Seahawks corners are getting away with illegal contact.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Seattle has nine weeks to figure out the Niners, when they meet San Francisco again on Dec. 23.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times offers three things that the Seahawks learned, and three they are still figuring out from Thursday’s game. O’Neil: “Russell Wilson failed to complete a pass in the third quarter, the second time this season that has happened, and he had three completions for a total of 19 yards in the second half. As coachPete Carroll said after the game, 9-for-23 passing is not going to get it done in the NFL. Not even if you have an above-average running game and very good — not yet great — defense.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Seattle learned some tough lessons on Thursday. Farnsworth: “The Seahawks are 3-0 at CenturyLink Field this season, with Wilson throwing six touchdown passes and no interceptions – highlighted by his 16-of-26, 293-yard, three-TD performance against the Patriots on Sunday. The Seahawks are now 1-3 on the road, with Wilson throwing two TD passes and seven interceptions – lowlighted by his 9-of-23, 122-yard, one-pick effort against the 49ers’ No. 1-ranked defense as the Seahawks failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season.”
Bill Barnwell of Grantland writes that the NFC West is no longer the joke of the NFL. Barnwell: Even if the NFC West fades a bit after its hot start — and it seems likely that at least the Cardinals will do so over the upcoming weeks — it’s clear that the league’s most embarrassing division has worked its way out of the basement. The Niners have arguably the league’s best coach and a handful of players from the top 50 trade value list. The Cardinals have a more tantalizing asset than anyone on that deep Niners roster in Patrick Peterson. The Seahawks have a devastating young defense and the league’s best home-field advantage.”