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Morning links: All eyes on DE Jared Allen

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 1, 2012 at 7:50 am with 14 Comments »
November 1, 2012 7:50 am
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, left, gets in a tussle with Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Donald Penn, right, during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

Ryan Divish of The News Tribune writes that the Seattle Seahawks would be wise to know where Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen is at all times. The 30-year-old has put together another strong year, with seven sacks so far this season.

Last year, he nearly broke the NFL sacks record with 22

“I think I’m a different player from week to week or year to year, just trying to build and correct mistakes,” Allen said. “Mentally, you learn to rush smarter. When you are younger, you are guessing. But I’ve always been a leverage, technique guy. I’m never going to get away from the base of what I do. I believe (in using) hips, hands and feet and out-leveraging and out-working the guy in front of me.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that fellow teammates are excited to see what rookie receiver Jermaine Kearse can do, now that he’s been elevated from the practice squad to the active roster: “He’s a young guy who is going to be really good,” Seattle receiver Golden Tate said. “From Day One he showed what he could do and hasn’t made many of those rookie mistakes. He has some wiggle, and is a strong guy with great hands.”

Art Thiel of writes that although talented, Seattle’s defense is young and prone to being fooled. Thiel: “The quality numbers put up early masked the Seahawks’ weakness that becomes more obvious as offensive coordinators learn to plot against the Seahawks’ hyper-aggressive front and big cornerbacks.”

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times notes that although the schedule appears to get easier for the Seahawks, the combined winning record of Seattle’s last eight opponents is better than the first eight. The combined winning record of opponents for the first eight games is 30-31, while the combined winning record for the last eight games is 34-27.

ESPN’s Kevin Seifert says that the Vikings may have made a mistake in letting Sidney Rice go in free agency in this video link. Seifert believes Minnesota had concerns about Rice’s injury history.

Clare Farnsworth of gives us the tale of the tape between Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch in the battle between the top two running backs in the league.

Lindsay Jones of USA Today writes that Pete Carroll shot down South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier’s notion that Alabama would be favored against some NFL teams. “The falsehood is to think that could ever take place. It isn’t even close,” Carroll said Wednesday before a Seahawks practice. “Alabama has a great team, and Nick (Saban) is a fantastic coach. But when you match up the interior lines against a regular NFL team, on either side of the ball, it wouldn’t even be close.”

Brian Burke writing for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives Seattle a 67 percent win chance against the Vikings.

The Seahawks can jump back into the wild card race with a win over the Vikings.

Tampa Bay claimed recently released Seahawks cornerback Danny Gorrer off of waivers.

Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that the Vikings see a lot of similarities to what they do in Seattle’s offense.

@EvilMikeTomlin posted the picture below on Twitter, saying it is the sports costume of the year.

And Seahawks long snapper Clint Gresham dressed up as teammate Punter Jon Ryan for Halloween.

Morning links
Leave a comment Comments → 14
  1. Dukeshire says:

    Those are both really runny costumes. Nice.

    I’m looking forward to Allen v Okung matchup Sunday. Both are playing very well this year.

  2. hawkfan777 says:

    3 hours, 1 post. Wow, a slow day on this site.


    Its nice to see you here. Must feel a little lonely right now.

  3. Helenahawk says:

    Pete is dead-on right about Alabama vs any NFL team. He should know. And Spurrier showed in Washington, just how much he knows about the NFL.

  4. Carlsonkid says:

    Hoping Kearse can contribute more than just special teams ; he had some crucial drops while playing for the Dawgs – Rice saying he has the best hands on the team is encouraging , lets hope he can hang on to a couple and make some plays . He has the talent , no question ..

  5. I’ve never seen so much support for a practice squad player from other teammates… I dont feel like Kearse stood out in any outstanding fashion with a glut of recievers competing in camp.

    The support is very intriguing and now I’m excited to see if he sticks.

  6. HawkfaninMT says:

    @HawksKD: I feel like the vets showed this type of support for DB last year. I could be wrong, and I usually try to shy away from making player comparisons. But just stating my memory is all

  7. Ewalters7354 says:

    HawksKD, agreed.Great post!

  8. ON the contrary, from what I saw–and from what Carrol has said–Kearse grabbed every opportunity in preseason games he was given with both feet and hands, and made plays. Remember the 30 some yarder down the seam?! The guy can run the slant well too–something we need to see a lot more of to help Wilson move the chains without risking a pick.

    Kearse is a prototypical FL, but is quick enough and versatile enough to play Slot as well, and he will help on Special Teams. I love this kid, and I for one think he’s gonna be one of our top 3 WR’s next year. Im not sure if Baldwin or Tate will fall off, but likely one of them will; Baldwin has been snakebit by injury this year just as in college. I hope that doesnt continue.

  9. bbnate420 says:

    Boy, Tate looks soft and white.

    Pete is right. It’s like saying that the best AAA team could beat the M’s. Tempting to say, but lacking in facts.

  10. mojjonation says:

    If Allen is against Okung, and he gets going early, I predict three holds and 2 false starts on our LT. Right side, probably worse if Allen gets ramped up early.

    As much as I’d like to see us run away with this, I see a 24-23, 27-24 type of game coming. Here’s hoping for shutting down AP (which means less than 4 ypc), and turning the Viks’ one dimensional in which Ponder can do nothing.

  11. mojjonation says:

    Spurrier brought his shotgun baby spread offense to Washington and averaged 40 points a game in the preseason and everyone who knew football was just saying “whatever”. Enter regular season and he gets destroyed and back to college he goes.

    Since when does Spurrier become Nick Sabans and Alabamas personal spokesperson? Tell him to just shut it.

    I bet a handful of AAA teams could beat the M’s. That’s a bad comparison.

  12. bbnate420 says:

    mojo, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to prove either way, but you’re smoking crack if you thin there are any AAA teams better than the M’s. Are there some that could beat them in a game? For sure! I seriously doubt any could win 2 out of 3 much less 3 out of 5. That was MY point. Any team can win on a GIVEN day. That wasn’t the point!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. bbnate420 says:

    For someone named Mojo, you seem to hate the M’s. Just relax.

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