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 Sportspressnw.com 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 Seahawks.com 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.
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.