Good morning folks. Thanks again to Dave Boling for manning the blog last week during my furlough.
The Seahawks will practice this afternoon at 2:45 p.m., and I’ll have a full report up soon after.
I thought we’d take a quick look at the playoff picture. With six games left, the Seahawks are still hanging on to final spot in the NFC Wild Card at 6-4. But Minnesota and Tampa Bay also sit at 6-4 overall, and New Orleans (5-5) and Dallas (5-5) are just a game back.
Seattle holds the tiebreaker over Minnesota because the Seahawks beat them a few weeks ago, and they hold the tiebreaker over the Bucs because they have a better record in the conference (4-4 to the Buccaneers’ 3-4).
Here’s a quick look at those four team’s schedules for the rest of the year.
Nov. 25 at Chicago
Dec. 2 at Green Bay
Dec. 9 Chicago
Dec. 16 at St. Louis
Dec. 23 at Houston
Dec. 30 Green Bay
Nov. 25 Atlanta
Dec. 2 at Denver
Dec. 9 Philadelphia
Dec. 16 at New Orleans
Dec. 23 St. Louis
Dec. 30 at Atlanta
Nov. 25 San Francisco
Nov. 29 at Atlanta
Dec. 9 at N.Y. Giants
Dec. 16 Tampa Bay
Dec. 23 at Dallas
Dec. 30 Carolina
Nov. 22 Washington
Dec. 2 Philadelphia
Dec. 9 at Cincinnati
Dec. 16 at Pittsburgh
Dec. 23 New Orleans
Dec. 30 at Washington
Dave Boling of The News Tribune believes the Seahawks can do one better and win the NFC West for the second time in three seasons. Boling: “If the Seahawks can split on the road against Miami and Chicago, they would be up to seven wins and facing three remaining at home, and another on the road against Buffalo (4-6), which will also be on the road hosting the game in Toronto. If the Seahawks stay healthy and continue to improve on offense, 10 wins looks reasonable, with 11 not out of the question.”
Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle agrees with Boling.
Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle says that Pete Carroll and John Schneider are the honey badgers of the NFL. Wyman: “In a copy-cat league where personnel decisions and play-calling never gets very far out of the box, Schneider and Carroll buck traditional, safe decision making and do what they believe in. If you have no other reason to root for the Seahawks, there’s a good place to start.”
As Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, who covers the Dolphins, points out – this is the farthest a team can travel and remain in the continental United States to play at another team’s home stadium.
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated takes a closer look at coaches differing philosophies on how to handle the coin flip. Trotter notes that Pete Carroll accepted the opening kickoff 16 of the 19 times the Seahawks won the toss the past two seasons. But this year Carroll has deferred all three times. Trotter: “Those in the ‘defer’ camp believe there’s a great advantage to waiting to receive the ball. For one, if you score to end the first half, you have a chance to build on it to start the third quarter. And if you struggled in the first half, you have halftime to make adjustments and apply them to start the second half.”
Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel points out Russell Wilson’s struggles on the road.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes about Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt benching quarterback John Skelton in favor of rookie Ryan Lindley with his team up 13-0 in the second quarter. Even though Arizona forced six turnovers, the Cardinals still lost at Atlanta 23-19, and have now lost six straight.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com still has Seattle selecting Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson at No. 22 overall in his latest mock draft. Rang’s colleague, Dane Brugler, has the Seahawks selecting Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle previews the San Francisco-Chicago Monday Night matchup. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday’s game, which means Colin Kaepernick will start in Smith’s place
Korean recording artist Psy will be performing “Gangnam Style” during halftime of Seattle’s game vs. Buffalo next month in Toronto. But really, it just provides an convenient excuse to post the video below.