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A quick look at the playoff standings shows the Seattle Seahawks as the No. 5 seed in the NFC. The Seahawks at 8-5 are tied with Chicago (8-5), but own the tiebreaker because they beat the Bears two weeks ago.
If the playoffs started today, the Seattle would travel to the No. 4 seed, the defending Super Bowl Champs, the New York Giants (8-5).
But several teams remain in the hunt for the a postseason berth, including Washington (7-6), Dallas (7-6), Minnesota (7-6) and St. Louis (6-6-1).
Here’s my game story. The Seahawks are now 6-0 at home — two wins away from going 8-0 at home for the first time since the team’s Super Bowl season in 2005. Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said his team is clicking right now. “It shows us when we finish (a) game, and when we finish plays and we work all the way through the whistle, good things happen — for whatever reason,” fullback Michael Robinson said. “And we have to keep it up. We’re in finish mode right now — fourth quarter.”
Rookie Robert Turbin got a chance to show what he could do, topping 100 yards in a game for the first time in his pro career. Lynch finished with 128 yards on just 11 carries, and two Seattle running back finished with over 100 yards each in a game for the first time since 2005.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Pete Carroll’s next man up philosophy yielded a savage beating against the Cardinals. Boling: “It validated coach Pete Carroll’s theory that one man’s absence is another man’s opportunity, and was yet another example of how spot-on general manager John Schneider has been in identifying low-round draft talent.”
John McGrath of The News Tribune says that Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman falls on the right side of Murphy’s Law – for now. McGrath: “When the pummeling got to the point of wishing the NFL had a mercy rule for blowouts, Sherman even danced while on the bench. By that time the score was 51-0, and another afternoon — two interceptions, three passes defended, a fumble recovery and too many gesticulations to count — was in the books for the Seahawks’ Most Voluble Player.”
Ryan Divish of The News Tribune writes that tight end Anthony McCoy would have been at the bottom of the list if you would’ve asked before the season started who would be the Seahawks first 100-yard receiver this season.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says that Seattle dominated from start to finish against visiting Arizona.
Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes that Sherman led Seattle’s comically good defense. Brewer: “Sherman is either innocent of this performance-enhancing drugs charge, or he’s the most impervious busted athlete ever. Or he can convince himself to think anything to fit any moment, to see blue skies when clouds are hovering. It’s a kind of mental fortitude that you must admire, despite having conflicting thoughts about his possible four-game suspension.”
Steve Kelley of The Seattle Times believes anything is possible for the Seahawks when they put it together. Kelley:“Two weeks after Miami, after the overtime win in Chicago and after Sunday’s 58-0 win over Arizona, everything seems possible for the Seahawks — an NFC West title, at least one home playoff game and, yes, even a trip to New Orleans in early February. Dream forever.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando provides the fallout from an NFC West perspective on Seattle’s easy win over the Cardinals. Sando writes that the Seahawks gained 214 of their 284 rushing yards before contact. Sando: “The Seahawks are a good team. They’re 8-5 and probably headed for the playoffs as a wild-card entry. They’ll give San Francisco (9-3-1) a run for the NFC West title if the 49ers stumble at New England. But there is no way one NFL team should defeat another NFL team — and a division rival, at that — by 58 points. Cannot happen. Cannot be tolerated.”
Will Brinson of CBS Sports gives the Seahawks an A grade for their big win over the Cardinals. Brinson: “Mercy. Pete Carroll kind of poured it on, huh? Maybe he was just making a mix tape for Matt Flynn? Whatever, it resulted in a total beat down, as Richard Sherman dominated, Marshawn Lynch AND Robert Turbin destroyed the Arizona rush defense, and Russell Wilson AND Matt Flynn lit up the secondary. Domination.”
Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic chronicles the Cardinals worst loss in franchise history, which has folks asking if head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s job is in jeopardy.