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Morning links: Wilson, Rice in sync

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 19, 2012 at 6:58 am with 42 Comments »
December 19, 2012 7:02 am

Seattle Seahawks Sidney Rice, left, and Russell Wilson congratulate each other after the Seahawks defeated the Minnesota Vikings 30-20 in an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

In my story today, when the Seahawks take on San Francisco on Sunday, the 49ers will be facing a more dynamic offense the second time around.

In Seattle’s Week 7 loss to San Francisco, Wilson finished with a season low in completions (nine) and passing yards (122).

Sidney Rice also struggled, totaling just two catches for 32 yards. Rice was targeted four times in a close, 13-6 loss in which Seattle receivers had five critical drops.

But since that mid-October setback, the two have worked to develop a better rapport, and the statistics support that.

Since the October loss at San Francisco, Wilson has completed 108 of 178 passes (60.7 percent) for 1,467 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.

In the past seven games, Rice has 27 receptions for 422 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the big-play threat the Seahawks were looking for when they signed him to a lucrative deal as an unrestricted agent after the 2010 offseason.

John McGrath of The News Tribune believes that the Seahawks making the playoffs as the wild card could be a good thing. He points out that since 1997, five wild card teams have went on to win the Super Bowl.

Clare Farnsworth of writes about rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane, who’s adjusting to life as a starter.

Steve Kelly of The Seattle Times makes his case for Russell Wilson as the NFL Rookie of the Year.

ESPN’s Sport Science takes a look at how Skittles helps Marshawn Lynch get motivated during the game in this video link.

Russ Lande of the National Football Post has the Seahawks selecting Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins in his latest mock draft

Matt Maiocco of writes that San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh expects defensive tackle Justin Smith to play on Sunday.

Former Seahawks Rob Tobeck talks with Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 ESPN Seattle about the team’s improvement in finishing games in this audio link. Tobeck shares a great story about his encounter with Earl Campbell, which references the video below. It’s worth a listen.

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  1. A big game by Wilson on Sunday Night puts him in the lead for Rookie of the Year.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Lol, if it were only as simple as that. It’s not as though it’s a statistical battle like rushing leader.

    As Wilson has developed and improved many people here are now seeing just how good and dynamic Rice truely is. He’s one of the best receivers in football.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Eric, incredible clip. “Skoal, brotha…” I was just a little kid when that aired. What a memory, lol.

  4. montanamike2 says:

    Wilson has to win a superbowl this year if he wants to beat all the east coast obsession with Luck or RG3 for ROY.

  5. montanamike2 says:

    I worked as a painter in the 80’s and one of our short term workers always had a lipfull of skoal. At lunch he showed me all the places in his mouth that had been cut out from mouth cancer and he was soon running out. Wow, it just freaked me out.

  6. Adam Schefter puts the Seahawks at No. 5 in his power ranking. These rankings are meaningless, but no way the Seahawks would be getting this recognition without blowing out (and running up the scores) in the last two games.

    The Super Bowl window is open (yes, they could win it this year) and will hopefully stay open for the next decade.

  7. I’d rather we beat SF this week than have RW win Rookie of the Year. As many have pointed out, the ROY designation is primarily determined by hype. In our hearts and minds RW is the Rookie of the Year, no doubt about it. I want to hear the crowd chanting, “Merry Christmas” at the end of the game. This is a monster game.

  8. I agree with that Snappa, huge huge game for this team. This is the only game i bought tickets to this year at the beginning of the season. I knew it could turn out this way, and i was right. Can’t wait to hear the crows going nuts. I’d love nothing more for Chirstmas than for the Hawks to beat the 9ers.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Super Bowl talk is fun and all, but let’s see them beat SF first. This is clearly the biggest test of the season.

  10. sluggo42 says:

    This game will either be epic, or suicidal for us. Who will be in the corners is huge as well. Hoping Thurmond can make it back…
    Hoping that the d-line and lb’s have ironed out the trap plays and keep gore in check. I’m actually thinking they have their option play nailed down too, and hope as well that they don’t have ours down…
    Hoping we have some good options wrinkled into our option play, like a fake RW run, flick pass to somebody/ anybody.
    Really hoping their smith stays hurt and doesn’t play, to even out the loss of our corners…
    I’m already having stomach cramps about this game


  11. What are the chances that what seems like it should be a Defensive game turns into a shootout where the first one over 30 wins? The Over/Under on this game is a mere 39.

  12. I’m hoping I don’t jinx us…

    but what has been truly remarkable this year is how we’ve been in every game and not losing by more than 7 pts. I’m not sure how it really gets measured, but when you figure that into consideration for ROY it seems like it should warrant a little more attention. R Dub has been nothing short of magnificent. I’d probably put him in for MVP consideration as well if he keeps it up through the end of the regular season. Flynn is a nice player, but how many times has R Dub scrambled out of peril successful and turned in what should have been a loss into a positive gain, at times even a score? Incredible to say the least.

    Individual awards are nice, but like someone else mentioned here, the Lombardi trophy is still the most prized possession.


  13. Carlsonkid says:

    Pabuwal , I’m with you on the shootout possibilities . I’d be surprised if both Gore and Lynch don’t go over 100 yds. , you have 2 good young QB’s and Rice and Tate playing lights out as well as Moss and Crabtree going against a depleted secondary . The key is keeping Vernon Davis from doing too much damage over the middle .

    Add rainy weather and a penchant for turnovers into the mix and this could be a fairly high scoring affair …

  14. The key to this game is Sherman not getting suspended Friday. Hope he has a good lawyer.

  15. Ewalters7354 says:

    Hope Sherm does win his appeal.But I truly don’t see it happening with Roger I’m Always Right Goodell in office. At least if we get in the playoffs we’ll have BB back.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Corner is important, but nearly as much as how well the D line plays, IMO. Gore owns Seattle and their o line has moved Seallt off the ball and the line with alarming ease. Seattle controls SFs I line, they win. If not, it will be a very long night, I’m afraid.

    We see it all the time, don’t we: two very strong defensive units in games that end up with a lot of scoring. (Unless its Pitts v Balt…)

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Sorry about all the typos: iPhone.

  18. “Gore owns Seattle and their o line has moved Seallt off the ball and the line with alarming ease”

    Hmm… Gore definitely “owns” some big days against the Seahawks defense to be sure. Until this season though, Gore had never broken the century mark against a Seahawks front that included Brandon Mebane. Since Seattle drafted him back in ’07, he has been something of an X factor for bottling up Gore.

    I suppose Mike Iupati has something to say about that these days though, now that he’s been around a few years and has faced Mebane a few times. My money is on Mebane to get back on track and do his part to stop Gore.

    Wagner needs to learn from his mistakes in that first game. This would be a great game for him to break or tie Terry Beeson’s record for total tackles.

  19. I am not quite sure why, but I think Sherm is going to win his appeal. Call it a hunch, I guess. What does he have to gain by being so cock-sure about his situation? He looks very foolish if he loses, and I don’t get the sense that Sherman is into painting himself as a fool, except of course when he’s celebrating pick 6 returns. Whatever Sherman has in his up his sleeve, or whatever knowledge of the situation he has that we do not, it’s enough to make him believe his case is iron clad.

  20. thursday says:

    I hope you’re right, Seko. I do agree though that he seems like a very smart guy for the most part and he’d look pretty silly if he loses after vocally brushing it off and claiming innocence.

    fingers crossed, lol

  21. Sherman is also an All-Pro CB who believes he can win any challenge that comes his way. That cockiness makes him the CB he is but it may make him overconfident in an area few ever come out victorious.

  22. Dukeshire says:

    Sekolah – After doing some research, I stand corrected. Seattle has a really nice job of holding Gore up under Carroll, until week 7 this year. For some reason those 200 yard games are the ones I think of when the reality is closer to what you said.

    Sherman’s not an all-pro yet. Perhaps this year, but let’s not gt ahead of ourselves.

  23. Are judgements of an appeal ever announced the same day? (or even next day?) They waited almost 3 months to announce the infraction didn’t they?
    How messed up would it be if they suspended him Sunday morning…No time to prepare a game plan without him.. There’s got to be some rule about that.

  24. chuck_easton says:


    Suspensions that are going into effect for the coming game must be announced no later than tuesday.

    Sherman will play this weekend but if the suspension is upheld he will have to start serving it next week.

  25. Duke, Gore is always a threat, no matter what the law of averages say; at least at this point in his career. We definitely do not want to see him add any more big games against the Seahawks than he already has. The biggest games of his career have always come against this franchise. We’ll see if Mebane and company can pay Gore and S.F.’s OL back for that last L.

    pab, I’ve been hearing forever and a day about how these Stanford grads are all supposed to be ‘ahead of the curve’. Maybe the situation isn’t bigger than Sherman. I don’t know for sure, but his attitude sure does seem unshaken. When the punishment was levied down upon Browner, he went completely silent. Did he even comment through his agent? I do not recall. Then he bailed on his appeal.

    Sherman, on the other hand has been about as vocal and confrontational about it as he is allowed to be. Is it all just for the camera? We’ll know soon enough.

  26. sluggo42 says:

    So, kicking back watching the nfl channel, wondering why we must suffer through 10 minutes of jets QB issues. Seriously, does anyone care? Really? Geez…
    But, then they rolled into a few minute on the Hawks/49ers game, and all he announcers got that excited tone going, as this game is the big deal this weekend…
    Aldon Smith is still very questionable, so that’s really cool. Him on the bench is very helpful tot he cause.

    I think the difference in this game could come down to how well Kaperneck’s can deal witht e noise.. We all know that they are telling him all about it, but can anyone really understand without being there?
    I have never had the good fortune to see a game there, so I always wonder myself. But it’s seriously on my bucket list…

    So, can a young qb , with three or four starts total handle it?

  27. Ewalters7354 says:

    Sekolah, I hope it isn’t all for camera. Because if Sherman loses this appeal, he will look like an absolute idiot.Just don’t understand what makes his case so different from others being that 3 guys on the team already got suspended for the same exact thing.The Nfl more than likely will use that as a strong tool.Had he just took the suspension, he would be back for the playoffs.Now he’s in danger of missing that experience. Unless this team goes to the super bowl, he will have 2 more games to serve next year if the hawks are one and done smh

  28. Screensmoke says:

    What ever happened too -J IRISH?

  29. Ewalters7354 says:

    Slug, I hope he can’t handle the noise. But he just played in a hostile environment with bad weather and played well albeit he got lucky recovering those fumbles. Also, I hope both Smiths play.That way of we beat them, no one can say they were crippled. Even though if they beat us no one will talk about how banged up our corners are…

  30. Justin Smith missed practice today. That’s huge. The Patriots comeback coincided with his elbow injury.

  31. Dukeshire says:

    Just as the Pats defense began forcing 3 and outs when Iupati went down with his shoulder.

  32. hawkdawg says:

    Justin Smith is questionable, not Aldon Smith. Either would be fine. Although the dude who subbed in for Aldon Smith against the Pats played pretty darn well.

  33. hawkdawg says:

    Justin Smith is questionable, not Aldon Smith. Either would be fine. Although the dude who subbed in for Justin Smith against the Pats played pretty darn well.

  34. hawkdawg says:

    I clearly can’t keep my Smiths straight, either.

  35. I can’t even keep up with the Jones’.

  36. It is easy to say that if sherman just took the suspension he’d be back for the playoffs. But if he is out and so is BB, and Tru is hurt and thurmond gets hurt, there is no guarantee they even make the playoffs. I think that is honestly why this is happening. They needed to make sure they had one of them to just GET to the playoffs. Yes, they blew the past 2 games out of the water, but no way they would have known that and who knows how a game plan would have changed without those guys. Just trying to stay positive here and give SHerm the benefit of the doubt.

  37. When they were 4-4, a lot of people had the Seahawks finishing 10-6, namely because the softest part of the schedule came in the final 4 games and because we realized the Offense was continuing to get better and would be fairly strong (powerful) in the final 4 games.

  38. I wonder if LaMichael James will be on the field a lot more this weekend for the 9ers. Man, I sure wish we had picked him in the draft. Sando had a good spot on his blog today that Seattle needs to improve in defending the run this time around and I agree.

    Get tough, Seattle D and keep those backs in check…let RW shine for 50 more points this game too!!! :-)

    As far as Sherman is concerned, I hope he passes the test…but I don’t think it will happen. We need him, that’s for sure but if this is true it was stupid and jeopardized the team.

    Go Seahawks and embarrass the 9ers!!

  39. sluggo42 says:

    I don’t know that I have been this pumped up for a game since 05

  40. thursday says:

    Sluggo, the noise in the Clink is unreal, especially when it’s a big game like this. However hostile NE supposedly is, the Clink is worse. Eli Manning failed spectacularly in his first start there (I was there!) and I can’t seriously imagine a QB with only four NFL starts is going to waltz in and deal with it no problem. So yes, I think how he deals with the noise is going to be a huge x-factor in this game.

    (as an aside, I actually kinda love calling it the Clink now because it’s like a very bad place for opposing teams lol.)

  41. bbnate420 says:

    I have been to the Clink many times, and it sure is loud. As loud as I remember the Dome being, although my perception memory is far from objective. The thing is, unless you’ve been on the field during a game then you don’t really know how loud it is. I have not, and I assume most if not all here have not either. There’s a big difference between being in the stands and in the middle of the field with 360% of sound focusing in on you.

  42. bbnate420 says:

    *360 degrees I mean

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