In my story today, both Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh tried to downplay the significance of this Sunday’s nationally televised contest between NFC West division rivals Seattle and San Francisco.
“There’s good football teams that we’re playing right out of the blocks here,” Harbaugh told San Francisco-area reporters this week. “Seattle’s an outstanding football team and will be a great test for our team. We know the challenge that’s ahead of us.”
The Seahawks have won nine of their past 10 home openers dating back to the 2003 season. Seattle’s only loss came against this week’s opponent, the 49ers, in a 33-30 overtime loss in 2008.
Seattle holds a 37-26 record in prime-time games. And the Seahawks are 17-11 in Sunday night contests. In Seattle’s last appearance on Sunday Night Football, they defeated the 49ers, 42-13, on Dec. 23 of last year.
We’re pretty placid in here,” joked Seahawks coach Pete Carroll when asked if his players were as excited as the fans for Sunday’s game at CenturyLink Field. “(We’re) kind of flatlining around here. It’s a good thing. We’ll need that.”
The Seahawks renewed their ties with Joint Base-Lewis Mchord with a ceremony transferring the 12th Man Flag from soldiers who have returned from Afghanistan to air crews who fly cargo planes globally.
Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick made an unusual bet during this Madden commercial, wagering that the loser of Sunday’s game will shave an eyebrow off.
However, Wilson told Dave Mahler of KJR-AM that the bet wasn’t serious about the bet. Wilson: “It was more of just a friendly, joking around type deal,” Wilson said. “It’s not real serious. We’ll probably do something digitally. Something like that.”
Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks have the most to gain in Sunday’s matchup.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says that defensive tackle Tony McDaniel drew praise from Carroll for his physical play against Carolina last week.
More Farnsworth: He takes a closer look at Sunday’s contest against San Francisco.
Terry Blount of ESPN examines Russell Wilson play against Carolina, and spins it forward to how he will do against San Francisco.
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle uses his Pete Carroll translator to decipher what the Seattle head coach actually meant to say during his press conference after the Carolina game.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee writes that San Francisco third string quarterback B.J. Daniels will play the role of Russell Wilson in practice this week.
Aaron Wilson writing for the National Football Post reports the Seahawks auditioned nine players on Tuesday, including Daniel Fells, former Bears tight end Kellen Davis and UW product Isaiah Stanback.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports keeps Seattle at No. 3 in his weekly power rankings.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports moves the Seahawks up three spots to No. 3 in his power rankings.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk provides a full list of all 64 players who tried out for an NFL team on Tuesday.