Let’s get rolling with Seahawks stuff:
> My advance of the game talks about a lot of the “bad blood” quotes are coming out of San Francisco while the Seahawks sit back and let it be. Maybe that’s because the 49ers need this game much more than Seattle.
> Our Dave Boling writes about the stunning lack of yardage allowed by the punt team. I know we’ve touched on this prior, but the numbers just continue to get more ridiculous. From Boling:
(Ryan’s) first punt of the season, at Carolina, was returned 10 yards. His subsequent 46 punts have been returned a net of 5 yards. That’s an average of about 4 inches.
For context, the Seahawk punt returners have picked up 412 yards this season, giving Seattle a 397-yard advantage through 12 games.
In the last 14 seasons, only one team (’08 Falcons — 47 yards), limited opponents to less than three-figure yardage on punt returns. The all-time record for lowest return yards goes back to 1967, when opponents picked up 22 yards against Green Bay, in a 14-game schedule.
Other Seahawks stuff:
> Over at 710 ESPN, Jim Moore picks the Seahawks to win, which is a bad sign for Seattle fans.
> ESPN takes a closer look at the numbers on Percy Harvin.
> The Everett Herald says this is a big moment for the Seahawks.
> Seahawks.com with five matchups to watch.
> ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha says it’s time for the 49ers to send a message.
Non-Seahawks game of the day
Carolina at New Orleans, 5:30 p.m., NBC
Not a tough choice here. Either Carolina or New Orleans is going to take a step back tonight.
> A nice story on Steve Smith and how he tries to lead the Panthers.
> The view from New Orleans.
Seattle Week 13 highlights
Get ‘em here.
Flashback video of the day
This was made earlier in the year and meant for the game in Week 2, but still works pretty good for today.
Today in bacon
This is so off the rails, I don’t even know what to say. Red pepper jelly and bacon thumbprint cookies.
Recipe of the day
We’ll go with the Bay Area Burger today.
Chalk Talk with Brock Huard
This week’s schedule
|Minnesota at Baltimore||10 a.m.||FOX||M&T Bank Stadium|
|Atlanta at Green Bay||10 a.m.||FOX||Lambeau Field|
|Kansas City at Washington||10 a.m.||CBS||FedEx Field|
|Buffalo at Tampa Bay||10 a.m.||CBS||Raymond James Stadium|
|Miami at Pittsburgh||10 a.m.||CBS||Heinz Field|
|Detroit at Philadelphia||10 a.m.||FOX||Lincoln Financial Field|
|Indianapolis at Cincinnati||10 a.m.||CBS||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Cleveland at New England||10 a.m.||CBS||Gillette Stadium|
|Oakland at N.Y. Jets||10 a.m.||CBS||MetLife Stadium|
|Tennessee at Denver||1:25 p.m.||CBS||Sports Authority Field|
|Seattle at San Francisco||1:25 p.m.||FOX||Candlestick Park|
|N.Y. Giants at San Diego||1:25 p.m.||FOX||Qualcomm Stadium|
|St. Louis at Arizona||1:25 p.m.||FOX||University of Phoenix Stadium|
|Carolina at New Orleans||5:30 p.m.||NBC||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
|Monday, Dec. 09|
|Dallas at Chicago||5:40:00||ESPN||Soldier Field|