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Sunday Primer: Bad blood, Jon Ryan’s hang time and bacon in cookies

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Dec. 8, 2013 at 2:15 am with 64 Comments »
December 8, 2013 11:18 am
Richard Sherman was happy during the first game against the 49ers. / AP photo
Richard Sherman was happy during the first game against the 49ers. / AP photo

Good morning.

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.

> with five matchups to watch.

> ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha says it’s time for the 49ers to send a message.

The Primer:

Non-Seahawks game of the day

Carolina at New Orleans, 5:30 p.m., NBC

Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith will be revved up Sunday night. / AP photo
Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith will be revved up Sunday night. / AP photo

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.


Today’s weather

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Recipe of the day

We’ll go with the Bay Area Burger today.


Chalk Talk with Brock Huard


Poll position

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This week’s schedule

Minnesota at Baltimore10 a.m.FOXM&T Bank Stadium
Atlanta at Green Bay10 a.m.FOXLambeau Field
Kansas City at Washington10 a.m.CBSFedEx Field
Buffalo at Tampa Bay10 a.m.CBSRaymond James Stadium
Miami at Pittsburgh10 a.m.CBSHeinz Field
Detroit at Philadelphia10 a.m.FOXLincoln Financial Field
Indianapolis at Cincinnati10 a.m.CBSPaul Brown Stadium
Cleveland at New England10 a.m.CBSGillette Stadium
Oakland at N.Y. Jets10 a.m.CBSMetLife Stadium
Tennessee at Denver1:25 p.m.CBSSports Authority Field
Seattle at San Francisco1:25 p.m.FOXCandlestick Park
N.Y. Giants at San Diego1:25 p.m.FOXQualcomm Stadium
St. Louis at Arizona1:25 p.m.FOXUniversity of Phoenix Stadium
Carolina at New Orleans5:30 p.m.NBCMercedes-Benz Superdome
Monday, Dec. 09   
Dallas at Chicago5:40:00ESPNSoldier Field

Leave a comment Comments → 64
  1. Macabrevity says:

    Remains to be seen if Kapernick is indeed Seahawk Property or not. I’m not nervous about this game, a win makes a huge statement, a close loss will be almost meaningless for the big picture, and honestly, I can’t see us getting blown out down there.

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Game day! Should be a good one. Hawks-23 niners- 17

    Red pepper jelly and bacon thumbprint cookies? Ok, I will try most anything once. Lol.

  3. montanamike2 says:

    I’m too excited to sleep again, the bye was nice that way, maybe it was the 3 holidays at once and the 5 day binge to which i’m still recovering.
    Good job again Todd, i enjoy the weather reports and appreciate that Jim Moore picking us to win is bad news.

  4. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Man I’m up way too early on a sunday. Guess im already fired up!!

  5. pabuwal says:

    Brock Huard called the 49ers the Forty Whiners during the game he was announcing last night.

  6. NYHawkFan says:

    I see a game similar to last Monday, but with lower scoring. Like New Orlean’s, SF’s D is capable of limiting our running game, but I don’t think their secondary will shut down our passing attack. In contrast, the LOB is capable of limiting SF’s passing attack. The key, then, will be for the Hawks to stop Gore. With SF’s banged OL, that will make the Hawks job a little easier. Both teams will be able to put pressure on the QB, and that advantage goes to Wilson, because he doesn’t get rattled. With home field advantage to SF, it’s going to be a battle, but Hawks squeak out a W.

  7. Bacon in cookies is just wrong.

  8. confucious says:

    Agreed blocis. They are putting bacon on everything these days. Way overdone. Save the pigs man!

  9. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    First concern: Maybe I missed something, but the last thing I heard was that Tavaris Jackson is sick. Has his condition improved? If not, if the worse possible thing happens and Russell gets hurt, whose our number 3 quarterback?

    Secondly, I know I’m greedy: winning the Superbowl is all that matters. However, sweeping the 49rs, and clinching the division in San Fran, is the next best thing to winning the Superbowl. If we win today, as far as I’m concerned, (as long as the 49rs don’t put us out of the playoffs), this would be the best season we’ve had since we went to the Superbowl.

  10. confucious says:

    It’s hard to believe we get the #1 crew to call the game. After last week everyone wants a part of the Hawks. Better late than never. I like Buck and Aikman. They prepare for the broadcast well. I’m tired of two of the three uneducated stooges calling the game.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    They must be expecting quite a turnout from Seahawk fans if their going to where 9er jerseys too.
    Or maybe because their expecting the 9er fans to turn on each other when they realize the Seahawks will win.

  12. East coast Hawks fans have hijacked the blog (jk).

    I really think that SF has unique playcalling different from everyone else. 6 OL, crazy pre-snap motion, you name it. Whatever it is, it always keeps us on our toes.

    We have to play discipline football. Stop the run, stop the run, stop the run. Gore may be struggling but some of the biggest games of his career have come against us in SF. It doesn’t get talked about much, but Gore is the all time rushing leader in SF and probably a HOFer some day.

    Avril is going to be huge. I can’t recall have pressure from the left side from anyone like he gives. Flushing Kaep to the right is key on passing downs b/c I don’t think he can throw against the grain very well (not many QB’s can). I don’t know if they put a spy on him, but I’m hoping not to see him run wild.

    Don’t know what to make of the Davis, Crabtree, Boldin combo. Big names for sure, but I guess I’m hoping that Crabtree is rusty, Boldin shows how old he is and Davis is still experiencing too much pain in his junk.

    Offensively, it’s the same formula as always. Pound Beast, protect the ball and Wilson and WRs have to be sure to run out their patterns. I was pretty frustrated last time we played them in SF b/c our WRs hadn’t figured out to not quit on their routes. Hopefully that bad habit doesn’t return.

    Prediction…ok, what the hell. I think it’s 20-17 but I honestly can’t tell you who will win. This is our #1 nemesis. I too am greedy that I want to win the Superbowl AND beat SF in SF, clinch the NFC West and get the easy track to HFA with NO injuries. It’s going to be a brawl…hope we manage our emotions.

    Gameday is finally here…can’t wait!


  13. edstang45 says:

    What a statement we can make today, I don’t see the Hawks coming out flat, I hope they come out swinging, would be nice to see tears on whiners sidelines…Lets see the D-line beating up their O-line and send staley to the bench quick…so ready to watch this game Go Hawks

  14. Dukeshire says:

    14 felony arrests at Candlestick last season alone?! Good lord.

    I surprised to read some here are so cavalier about this game. While it’s only a formality at this point, they still haven’t won the division yet. I am expecting a very hard fought game this afternoon. Of course I’d like to be pleasantly surprised here, and I sure as hell don’t want them to take a loss in SF, regardless.

  15. sluggo42 says:


    Hawks score on their first possession, SF either goes 3 and out, or turns it over. Hawks jump out to a quick lead, SF starts imploding and bickering amongst themselves, worse than we do in here. Full melt down from too much pressure. Richard Sherman dances with SF cheerleaders, and they like it.

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Check these stats out from Danny Kelly over at Field Gulls.

    Wilson does pretty darn good after a loss-

    “Since Seattle’s loss to Indianapolis in Week 5, the Hawks have gone 7-0 and Wilson has completed 70% of his passes for 1,675 yards, 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions with 9.41 yards per attempt and a rating of 120.9. That’s pretty good. In fact, he’s still trending up – if you narrow it to his last three games, he’s passed for 827 yards with a 73% completion rate with 7 touchdowns and no picks, a 141.0 rating and 11.18 yards per attempt.”

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m just putting on my game face lol. I actually feel a little bit nervous about this game and hope we don’t come out of it with any significant injuries.

  18. Oh yeah…any chance we see those Wolf Grey uni’s today?

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Injuries would be the worst of things, for sure. However it all shakes down, here’s hoping they get to January relatively healthy.

  20. here, here…

  21. pabuwal says:

    If they clinch everything next week, I’d still rather them keep playing hard the last few games even at the risk of injuries. Recent history is littered with great teams that failed in the postseason.

    Only 2 of the 5 teams that have finished 15-1 or 16-0 have won the Super Bowl and none since the 1985 Bears.

  22. sluggo42 says:

    Trying to play easy is when injuries occur, I want them to go pedal to the metal from here on out… Bury everyone, and be nasty about it. Create fear and apprehension in the other team before the game already starts, then confirm their fears…

  23. chuck_easton says:


    They’ve already worn the wolf grey jerseys twice. That is the max allowed per season for the alternates.

    They can wear the grey pants as much as they want.

  24. Thanks Chuck. Bummer. I was hoping to see them one more time. I’m also hoping to see them play in Throwbacks somewhere down the line.

  25. The wolf grey jerseys are my favorite. They are sharp.

  26. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Probably old news, but since I didn’t know I’ll repeat it in case others didn’t know as well. Brandon Browner can play until the league rules on the appeal of his suspension in late December. That means if healthy, he can play next week against the Giants. That’s my understanding of the following article, anyway.

  27. raymaines says:

    Which conference is the “home team” in the Superbowl this year? Are we going to be looking at orange and white or blue and white?

  28. raymaines says:

    I don’t suppose lime green would be an option?

  29. I agree with Joreb’s analysis. Stop their run game. Control Kaepernick. Protect RW. No turnovers. (i.e., just win in every phase.)

    More than anything else, in my mind, this is an opportunity game for the Hawks. It’s time to put ‘em down.

    Go Hawks!

  30. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I just realized with the way the Redskins are playing the Ram’s could have a top three pick next year.
    Darn you Snyder!

  31. pabuwal says:

    Looks like the Rams will have the number 2 draft pick next year.

  32. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Fox just had a segment on defensive player of the year and they placed Earl Thomas at number one. Both Strahan and Howie Long said Earl is the best defensive player of the year because of his range, skills, tackling, leadership and level of play. They put Sherman at number 5.

  33. Dukeshire says:

    I think the wolf grey uniforms look like dirty laundry. Lol.

    I would love to see them petition the league for throwbacks. They’d have to do it by March for the coming season, if they’re going to next year.

  34. Maybe someone already posted this but if not here’s last nights 12 rally in SF… pretty cool.

  35. Rams have been surprisingly inconsistent this year – but I know they will play us tough when that game gets here. Go hawks!

  36. I didn’t know that there’s a Anthony Davis and Avril have a history… should be fun to keep an eye on that matchup

  37. wow… I worded that last post poorly. More coffee is in order.

  38. Not a fan of the (dead)-wolf grey jerseys, to each his own. I like the Blue.

    I really want us to beat the tar out of the whiners. What I’m really hoping for is for the line to block well, for Lynch to get on track, and for him to score multiple TD’s.

    And I wanna see Krapernick get sacked…

  39. This is really looking ahead, but if they did go 15-1 and won the Super Bowl – you’d have to place this team as one of the top couple of teams in the history of the NFL.

  40. You see…I thought the Greys would look good given the weather conditions.

    The forecast in SF calls for Doom and Gloom as delivered by the Legion of Boom…GO HAWKS!

  41. Vegas56 says:

    They talked all week last week about the Saints being a “statement” game. No.

    THIS is a statement game.

  42. Looks pretty messy in Philly, plenty of snow on the field.

  43. Dukeshire says:

    No kidding. Seriously dumping. (The east in General is getting beat on.)

  44. RDPoulsbo says:

    This Philly game is awesome. I love snow games. I’m hoping for one in NY, unless it’s against the Pats.

    I’ll have to dig out my bacon cheddar pull apart bread recipe for you guys. Tasty.

  45. raymaines says:

    JZ beat me to it. Yes, as a matter of fact it is snowing in Philly…

  46. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Im in North Jersey, no snow by me yet but expecting a few inches tonight.. Its a blizzard in Philly!

  47. toastmaster says:

    Blizzard in Philly ruining my Stafford – Johnson fantasy points. . .But awesome to watch.

  48. Dukeshire says:

    Just wild games this morning.

  49. I could care less what unis they wear. Just win the damn games.

  50. banosser says:

    I just want a victory.. and no injuries.. not neccessarliy in that order

  51. bird_spit says:

    I expect a close game. It is a pride game in SF. The containment of the QBs win. Russ needs a big day. Kap must be contained.

  52. Dukeshire says:

    Not only pride, but they need a win to help with their wild card hopes.

  53. PHI got a break on the 2 point try…

  54. Sure hope SEA’s KO coverage is better than PHI’s just was…

  55. sluggo42 says:

    I think that most of the time when a team really wants a win it takes them out of the proper mindset to win. The cold and calculated team that is only playing their normal game usually wins. SF only needs one thing to go wrong and they will melt down. Too much emotion for them. We expect things to go wrong and will adjust easily.

    35-10 beating…

  56. Dukeshire says:

    Are we going to get inactives today…?

  57. CLE 19, NE 3 with 1:25 left in the 3rd.

    Hard for defenders to make the cuts in the snow once RBs get into the 2nd level. DET 20 PHI 22…

  58. The Seattle Seahawks have declared DL Benson Mayowa, CB Brandon Browner, OL Caylin Hauptmann, RB Christine Michael, DL Jordan Hill, OT Michael Bowie, WR Percy Harvin inactive for Week 14.
    The San Francisco 49ers have declared DL Cornellius Carradine, TE Garrett Celek, WR Jonathan Baldwin, OG Mike Iupati, WR Quinton Patton, DL Quinton Dial, CB Tarell Brown inactive for Week 14.

  59. RDPoulsbo says:

    McCoy is single handedly going to put me into the playoffs in my fantasy league. Love the snow.

  60. Dukeshire says:

    Thanks klm.

  61. Unreal how bad kick coverage has been in the snow games… what has it been like 6 TDs?

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