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Sunday Primer: Jersey weather, Bruce Irvin on fatherhood, and Jay Feely having problems

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Dec. 15, 2013 at 6:48 am with 19 Comments »
December 15, 2013 8:08 am

Good morning.

After a commute that had about everything except me putting my hand between two “pillows,” we’re here in previously snowy, then wet, now dry New Jersey.

The Seahawks need some help from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to wrap things up today. They also need a win of their own, which I don’t think should be much of a problem (I picked a 35-17 win in the paper). By game time, the weather will be cool and windy, but dry.

In today’s story for the paper, I outlined everything going on with the playoff scenarios, plus talked about the game.

Seahawks links and more:

> Bruce Irvin talks to 710 ESPN about playing linebacker, fatherhood and more.

> Also at 710, Jim Moore, not known for his betting prowess, says picking the Seahawks over the Giants is the “lock of the year.”

> Keys to victory for the Seahawks from

> The Everett Herald writes about Tarvaris Jackson toughing it out when he was the starter the last time the Seahawks were in New Jersey.

> The New York Daily News says Russell Wilson is too good for the Giants to stop.

> Picks for the week from ESPN.

> Weekend notes from MMQB.

The Primer:

Non-Seahawks game of the day

San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 10 a.m.

The view from San Francisco, where they talk about the 49ers scaling back their offense to the point it looks similar to when Alex Smith was there.

The view from Tampa Bay, where they say beating the 49ers would make a statement.


Week 14 highlights

The highlights from last week in San Francisco.


Flashback video of the day

“What’s happened to Jay Feely?!”


Today in bacon

Bacon cupcake compendium.


Recipe of the day

We’ll go with a tuna melt, New Jersey diner style.


Today’s weather

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Poll position

Do you think Marshawn Lynch will actually retire this offseason?

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This week’s schedule

Washington at Atlanta10 a.m.FOXGeorgia Dome>
San Francisco at Tampa Bay10 a.m.FOXRaymond James Stadium
Seattle at N.Y. Giants10 a.m.FOXMetLife Stadium
Philadelphia at Minnesota10 a.m.FOXMall of America Field
New England at Miami10 a.m.CBSSun Life Stadium
Buffalo at Jacksonville10 a.m.CBSEverBank Field
Houston at Indianapolis10 a.m.CBSLucas Oil Stadium
Chicago at Cleveland10 a.m.FOXFirstEnergy Stadium
Kansas City at Oakland1:05 Coliseum
N.Y. Jets at Carolina1:05 pmCBSBank of America Stadium
Green Bay at Dallas1:25 pmFOXAT&T Stadium
Arizona at Tennessee1:25 pmFOXLP Field
New Orleans at St. Louis1:25 pmFOXEdward Jones Dome
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh5:30 pmNBCHeinz Field
Monday, Dec. 16
Baltimore at Detroit5:40 pmESPNFord Field

Leave a comment Comments → 19
  1. Dukeshire says:

    I would really like to see Lynch get loose today (the running in general). As has been pointed out this week, it’s been a while since Seattle has dominated on the ground, and it would be nice to see that as the playoffs are right around the corner.

  2. 1. Duke, sorry for being a douchebag a few months back.

    2. It’s nice being an east coast Hawks fan. I can watch the 1 o’clock games at 1 o’clock. :D

  3. confucious says:

    Good point Duke. It would be nice to see that line get its swagger back. Nice PTA reference Todd, I think I’ll dust that off and give it a watch.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Damn… I wasn’t exactly civil. Don’t give it a second thought. Cheers.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Maybe it’s just the backup o-linemen are better run blockers? Or it least more physical?
    It probably is that the previously injured starters are just not 100% healthy yet.

    What I would like to see regarding the offense is better continuity and less penalties.

  6. averagejay says:

    We really need a like or a +1 button on here…Go Hawks

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good article on Irvin. I hope he stays in Seattle in the offseason. Way too much crap he can get into down here in Atlanta.

    Is there a faster group of linebackers in the NFL then Irvin, Wagner and Smith? I think they all run a sub 4.5 in the 40.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    And beyond 40 times, they all play fast. Really well schooled and instinctual group for sure.

  9. confucious says:

    I would like to see Sherman have a complete game with no lapses today. Last couple of weeks he’s looked human and got beaten a few times. By offenses and penalty flags.

  10. sluggo42 says:

    Agreed Georgia, less damn penalties on offense…

  11. sluggo42 says:

    Actually less penalties on both sides of the ball. All of the first half gains for San Francisco came via penalty yardage…

  12. I know the penalties is something we’ve harped on with respect to Carroll since early in his first season. I understand and accept some of the physical penalties that can and do happen, for example, with our DBs.

    However, I do not accept penalties such as being offsides or a false start due to being how physical we play. I’d like to see the number of penalties improve (which means less) although every team does have them (even the Holmgren teams – that was something he was great because his teams were always among the least penalized).

    I think the only team that can beat this team is the Seattle Seahawks (themselves) and one way to prevent this from happening is to get a little cleaner with respect to the number of penalties being committed.

  13. Todd Dybas says:

    Seahawks inactives: Harvin, C. Michael, Browner, Wright, Bowie, Hauptmann, Mayowa.

    Giants inactives: Ryan Nassib, Corey Webster, Cooper Taylor, Allen Bradford, Stephen Goodin, Adrien Robinson, Jason Pierre-Paul.

  14. Eli Manning.

    Beat the brother, then the other.

  15. Anyone picking any upsets this week? I like to pick at least one in the Pigskin Pick’em but nothing is jumping out to me.

  16. I know people here have talked about how good Bowie is going to be next year (inactive today), but I think he’s proven that he sucks.

    He may be a nice guy and I’m not attacking him as a person, but he demonstrated nothing to me when he played that he’ll be good next year (and we all know that 2nd year players are much improved from rookies).

    Kind of like Eric Pruitt not even having a job the following year (for those of you who know what I’m talking about) even though he would have improved (which for him after the Super Bowl would have been his third year).

  17. “Etric”

  18. Who is the better WR? Tate or Nicks?

    Both will be available at the end of the year. How much are they worth? I know the focus is on the immediate game, but what might be considered outside motivation for certain individuals?

    RW says to play in the moment and December games are huge! I think Tate is fired up for the ‘match up’ and expect him to come up big.

    He’ll be the difference maker today.


  19. Ewalters7354 says:

    The difference maker will be penalties with this team as like always.They can beat the crap out anybody if they play clean.

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