Sunday is here and it actually is a championship week. The Seahawks can clinch the whole regular-season kit, caboodle and home cookin’. A win or tie today, or a San Francisco 49ers loss or tie, will give the Seahawks the NFC West and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
“If we do win, obviously there’s a lot of great things that happen after that, but you don’t really focus on that,” Russell Wilson said Thursday. “You focus on the moment, you focus on the now, and that’s trying to prepare today first, and then get to Sunday and play a great football game.”
The Seahawks’ No. 2 rushing attack will face the Cardinals’ top-ranked run defense. A memorable part of the last meeting was when Marshawn Lynch ran into defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, sending Dockett to the ground and knocking his helmet off.
“That’s just the way Marshawn runs,” tight end Zach Miller said. “Even a D tackle that outweighs him by however many pounds (75) it is, he’s still going to run you over. That was one of the hardest hits I’ve seen. Especially a D lineman getting hit by a back. To see that done, it doesn’t really surprise me with Marshawn, but it’s awesome to see.”
May be that type of day again. See you in the chat.
> Here’s my advance of the game.
> Our Dave Boling writes about the dominance of the Seahawks’ defense, calling it the best in franchise history. From Boling:
“Like any season, there’s some games that’ll go up and down, and calls you would like to have back, but for the most part, when we play our best football, we out-hit guys, we’re able to take the ball away and we’re fast and physical,” (defensive coordinator Dan) Quinn said.
The conjunction “and” in the fast-and-physical mandate is important. Many teams have physical fronts and fast secondaries. Carroll and GM John Schneider have sought players who combine those qualities from front to back.
“I think we’re finally getting close to playing up to our potential in every phase, all three levels of the defense,” All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman said. “The defensive line is playing outstanding, the pass rush is getting there, and the run defense is there. The linebackers … are good in run defense and pass coverage. In the secondary, we’re playing top-down and trying to eliminate the explosive plays. I think all of that together helps create a very sound and stout defense.”
Here’s a quick look at some current defensive numbers and how they compare to Seattle’s all-time marks:
|Category||NFL rank||Current stat||Franchise record|
|Total defense||No. 1||3,913 yards||4,583 (1992)|
|Pass yards||No. 1||2,439||2,333 (1977)|
|Rush yards||No. 10||1,474||1,510 (2005)|
|Interceptions||No. 1||22||38 (1984)|
|Sacks||No. 6||40||61 (1985)|
|Points||No. 1||205||245 (2012)|
|Takeaways||No. 2||33||63 (1984)|
> John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes about 49ers and Seahawks fans trying to one up the other by raising money for children’s hospitals in Seattle and San Francisco. This is a great byproduct born out of the 49ers fans putting up a billboard in the Seattle area to counter the “Go Hawks” banner that was flown over Candlestick Park. You can donate to the 12th Man fundraising here.
> Jim Moore of 710 ESPN writs the Seahawks are big favorites, even with the Cardinals rolling.
> This Fox Sports story says the Cardinals are not afraid of the Seahawks, but to win in Seattle they will have to be great.
> Seahawks.com with five matchups to watch.
> NFL.com’s Dave Dameshek says, “Spoiler alert: Cardinals will knock off Seahawks.”
> Only Merril Hoge is picking the Cardinals among the ESPN crew.
> The Arizona Republic writes that Larry Fitzgerald wants to prove his toughness by playing against the Seahawks, which could be the worse thing possible, in yet another meeting of old-school versus new-school mentality on concussions.
> A scouting report and prediction for the game from the Arizona Republic.
> All of today’s clinch scenarios.
> MMQB’s look at today’s full schedule.
Non-Seahawks game of the day
New Orleans at Carolina, 10 a.m.
Week 15 Seahawks highlights
Flashback video of the day
Seahawks clinch the division in 2010.
Today in bacon
Chalk talk with Brock Huard
Recipe of the day
This week’s schedule
|Miami at Buffalo||10 a.m.||CBS||Ralph Wilson Stadium|
|New Orleans at Carolina||10 a.m.||FOX||Bank of America Stadium|
|Minnesota at Cincinnati||10 a.m.||FOX||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Denver at Houston||10 a.m.||CBS||Reliant Stadium|
|Tennessee at Jacksonville||10 a.m.||CBS||EverBank Field|
|Indianapolis at Kansas City||10 a.m.||CBS||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Dallas at Washington||10 a.m.||FOX||FedEx Field|
|Cleveland at N.Y. Jets||10 a.m.||CBS||MetLife Stadium|
|Tampa Bay at St. Louis||10 a.m.||FOX||Edward Jones Dome|
|Arizona at Seattle||1:05 p.m.||FOX||CenturyLink Field|
|N.Y. Giants at Detroit||1:05 p.m.||FOX||Ford Field|
|New England at Baltimore||1:25 p.m.||CBS||M&T Bank Stadium|
|Oakland at San Diego||1:25 p.m.||CBS||Qualcomm Stadium|
|Pittsburgh at Green Bay||1:25 p.m.||CBS||Lambeau Field|
|Chicago at Philadelphia||5:30 p.m.||NBC||Lincoln Financial Field|
|Monday, Dec. 23|
|Atlanta at San Francisco||5:40 p.m.||ESPN||Candlestick Park|