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Sunday Primer: Division title, raising funds for sick children and bacon ornaments

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Dec. 22, 2013 at 1:33 am with 30 Comments »
December 22, 2013 1:36 am

Good morning.

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.

Seahawks links:

> 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:

CategoryNFL rankCurrent statFranchise record
Total defenseNo. 13,913 yards4,583 (1992)
Pass yardsNo. 12,4392,333 (1977)
Rush yardsNo. 101,4741,510 (2005)
InterceptionsNo. 12238 (1984)
SacksNo. 64061 (1985)
PointsNo. 1205245 (2012)
TakeawaysNo. 23363 (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.

> with five matchups to watch.

>’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.

Cam Newton was 22-for-34 two weeks ago against the Saints. / AP photo
Cam Newton was 22-for-34 two weeks ago against the Saints. / AP photo

The view from New Orleans.

The view from Carolina.


Week 15 Seahawks highlights

Interceptions, anyone?


Flashback video of the day

Seahawks clinch the division in 2010.


Today in bacon

Holiday chocolate covered bacon strip ornaments.


Chalk talk with Brock Huard


Recipe of the day

Seattle Fire Station 25 meatloaf.


Today’s weather

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Poll position

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This week’s schedule

Miami at Buffalo10 a.m.CBSRalph Wilson Stadium
New Orleans at Carolina10 a.m.FOXBank of America Stadium
Minnesota at Cincinnati10 a.m.FOXPaul Brown Stadium
Denver at Houston10 a.m.CBSReliant Stadium
Tennessee at Jacksonville10 a.m.CBSEverBank Field
Indianapolis at Kansas City10 a.m.CBSArrowhead Stadium
Dallas at Washington10 a.m.FOXFedEx Field
Cleveland at N.Y. Jets10 a.m.CBSMetLife Stadium
Tampa Bay at St. Louis10 a.m.FOXEdward Jones Dome
Arizona at Seattle1:05 p.m.FOXCenturyLink Field
N.Y. Giants at Detroit1:05 p.m.FOXFord Field
New England at Baltimore1:25 p.m.CBSM&T Bank Stadium
Oakland at San Diego1:25 p.m.CBSQualcomm Stadium
Pittsburgh at Green Bay1:25 p.m.CBSLambeau Field
Chicago at Philadelphia5:30 p.m.NBCLincoln Financial Field
Monday, Dec. 23   
Atlanta at San Francisco5:40 p.m.ESPNCandlestick Park

Leave a comment Comments → 30
  1. montanamike2 says:

    I knew i wouldn’t get much sleep today, at least the Saints/Panthers game is early.

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If you like watching football in the snow the Green Bay/Steeler’s game might be fun to watch.
    I turned the Dallas/Green Bay game off at halftime last week figuring Flynn was going to keep playing bad, then low and behold the next day I read about his comeback win. I didn’t think he would go from Ryan Leaf to Joe Montana that fast. Lol.
    I’m rooting for Flynn today to end any hope the Steelers have at all to make the playoffs even if that means keeping the Packers alive for perhaps a playoff run with Rodgers.

  3. I’d assume a number of people aren’t going to agree that this is the best Hawks’ defense ever. Many people talk about how much easier it is to play offense than it was back in the day due to the current rules. This obviously also means that it is much harder to play defense in the current NFL. I never saw the 84 team play, but this is the best Hawks’ defense I have personally watched. Better even than the 92 defense. Especially with the injuries and suspensions. Hopefully they can put an exclamation point on the season today!

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    This years defense has better overall speed than the 84 team did. (Especially at linebacker), and far more quality depth too but I think the 84 defense had better chemistry.
    I think until this defense proves it can close out big games better, (see Atlanta last season and San Francisco this season) I can’t put it up there with the 84 defense yet.
    Potentially though the sky is the limit with this defense if they can hold on to their core players.

  5. I love the Children’s Hospital angle. Ultimately, football is just a game and there are bigger things in life. Well done, fans. Of BOTH bases.

  6. “Fox Sports story says the Cardinals are not afraid of the Seahawks”

    Ha. This reminds me of a Moffitt interview a while back about the 58-0 mashing of the Cardinals last year. Moffitt described how the Cardinals just gave up and played the second half like a team that really just wanted to stop getting beaten up and go home.

    We’ll see who is afraid of who around the start of the 4th quarter today.

    Go Seahawks!

  7. HeinieHunter says:

    Before I anoint this years team as the best defense, they have to win today’s big game and continue thru the playoffs. The 84 team was scarey good but didn’t get a lot of ink. Kenny Easley is still the best defender to put on a Hawk uniform IMHO. That is taking nothing away from this years team, who I think has a good chance of winning out.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Speaking of the 84 defense, remember this game on this day in 84?

    Jacob Green was awesome! I still think he deserves HOF consideration.

  9. A few of us Hawk fans…including some guys down here for Christmas will be trying to raise the roof at Aliante Station sports bar ($2.50 prime rib sliders, $2 beers) cheering the Hawks on to HFA and the 49ers on to the playoff road today.

  10. CDHawkFan says:

    Hard to decide what is better the watch, last years blow out vs. the 9ers or ML hit on Dockett. I could watch that Dockett hit over and over again for 3 hours.

  11. montanamike2 says:

    I did watch that hit over and over.

  12. I’ll save my judgement for the better defense between 1984 and 2013 until after the season is over. It’s looking like both squads will have had a NFL Defensive Player of the Year on it. With this years squad, the only question is if it’s going to go to ET or Sherm. The current DL don’t have anyone on the end as good as Green (he was simply great so it’s not a knock on Clem, Avril, etc.) and interior pass rush from Nash, but that team didn’t have LBs like this team does. It’s funny because I don’t know why one has to be annointed better – I’m not sure why we can’t be happy with both.

  13. Seeing Marshawn blast Dockett got me fired up fast. Today is HUGE! Feels like it’s going to be a brawl.


    P.S. As long as we’re all in on the ‘prediction game’…mine is 13-9. I say outlandish is not unreasonable.

    After exchanging field goals for most of the game, R Dub creates a little more 2 minute magic and drives them down for the winning TD to Baldwin with no time left.

    But, I’ll take the ‘W’ any which way we can get it. ;-) Today is HUGE!


  14. Seahawks 34, Cardinals 10

  15. SEA’s gotta play to win today. They gotta WIN! GO HAWKS!!!

  16. NO just made a good onsides kick after taking the lead 3-0 in the 2nd qtr…

  17. slicktoxic says:

    Seahawks 38, Cardinals 13

  18. “It’s funny because I don’t know why one has to be annointed better – I’m not sure why we can’t be happy with both.”

    Silly, silly BobbyK. Don’t you know that EVERYTHING MUST be ranked? What is Andrew Luck? Top 10? Top 5? Top 12-13? Just watch and learn from people like yankinta! Football is pointless unless you rank everything! ;-)

  19. That billboard in Fife is an outrage! How dare they? In Fife! They sure showed us! Maybe Seahawks fans can put up a billboard in southern Oregon so Niners fans can see it whenever they look to the north.

  20. This is something I wrote for the Seahawks game today. Making 10 predictions for the game. Go Hawks!!!

  21. Our rush defense could get tested if Palmer and Fitz are healthy to provide the balance. Mendenhall and Ellington offer the kind of mix-n-match brute strength vs change-of-pace RB dynamic that I think keeps defenses timing off.

    With no offense to Turbin, I think Beast and Michael would make an unbelievable tandem. Hope to see it soon.

  22. 58-0 hasta be the nastiest taste imaginable in the mouths of the Cards. There couldn’t be much more motivation needed than that to get them fired up, except that they HAVE to win here and at home against the 9ers to make the playoffs – and they want to make the playoffs… AZ is gonna pull out all the stops, go for broke, and play to kill or be killed.

    Meanwhile SEA is already in postseason, and is playing for HFA throughout and needs just one win either this week or next to get it. THIS WEEK SEA has to go 1-0!!! SEA must not let their foot up off the gas this week and be prepared to match blow for blow.

  23. Believe it or not, I believe AZ can get in with a loss but I could never explain the math on it.

  24. This game is a bit of a bi-polar match with the Tampa Bay game…Tampa Bay was nowhere near as bad as their record and I think Arizona is anywhere near as good as their record. They’re a bit of a pretender, not that they don’t have a good defense or a couple of weapons on offense, but they’ve over-achieved significantly. I think they lose today and next week to the 49ers…9-7 is actually a good, over-achieving, year for this team.

  25. Make that “Don’t think” Arizona is anywhere near as good…

  26. I just hope our pass rush is cranked up to max today. I wanna see CP sacked 7 times today. Bane and C^2 hasta have their best games, along with great games from all SEAs pass rushers. Stack the DL today, let Jordan Hill be active and rotated in. Collapse the pocket every play and stuff Mendenhall. SEA’s gotta have their bestist game today!!!

    GO HAWKS!!!

  27. Dukeshire says:

    I look forward to reading the anti Manning MVP hype tomorrow. Lol

  28. I’d be happy if we can get a score here before the half and get it to start the 2nd.

    2 minutes to go…let’s see it Wilson!?


  29. So, neither? Nice.

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