Well, here we are, amazingly at the end of the regular season.
St. Louis and its nightmarish defensive ends are in town. The Seahawks win, they are the top seed in the NFC. A loss and they could well be packing their bags next week. So, a lot on the line. I wrote about that for today’s paper.
One of the weeklong questions heading into this game was how Russell Wilson will bounce back from his poor performance last week against the Arizona Cardinals. It was his worst performance of the season.
Our Dave Boling says the top quarterbacks know how to put a bad performance behind them. From Boling:
As his goal is always to be “the calm in the storm,” Russell Wilson last week was predictably direct in cutting through the swirling speculation over his subpar performance against Arizona.
He offered a simple and indisputable observation.
“Sometimes you just have a bad day,” the Seattle Seahawks’ second-year quarterback said.
Well, yeah, that’s right. Happens to the best of them.
Peyton Manning and Brett Favre each had games with lower quarterback ratings than Wilson’s on Sunday during seasons in which they won league MVP honors.
But the thing about these unavoidable clunkers — for the great ones at least — is they don’t stack up or come in bunches. They arrive unexpectedly and are gone the next week.
And that’s an important subplot to Sunday’s critical regular-season finale at home against St. Louis.
> The Everett Herald writes about how challenging the NFC West has become.
> Jim Moore wonders if the lure of homefield advantage will help push the Seahawks past the Rams.
> ESPN writes about things the Seahawks need to improve.
> Seahawks.com with five matchups to watch.
> The Associated Press writes about the Seahawks taking a third shot at wrapping up the division and top seed.
> A look at the playoff picture to start the day.
> Sports on Earth talks to Jon Kitna about joining the Dallas Cowboys for a week.
> Picks for the week from ESPN.
Non-Seahawks game of the day
San Francisco at Arizona, 1:25 p.m.
The view from San Francisco.
The view from Arizona.
Week 16 highlights
Flashback video of the day
How about some Kenny Easley?
Just for fun:
Today in bacon
Recipe of the day
|Carolina at Atlanta||10 a.m.||FOX||Georgia Dome|
|Houston at Tennessee||10 a.m.||CBS||LP Field|
|Cleveland at Pittsburgh||10 a.m.||CBS||Heinz Field|
|Washington at N.Y. Giants||10 a.m.||FOX||MetLife Stadium|
|Baltimore at Cincinnati||10 a.m.||CBS||Paul Brown Stadium|
|Jacksonville at Indianapolis||10 a.m.||CBS||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|N.Y. Jets at Miami||10 a.m.||CBS||Sun Life Stadium|
|Detroit at Minnesota||10 a.m.||FOX||Mall of America Field|
|Green Bay at Chicago||1:25 p.m.||FOX||Soldier Field|
|Buffalo at New England||1:25 p.m.||CBS||Gillette Stadium|
|Tampa Bay at New Orleans||1:25 p.m.||FOX||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
|Denver at Oakland||1:25 p.m.||CBS||O.co Coliseum|
|San Francisco at Arizona||1:25 p.m.||FOX||University of Phoenix Stadium|
|Kansas City at San Diego||1:25 p.m.||CBS||Qualcomm Stadium|
|St. Louis at Seattle||1:25 p.m.||FOX||CenturyLink Field|
|Philadelphia at Dallas||5:30 p.m.||NBC||AT&T Stadium|