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Sunday Primer: Pressure is on, Kenny Easley highlights and a test of confidence in the Seahawks

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2013 at 1:45 am with 77 Comments »
December 29, 2013 1:45 am
Russell Wilson will hit the CenturyLink Field for the first time after a loss. / AP photo
Russell Wilson will hit the CenturyLink Field for the first time after a loss. / AP photo

Good morning.

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.

> 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.

Sunday primer:

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

There weren’t many for Seattle.


Flashback video of the day

How about some Kenny Easley?

Just for fun:



Today in bacon

Vanilla bourbon bacon molasses cookies.


Recipe of the day

Clinched and planked chicken thighs.


Today’s weather

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Today’s schedule

Carolina at Atlanta10 a.m.FOXGeorgia Dome
Houston at Tennessee10 a.m.CBSLP Field
Cleveland at Pittsburgh10 a.m.CBSHeinz Field
Washington at N.Y. Giants10 a.m.FOXMetLife Stadium
Baltimore at Cincinnati10 a.m.CBSPaul Brown Stadium
Jacksonville at Indianapolis10 a.m.CBSLucas Oil Stadium
N.Y. Jets at Miami10 a.m.CBSSun Life Stadium
Detroit at Minnesota10 a.m.FOXMall of America Field
Green Bay at Chicago1:25 p.m.FOXSoldier Field
Buffalo at New England1:25 p.m.CBSGillette Stadium
Tampa Bay at New Orleans1:25 p.m.FOXMercedes-Benz Superdome
Denver at Oakland1:25 Coliseum
San Francisco at Arizona1:25 p.m.FOXUniversity of Phoenix Stadium
Kansas City at San Diego1:25 p.m.CBSQualcomm Stadium
St. Louis at Seattle1:25 p.m.FOXCenturyLink Field
Philadelphia at Dallas5:30 p.m.NBCAT&T Stadium

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Oh man, I used to have that poster on my bedroom wall in high school. Haven’t thought of that in a long time.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Todd, not sure if the playoffs will have room for this, in the event they don’t, I’d hate for you to miss out…

  3. seahawks12thman says:

    Very interesting, somebody is going to be horizontal for a lot of this game…GO HAWKS!

    Adam Schefter tweeted:

    “Seahawks DE Cliff Avril needs 2 sacks today to collect $350,000 bonus while Seahawks DE Michael Bennett needs 2.5 sacks to collect $200,000.”

  4. imashiah says:

    Been following Hawks extremely closely over the past year and a half after having been a laid-back fan for 30 years prior.

    After regular study of the coaches film available through NFL Game Pass, I humbly ask fans and media out there to lend an ear to my biggest suggestion on offense: Start Michael Bowie at left guard !!!

    I have witnessed soooo many lack of executions (“LOE’s”) by McQuistan and Carp in the run and passing game out of their guard position (this excludes Paul’s work at left tackle). And Bowie was almost sensational at the guard position against the Cardinals Dec 21.

    The only problem I see is the “human” one with regards to Carp. Cable has to be concerned with his morale if he’s into the back-up position to a rookie. And Carp being a 1st round choice makes it even harder from a front-office perspective.


  5. “I see the Seahawks covering tomorrow but then I see them losing in the playoffs at some point. They just don’t have enough offense to pull away from teams and I don’t trust the defense or Wilson on final drives of close games.”

    Read more here:

    The Hawks most likely will lose sometime in the playoffs. Hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but it’s more likely that they don’t win the SB. 1 in 12 shot all other things being equal. Probably more like 1 in 3 or 4 if they get HFA. But I have to try and nip some of these fallacies in the bud right now.

    RW has 9 career GW drives thus far in his career. Just one less than the great, clutch Andrew Luck.

    As pabuwal has stated, RW has a 73.1 QB rating in the 4th quarter when within 7 points. Though at LEAST one of his INTs is BS. Yes the INT versus the Cards was a bad throw, but it wasn’t an INT unless you’re either blind or stupid.

    Let’s compare this to the 4th quarter QB rating of some of the top QBs:

    Luck 70.6
    Brady 77.4
    Brees 83.4
    Rodgers 88.3
    Matty Ice 73
    Flacco 77.9
    P. Manning 92.6
    E. Manning 28.1
    Kaepernick 58.5
    Stafford 75.4
    Rivers 89
    Roethlis 98.6
    Romo 105

    This is maybe some of the context that yank was asking for? RW’s numbers don’t look too bad in that group. I guess we clearly should want the clutch Tony Romo leading the team in important moments? Or Peyton Manning and his great playoff record leading the Hawks?

  6. As far as defenses go, please tell us who you’d rather have. The Hawks are #1 in yards allowed per game, yards allowed per play, and 0.1 points behind Carolina for second in points allowed a game. They’re also #1 with 37 turnovers forced.

  7. “Let’s compare this to the 4th quarter QB rating of some of the top QBs:”

    That should read 4th quarter QB rating when within 7 points.

  8. “NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay First” that it’s doubtful Harvin will play any time soon and it’s looking like he’ll end the year on Injured Reserve, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the injuries.

    Harvin’s hip is still sore and hasn’t improved.”

  9. Kenny Easly is one of my all time favorite Seahawks – what a player.

    Go HAWKS!

  10. SandpointHawk says:

    Here’s the link so Pabs doesn’t get called out by the blog police… :)

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Things I hope the Seahawks improve on today-

    1- Of course the whole offense needs to execute better starting with Wilson.

    2- Defense can’t be giving up those late game scoring drives when the game is on the line like they did against Arizona and the 49ers.

    3- Special teams can’t give the ball away against a well coached team like the Ram’s.

    Players that need to step up or show up.

    1- Wilson. I expect Wilson to rebound from arguably his worst performance of the year, however I don’t expect him to have more than an average game against the Ram’s. Hopefully I’m wrong.

    2- Carpenter. Same old story with him.

    3- Willson. They need to find away to get him involved more.

    4- Irvin. One assist,(against Arizona) from a first round draft pick is unacceptable. Time to step up.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    imashiah- I agree with you that Bowie has played well enough to play LG or possibly another position on the line.

    I don’t like this thing that Cable does with sharing a position like he has Carp and McQ do.
    He did the same thing last year on the other side with Sweezy and Moffitt.
    Just give the job to one man and let him run with it.

  13. boycie99 says:

    This team is banged up at WR with Kearse hobbled and they dont have the dynamic stretch the field player. Bevell must adapt the vanilla game plan to play to the strengths of the team and not keep trying to run on 1st and 2nd and then throw the long bomb on 3rd.
    Lynch should be a huge part of the game plan both on the ground and receiving and they must get the TE involved to keep the Rams D honest.

    I think we bounce back and Lynch has a huge game getting close to 200 total yards from scrimmage.

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks for the QB stat links nate.

    The GWD stat is one of the best (imo) in evaluating QBs. Almost all the greatest QBs of all time are at or near the top of that list.
    And Wilson is on a pace to be there too.

    It’s nice to know that going into the playoffs that we have one of the top Game Winning Drive QBs on our side.

  15. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    georgia, the D needs the offense to quit going 3 and out so much. the D is gassed late in games because they are on the field so much. the D is not the problem the offense is.

  16. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Im still hoping Percy can play, maybe they are planning on giving him a cortisone shot in 2 weeks to see if that works.

  17. Southendzone says:

    That poster is awesome, congrats to you Duke for having it as a kid. I think the next place I go after posting will be Ebay looking for one of those.

    Very concerned with today’s game. I consider STL and AZ to be basically the same team, except for QB and WR advantage to AZ, and run game advantage to STL. Since last week AZ got virtually nothing from their QB/WR’s why can’t STL do the same thing? I don’t expect 4 interceptions by any means.

    If we don’t win I’ll be calling Michael Jackson’s doctor for some of the good stuff to make me sleep for 4 days straight.

  18. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I understand that Oklahoma,
    but I doubt the offense is suddenly going to fix itself so the Defense needs to step up if they are going to call themselves the best in the NFL.
    I just don’t buy it that the D is too tired because they are on the field longer.
    They constantly rotate players on the line to stay fresh and the D has far more quality depth at most all positions then the offense imo.

    If they ever want to get to the level of the Raven’s or Steeler’s D of the recent past they need to play better when the game is on the line.


    From Pat Kirwin-

    “Right now the Seahawks are ranked 26th in passing; only one team ranked 26th or lower in passing has ever played in a Super Bowl (1982 Dolphins) and no team has ever won. The worst passing team to win the big game was the 2005 Steelers, ranked 24th.”

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Also- If our D was too tired to stop the Cardinals at the end of the game from scoring wouldn’t the Cardinals offense be just as tired by having played just as much as our Defense?
    My guess is the Cardinal’s offense would be even more tired at the end of the game because our Defense substituted on the line throughout the game.

  20. sluggo42 says:

    It’s all on the offense to step up. Bevell needs to pull a real game plan out of his rear end, and actually have a plan to deal with their DE’s.
    He needs to have some type of screen/bubble to thwardt a severe pass rush. He cannot run the same crap into a 9- man front.

    Cable needs to also have prepared the oline, and if he leaves Bowie sitting on his butt while his pet Sweezy is getting abused! then Pete needs his head examined.

    As you all know, I’ve been a big fan of Cable this year, but have managed to keep from whining about it for a while now. But if hi oline sucks again today, my name will change back to fireCableNOW

    It’s also time for somebody to step up at the WR spot. Kearse will probably not have a good wheel, is it time for the rocket to shine? Or is he capable? Or Walters?

    Somebody…. Please…

  21. sluggo42 says:

    Georgia, there is a big difference between time on the field between a defense and the offense.

  22. It is all about offensive execution today. Our defense will be fine, but if we can’t get going on offense, it’s going to be a very short post season for us.

    What do you call when it’s 3 and 6? Will Bevell be vanilla (again) or will there actually be a little razzle dazzle to keep their defense honest? Will Lynch be the Beast he was earlier in the season? Who will spark us on offense?

    Last December we were humming along. IF we had that offense from a year ago, I’d be feeling way better today. I’m still holding out hope, but let’s face it…it’s all on #3 today to make magic happen. How many more tricks does he have up his sleeve?

    Departure for Seattle: 9 AM

    Pre funk and get in the right frame of mind. This is HUGE! I’ve been waiting for this since the day I bought those single game tickets. The energy will be tremendous. I hope we bury them early and pound the running game in the 2nd half.


  23. Departure for Seattle: 8:30 AM

    I’m counting on Tate 12th man has to bring it!!

    GO HAWKS !

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think the offense will do enough to help win this game.

    I see it similar to the two games the Ram’s played recently on the road against the 49ers and Cardinals.

    Seahawks- 24
    Rams – 10

  25. Dukeshire says:

    The o line needs to control Quinn and Long or their looking at another grinder that will likely come down to the final 4 minutes. And it’s not just Okung and Breno. They way the Rams stunt their ends, the guards are going to have to play well. If Seattle’s o line wins against the Rams d line, this game will be a blow out. But if not, Seattle may well be the wild card coming out of the West. Unthinkable just 2 weeks ago.

  26. HawkyHann says:

    The last time we played St. Louis to secure the NFC West, Charlie Whitehurst was at the helm. BMW had big TD. I love playing the Rams. We own them!

  27. The Cardinals have only lost 1 game at home this year with some very impressive wins. I don’t see them losing to SF.

  28. confucious says:

    I can’t think of a more exciting game to depart for Joreb and Cerjam. Have fun!

  29. boycie99 says:

    Rams have sacked Wilson 13 times last 2 meetings. The O-Line needs to step up.
    Agree with Sluggo. We need Cable playing the best players in the best positions and not playing his pet projects as he doesn’t want to be made to look as though he got it wrong. We also need Bevell game planning a decent game and not what he has put together over the last few weeks, im tired of seeing 3rd and 6 and an incompletion on a long bomb to a covered receiver.
    Special Teams also have to be awake as im sure Fischer will throw in a trick play, an onside kick or a fake punt/filed goal, after all they have nothing on the line, apart from pride.

    Stop the penalties, stay focussed and a half decent game plan from Bevell and we win at a canter

  30. Seattle 15-6…they put the backup QB on his back a lot, stacking the box and keeping Staley bottled. Our moribund offense continues to struggle mightily. The same old o-line struggles with the same old personnel. The run-heavy game plan suffers again from being bottled up at the LOS. The yards we get are in the middle of the field from Wilson running and occasionally and hitting the TEs and RBs. Hauschka wins the game with the same old ultra-conservative game plan.

    Bonus prediction from the 5% of the time right guy: Percy Harvin never plays another game in the NFL…and becomes known as both the Seahawk’s worst trade in history and worst use of a draft pick in history.

  31. confucious says:

    The best way to control a pass rush is to run it down their throats. Seattle has to control the offensive LOS.

    These same lineman used to force their will and lynch was productive as a result. That was last year. I think we stuck with the run longer than we do now. I think our timing was better. I think our offensive play calling has become more agressive. More about chunk plays than the grind that tires defenses.

    But then again, I’m a refrigeration man, what the hell do I know? Go hawks!

  32. sluggo42 says:

    Hoping you’re wrong Vegas… But it wouldn’t be a big shocker.

    Opposite view is a full recovery this off season, and him leading the nfl in everything next year for back to back SB victories.

  33. yakimahawk says:

    My question on Harvin is this… If his hip is still sore do to surgery and is not at an increased point to hurt the hip further, then why doesn’t Percy play if it is just sore? Someone please answer this question especially if you have medical experience.

  34. confucious says:

    It is definately worse than we are hearing. There is too much on the line for simple soreness or scar tissue irritation to keep PH from playing. These next couple of games are too important to sideline an expensive “x” factor for simple soreness. In my humble, non-doctor, opinion.

  35. mengland says:

    My guess on Percy – They know if he plays he is out at least two weeks. They want to use him when they really need him. First playoff game, then hopefully back for the Superbowl.

  36. Southendzone says:

    Vegas, did you jump in my brain for your extra Percy Harvin prediction? Because I’ve been thinking that for around 4 weeks now.

    Since you stole that prediction from me, here’s another:

    Tavon Austin, held out of practice all week will play today because Fisher is a gaming the injury system and would do everything including kick his own grandmother in the stomach to win this game.

  37. thursday says:

    Another rumor from someone with a friend close to the organization. Harvin is overprotective of his body, nothing really new, but may not be able to resist the big stage (read: playoffs).

    Anyway, heading for the train soon. So, GO HAWKS!!

  38. If you’re gonna buy the Kenny Easley poster on ebay, make sure to get the Blade Runner, too (Curt Warner). That’s also a classic.

    I never had the Easley poster, but I did have the Land of Boz poster. Ouch. Yuck. Maybe I shouldn’t have admitted that? lol

    What’s the difference between Percy Harvin and a bank robber because I don’t know the answer.

  39. At least there haven’t been any brown nose type of posts (yet).


    Today should be a good day!!! Lets hope!!!

  40. Southendzone says:

    Percy is more like a Bernie Madoff embezzler than a bank robber, he tricks you into giving you money, he doesn’t flat out steal it behind your back.

    Minnesota GM should be considered for Front Office executive of the year. What a sneaky devil. Hats off to you my friend whoever you are.

  41. those are some nice bonuses for the sacks …not bad to have the extra incentives.

    agree w/all above – it’s about our O-line today – if they win, we win easily. If they don’t it’s going to be a very close one.

    Don’t know what to say anymore about Percy. Frustrating.

  42. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby – I had Land of Boz too. The “Dorothy” in it was one of my first crushes. Lol

  43. They used to have it. This is what it looks like:

  44. I used to have this poster too (but it’s not Seahawks related)…

    Kenny Easley is my second favorite athlete of all time behind this guy.

  45. Dukeshire says:

    Haha. I remember that Murphy poster.

  46. This STL@SEA game might be almost like SEA’s first game of regular season, when SEA faced the Panthers. Low scoring slugfest, 9-7 relying on Haushka’s foot. Thank you SEA players, coaches, and other people who follow and support our team for the wonderful season you’ve given me as a fan!!!

    I mentioned before that this would only equal the ’05 season (assuming we won today), but that’s not true. I don’t exactly remember why now, but I dreamed all last nite about it and if SEA wins today why this is actually a way better season than when we went 13-3 in ’05. There’s many reasons, but all I can remember right now is that we are now playing in the toughest division in the NFL. That wasn’t true in ’05.

    It would also be a very good time to actually STOMP the Rams today, and give them to believe that is not so easy to win at the Clink. When STL traded for DC’s first rounder last April, I was thinking it was gonna be somewhere between a #25 and the #30 pick, not the 1st pick of the draft. Now they have the opportunity to trade that pick for more future early picks, or they can use their pick on Teddy Bridgewater and trade away Sam Bradford and his injuries. Anyway, this Rams team isn’t going to be easy to beat today and it’s just going to get harder to beat in the future.

    Week 17 Win Prbabilities
    .66 CAR@ATL .34
    .17 BAL@CIN .83
    .36 HOU@TEN .64
    .20 JAX@IND .80
    .33 NJJ@MIA .67
    .58 DET@MIN .42
    .29 WAS@NJG .71
    .38 CLE@PIT .62
    .44 GBP@CHI .56
    .80 DEN@OAK .20
    .34 BUF@NEP .66
    .12 TBB@NOS .88
    .44 SFO@ARI .56
    .35 KCC@SDC .65
    .12 STL@SEA .88
    .69 PHI@DAL .31

  47. Singularitarian says:

    As I have been saying, Harvin’s surgery was a failure. We’ll be lucky to see him next year

  48. sluggo42 says:

    I dunno bout you guys now.

    I had Farrah faucet in a revealing swimsuit poster.

  49. It’s always about the offensive line. Always. Wilson cannot have a good game without some help from them. Neither can Lynch. Same with the WRs.

    Offensive line offensive line offensive line.

    Holmgren didn’t take us anywhere until the offensive line started playing great. Last years team was uneven, until the offensive line started playing well.

    It’s strange to see comments that say Lynch and Wilson need to play better. It’s the offensive line that makes everything else possible.

    Offensive line offensive line offensive line!

  50. Hey, I am with you about the importance of the o-line. I have said many times that we need to spend all seven draft choices this year on o-line (and TE).

  51. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby – Two words: Damn.

  52. That comment about wishing we had the offense that we had last year at this time made me think about what’s different. I think we miss Rice a lot more than we (on the blog) thought we would. No one on here ever mentions him anymore but he made some really big plays and was a threat that the defense had to respect.

  53. btw: I’m dreading tomorrow when Yank is back in school and back on the blog.

  54. Today, the focus of this game will probably be Mebane & co stopping Zac Stacey. Brandon shouldda been selected for the Pro Bowl for how well he’s quietly played this season.

    Is KJ inactive today? Wags has got a big, big game today.

  55. Watch out for the double reverses, etc coming from the Rams. There’s no more tomorrows for them and they will pull out all the stops to spoil our season.

  56. Todd Dybas says:

    Seahawks inactives: Percy Harvin, Christine Michael, K.J. Wright, Michael Bowie, Caylin Hauptmann, Benson Mayowa and Jordan Hill.

    Rams inactives: Tavon Austin, Daryl Richardson, Quinton Pointer, Sammy Brown, Harvey Dahl, Matt Conrath, Mike Person.

    — Todd

  57. Bowie inactive. “comPete” my butt!

  58. MoSeahawk12 says:

    No Hill, Bowie or Michael….

  59. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Sorry Bobby, just saw your post.

  60. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Return os the Sweeze I guess. The Rams D just smiled…..

  61. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks Todd.
    Well we don’t have to be concerned with big play Austin.

    So far everything is falling the Steelers way. Unbelievable! If they get in it could get very interesting in the AFC come playoff time.

  62. GH, you left the a out of Stealers.

  63. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m glad Sweezy is playing. He brings a toughness that no other lineman besides Breno brings.

    Time for the whole o-line to get their dirt bags out!

  64. I don’t mind the return of the Sweeze if it meant Bowie was playing too. I am utterly baffled that James Carpenter is an active guard and Bowie is unactive. Baffled. Bowie had a better game at guard last week than I have ever seen from Carp in three years. I don’t get it.

  65. boycie99 says:

    Cable will have a lot to answer if we see Wilson on his backside half a dozen times or even worse if he gets hurt
    It’s as plain as night and day that Bowie had a better game at guard last week than Carpenter has had all year
    I’m with you Bobby, baffling at best and stupid at worst

  66. It’s risky though to play Bowie with so little experience at guard against these DE’s.

  67. Dockett and Campbell aren’t good?

  68. GeorgiaHawk says:

    blueshq, Oops Stealers.

    I see a lot of similarities in this team and some of the recent Stealer teams.

    Good Defense, poor O-line, Tate the new Hines Ward, Earl and Troy, and a QB that can look bad for much of the game at times but some how can get the job done when the game is on the line.

    The big difference to me is that the Stealers D was better at stopping their opponent when the game was on the line.

    I hope we follow their pattern though because that means Super Bowl wins in the future.

  69. That’s who Bowie went up against last week. Those two guys are great players. There’s a reason Dockett is making $48 million over 4 years and Campbell is making $55 million over 5 years. They are stars. No team in the NFL has DEs as good as the Rams, but not many teams in the NFL have as good of a combo on the DL as Dockett/Campbell either.

  70. “Dockett and Campbell aren’t good?” I knew you were going to say that and I don’t have a good answer. But they had to play the rookie last week (or risk their back up center) and this week they can go with their starters. I don’t know if I agree with them but that’s what I guess they are thinking.

  71. It’s good that Kearse is playing today.

  72. The commitment this coaching staff shows to Sweezy baffles me.

  73. Dukeshire says:

    Bowie inactive is a real disappointment. In his limited snaps he has been arguably the teams best interior lineman.

  74. Dockett and Campbell are two of the finest 3-4 D lineman in the NFL – that Bowie held his own is remarkable.

  75. No one likes to give up on their pet projects or even admit that another way might be better. I think they believe in Sweezy’s attitude and run blocking matters to them more than pass blocking. Just my guesses.

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