Seahawks Insider

Category: Game coverage

Sep.
8th

Final: Seahawks 12, Panthers 7

Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse (15) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Seattle Seahawks’ Jermaine Kearse (15) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

CHARLOTTE — Well, that wasn’t pretty.

The Seattle Seahawks struggled to move the ball on the ground, but played better in the second half to defeat the Carolina Panthers 12-7 at Bank of America Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

Russell Wilson found Jermaine Kearse deep for a 43-yard scoring strike to put Seattle ahead for good, with just over 10 minutes left in the game.

Check out highlights and game stats here.

Wilson made plays when he needed to, finishing 25 of 33 for 320 yards, including the touchdown pass to Kearse. He also was sacked two times, including a strip fumble by Carolina defensive end Charles Johnson that negated a good scoring chance late in the first half.

But the key play came late in the game, when the Seahawks stopped a possible winning drive by forcing Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams to fumble on the Seattle’s own 7-yard line. Richard Sherman jarred the ball loose, and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel recovered with a little over five minutes left in the game.

Marshawn Lynch finished with just 43 rushing yards on 17 carries.

Sunday’s win over the Panthers was Seattle’s first on the road since a 9-6 win at Detroit to open up the 2006 season. The Seahawks are now 4-6 in road season openers since 2000.

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Sep.
8th

Seahawks inactives: Browner and Avril are out

The Seattle Seahawks announced inactives for this morning. And it’s no surprise that cornerback Brandon Browner and defensive end Cliff Avril will not play today.

Browner worked out with trainers here this morning, but looked tentative and did not move at full speed during the workout. He briefly met with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, and you could see the disappointment in Browner’s face.

Avril appears like he’s close, but perhaps Pete Carroll wants to give him another week, so that he’s ready for a more important game against San Francisco in the team’s home opener.

Along with Browner and Avril, rookie linebacker John Lotulelei, defensive end Chris Clemons, defensive tackle Jordan Hill and offensive linemen Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey are inactive for the Carolina game.

For the Panthers, safety Mike Mitchell, running back Kenjon Barner, cornerback James Dockery, center Brian Folkerts, Amini Silatolu, Domenik Hixon and Wes Horton are inactive.

So that means Quintin Mikell will start at safety for Mitchell.

Aug.
29th

Rice, Lynch out vs. Raiders

The Seattle Seahawks announced nine players are not expected to play tonight.

Sidney Rice, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Robinson, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, Jordan Hill and Tony McDaniel all are not expected to play tonight.

Aug.
29th

5 keys for Hawks vs. Raiders

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, left, tackles Oakland Raiders running back Taiwan Jones in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, left, tackles Oakland Raiders running back Taiwan Jones in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Good morning. We’ll have our live game chat up and running later this evening for tonight’s Seahawks vs. Raiders contest.

Also, I will post my projected, 53-man roster on the blog soon after the game is over, so check back for that as well later this evening.

But for now, let’s take a look at five keys for the Seahawks as they try and win the team’s ninth straight preseason game.

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Aug.
24th

Carroll focused on fixing distracting penalties

It’s hard to win a game when you finish with 14 accepted penalties for 182 yards. But that’s what the Seattle Seahawks accomplished on Friday in a 17-10 victory over Green Bay here at Lambeau Field, the team’s eighth straight preseason win.

The Seahawks have now totaled 34 accepted penalties through three preseason games, and Pete Carroll knows his team cannot consistently win games during the regular season playing this sloppy in all three phases of the game.

“There were distractions in this game,” Carroll said. “We played good and hard football. We did a lot of good things in this game, but the distractions of giving up 180-something yards in penalties is ridiculously hard to deal with, and feel like you played well.”

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Aug.
23rd

15 players out for Hawks, including Cliff Avril

The Seattle Seahawks have 15 players expected not to play today here at Lambeau Field.

They include receiver Sidney Rice, receiver Percy Harvin, receiver Bryan Walters, fullback Michael Robinson, cornerback Tharold Simon, cornerback Ron Parker, defensive end Cliff Avril, defensive end Ty Powell, linebacker Korey Toomer, offensive lineman James Carpenter, tight end Zach Miller, defensive end Jesse Williams, defensive end Chris Clemons, defensive tackle Jordan Hill and defensive lineman Greg Scruggs.

The good news for the Seahawks is linebacker Bruce Irvin (groin) is expected to play for the first time during preseason play. And running back Christine Michael (back spasms) also will play tonight.

Spencer Ware will start for Robinson at fullback. Doug Baldwin will start for Rice at flanker. And O’Brien Schofield will start at Leo defensive end.

Aug.
23rd

5 keys for Hawks vs. Packers

Good Morning. I’m headed over to Lambeau Field in a few hours, and will post some video from the Packers Hall of Fame later today.

But for now, let’s take a look at five keys for the Seattle Seahawks, as they try to stretch that preseason winning streak to eight games.

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