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#HawksMailbag - September 24: Seahawks on way to clinching home-field advantage?
Welcome to another week of #HawksMailbag here on Seahawks.com, our weekly question and answer session with you - the fans - about your club - the Seattle Seahawks.
We fielded several of your questions on Twitter following the Seahawks 45-17 Week 3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, and we take some time out on this Tuesday afternoon to provide some answers.
On the way? Sure. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. After all, there will be plenty of football left to be played after Week 5, including five games against division opponents.
I do think there is something to say about the Seahawks currently holding a two-game lead over the rest of the NFC West. In a division that was decided by just a half-game a season ago, when the San Francisco 49ers record of 11-4-1 beat out the Seahawks record of 11-5 for the NFC West title, a two-game lead is meaningful, regardless of how early in the season it may come.
Head coach Pete Carroll has said time and time again that the team's number one goal is to own the NFC West. That division title leads to at least one home playoff game. The team fell short of that goal in 2012, forcing the Seahawks to play back-to-back road playoff games on the East Coast. But three games into 2013 the Seahawks are in the NFC West driver's seat. Can the club outmanuver the other three teams jockeying for position? We'll have to wait and see. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Defensive end Red Bryant left Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with back spasms and head coach Pete Carroll said Bryant felt some soreness and stiffness in the area on Monday.
"He got kind of in an awkward position and just tweaked it," Carroll said. "He’s got muscle spasms and usually those can get taken care of in about three or four days. So he should be all right."
While the majority of Seahawks practices were held in the 10 a.m. time slot during training camp and preseason, the team's schedule has switched up a bit with the start of the regular season. "Competition Wednesday" and "Turnover Thursday" practices have been held at 1:45 p.m. and the team's "No Repeat Friday" practice has been held at 11:30 a.m.
With Sunday's game against the Houston Texans scheduled for a 10 a.m. kickoff on the West Coast (12 p.m. CT), the Seahawks will be flying out on Friday, September 27 to give themselves two days to adjust to the time change. Buses will leave Virginia Mason Athletic Center Friday afternoon for Sea-Tac Airport. In the past, Seahawks fans have rallied along overpasses down I-405 South and lined the city streets leading to the airport to send the team off in style.
Head coach Pete Carroll provided a small update on Percy Harvin when he addressed the media last Wednesday, saying Harvin hopes to be ready for action as soon as the team trainers let him back out on the field.
"He’s talking about the very first game that he can come back, he wants to play," Carroll said. "I don’t mean to put pressure on him, that’s just what his attitude and mindset about it is - exactly what we would hope it would be. Whether the docs agree with him, we will find out in time."
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