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Wednesday in Hawkville: Monday night’s game comes with playoff possibilities
WORD OF THE DAY: THE P-WORD
That’s right, playoffs. Cue Jim Mora the elder’s playoff rant from Nov. 25, 2001, when he was coaching a 4-6 Indianapolis Colts team.
Here’s what needs to happen:
A win by the Seahawks and a loss by the Cardinals (at the Eagles on Sunday);
Or, a win by the Seahawks a loss by the 49ers (to the Rams on Sunday);
Or, a win by the Seahawks and ties by the Cardinals and 49ers;
Or, a tie by the Seahawks and a losses by the Cardinals and 49ers and a loss or tie by the Cowboys (to the Raiders on Thursday) and the Bears (at the Vikings on Sunday);
Or, a tie by the Seahawks and losses by the Cardinals and 49ers and a loss or tie by the Cowboys and Lions (to the Packers on Thursday).
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“I just remember it being loud, loud, loud all the time. Just a crazy atmosphere. Obviously a great home-field advantage.”
Saints QB Drew Brees on the 2010 wild-card playoff game against the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field
That’s a Thanksgiving eve smorgasbord of playoff possibilities. But, it’s the Seahawks’ one-game-a-time approach that has carried them this far, and it’s their fine focus on the task at hand that will carry them through their final five regular-season games.
“Things happen so quickly, and we’re so focused on just going 1-0 each week that you kind of forget what the overall record is,” leading receiver Golden Tate said. “I think it’s a really good thing, because it doesn’t allow you to get arrogant and get complacent. We’re always striving to be 1-0 after each week.
“But I think that mindset helps us out a lot.”
The Broncos and Chiefs, both 9-2 and playing each other in Kansas City on Sunday, also can clinch playoff berths this week.
INJURY REPORT: NOT TODAY
Because the game is Monday night, the Seahawks and Saints don’t have to issue their first injury report of the week until Thursday.
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Russell Wilson doesn’t have the most wins of any active quarterback in the NFL. That honor goes to Peyton Manning (163). But the Seahawks’ second-year QB does have the best winning percentage among active quarterbacks:
ROSTER SHUFFLE: DeSHAWN SHEAD ADDED TO 53-MAN ROSTER
Shead, a versatile second-year defensive back who was on the practice squad, has been added to the 53-man roster. To clear a spot cornerback Perrish Cox was released – one day after being signed.
Shead also was signed off the practice squad as a rookie last season, but was inactive for the final four regular-season games and both playoff games. That should not be the situation this season, as Shead can help on special teams and also provide needed depth in the secondary with cornerback Walter Thurmond serving a league-imposed four-game suspension and cornerback Brandon Browner out indefinitely with a groin injury.
A four-year starter at Portland State, Shead has played cornerback, both safety spots and also nickel back while on the practice squad this season.
“He’s a terrific utility player,” Carroll said of the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Shead. “He’s big and strong and fits the mold of the guys that we like. He’s a playmaker and he’ll have a nice role on special teams.”
Did someone say playmaker? Shead forced a fumble and intercepted a pass in Wednesday’s practice.
To fill Shead’s spot on the practice squad, tight end Cooper Helfet was re-signed – one day after he was released because cornerback Akeem Auguste was added to the eight-man squad.
UP NEXT: THANKSGIVING DAY
Because they play on Monday night this week, the players’ “off” day falls on a day worth having off – Thanksgiving Day. It’s a rarity in the NFL.
The players will return on Friday to continue their preparation for the “Monday Night Football” matchup against the Saints. That’s also when the schedule veers from calendar to Carroll – as Friday will be “Turnover Thursday,” Saturday will be “No Repeat Friday” and the final walkthrough that’s usually held on Saturday will be conducted on Sunday.