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Monday in Hawkville: From Beast Mode to Subtle Mode
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 22, when the Seahawks had their “Tell the Truth Monday” meetings before moving into their bye week: Read
FOCUS ON: MARSHAWN LYNCH
Marshawn Lynch’s impact on the Seahawks’ 26-20 overtime victory against the Denver Broncos was obvious.
But Monday’s video review of the game revealed some of the subtleties in Lynch’s anything-but-subtle performance.
“He has extraordinary control of his ability to move his feet,” coach Pete Carroll said during his weekly day-after Q&A session with the media. “There are really a couple of cool runs in there where you see him hop over a guy and he’s like a skier – like a slalom skier almost. He can just hop out, get back on sometimes the outside foot, sometimes his inside foot, he’ll hop from the same foot to the same foot. Really unusual footwork that you just don’t see many guys have command of. It makes him so unusually shifty.
“And then he’s a load and he’s tough and he’s aggressive. He has just run so physically consistently tough in these starting games. He’s really on it. And it’s great we get him to the break now. He’ll come back and should be in great shape when we return for the Washington game.”
Lynch is averaging 4.5 yards on his 52 carries and also 10.5 yards on his eight receptions.
“It takes marvelous instincts and savvy to do what he does, but he also has this ability to move laterally and kind of navigate through issues that very few people do,” Carroll said. Read
INJURY UPDATE: KAM CHANCELLOR PLAYING WITH A BONE SPURKam Chancellor has been contemplating having a bone spur removed from one of his ankles during the bye week by offering, “He’s had ankle issues for some time. His ankle really bothered him in the San Diego game. It was on fire. It really got in the way of his play. Fortunately, he had a great week coming back. They found a couple things they could do to help him.”
Chancellor did not practice last Wednesday, but was back for the Thursday and Friday sessions and then had nine tackles and a key fourth-quarter interception in Sunday’s game.
“He was really back to full form,” Carroll said. “But he was really hampered in the San Diego game and it showed. We didn’t have a good outlook going into the week. We weren’t sure. But it just turned really quickly on Thursday and fortunately he came flying back.” Read
UPON FURTHER REVIEW: WHY EARL THOMAS DIDN’T GET A FORCED FUMBLE
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“He's the best quarterback we've played so far. I don't know why they keep saying Andrew Luck is better than him. He's not better than Russell Wilson.”
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Read
Carroll heard from the NFL office on why All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas was not given a forced fumble on a second-quarter pass to Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas that was reviewed and ruled an incomplete pass.
“The league really feels that they called that right, because they say the second foot didn’t get down before he had a chance to make a football move,” Carroll said. “I guess that really defines what happens here. You’ve got to get both feet on the ground and then you see the football move. He was turning, that’s what I was griping about. … I thought both feet were on the ground, which I was wrong. They cleared it up and the call is fairly routine for them because both feet weren't on the ground.” Read
STATS ’N STUFF: RUSSELL WILSON NFL’S HIGHEST-RATED PASSER
|STAT DU JOUR: THE NUMBERS THAT ADD UP TO 7-0|
With Sunday’s overtime victory against the Broncos and Peyton Manning, the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is 7-0 in head-to-head matchups with the four players who would comprise the Mount Rushmore of current NFL quarterbacks – Manning (2-0), Tom Brady (1-0), Drew Brees (2-0) and Aaron Rodgers (2-0). Here’s a look at Wilson’s stats in those seven victories: Read
The third week of the NFL season concludes with the “Monday Night Football” matchup between the Chicago Bears and New York Jets. But we figured it’s prudent to look at where the Seahawks rank among the league leaders anyway, since Hawkville will be on hiatus for the remainder of the bye week.
Russell Wilson has risen to the top of the NFL with a 108.9 passer rating and is fourth in completion percentage (.690). Wilson is also sixth in third-down passer rating (108.3).
Lynch has five touchdowns to lead the NFC and share the NFL lead with Broncos tight end Julius Thomas. Lynch also is sixth in the league through Sunday’s game with 234 rushing yards, ninth in yards from scrimmage (315) and tied for fourth in first downs (18).
Jon Ryan’s tour-de-force punting performance against the Broncos lifted him to sixth in the league in average (48.3 yards) and seventh in net-average (43.3).
Defensive end Michael Bennett is tied for third in the league with three sacks.
And as a team, the Seahawks’ defense improved to eighth in average yards allowed and fifth is rushing yards allowed – after ranking 11th and ninth last week. The offensive rankings remained the same in average yards (14th) and rushing yards (fourth), but improved from 25th to 22nd in average passing yards. Read
UP NEXT: SAY GOOD-BYE
The players will be off on Tuesday through Sunday for their bye week, before returning next Monday for a “Bonus Day” practice to begin preparing for their “Monday Night Football” matchup with the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on Oct. 6.
With Sunday’s overtime victory against the Broncos, the Seahawks are a league-best 20-6 in games the week before their bye. The flip side is that they’re 7-18 in games the week following their bye – 2-2 under Carroll, and 5-11 on the road.Read