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Monday in Hawkville: Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane have it covered

Posted Dec 9, 2013

No Brandon Browner. No Walter Thurmond. Not as much of a problem as you might think, because of the way backups Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane are playing for the 11-2 Seahawks.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 9, which was “Tell The Truth Monday” as the players and coaches reviewed Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the 49ers at Candlestick Park:

WORDS OF THE DAY: STEPPING UP

That’s exactly what Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane have done with starting right cornerback Brandon Browner out with a groin injury and nickel back Walter Thurmond halfway through a league-imposed four-game suspension.

YOU DON'T SAY

“I’m not much bothered by a cliff-hanging loss to San Francisco in which the Seahawks held their archrivals to 19 points and 318 yards, on the road on a short week when the Niners had vastly more for which to play.”

Peter King, in ranking the Seahawks No. 1 in the “Fine Fifteen” section of his “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com

Maxwell is starting on the right side, with Lane as the nickel back. And each made plays in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers in San Francisco.

Maxwell intercepted a Colin Kaepernick pass at the Seahawks’ 1-yard line that was intended for Michael Crabtree, and also had two other passes defensed. Lane also had three passes defensed.

“They did really well again,” coach Pete Carroll said during his weekly day-after Q&A session with the media. “They’re going to catch a couple balls on you when they try as much as they did. But Maxie played two well and stole one. He played really well. He did a good job.

“And Jeremy had three plays in the game that were all significant plays. He got into the throwing lane, knocked balls down and defended his guys very well. So both those guys are doing fine jobs. No surprises here. This is what we expect of these guys.”

And Maxwell knows there will be opportunity to make more plays, starting with Sunday’s game against the New York Giants at the Meadowlands.

STAT DU JOUR: TOPS IN THREE DIVISIONS?

The Seahawks don’t just have the best record in the NFC West; they also have the best winning percentages in the NFC South and AFC South. They don’t play in those divisions, but they played the teams from those divisions and are a combined 7-1. Here’s a look at the Seahawks’ three-division records:

NFC West
Team W-L Pct.
Seahawks 11-2 .846
49ers 9-4 .692
Cardinals 8-5 .615
Rams 5-8 .385

NFC South
Team W-L Pct.
Seahawks 4-0 1.000
Saints 10-3 .769
Panthers 9-4 .692
Buccaneers 4-9 .308
Falcons 3-10 .231

AFC South
Team W-L Pct.
Seahawks 3-1 .750
Colts 8-5 .615
Titans 5-8 .385
Jaguars 4-9 .308
Texans 2-11 .154

“I just know, I’m unproven. I’ve got an All-Pro corner (Richard Sherman). Everybody in the secondary is pretty much Pro Bowlers,” he said after Sunday’s game. “I’m the only unproven one out there. So they’re going to come at me. It’s opportunities, really, and I’ve just trying to take advantage of it.” 

INJURY UPDATES: K.J. WRIGHT TO HAVE SURGERY TUESDAY

K.J. Wright, the starting weak-side linebacker and third-leading tackler on the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense, is expected to miss four to six weeks after having surgery Tuesday on the right foot he broke during the game against the 49ers. Malcolm Smith will replace him.

Carroll said he’ll know more about Wright’s recovery schedule after the surgery is performed and the extent of the injury is known.

“He’s a good healer, so we’ll see how he does,” Carroll said.

All-Pro center Max Unger injured a pectoral in the game. Carroll said Unger will be limited in practice during the week, but added, “We think we’ll get him for the ball game.”

UP NEXT: DOUG BALDWIN AT CENTURYLINK FIELD PRO SHOP

The players have their “off” day on Tuesday, before returning Wednesday to begin practicing for the game against the Giants.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin will sign autographs on Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at the CenturyLink Field Pro Shop.

Game Rewind: Seattle Seahawks