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Sunday in Hawkville: Seahawks go coast-to-coast

Posted Jan 26, 2014

From a fan-lined ride to SeaTac airport in the morning, to an almost five-hour flight to Newark; and then from another bus ride to the team hotel and a press conference tonight, the Seahawks kicked off their Super Bowl week in a big way.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – A recap of the Seahawks’ activities on a very busy Jan. 26:

WORD OF THE DAY: IN-FLIGHT

That’s how the team spent most of its day. It started early with the bus ride from Virginia Mason Athletic Center to SeaTac Airport, through throngs of cheering fans who gave the Seahawks a Super sendoff on the first leg of the week-long journey that will culminate with the matchup against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium next Sunday.

PHOTOS: Super Bowl Send-Off

Then there was the 4-hour, 40-minute charter flight to cover the 2,400 miles between Seattle and Newark. That was followed by another bus ride to the team hotel in Jersey City. And the already long day ended with a media session for coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson, the All-Pro tandem of free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman, Pro Bowl center Max Unger, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Cliff Avril.

“We’re well aware that we just crossed the country to go play in the biggest football game you can play in,” Carroll said. “All that follows that, we’re going to just take in stride. I feel like that’s what I’m doing right now, just taking the next step. We’ve got a lot of major steps here during the week, but it’s fun for us.”

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At least the players and coaches are in familiar surroundings, since the team stayed at the same hotel and played at MetLife Stadium last month for its game against the Giants.

“There’s a lot of stuff in traveling here that we have to be aware of,” Carroll said. “It’s a long trip for us, when we’re staying here for a whole week. There are a lot of things going on. … But basically we have to stay focused on football.

“There’s a lot happening and it’s a very exciting time for everyone. So the conversation is ongoing about staying true to what we’re doing and staying true to ourselves as we prepare for this.”

PHOTOS: Arrival in New Jersey

OPPONENT WATCH: DEMARYIUS THOMAS

The largest crowd at the arrival media session was gathered around Sherman, which was not unexpected. But his answer when asked about Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos’ leading receiver, came as a surprise to most of those crowded around him because many expect every word out of Sherman’s mouth to be outrageous.

STAT DU JOUR: A SHOW OF MANY HANDS

The Seahawks’ receivers have gotten a lot of attention lately, but mostly because of the outside perception that they’re not this or they’re not that. But in their 18 games, they’ve had eight players lead or share the lead in receptions and six lead the team in receiving yards. Here’s a look at the top efforts in each category, and those leaders and co-leaders:

Receptions
Player, opponent  No.
Golden Tate, Rams 8
Doug Baldwin, Panthers 7
Doug Baldwin, Rams   6
Golden Tate, Falcons 6
Golden Tate, 49ers  6
Marshawn Lynch, Giants  6
Doug Baldwin, Giants  6

Times led or shared the lead: Tate 8, Baldwin 6, Lynch 3, Zach Miller 3, Percy Harvin 1, Jermaine Kearse 1, Sidney Rice 1, Luke Willson 1.  

Receiving yards
Player, opponent  No.
Golden Tate, Rams 129
Doug Baldwin, 49ers 106
Golden Tate, Falcons 106
Golden Tate, Rams 93
Doug Baldwin, Panthers 91
Golden Tate, Jaguars  88
Zach Miller, Saints 86
Doug Baldwin, Colts  80

Times led the team: Baldwin 6, Tate 4, Lynch 4, Miller 2, Kearse 1, Willson 1.

“He’s really fast. He’s deceptively fast, I think a lot of people would say,” Sherman said. “But he’s really, really fast and he’s strong. He’s a combination of what I think only a couple guys have in this league of pure strength, size and speed.

“That makes him really dangerous. That makes him tough. He’s a smart football player. He knows where the zones are. He knows where to sit down. He knows when to pick his spots – when to go under, when to go over. And I think he knows when Peyton (Manning) is looking for him. And he knows how to find the spots. He’s a good receiver.”

Thomas caught 92 passes for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns during the regular season and has added 15 receptions for 188 yards and two more TDs in the Broncos’ two playoff games.    

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UP NEXT: SETTLING IN

The Seahawks will call Jersey City home for the next week. That’s where their media session was held after they arrived Sunday night, and will be held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday is Media Day, which will be held at Prudential Center.

The players will practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Giants’ facility near MetLife Stadium. Whether to work inside or outside will be dictated by the weather.

“We’re going to have a normal week, as best we can,” Carroll said. “I understand there’s snow on the field and they’re somewhat frozen. So we could likely be indoors for most of the week. But we’ll figure that out on a daily basis. We’d like to get out when we can; we’ll have to see if it’s available to us.”

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