A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 8, when the players had their “off” day and the coaches were preparing the game plan for Sunday’s matchup against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field:
WORD OF THE DAY: RUSH
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They combined for 19.5 of the Seahawks’ 36 sacks last season, when Clemons produced a career-high 11.5 and Irvin led all NFL rookies with eight. But neither was available when this season started, because Clemons was completing his rehab after having knee surgery in January and Irvin was serving a four-game suspension.
Both were back for Sunday’s game against the Colts, and each was up to his old tricks.
Clemons, in his first start after playing in the rotation the previous two games, had a fumble-forcing sack on Andrew Luck in the third quarter to setup a field goal. Irvin, making his debut after rejoining the team on Monday, had a sack in the second quarter that helped force the Colts to settle for a field goal.
The fumble Clemons forced with his second sack in as many weeks was recovered by
Just as we saw more of Clemons last week, expect to see more of Irvin in this week’s game against the Titans at CenturyLink Field – as the Leo end, as the second end on the nickel line and at strong-side linebacker.
“Bruce did well. He was active. He was physical. He took advantage of the opportunities he had, with a good rush and a couple of good coverage opportunities. He tackled well. Shoot, he looked like he hadn’t missed a step,” coach Pete Carroll said on Monday.
“It’s exciting that he’s back and ready to go. He’ll get into the flow of things. He’ll play a good deal in this game this week.”
PRACTICE-SQUAD SHUFFLE: WIDE RECEIVER ADDED
Rookie wide receiver
To clear a spot on the eight-man unit for Lenz, rookie offensive lineman
STATS ’N STUFF: MARSHAWN LYNCH RANKS THIRD AMONG NFL RUSHERS
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No need for the Titans to hear a Nashville version of Carroll’s “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish” mantra. The Seahawks’ opponent this week has scored 51 points in the fourth quarter, which ties for the fifth-highest total in any quarter and ties for second-most in the fourth quarter this season. Here’s a look at the top-scoring quarters: :
As we told you Monday,
As a team, the Seahawks are third in the league in turnover differential at plus-7 and their 15 takeaways are tied for the league lead with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Seahawks’ defense ranks No. 6 in average yards (303.6) and average points (16.2) allowed; No.3 in passing yards allowed (194.6); and No. 19 in rushing yards allowed (109.0). On offense, they rank No. 2 in rushing offense (159.0); No. 12 in average yards (366.4); and No. 25 in average passing yards (207.4).
UP NEXT: “COMPETITION WEDNESDAY”
The players return from their “off” day on Tuesday to begin practicing on Wednesday for Sunday’s game against the Titans – the Seahawks’ only home game in the month of October.
This game also completes a four-week stretch against the teams from the AFC South before the Seahawks play back-to-back road games against the NFC West rival Cardinals and Rams – each on national TV.