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After clinching a playoff spot by topping the New Orleans Saints 34-7 on Monday Night Football at CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks ready for a Week 14 matchup with the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers.
A win this Sunday at Candlestick Park equals a division title and at least one home playoff game for the Seahawks. Pretty exciting, huh? Let's get to your questions.
Limiting wide receiver Anquan Boldin's opportunities should be a high priority this Sunday on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. Of Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick's 303 passing attempts this season, nearly one-third (96) of them have gone Boldin's way, accounting for a team-high 61 catches and 822 yards.
It will be interesting to see how the team handles its coverage of Boldin this time around, as the return of 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree, who missed the team's first 11 games with a torn Achilles tendon, might not grant Sherman that same luxury.
Sticking in the NFC, I think you have to point to either the San Francisco 49ers or the Carolina Panthers as the club the Seahawks should be most wary of. Both teams are built to play a similar style of football as Seattle - emphasize the run to open up the pass, operate a fast, physical and ball-hawking defense, and incorporate a quarterback (Colin Kaepernick, 49ers; Cam Newton, Panthers) capable of causing headaches with their legs.
Several things still need to shake out down the regular season stretch, but I believe Carolina and San Francisco will both be tough outs if they can clinch a spot in this year's playoffs. Right now, they're penciled in as the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds, respectively, in the NFC playoff race. But the postseason offers a "reset button" for clubs and presents a unique situation where anything can happen. Any team can pose a threat on any given day.
Head coach Pete Carroll hasn't mentioned any offensive linemen when asked about team injury woes, but I think the most-telling sign of the group's health came on Monday night against the New Orleans Saints. Left tackle
Head coach Pete Carroll confirmed Wednesday that linebacker Bruce Irvin suffered a thigh injury on Monday night, but he does not expect the injury to keep Irvin out of Week 14's contest with the San Francisco 49ers. Carroll said Irvin's practice time will be limited to start the week, so we'll have to wait and see how he responds leading up to Sunday's game at Candlestick Park.
Head coach Pete Carroll did not mention running back
That is not official, no. Head coach Pete Carroll confirmed on Wednesday that there is no thought about resting wide receiver Percy Harvin until the playoffs.
"He wants to play right now," Carroll said.
Harvin did do some running on Wednesday at Seahawks Headquarters, but did not participate in practice. Carroll has noted they will wait and see how Harvin's sore hip responds to each day of work before determining if he'll be available for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
I don't think so. I think adding a player of wide receiver Percy Harvin's talent level can only aid an already effective offensive unit. Head coach Pete Carroll has said they are not going to change the offense to completely feature Harvin. Instead, they'll simply add him into the mix, offering another weapon for quarterback Russell Wilson.
Harvin also adds value on kickoffs, made obvious by his 58-yard return that set up a Baldwin touchdown just before halftime in that Week 11 game against the Vikings. But it was the ensuing kickoff to Harvin that was just as important. Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh booted short - away from Harvin - to fullback