Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, Dec. 11 - about your Seattle Seahawks (7-5) two days before the team's Week 14 road matchup with the Baltimore Ravens (4-8). Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. PT on Sunday, Dec. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium with live television coverage on FOX (channel 13 in Seattle).
The Picks Are In
Elliot Harrison at NFL.com shares his picks and predictions for Week 14 and thinks the Seahawks will win 26-10, "The definition of hot: Over the last three games, the Seahawks' offense is averaging 35.3 points while converting 60 percent of its third downs. Poor Baltimore can't buy a break, save for the bad kind -- thus, the injuries and one-score losses. Good news: No one-score outcome to sweat this week."
ESPN.com NFL Nation's Sheil Kapadia (Seahawks) and Jamison Hensley (Ravens) share their predictions for Week 14 and each writer picks a Seattle victory.
Kapadia sees the Seahawks winning their fourth straight, 30-13, writing, "Since strong safety Kam Chancellor returned to the lineup in Week 3, the Seahawks are allowing 17.73 points per game, the second-best average in the NFL. The defense has struggled against high-powered passing attacks such as the Cardinals and Steelers, but it has feasted on mediocre and below-average units. The banged-up Ravens fall into that category. Look for Russell Wilson to stay hot and the Seahawks to win their fourth straight."
Hensley thinks Baltimore could get shutout, but predicts a 30-10 Seattle win, saying, "The Ravens have managed just 33 points against two of the worst defenses, Cleveland and Miami. Now, Baltimore faces a Seattle defense that ranks third in fewest points allowed this season. A shutout is not out of the question."
Peter Schrager at FOXSports.com sees Seattle winning 24-6, "I wrote at length about Russell Wilson's evolution as a quarterback in last week's Cheat Sheet, and there could probably be about seven paragraphs added after his performance in Minnesota last Sunday. The Seahawks are for real, and as two-time defending NFC champions catching fire at the right time, probably the team all the NFL contenders least want to face in January. The Ravens? They're playing hard for Coach John Harbaugh, but are limited without many healthy bodies."
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com likes the Seahawks to win on the road for a second straight week, 27-17, "This looked like a huge game when the schedule was made. It isn't. The Ravens are having a horrible season. The Seahawks have surged in recent weeks. They are playing consecutive road games, but that won't matter. Russell Wilson plays well."
Michael David Smith and Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com predict Week 14's winners and each analyst sees a Seattle win.
MDS, who predicts a 35-14 Seahawks win, writes, "The Seahawks' offense is playing some excellent football with Russell Wilson's passing and Thomas Rawls' rushing. They shouldn't have much trouble beating Baltimore."
Florio, who thinks Seattle will win 27-9, says, "Question . . . Matt Schaub or Jimmy Clausen? Answer . . . Does it matter?"
Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com shares his picks for Week 14, predicting a 27-13 Seahawks win, "The Ravens have not only lost quarterback Joe Flacco, receiver Steve Smith and Terrell Suggs to injury this season, but they had six starters listed on the injury report on Wednesday. Every game they've played this season has been decided by eight points or fewer, and they've had six games decided on the final play. The reward for all that hard luck: Baltimore faces a Seattle team that has found its stride."
All four sports writers at the Seattle Times like the Seahawks to win big, including columnist Larry Stone, who predicts a 35-10 Seattle victory,* "Baltimore is the best 4-8 team in the NFL — they've yet to lose by more than eight points — but it's hard to see them holding that tough against the resurgent Seahawks, who are peaking on both sides of the ball. Especially not if Jimmy Clausen ends up starting at quarterback for Baltimore, or splitting time with banged-up Matt Schaub. The Seahawks will make him look just as bad as they did when he started against them for Chicago earlier this year."*
All five NFL.com *Around The League *writers pick Seattle to win.
All seven analysts at FOXSports.com predict a Seattle victory.
All eight football minds at CBSSports.com take Seattle over Baltimore.
And all 13 NFL experts at ESPN.com like the Seahawks to win this week.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, as we share a fan-submitted Blue Friday photo that's sure to put a smile on your face.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle takes a closer look at how the Seahawks have been able to generate and prevent explosive plays this season. Boyle also recaps a Thursday media session with defensive end Cliff Avril, who according to teammates is playing at a Pro Bowl level.
Rookie wide receiver Tyler Lockett and left tackle Russell Okung were guests on 710 ESPN Seattle's 'The Huddle' yesterday.
Seahawks defensive linemen Demarcus Dobbs and Jordan Hill did not participate in practice on Thursday, the second straight workout the pair has missed this week.
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com highlights the evolving connection between quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin.
Doug Farrar at SI.com explains how Russell Wilson's play in the pocket has been crucial to Seattle's offensive resurgence.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times previews Sunday's Seahawks game with Turron Davenport, who covers the Ravens for the Baltimore Times.
Andrew Harvey at SportsPressNW.com says the Seahawks know better than to overlook the 4-8 Ravens.
Tight end Luke Willson and team mascot Blitz made an appearance at the Microsoft Store in Bellevue last night.
And in honor of Blue Friday, KIRO Radio's Dave Ross put together a new song in support of quarterback Russell Wilson's recent run of play.
The Seahawks have faced the Ravens only four times, twice at home and twice in Baltimore with the last meeting there being 12 years ago. This gallery throws you back to each game through photos and scores, right in time for their rubber match this Sunday.
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