Atlanta Falcons practice-squad defensive tackle Travian Robertson tweeted the Seahawks have signed him to their active roster.
Robertson is 6 feet 4, 304 pounds and plays nose tackle -- the spot where Brandon Mebane was starring until he tore his hamstring two games ago. In their first game without Mebane stuffing blocks over the center, the Seahawks' top-ranked run defense allowed Kansas City to romp for 190 yards on the ground. ESPN.com's Terry Blount broke down those runs and found 118 of the Chiefs' 190 yards rushing came between the tackles, right at fill-in nose tackles Kevin Williams and Jordan Hill -- right through where Mebane had been putting up brick walls.
Robertson hasn't played this season but played in 12 games over the previous two seasons for Atlanta.
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As for the big picture: This a fine mess the Seahawks have created.
Seattle (6-4) has already lost more than it did all last season while winning the Super Bowl -- was that really only nine months ago? The Seahawks are three games behind the Cardinals with six games left in the regular season.
But, hey, two of those games are against Arizona. The first one this Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at CenturyLink Field. Two other games are against San Francisco and one is at Philadelphia in December, before the final regular-season game in Seattle on Dec. 28 against St. Louis.
The combined record of the Seahawks' remaining foes: 41-19. The only opponent with a losing record is the Rams (4-6). And they've already beaten the Seahawks, last month in St. Louis.
Here are the combined records for the opponents of the teams in the NFC playoff race, in current seeding order (reminder: six teams make it -- four division winners and the two teams with the best records among non-division winners as the wild cards):
Combined record of remaining opponents
1. Arizona (9-1) 27-23
2. Detroit (7-3) 29-31
3. Philadelphia (7-3) 28-32
4. Atlanta (4-6) 36-25-1
5. Green Bay (7-3) 30-30
6. Dallas (7-3) 30-30
7. San Francisco (6-4) 30-30
8. Seattle (6-4) 41-19
But the Pete Carroll and the Seahawks are looking at this situation the only productive way they can: They are embracing it as a huge opportunity to leapfrog up the race standings.
"I’m really excited about the way this thing sets up. I think most of the people should be, with all of the drama still out there about the division," Carroll said. "I don’t know if everybody’s schedule worked out this way but we’re as loaded as you can get down the stretch. And it’ll be exciting for everyone."
--If you live in or near Seattle or Bellevue and need some toothpaste or soap or want to see Seahawks working at Bartells, note this just in from the team's public-relations staff:
"To help celebrate Bartell Drugs’ 125 years in the Puget Sound area, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson will wear Bartell Drugs’ signature red vests and walk the aisles greeting and assisting shoppers. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the three Bartell locations listed below, customers may receive a special “player card” (while supplies last) valid for a limited edition Seahawks T-shirt when purchasing $40 or more of products on November 18."
Tuesday, November 18, 12-1 p.m.
WHERE:Doug BaldwinBartell Drugs, Lower Queen Anne600 First Ave. N.Seattle, WA 98109
Bartell Drugs, University Village
2700 NE University Village St.Seattle, WA 98105
Bartell Drugs, Bellevue Village10116 NE 8th St.Bellevue, WA 98004