Good morning. I’m flying back to Seattle this morning, so we’ll have our Monday Morning QB live chat at noon today.
Here’s reaction to the Seahawks 38-14 win over Chicago, with Seattle evening their record to .500 for the first time since Week 13 last season.
At 7-7, the Seahawks are tied with Chicago, Arizona and the New York Giants with two games left. The Seahawks sit two games out of the NFC Wild Card hunt, with Detroit and Atlanta at 9-5.
Several different scenarios remain for Seattle to get into the postseason for a second straight year. But put simply, if Seattle wins its last two games – at home against San Francisco and on the road versus Arizona – and the Lions lose their final two games, then the Seahawks are in.
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Here’s my game story. Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson said his team is staying hungry: “Everybody is eating, you know what I mean? We’re all hungry and everybody is eating. We just have to stay focused.”
Seattle running backs coach Sherman Smith has an easy explanation for his team’s success in the second half of the season – giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch. “He wasn’t getting used,” Smith said. “He did what we asked him to do. He wasn’t getting a lot of touches, and he didn’t get a lot of opportunities. But when we started giving him opportunities, he started making it happen. And our wins went up when his production went up. So it works hand in hand. He needs to carry the football for us to win.”
John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that Pete Carroll deserves to be in the conversation for coach of the year for his ability to salvage the second half of the season for Seattle.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that the Seahawks are focusing on finishing strong.
ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his thoughts on the game.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times makes Tarvaris Jackson and Brandon Browner his players of the game.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says its finally time to admit the Seahawks are legit.
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune says there’s plenty of blame to go around for the Bears’ second-half collapse against the Seahawks that left fans at Soldiers Field heading for the stands early in the fourth quarter.
Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the Bears’ defense can’t make up for Caleb Hanie’s ineptitude.