In my story today, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have one key thing in common driving their success this season – forcing turnovers.
San Francisco leads the league in takeaways with 35, and the Niners also top the NFL with a plus-25 turnover differential.
The Seahawks have forced 18 turnovers in the past six games, most in the league in that time frame. San Francisco is second during that span with 16. Seattle has a plus-8 turnover differential this season, forcing 29 turnovers and turning those miscues into 97 points.
Seattle finished with a minus-9 turnover ratio last season, tied for 27th in the league.
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“It’s absolutely the No. 1 philosophy in how you play the game for us,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said about his team’s recent turnover streak. “It’s all about the ball, and guys are doing it.”
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks secondary could be one of the best in the league.
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle writes that Tarvaris Jackson has endeared himself to Seahawks fans with his physical toughness.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that middle linebacker Patrick Willis returned to practice on Thursday and could play this week against Seattle.
Tony Grassi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Seneca Wallace will start at quarterback for the rest of the season with Colt McCoy out with a concussion.
Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange places Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and former Seattle secondary and current Tennessee defensive coordinator Jerry Grey on his potential future head coaching list.
Seattle musician Duff McKagen, writing for ESPN, has the Seahawks going to the playoffs on his Christmas wish list.
Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times writes that USC quarterback Matt Barkley will return to school next season instead of entering the NFL draft.
Albert Breer of NFL.com writes with Barkley announcing his decision, the focus now shifts to Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin’s decision to enter the draft.
Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports gives us his top 10 best NFL twitter accounts to follow. Houston running back Arian Foster tops the list.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports previews the Seattle-San Francico game in the video below.