With a convincing 22-10 win over Arizona the Seahawks now sit alone atop the NFC West. But most of the players understand they still have more work to do. Check out the stats here.
“I know we’re excited to have the opportunity to be up here,” said defensive tackle Colin Cole. “But I mean it’s just one notch on the belt. The season isn’t decided in October. It’s decided in January.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that the Hawks are the cream of a mediocre crop in the NFC West.
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John McGrath of The News Tribune chronicles Mike Williams' rise from reject to ace, which includes this line from the 6-5 receiver: “This is a ‘What have you done lately?’ league,” said Williams. “And lately is Oakland.”
X-rays came back negative for Russell Okung’s left ankle injury, but he will likely miss some more time. We’ll have more on Okung’s injury this afternoon.
Doug Pacey of The News Tribune writes that the Seahawks succeeded in putting pressure on Arizona rookie quarterback Max Hall.
Ryan Divish of The News Tribune writes that Seattle kicker Olindo Mare had 10 field goal attempts on Sunday, but only five counted.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com writes that running back Marshawn Lynch says "The whole team is beast moding."
Art Thiel of Seattlepi.com writes that Williams is pulling the Hawks up to his height.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com recaps the game here.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks can no longer be labeled soft.
Steve Kelly of the Seattle Times says that no matter how they got it done, ultimately the Seahawks win was a beautiful one in their eyes.
Todd Fredrickson of the Everett Herald writes that head coach Pete Carroll had a few choice words for the offensive line after Mike Gibson’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports says Seattle left at least three touchdowns on the field.
Mike Sando of ESPN writes that there’s nothing ugly about Seattle being in first place.Arizona Cardinals
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes that the Cardinals offense sputtered against Seattle’s defense.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com writes that it was a dreary day for the Cardinals in Seattle.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes the Rams let one slip away in a 18-17 loss at Tampa Bay.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that running back Steven Jackson set the franchise’s all-time rushing record with 110 yards, but it was bittersweet because of his team’s loss.
More Thomas: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford says his performance against Tampa Bay was the worst of his rookie season so far.San Francisco 49ers
David White of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the Niners sunk to a new low by losing against a winless Carolina squad.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that San Francisco owners John and Jed York have privately grumbled about head coach Mike Singletary’s coaching.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that Niners quarterback Alex Smith separated his non-throwing shoulder early in the second half and did not return.