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Assessing a rather extraordinary first half to this Seahawks season

The Seahawks (5-3) are back on the practice field in Renton today for Sunday's game against the New York Giants (3-5) at CenturyLink Field. Fox Sports' No. 1 NFL announcing crew of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews is on the call of the 1:25 p.m. game.

Here is the latest version of the game notes the team produces each week, full of team and league stats and trends: n.y. giants (1)

For this morning's paper The News Tribune asked me to assess the Seahawks at the regular season's midway point, eight games in. Here is what I have:

GRADE

QUARTERBACK                 B+

Russell Wilson’s been Hercules at times, with zero pass protection. Other times he’s been off.

WIDE RECEIVER                B-

Still in transition from Harvin’s bubble-screen-palooza to post-Harvin routes downfield. Rookies emerging.

TIGHT END                           C

Zach Miller missing majority of season so far has caused problems with edge blocking, lack of pass threat down the middle.

RUNNING BACK                B

Marshawn Lynch needs to become even more of a focus. Turbin effective in hurry-up. Now, a new fullback.

OFFENSIVE LINE               D

Largest liability of last two seasons finally catching up to this team. Even marginal improvement would make huge difference.

DEFENSIVE LINE               B

Bennett and Mebane have been great, though workload a concern. Avril coming on. Lack of quality depth has affected pass rush.

LINEBACKERS                    C

Wagner’s injury has crippled this previous strength. Tackling’s been a problem. Now, undrafted rookie Coyle starting in middle.

SECONDARY                       B

Sherman’s still excelling. Injuries to Chancellor, Maxwell, Lane have changed unit’s trademark aggressiveness. Burley a revelation.

SPECIAL TEAMS                 C

Hauschka (2 missed FGs) still dependable. Ryan’s punted great. Inexperienced fill-ins on coverage teams exposed.

OVERALL                             B-

About fits their 5-3 record. First half could have been worse – and a lot better. Still in the hunt, getting healthier.

The details of all that's gone on in the rather extraordinary first half to this season are in my main story for today's TNT.

--This recap of Tuesday's roster moves from Seahawks team writer Clare Farnsworth includes the nugget that Seattle re-signed Bryan Walters on his 27th birthday, and that Walters spent part of it eating lunch in the team cafeteria with Russell Wilson on the players' lone off day from field work of game week.

That story also has the item that the Oak Harbor football team practiced yesterday at Seahawks' headquarters, one week after Marysville-Pilchuck did.

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