My apologies, I’m getting a late start due to the snail-like process in getting through customs.
I just wanted to let you know we’ll have our regular Monday Morning QB live chat at11:30 a.m. this morning, so stop by if you have time.
Taking a quick look at the playoff picture, with the Seattle Seahawks win over Buffalo, they now sit at 9-5 overall, strengthening their hold on No. 5 seed in the NFC. If the playoffs were to start today, the Seahawks would travel to No. 4 seed Washington, who are the frontrunners to win the NFC East at 8-6 on the season.
Russell Wilson vs. RGIII in the first round of the playoffs sounds like must-watch TV to me.
But a lot can, and likely will change, with two weeks left in the season. Chicago (8-6), Dallas (8-6), Minnesota (8-6) and N.Y. Giants (8-6) all remain in the hunt for a wild card spot.
San Francisco clinched a playoff berth with a 41-34 at New England. The Seahawks sit 1 ½ games back of the 49ers (10-3-1) in the division.
Seattle’s hopes of winning the NFC West took a hit with San Francisco’s win over the weekend, but it’s still not totally out of reach.
With wins over San Francisco and St. Louis in the final two games of the season at home, and a 49ers loss in their final game of the year at home against Arizona, the Seahawks could claim their second NFC West title in three seasons under head coach Pete Carroll.
Here’s my game story. Red Bryant says he’s looking forward to Sunday’s contest against NFC West rival San Francisco. Bryant: “We’re playing lights out right now. We just have to keep the momentum going. We’re all looking forward to Sunday night against the 49ers. Nothing else has to be said.”
Chris Clemons became the first Seattle player since Michael Sinclair (1996-98) to post double-digit sacks in three straight seasons.
John McGrath of the News Tribune writes that Pete Carroll had a hard time defending his team’s fake punt in the fourth quarter, with the Seahawks up 47-17. McGrath: “There are those convinced Carroll still has a ruthless streak (which is kind of funny, because others are convinced he’s too soft) and for them, the fake punt only reinforced perceptions. The fake also distracted from another comprehensively impressive Seahawks performance.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando compares Russell Wilson’s stats with Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.
Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes the sluggish performances by Seattle in the first half of the season are a distant memory. Brewer: “At times, the Seahawks have been their own most formidable foe. Their toughest competition has come from within this season, and they seem to be overcoming the flaws of youth and inexperience. Are they as good as these two blowouts? No. But they're surging. They're fun to watch, and they're unrelenting.”
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that Russell Wilson’s legs are adding another dimension to the Seahawks’ offense.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says that the Seahawks are ready for their prime time game against San Francisco after the team’s blowout defeat of the Bills.
Matt Chandik of the Delaware County Daily Times says to quit whining about the fake punt, the Seahawks were just doing their jobs.
Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus breaks down the game here. Kudos to Russell Wilson, Chris Clemons and Seattle’s offensive line.