Folks nationally are starting to understand something regular observers of the Seattle Seahawks already know – this defense plays stout against the run.
Matt Williamson of Scout Inc. is the latest to take note of the fact in his weekly scouting preview of Sunday’s Seattle-Cleveland game.
Williamson notes that both Seattle defensive tackles Brandon Mebane and Alan Branch are playing well inside setting the tone for the team’s ability to stuff the run. And with Peyton Hillis likely out with a hamstring injury, backup Montario Hardesty will have to put in some work on Sunday. You must be an ESPN insider to view this article.
Williamson: “It has been easy to overlook, but the Seahawks' run defense is superb. The Seahawks are stout up front, particularly Brandon Mebane and Alan Branch. The linebackers get to the football very well, especially David Hawthorne, and SS Kam Chancellor has tremendous size and physicality for his position and spends a lot of time near the line of scrimmage. The Browns are very inexperienced at guard and managed only 65 yards on the ground last week at Oakland, and Montario Hardesty could be in for more work with Peyton Hillis nursing a hamstring injury.”
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Here’s what Mike Williams had to say about the possibility of Charlie Whitehurst starting on Sunday: “It’s an opportunity. Charlie’s been watching and learning and soaking it all in, so if it is his shot, we’ve just got to rally around him and try to make plays for him.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks to Seattle fullback Michael Robinson, who says he was impressed with Whitehurst’s performance at the end of the game against the New York Giants.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes the Seahawks are seeking back-to-back road wins for the first time since 2007.
More Sando: He likes Seattle 16-13 over Cleveland.
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle offers some thoughts on Seattle taking on Cleveland on the road, saying the folks in the fabled Dawg Pound are all bark and no bite.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says Sunday could be Whitehurt’s best chance to show he’s a viable starter in the league.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports previews the Seattle-Cleveland game in the video below.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports nominates the Seattle-Cleveland contest as his crummy game of the week.
The NFL Network breaks downs the Seattle-Cleveland game in this week’s AFC Playbook video link. They also are impressed with Seattle's run defense.
Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice talks to Fox Sports about coming back from his shoulder injury in this audio link.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that running back Montario Hardesty, who likely will start in place of an injured Peyton Hillis, is dealing with a case of the drops.