Week 12 NFL Capsule – Cardinals at Seahawks

ARIZONA CARDINALS (9-1) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-4)

SERIES

CARDINALS SEAHAWKS
SERIES LEADER 16-14
STREAKS 3 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Arians: 1-1 Carroll: 6-3
LAST WEEK W 14-6 vs. Lions L 24-20 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 12/22/13: Cardinals 17 at Seahawks 10. Arizona WR Michael Floyd catches game-winning 31-yard TD with 2:13 remaining. Cardinals defense holds Seahawks to 192 total net yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/22/13
BROADCAST FOX (1:05 PM PT): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Ari.), 85 (Sea.). XM: 85 (Sea.).

STATS

PASSING Stanton: 67-125-920-5-2-84.1 Wilson: 182-291-2019-13-5-90.8
RUSHING Ellington: 186-624-3.4-3 Lynch: 177-813 (2C)-4.6-9 (1L)
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 46-658-14.3-2 Baldwin: 44-485-11.0-2
OFFENSE 333.0 366.0
TAKE/GIVE +11 (T2L) +5
DEFENSE 343.7 306.1 (3L)
SACKS Okafor: 5 Bennett: 4
INTs 3 tied: 3 (T3C) 6 tied: 1
PUNTING
  1. Butler: 42.6
Ryan: 44.8
KICKING Catanzaro (R): 75 (24/24 PAT; 17/18 FG) Hauschka: 84 (2C) (27/27 PAT; 19/21 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: Are 9-1 for 2nd time in team history (1948). Are 1 of 2 teams to win at Sea. in past 3 seasons…QB DREW STANTON passed for career-high 306 yards with 2 TDs last week. Has won 5 of past 6 starts (3-1 in 2014)…RB ANDRE ELLINGTON has 980 scrimmage yards (624 rush, 356 rec.) & can join OTTIS ANDERSON (1979-80) as only Cards with 1,000+ yards in each of 1st 2 seasons…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has catch in 159 games in row, longest active streak in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 98 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs). WR MICHAEL FLOYD had 2 TDs last week. In last meeting, had GW 31-yard TD. Rookie WR JOHN BROWN has 5 TDs, incl. 4 GWs…Have not allowed 100-yard rusher in 20 games in row. Team has 15 INTs, 2nd most in NFL. CB PATRICK PETERSON has INT in 2 of past 3 at Sea. Since 2011, is only player in NFL with 10+ INTs (14) & 5+ return TDs (5). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 7 sacks in past 5 at Sea. LB LARRY FOOTE had sack in last game vs. Sea. (9/18/11 with Pit.). CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE has 3 INTs & FR-TD in past 4…SEAHAWKS: Have won 21 of past 23 at home (incl. playoffs)…QB RUSSELL WILSON has 36 TDs, 11 INTs & 101.4 rating in 23 home starts (incl. playoffs)…In past 3 meetings, RB MARSHAWN LYNCH has rushed for 290 yards (96.7 per game) & 4 TDs. Has TD in 7 of past 8 home games (incl. playoffs). Has 14 TDs (13 rush, 1 rec.) in those 8. Has TD in 10 of past 14 (incl. playoffs) & has 17 TDs in those 14 (14 rush, 3 rec.)…WR DOUG BALDWIN had TD last week & leads team with 44 catches & 485 yards. WR JERMAINE KEARSE is 2nd on club with career-high 25 catches & 361 yards…CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 6 INTs (1 TD) in past 5 meetings, incl. 4 INTs (1 TD) in past 2 vs. Az. at home. Has 10 INTs in past 17 at home. Since entering league in 2011, leads NFL with 21 INTs. S EARL THOMAS had 15 tackles & INT in 2 games vs. Az. last year. In past 2 games, has 17 tackles, 47-yard INT & 2 FFs. Incl. playoffs, S KAM CHANCELLOR has 2 INTs & FF in past 4 at home. Had 11 tackles & INT in last meeting. LB MALCOLM SMITH has 19 tackles, sack, INT & FR-TD in past 3 meetings.

RB Lynch Has No Idea If He Will be With the Seahawks in 2015

Seattle Seahawks v Kansas City Chiefs

Marshawn Lynch didn’t make himself available in the locker room to reporters after the Seahawks’ loss to the Chiefs, possibly setting himself up for a six-figure fine, but he wasn’t completely silent Sunday afternoon, Terry Blount of ESPN.com reports.

On the team’s bus outside Arrowhead Stadium, the running back talked to NFL.com in a telephone interview about his future with the Seahawks and the team’s current fortune.

Lynch isn’t expected to be with the Seahawks in 2015, sources have told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and other media outlets. Asked if he thought he’ll be back in Seattle next season, Lynch said he wasn’t sure, but said all the talk is coming from the organization and not himself.

“Do I think I’ll be gone after this season? “I don’t know, man. The Seahawks, their front office gets in the media; they talk a lot. I don’t talk too much. I just play the game,” he told the website.

“If they have something going on, I don’t know about it.”

Asked about reported friction between himself and coach Pete Carroll and an NFL Network report that Lynch “does not communicate” with the coach, the player said:

“Pete’s my head coach. Well, I mean, you know, he’s really not in my position meetings. … It ain’t like we get to chop it up like that,” he told the website.

Lynch didn’t accompany his teammates to the locker room during halftime Sunday, staying on the bench until the third quarter began.

“He thought it would be better for him to stay out,” Carroll said, not elaborating on why Lynch would think that was advantageous in such harsh weather conditions.

Lynch told NFL Network that he stayed on the bench because he couldn’t walk due to fatigue.

Seahawks Fall Short In 24-20 Setback In Kansas City

Seattle Seahawks v Kansas City Chiefs

The Seahawks had their shots on Sunday at Arrowhead to beat a good Chiefs team, but in the end failed to crack the end zone when needed, and fly home four point losers, 24-20.

Seattle had a late shot to pull ahead, but on fourth down Pete Carroll opted to throw for the end zone on fourth-and-goal at the 2-yard line, and the pass went incomplete.

On the day the Hawks fell short on three fourth down attempts.

“We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” Carroll said. “We had plenty of chances.”

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns, and Marshawn Lynch had 124 yards rushing for Seattle.

Lynch had his chances inside the two late, but twice was stood up by the Kansas City defense.

The Seahawks’ last-chance drive ended when Wilson threw incomplete on fourth-and-18 at their 20-yard line with 1:13 left in the game.

“It was a heartbreaking loss,” Wilson said. “We thought we could have or should have won it but they played a great game and we played a great game. Two great NFL teams going after it, and in a tough environment. For us, we’re just looking for the next opportunity.”

The first of Seattle’s fourth-down miscues came with about 6 minutes to go. Lynch was stuffed after a two-yard gain on third down, and Carroll elected to gamble at the Chiefs 2. Wilson rolled out and overthrew Doug Baldwin in the corner of the end zone.

“I was interfered. It was obvious,” Baldwin said.

Seattle held to get the ball back, and appeared to get a first down with a completion at the Chiefs 35. But coach Andy Reid challenged the spot and replays showed that wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was a full yard short.

Again going for it on fourth down, Lynch was stuffed for no gain, giving the Chiefs the ball back with less than 4 minutes to go.

By the time the Seahawks got the ball back one last time, they were pinned so deep in their own territory and had such little time left that it hardly mattered.

The other key was the fact that the Hawks couldn’t slow down Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, as the back ran for 159 yards and two touchdown.

Knile Davis also ran for a score, as the Chiefs (7-3) won their fifth straight. They’ve also won seven of their last eight.

Lynch’s Role As Best Player On Seahawks Offense No Surprise

Oakland Raiders v Seattle Seahawks

Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell says running back Marshawn Lynch having team highs of five catches and 76 yards last weekend in the win over Oakland was not an accident.

With Percy Harvin long gone and quarterback Russell Wilson running less and getting hit more in recent weeks, the OC wants to get the ball to the Seahawks’ four-time Pro Bowl plow horse in every way possible, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma Tribune reports.

Lynch has been catching more screens and swing passes in recent games, a product of how fleeting or nonexistent Wilson’s pass protection has been.

“Well, we want to use our good players. And he’s definitely, probably, the best player on our offense,” Bevell said after a practice this week before Seattle (5-3) hosts the Giants (3-5) on Sunday. “And we want to get him the ball as many ways as we can.”

This sure doesn’t sound the Seahawks are tired of Lynch’s “act,” as a national report stated last month. If the Seahawks can’t wait to get rid of Lynch following this season, as that ESPN report on Oct. 26 the morning of Seattle’s game at Carolina asserted, Seattle’s OC sounds as if he’s going to take a showcasing route to get there.

“Anytime we can get the ball to Marshawn we want to,” Bevell said. “Just opportunities to get the ball in his hands, because we know he is going to make people miss, the opportunity for a second-level runs (against overmatched linebackers and defensive backs). He’s going to run people over. Then the yards are going to come and we can keep the (first-down) sticks moving.”

With Lynch the biggest key to the Seattle offense, the Hawks hold firm with 8-1 odds to win Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona according to The Standard.

Even two games back of Arizona in the NFC West, the odds for Seattle to return to the title game and win it trail only the Denver Broncos (7-2) and New England Patriots (6-1) and just ahead of the Green Bay Packers (9-1), Cardinals (10-1) and Indianapolis Colts (10-1).

Giants at Seahawks Friday Injury Report

NEW YORK GIANTS
Status Report
DOUBTFUL RB Rashad Jennings (knee)
QUESTIONABLE CB Zackary Bowman (abdomen), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee)
PROBABLE WR Preston Parker (ankle), G Weston Richburg (ankle), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back, hamstring), G Adam Snyder (knee), P Steve Weatherford (left ankle, back)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Rashad Jennings (knee), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), G Weston Richburg (ankle), P Steve Weatherford (left ankle, back)
Thursday CB Zackary Bowman (abdomen), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), G Adam Snyder (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back, hamstring)
Thursday DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), RB Rashad Jennings (knee), G Weston Richburg (ankle), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back, hamstring), P Steve Weatherford (left ankle, back)
Friday CB Zackary Bowman (abdomen), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), RB Rashad Jennings (knee), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back, hamstring), P Steve Weatherford (left ankle, back)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Preston Parker (ankle)
Thursday WR Preston Parker (ankle)
Friday WR Preston Parker (ankle), G Weston Richburg (ankle), G Adam Snyder (knee)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Status Report
OUT TE Zach Miller (ankle), LB Bobby Wagner (toe)
DOUBTFUL G James Carpenter (ankle), S Kam Chancellor (groin), G Stephen Schilling (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (groin)
QUESTIONABLE CB Marcus Burley (hamstring), CB Byron Maxwell (calf)
PROBABLE WR Doug Baldwin (groin), DE Michael Bennett (toe), DT Jordan Hill (ankle), S Jeron Johnson (concussion), RB Marshawn Lynch (calf), T Russell Okung (calf), DE O’Brien Schofield (head), C Max Unger (not injury related)
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday TE Zach Miller (ankle), LB Bobby Wagner (toe)
Thursday TE Zach Miller (ankle), LB Bobby Wagner (toe)
Friday TE Zach Miller (ankle), LB Bobby Wagner (toe)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Doug Baldwin (groin), G James Carpenter (ankle), S Kam Chancellor (groin), RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related), CB Byron Maxwell (calf), T Russell Okung (calf), G Stephen Schilling (knee), DE O’Brien Schofield (head), LB Malcolm Smith (groin), C Max Unger (not injury related)
Thursday DE Michael Bennett (toe), G James Carpenter (ankle), S Kam Chancellor (groin), RB Marshawn Lynch (calf), G Stephen Schilling (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (groin)
Friday G James Carpenter (ankle), S Kam Chancellor (groin), G Stephen Schilling (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (groin)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DT Jordan Hill (ankle)
Thursday WR Doug Baldwin (groin), DT Jordan Hill (ankle), CB Byron Maxwell (calf), T Russell Okung (calf)
Friday CB Marcus Burley (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Jeron Johnson (concussion)
Thursday S Jeron Johnson (concussion), DE O’Brien Schofield (head), C Max Unger (not injury related)
Friday WR Doug Baldwin (groin), DE Michael Bennett (toe), DT Jordan Hill (ankle), S Jeron Johnson (concussion), RB Marshawn Lynch (calf), CB Byron Maxwell (calf), T Russell Okung (calf), DE O’Brien Schofield (head), C Max Unger (not injury related)

Seahawks at Panthers NFL Week 8 Capsule

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-3) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-3-1)

SERIES

SEAHAWKS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 4-2
STREAKS Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Carroll: 3-0 Rivera: 0-2
LAST WEEK L 28-26 at Rams L 38-17 at Packers
LAST GAME 9/8/13: Seahawks 12 at Panthers 7. Seattle WR Jermaine Kearse catches 43-yard TD pass from QB Russell Wilson. Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin adds 7 catches for 91 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139 (Sea.) 126 (Car.). XM: 232 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING Wilson: 115-175-1291-10-2-101.9 (3C) Newton: 125-206-1472-8-3-89.3
RUSHING Lynch: 97-420-4.3-3 (T3C) Newton (QB): 38-190-5.0-1
RECEIVING Baldwin: 23-310-13.5-1 Olsen (TE): 41-493-12.0-5
OFFENSE 357.0 342.0
TAKE/GIVE +1 +4 (T3C)
DEFENSE 324.0 388.3
SACKS Bennett: 3 Addison: 4
INTs Chancellor, Maxwell: 1 Harper: 3 (T1C)
PUNTING Ryan: 45.2 Nortman: 48.8 (2L)
KICKING Hauschka: 49 (16/16 PAT; 11/12 FG) Gano: 54 (15/15 PAT; 13/15 FG)

NOTES

SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON has won both career starts vs. Car. In last meeting, had 320 pass yards & 115.7 rating. Last week, passed for 313 yards (110.1 rating) & rushed for 106 yards, 1st QB in NFL history with 300+ pass & 100+ rush yards in game. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & has 100+ rush yards in 2 of past 3 games…In 12/5/10 meeting, RB MARSHAWN LYNCH rushed for 3 TDs, tied for his most in game. Has TD in 8 of past 10 (incl. playoffs) & has 11 TDs in those 10 (8 rush, 3 rec.)…WR DOUG BALDWIN had 7 catches for 91 yards in last meeting. Had 7 catches for 123 yards & TD last week. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had 43-yard TD in last meeting. TE COOPER HELFET had 1st career TD last week…Since entering league in 2011, CB RICHARD SHERMAN leads NFL with 20 INTs. LB BOBBY WAGNER had sack in 10/7/12 game vs. Car. Leads team with 50 tackles. S KAM CHANCELLOR & LB K.J. WRIGHT tie for 2nd on club with 44 tackles. DE MICHAEL BENNETT has sack in 3 of past 4 meetings. LB BRUCE IRVIN had 2 sacks & FF in last game vs. Car. In last meeting, S EARL THOMAS & CB BYRON MAXWELL each had FF. LB MALCOLM SMITH had 10 tackles & FF last week…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has won 9 of past 10 starts at home. In those 10, has 98.3 rating, 16 pass TDs & 3 rush TDs…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS had 100 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 14 rec.) in last meeting. RB JONATHAN STEWART rushed for 92 yards & TD in 12/5/10 meeting…In 1/16/11 Div. Playoff vs. Sea. (with Chi.), TE GREG OLSEN had 3 catches for 113 yards (37.7 avg.) & TD (58 yards). Had 8 catches for 105 yards last week. Leads team with 5 rec. TDs, his 7th consecutive season with 5+ TDs. WR KELVIN BENJAMIN leads NFL rookies with 477 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs. WR JERRICHO COTCHERY had 6 catches for 81 yards in his last game vs. Sea. (12/21/08 with NYJ). LB LUKE KUECHLY has 20 tackles in 2 meetings & had INT in 10/7/12 game vs. Sea. Since entering NFL in 2012, leads league with 402 tackles. LB THOMAS DAVIS had sack last week. DE CHARLES JOHNSON had sack, FF & FR in last game vs. Sea. Had sack last week. S ROMAN HARPER has 2 sacks, FF & FR in 3 meetings. Ties for NFC lead with 3 INTs. DT DWAN EDWARDS ties for 4th in NFC by DT with 3 sacks.

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Seahawks’ Sea Gal Jessica and CenturyLink to Hide Game Day Tickets Throughout Seattle

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Seahawks fans – Starting Tuesday October 21stt and for every Tuesday for the next four weeks, Sea Gal Jessica (@SeaGalJessical) and CenturyLink will be tweeting clues to where special field level the tickets are hidden around Seattle… the fastest fan to find the tickets wins the them! You can follow clues via the hashtag “#FastDash.”

Fans can also win by entering a sweepstakes at www.Seahawks.com/FastDash.

Get on board and grab great tix to see the Seahawks in action this season!

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