We’ll begin the morning links with my story for the Tuesday paper on the expected return this week of center Max Unger, and how that might help the offensive line — which in turn could help the team’s third-down woes.
As is detailed in the story, Seattle is 5-26 on third downs in the past two games, including 2-12 Sunday in Indianapolis.
Of all the numbers in the game that helped lead to Seattle’s first loss of the season, that one stood out the most to coach Pete Carroll, who on Monday said the pass protection issues are at the heart of the third-down failures.
And as he also said, fixing that will be a “primary focus” for the team this week.
In other news. …
— Here’s the wrapup of the day from Seahawks.com;
— A couple interesting comments in Russell Wilson in Football Outsiders’ week five quick reads;
— ESPN.com has more on the probable return of Unger;
— ESPN also offers its “Upon Further Review” recap of the game;
— Greg Bedard notes that Seattle is running just as often this year as last year;
— NFL.com with more on T.Y. Hilton saying Seattle’s insults fired him up;
— Denver is a 28-point favorite over Gus Bradley and Jacksonville, thought to be the biggest spread in NFL history;
— Colts.com breaks down each of Indianapolis’ scoring plays Sunday;
— Was the Colts’ comeback spurred by safety Antoine Bethea’s stern words to his teammates?;
— John Breech of CBSSports.com sees an easy win for the Seahawks Sunday;
— Here are a bunch of links on the Titans from ESPN.com;
— Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt is really struggling.