While there was a lot of focus on penalties coming out of the San Francisco loss, the reality is that the Seahawks have been among the league leaders all season in getting flags.
They rank second in penalties this week with 104 behind only the 106 of Tampa Bay.
So it’s not as if the team can just magically eliminate penalties.
The more realistic path, as the Seahawks prepare for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, is understanding what was called and why and trying to limit those that are the most preventable.
One example is the offensive pass interference called against Golden Tate late in the first quarter Sunday that wiped out a completion on third-and-five and led instead to a sack and then the punt that was blocked that resulted in a field goal and an early 6-0 lead for the 49ers.
Tate said Wednesday that play is an example of the kind from which the Seahawks can learn a lesson.
“Looking back at it, I think it could have gone either way,” he said. “I think here at CenturyLink that might not be called. But after looking at it I think the separation that we had was kind of why they threw it, I think, because he was 2-3 yards away from me when we bumped, or whatever you want to call it. But it’s something I’ve got to work on. I’ve got to find a way to play within the rules so it’s not even a question. It would have been sad if that would have been late in the fourth quarter on a crucial third down play and I caught the ball but pushed off. So I’ve got to find a way to fix it and move forward.”
Now for some links. …
— Joshua Mayers notes that Eli Manning has historically fared pretty well against the Seahawks;
— Here’s our notebook with a lead item on Perrish Cox;
— Here’s our weekly Seahawks’ fantasy tip;
— Seahawks.com recalls that Tarvaris Jackson was Seattle’s starting QB the last time Seattle played the Giants;
— Seahawks.com also says a lot has changed since then;
— The Seahawks will raise 12 Flags to celebrate fans on Thursday;
— Update on Marshawn Lynch’s DUI trial from ESPN.com (upshot — nothing really new other than that the trial won’t happen until after the Super Bowl);
— Reuters says the Seahawks are hoping their trip to MetLife Stadium is a dress rehearsal for the Super Bowl;
— NFL.com says Peyton Manning may have again distanced himself from Russell Wilson in the face for NFL MVP;
— Wilson, though, is up to No. 4 on NFL.com’s weekly QB rankings;
— Giants defensive end Justin Tuck says the Seahawks are a team that will embarrass you if you are not ready “and then laugh at you about it”;
— The New York Daily News has more on Tuck’s comments;
— The New York Times says the Giants will focus on winning what they can even though they are out of playoff contention;
— The Wall Street Journal notes that the Giants have taken down their Super Bowl countdown sign;
— Here is the Giants Wednesday injury report from ESPN.com;
— The Associated Press has some stats and notes on the game.
— Finally, Jeron Johnson, now out for the season with a hamstring injury, Tweeted this Wednesday afternoon:
Tough season for me had to come to a end, I will be back and ready for next season! I know my boys gone take care of business and finish!!
— Jeron Johnson (@Jus_Showoff) December 12, 2013