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September 29, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Seahawks Daily Top 10: Bye week over, time to kick off the rest of the season

The bye week is over as the Seahawks will be back on the practice field today. We’ll also ramp up the coverage again on the  blog to game-week levels after taking a little time off the last few days, as well, as it’s now 13 games in 13 weeks for the Seahawks.

To get things started back up, here are 10 notes and thoughts for a Monday morning. …


1. As noted above, the Seahawks will have a walk-through today. They’ll also be on the field on Tuesday in what will be the true beginning to their gameweek — remember, the Seahawks play Monday night at Washington. So Tuesday will be like Monday and then they’ll take Wednesday as the day off they usually get on Tuesday, etc. That means Thursday will be like Wednesday, the beginning of the heavy installation of the gameplan for the week as well as some of the usual Wednesday press conference stuff.

2. The Seahawks are a seven-point favorite as they enter the week, and there’s no reason to think that line would go down.

3.So what to make of the 49ers now? Their win yesterday in which they held the Eagles to 22 yards rushing on 12 carries was eye-opening given all that had been swirling around the team about Jim Harbaugh beginning to maybe lose the locker room, and some of the other issues that had developed during a 1-2 start. But the win yesterday, rallying from an early 21-10 deficit against an undefeated team, appears to show that some of the dissension talk may be overblown. More practically, it showed again how good the 49ers defense can be even as it continues to play at less than full strength.

4. And suddenly, it looks like maybe the NFC West really is going to be as good as everyone thought at the beginning of the season — the top three teams, anyway. Arizona is 3-0, Seattle 2-1 and the 49ers 2-2. San Francisco still has some offensive questions. But they can get on the right side of the standings pretty quickly with games the next two weeks at home against Kansas City and then at St. Louis before hosting Denver.

5. Arizona, meanwhile, also had a bye and remains one of what are now just two undefeated teams — the Bengals, who were also off — being the other. The Cardinals play what is one of the games of the week, at Denver on Sunday, a contest in which the Broncos are already as much as an eight-point favorite. So Seattle could go into Monday night knowing that a win would put it back into a tie for first place.

6. Before the season, you might have thought the game at Washington loomed as a lot more dangerous than a home contest the following Sunday against Dallas. But not anymore. Not sure if a team that gets the kind of attention the Cowboys do can ever really be a surprise. But Dallas is off to a nice 3-1 start after a surprisingly easy win over New Orleans last night led by a young and rapidly improving offensive line that has helped Dallas average 165 yards per game on the ground to lead the NFL. After the weekend off, Seattle is now fifth in rushing yards allowed at 72.3 per game, setting up what already projects as a really intriguing matchup on Oct. 12 at CenturyLink Field.

7. Otherwise, though, the schedule is beginning to set up nicely for Seattle. Dallas is the only one of Seattle’s next seven opponents that currently has a winning record. Here is how the schedule looks with the team’s current record: at Washington (1-3), Dallas (3-1), at St. Louis (1-2), at Carolina (2-2), Oakland (0-4), Giants (2-2), Chiefs (1-2 and hosting New England tonight). That’s a combined 10-16 and a real chance for Seattle to put itself in good shape before the final six games that include two each against the 49ers and Cardinals and a trip to Philadelphia.

8. Interesting to see who are now the top four QBs in the NFL in passing efficiency — Philip Rivers (114.5), Aaron Rodgers (109.1), Russell Wilson (108.9) and Peyton Manning (108.5). That’s the QBs of the three teams Seattle has played so far this season, and then Wilson. So yes, the competition has been pretty heated so far for Seattle’s defense and its secondary, which has to be taken into consideration when evaluating Seattle’s play so far. Some of the defensive numbers, especially passing wise, figure to look a lot different in a month or so than they do today.  Not that they are bad now. But Seattle’s defense is allowing a passing efficiency of 96.5 having played against Rodgers, Rivers and Manning, who as you can see above are way above that against everyone else. Seattle allowed a pass efficiency of just 63.4 last season and it would be no  surprise if it gets back to a number like that over the next month or two.

9. Some interesting stuff here in results of an ESPN poll of some of what fans think  of the Seahawks after three games.

10. The most interesting aspect of the Kansas City game tonight for Seattle fans may be that the Chiefs are hoping to again break Seattle’s noise record.


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