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November 22, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Saturday Seahawks notes and links: Seattle set to be as healthy defensively as it has been in a while

A late start to some notes and link, but better than never. …

— Here’s my story detailing how the defense should be the healthiest it has been in a while. As noted we talked to middle linebacker Bobby Wagner who was able to practice all week.

Wagner, in fact, said he felt better with each day and mostly scoffed at the idea that he wouldn’t be able to go every snap. Coach Pete Carroll held open the idea that they might have to put Wagner on a snap count — and they could do that by putting K.J. Wright in the middle and Malcolm Smith on the weak side.

In fact, it will be interesting to see how they use Smith now that the Seahawks are back to full health at linebacker, with Bruce Irvin still at strong side. But obviously Irvin also plays a lot of rush end. Seattle, though, again has the same situation it had all of last season, with Wagner, Wright, Smith and Irvin healthy  — four guys for three spots, essentially, creating some additional scheme and rotation options. Brock Coyle is also healthy again and able to play in the middle if needed, as well.

Also noteworthy is the apparent health of Kam Chancellor, who returned to the field last week but had previously missed two games. Carroll said it was the best week of practice he has had all season. Byron Maxwell also is in the second game of his return, making the secondary probably as whole as it has been all season (also considering Jeremy Lane also now back for a second game since he returned at nickel back).

As Wagner said, it’s an opportune time for the Seahawks to get there health on the right track.

Here are some other links. …

— Seahawks fans say, in our letters to the editor, that they don’t care if Marshawn Lynch talks to the media and wonder why I don’t include a grade for the coaches.

— Seahawks.com with five matchups to watch and where and how to watch the game.

— ESPN.com says it’s make-or-break time for the Seahawks.

— USA Today with a breakdown of the game.

— Details of Arizona’s final injury report with the big question — as noted all week — revolving around receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who is listed as a game time decision.

— And here’s a look at how it might impact Arizona to play without Fitzgerald.

— The Arizona Republic with a scouting report and predictions. And columnist Dan Bickley says the Cardinals have to contain Lynch.

— ArizonaCardinals.com with five things to watch.

— Via SI.com, here’s one computer picking Arizona outright.

— ArizonaSports.com with a detailed closer look at the game.

Rob Rang breaks down three key matchups.

 

 

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