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November 24, 2014 at 5:05 AM

Seahawks Second Thoughts: 49ers favored, barely, over Seahawks

A few Monday Morning thoughts on the Seahawks. …

1. There isn’t a lot to second guess about Sunday’s game, so we’ll just start looking ahead. Fun as Sunday was at CenturyLink, there won’t be much time for the Seahawks to enjoy it with a game against the 49ers on tap Thanksgiving night.

Seattle dealt with a short turnaround last year, beating Tennessee at home on a Sunday and then heading to Arizona to play the Cardinals on a Thursday night, a game the Seahawks won 34-22. So they know how to prepare on a short week.

The trick now will be doing it when the opponent is the 49ers and playing in San Francisco, an area where the Seahawks have not won since 2008 —- I’d say stadium, but the Niners are obviously playing in a new venue.

San Francisco has been installed as an early one-point favorite, which if it stands would be the second time this year the Seahawks would be underdogs, the other coming at Kansas City last weekend.

Seattle covered a 7-point spread against the Cardinals and is now 5-6 against the spread.

2. If the season ended today, the Seahawks would be the N0. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs. And they would be ahead of the 49ers based on a better division record, which is based in part on so far having played fewer division games  — something that will sort itself out over the next few weeks as the two teams play each other twice in the next three weeks (for a complete breakdown of the playoff picture, go here). The 49ers have played one more division game, and lost one more, having played both Arizona and the Rams on the road, and the Rams at home, going 1-2 in those games. Seattle is 1-1 in division games, losing to the Rams at home and beating Arizona. Obviously that will even itself out over the next five weeks.

3. So I’ll admit that I never know how much attention to pay to the Marshawn Lynch-media thing. On the one hand, it is obviously completely irrelevant to what happens on the field, and plenty of people write or Tweet me that they don’t care. On the other hand, any mention of him, and this subject, gets a ton of clicks — even the people who say they don’t care whether he talks to the media seem to care about what is written about whether he talks to the media.

So, for a full accounting of what he said Sunday, and a complete video, you can click here.

As noted in our notebook, it appears Richard Sherman plans to join in the boycotting of the media. Could also be, as much as anything, another attempt at showing some team solidarity.

What’s somewhat interesting about all this talk of team togetherness is that it was just a few weeks ago that everyone was writing about a locker room divided. Maybe it was never all that divided in the first place, or maybe it all had more to do with who is healthy and who isn’t. The biggest determiner in a football game is usually the health of each team, more than anything, which is why we all end up writing so much about who is injured and who isn’t. Seattle was pretty healthy today, all things considered.

4. Given all the conversation about the future of Lynch, it was hard not to notice that Christine Michael didn’t play a down. A few weeks ago, some thought Michael had supplanted Robert Turbin as Lynch’s backup when he came in and had a nice game against the Giants. As we found out today, that’s not the case —- unless there was an injury that none of us now about. When Lynch went out for a few series, it was Turbin who replaced him. And it’s Turbin who has forged a role as a two-minute, end-of-half back. Obviously, Seattle has lots more to worry about than grooming a tailback for the future. But there was a time when everyone assumed that this was the season Michael would become that guy. On Sunday, though, when there was an opportunity to play another running back — and maybe even a time when if there was another really good option you might have taken it — the Seahawks didn’t.

5. Michael Silver of NFLcom has some more detail on some of the team team meetings of last week and some other stuff.


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