2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Seahawks hit bye week the best in NFL

By TIM BOOTH - AP Sports Writer
    2013-11-18 18:54

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Chuck Knox never did it. Neither did Mike Holmgren, Tom Flores or Dennis Erickson.

In the Seattle Seahawks' history, they've never had consecutive 10-win regular seasons until now under Pete Carroll.

''I feel like we've accomplished a lot to get to this point in some regards and in other regards we haven't done anything yet,'' Carroll said Monday.

The Seahawks reached double-digit victories for the second straight season on Sunday with a 41-20 drubbing of Minnesota. The Seahawks improved to 10-1 and head into their bye week with the best record in the NFL. It's the latest point in any season in franchise history that the Seahawks have held the best record in the league by themselves.

''I think we're doing a great job, and we haven't done anything yet,'' quarterback Russell Wilson said after Sunday's win. ''We're 10-1, that means a lot, but it doesn't mean everything. Our goal is to win the whole thing, and to do that you take one game at a time. You take one opportunity at a time, one practice at a time, and make that the best day you can possibly make it. That winning mentality can never slow down.''

Wilson's words echoed Carroll's. But that attitude and approach have created a winning formula.

Knox and Holmgren both had lengthy runs of success in Seattle. Knox finally made the Seahawks a contender in the mid-1980s, leading them to their first playoff appearance and giving the franchise relevance. Holmgren raised the bar with his run in the mid-2000s that included five consecutive playoff appearances and the lone NFC championship in franchise history.

Carroll appears on the verge of upping the ante. After winning 11 regular-season games a year ago, the Seahawks go into their bye week in position for a second NFC West title and third playoff appearance since Carroll arrived.

They won't be able to clinch anything while getting a weekend off, but the Seahawks will have their chance at taking control of the race for homefield advantage in the NFC when they return.

Seattle will enter its final five-game stretch with two huge games, hosting 9-2 New Orleans on Monday, Dec. 2, before a trip to San Francisco six days later. Carroll said he left the team with a strong message to get rest but be smart with how they approached the bye.

''We've done well. We're in good shape right now. We talked about the things where were strong and what we want to add to when we come back,'' he said. ''I think it's real important that we compete all week long.''

Seattle headed into its break coming off consecutive dominant performances. Sunday's win over Minnesota featured the return of four starters - including three on the offensive line - and the debut of wide receiver Percy Harvin following hip surgery.

Offensive tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini were a little rusty in their returns after being out since September with injuries.

Carroll said that showed mostly in the run game where Seattle was limited to 93 yards rushing. But the pass protection was the best it's been all season and helped Wilson throw for 230 yards and two touchdowns and have a career-high passer rating of 151.4.

Carroll said when the Seahawks return from their break, the only player on the roster that won't be able to practice is cornerback Brandon Browner, who was hurt Nov. 10 against Atlanta. Carroll said Browner's groin injury was examined again on Monday morning and that along with a pulled muscle there is some tissue damage. Carroll said at best, it would be 4-to-6 weeks before Browner is back.

Harvin also came out of Sunday's game with some soreness, to be expected after playing in his first game in more than a calendar year. But Carroll said they know Harvin is fully back and he'll be thrown into the regular rotation with the rest of the wide receivers when the team returns.

Harvin ended up playing 19 offensive plays - 36.5 percent of Seattle's offensive snaps - according to the NFL's official participation stats released on Monday, along with his 58-yard kickoff return late in the first half.

''He'll benefit from the break as well,'' Carroll said. ''When we come back, if everything goes as we hope, he'll be right back in the mix and he'll be in normal rotation and returning kicks and the whole thing.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Paul RichardsonMar 26 12:43a

Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson (knee) might not be ready for the start of the season, head coach Pete Carroll indicated Wednesday, March 25. Carroll did say Richardson's rehab [ More ]

Blake BortlesMar 25 08:43p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles received an endorsement from head coach Gus Bradley Tuesday, March 24. Speaking at the AFC Coaches Breakfast at the NFL Annual Meetings Tuesday, Bradley [ More ]

Travis KelceMar 25 06:03p

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce played at roughly 250 pounds in 2014, but head coach Andy Reid wants Kelce to report bigger in 2015, and Reid thinks Kelce [ More ]

Drew BreesMar 25 05:03p

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota isn't an option for the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton said [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMar 25 04:33p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is wanted back in Minnesota, but the question is if Peterson wants to come back. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't believe Peterson [ More ]

Ifeanyi MomahMar 25 03:13p

Free-agent TE Ifeanyi Momah (Lions) signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday, March 25. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Terence NewmanMar 25 01:53p

Free-agent CB Terence Newman (Bengals) agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, March 25, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Jordy NelsonMar 25 12:23p

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (hip) underwent hip surgery this offseason and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Victor CruzMar 25 11:53a

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) could miss the start of the 2015 season with a torn patellar tendon in his knee, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. [ More ]

Josh HillMar 25 11:03a

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is expected to have a bigger role in the offense in 2015. Head coach Sean Payton has mentioned him quite a bit since [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMar 25 10:53a

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is disgruntled and reportedly wants out of Minnesota, but head coach Mike Zimmer said the team has no plans to trade him.

Cody LatimerMar 24 09:33p

The Denver Broncos plan to use WR Cody Latimer as the third receiver behind WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in 2015. 'I think it's time for him to [ More ]

Casey MatthewsMar 24 06:32p

Free-agent LB Casey Matthews (Eagles) agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 24. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

R. Griffin IIIMar 24 04:42p

Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan said that the team will go with the best player available in the 2015 NFL Draft with the No. 5 overall pick, which [ More ]

Michael CrabtreeMar 24 03:02p

Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is having a hard time being signed this offseason, reportedly due to concerns regarding lower-leg injuries and a negative perception about his attitude.

Ray McDonaldMar 24 02:02p

Free-agent DE Ray McDonald (49ers) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 24.

Stephen BowenMar 24 01:32p

Free-agent DE Stephen Bowen (Redskins) is signing an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Tuesday, March 24.

Geno SmithMar 24 01:22p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback ahead of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick entering training camp this summer, according to new head coach Todd Bowles. 'You [ More ]

Zach MettenbergerMar 24 01:12p

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is a realistic option for the Tennessee Titans with the second overall selection in this year's NFL Draft, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt is impressed [ More ]

Jarvis JenkinsMar 24 10:42a

Free-agent DE Jarvis Jenkins (Redskins) agreed with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 24, on a one-year deal.

Johnny ManzielMar 24 08:52a

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is expected back with the team for offseason workouts April 20 after completing more than two months of treatment.

Adrian PetersonMar 23 07:52p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday, March 23, that he doesn't think 'it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota' in 2015 and beyond. [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMar 23 06:02p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to be part of the Vikings next season, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'Adrian's a member of our football team,' Spielman [ More ]

Drew BreesMar 23 01:22p

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will not be traded, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. Recent speculation said that Brees may be on the trade block after his [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMar 23 12:52p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's preference is to play elsewhere than with the Vikings in 2015, according to a league source. He is under contract through the 2017 season [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMar 22 08:32p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future remains unclear, but head coach Mike Zimmer recently said that the Vikings are 'excited' to have him back. Zimmer had previously said that [ More ]

James HarrisonMar 22 12:42p

Free-agent LB James Harrison (Steelers) signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, March 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Branden OliverMar 21 03:52p

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver is penciled in as the starting running back at this point.

EJ ManuelMar 21 12:52a

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is not locked in as the starting quarterback. Head coach Rex Ryan said Friday, March 20, that the quarterback competition will be open. 'It's [ More ]

Kevin VickersonMar 20 05:52p

Free-agent DT Kevin Vickerson (Chiefs) agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Friday, March 20.

Matt MooreMar 20 04:32p

Free-agent QB Matt Moore (Dolphins) re-signed with the Miami Dolphins Friday, March 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Adrian PetersonMar 20 02:42p

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is clearly wanted back by the organization, and general manager Rick Spielman once again stressed that they will make every [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group