Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Monday

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Anyone got a case of the Mondays?

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: A positive outlook on the Rams loss
Seahawks fans were writing this team's loss narrative before the team even got on the plane to St. Louis. Short week. Trap game. Distraction from the Packers win. These are the things that will get labeled as the culprits for the loss, but it won't be accurate. The real reasons are the same ones that have been plaguing the team from Week 1: penalties, WR gaffes, red-zone struggles, Wilson's usual struggles...in a word, youth.

Week 4 Judgements: Take Vikings seriously - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Let's just cut to the chase: Yes, Minnesota is legit, and it's not just because the Vikings found a quarterback to complement their franchise running back and wide receiver; it's because they rediscovered a defense. Look at their last two wins: They held Detroit and San Francisco to 13 points each, and contrast that to a year ago when Minnesota blew leads of 10, 17 and 20 points in their first three games. That doesn't happen anymore, and it shows. The Vikings are on top of the NFC North. Moreover, they just overcame their worst nemesis -- namely, the rest of the division. Their defeat of Detroit was the Vikings' first over an NFC North opponent in 12 straight games. Their last division win happened in 2010, and it came ... you guessed it ... at the expense of the Detroit Lions.

NFL Week 4 Sunday notes | National Football Post
49ers’ whip the Jets: I can understand why there is already talk out there about Tim Tebow taking over for Mark Sanchez after seeing the Niners handle Rex Ryan’s club 34-0 on Sunday. San Fran’s defense held the Jets to 145-total yards of offense and created four turnovers. Positives for the Jets? You won’t find any in this league when you get shutout and beat up for the majority of the afternoon. That’s a bad loss for Rex’s team and the type of game I expect to see from the 49ers.

Sunday's big injuries: Santonio Holmes, Jake Locker - NFL.com
Here are the other big injuries from Week 4:

Santonio Holmes injures foot in New York Jets' loss - NFL.com
"That's really too bad," Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said. "You'd love him to hang on to the ball, but at the same time, the guy's going down and he hurt himself, kind of assumed the play was over. Just another tough play."

Rams vs. Seahawks: Final Report Card and Player Grades for Seattle | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks (2-2) and Rams (2-2) have finished in St. Louis with the Rams escaping with a 19-13 victory. It came down to the wire, but ultimately the Rams did enough to hold off the Seahawks late Marshawn Lynch led charge. Another game, another stellar Seahawks defensive effort. Except this time there was no last second miracle.

Seahawks vs. Rams: Seattle's Passing Game Falters Down the Stretch | Bleacher Report
For the third time this season, the Seattle Seahawks' offense was held to 20 points or less, and for the fourth time, they had less than 150 yards passing. In today's pass-happy league, that's almost unheard as 300-yard passing games have become the norm.

Loss to Rams leaves Seahawks 2-2
"That effort Marshawn plays with is infectious," said tight end Zach Miller. "It makes our O-linemen want to block harder for him, and a lot of times he’s carrying a lot of guys and breaking I don’t how many tackles he breaks."

QB Russell Wilson’s trial period has become, well, trying | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
"I think he’s moving the club," Carroll said about Wilson. "He shows that he can move us, and he made some great plays today. He ran around really well, and he was accurate with the football for the most part. "I’m still thinking that he’s improving and getting more comfortable and all of that. … So we’ll see what it all means. I don’t know yet."

Carroll says he’ll take hard look at QB position | Seahawks Insider
For his part, Wilson knows he needs to play better. "We had opportunities," Wilson said. "We don’t ever want to turn the ball over. Personally, I had three turnovers, so that’s never good. You just want to look at the film (and) see what we can do better, see what I can do better and just learn from it and move on."

Seahawks review: Three likes and dislikes about the 19-13 loss to St. Louis | The Brewery | The Seattle Times
As is our new weekly custom, here is the good and the bad of the Seahawks' 19-13 loss at St. Louis.

Week 4 - at Rams Recap
Hear from Robert Turbin, Leon Washington, Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson following the team's second loss of 2012.

Week 4 - Carroll Postgame Press Conference
Pete Carroll talks with the media following the Seahawks 19-13 loss to the Rams in St. Louis.

Seahawks.com Blog | Game at a glance: Seahawks 13, Rams 19
In looking for reasons why the Seahawks let this one get away, don’t look at No. 24. "He played great today," coach Pete Carroll said. "There were a lot of really good runs. A lot of runs where guys made guys miss or bounced off tackles. "Marshawn continues to be just rock solid for us."

Pete Carroll responds to questions about quarterback play | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
"I thought he was efficient and sharp and doing things well," Carroll said, "but when three picks happen, you've got to take a look and see, but all three of them you can kind of tell what happened ... But we've got to take a look at it. Third-down conversions and not getting in the end zone in the red zone, those are still big issues. We have to do better there. It's the whole group and everybody combined. I thought he was efficient, though. I thought he was doing things pretty well for the most part. We didn't miss any calls or any of that kind of stuff. We'll see when we watch the film."

Seahawks need change, but not at quarterback - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
It's easy to get up after a win and down after a loss. Of course it is. In football, one game is the equivalent of 10 in baseball or five in basketball. But that doesn't mean we can overreact nor should we always cast blame in the most obvious spot.

Cardinals play-action success, and more - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kevin Kolb completed all five pass attempts for 115 yards and two touchdowns on play-action passes during the Cardinals' 24-21 victory, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That suggests play-action can work without a strong ground game. Arizona carried only 15 times for 28 yards Sunday. But the team's shift into heavier personnel groupings for a critical stretch of the fourth quarter seemed to work. The team handed off to Ryan Williams on first down. Kolb then connected to Rob Housler (33 yards) and Andre Roberts (46-yard touchdown) on play-action passes. Miami had allowed no touchdowns and a 71.0 NFL passer rating on play-action throws through three games.

Wrap-up: Rams 19, Seahawks 13 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What it means: The Rams showed they won't be an easy out for NFC West opponents, particularly in the Edward Jones Dome. They showed that coach Jeff Fisher and staff can give the team an edge. They also moved into a tie with Seattle at 2-2 in the NFC West. This game showed the Seahawks' vulnerability pending improvement in the passing game. They're a defensive team and a rushing team, but not much of a threat in the passing game.

Wrap-up: 49ers 34, Jets 0 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 34-0 road victory over the New York Jets in Week 4:

Rapid Reaction: Cards 24, Dolphins 21 (OT) - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals' 24-21 overtime win against the Miami Dolphins at University of Phoenix Stadium:

Anyone see a defense? Week five review " Seahawks Draft Blog
Two games kind of stand out this weekend. Firstly, Baylor’s defense did a great job boosting Geno Smith’s Heisman campaign. Then Georgia and Tennessee, perhaps inspired by the efforts of WVU and BU, decided they’d give the defense a weekend off too.

Instant reaction: Seahawks lose, need a passing game " Seahawks Draft Blog
I’m struggling to think of a recent Seahawks performance quite as messy as this. There were games in the Mora era where the Seahawks just flat out bailed after going behind early, and there were some heavy defeats in the early Carroll days. This is much more frustrating. The team should be beyond the kind of basic errors we saw today. The Rams didn’t score an offensive touchdown, relied on long-range field goals and surrendered a big touchdown drive to start the game. And they still won comfortably.

Seahawks' Two-Minute Drill | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals, including the two longest ever made by a Seahawks opponent as he made a first-half kick of 58 yards and third-quarter boot of 60.

Seahawks' offense just not getting the job done | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
And in the locker room after a 19-13 loss to St. Louis, Rice was so mystified he almost missed a button on his cardigan sweater. He went from stately to cranky. "It's getting kind of depressing," he said of the offense's struggles. "It sucks."

Seahawks must scrutinize Russell Wilson after month of offensive woes | The Brewery | The Seattle Times
Let's make this clear: I'm not advocating for Russell Wilson to be benched. To be honest with you, I don't have a strong opinion yet on whether he should remain the Seahawks' starting quarterback. And I'm not going to force myself to have one before I'm ready. It's too important an opinion to declare without doing significant homework, and I'd rather be thoughtful than reactionary.

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