Around the NFC West: Seahawks dominate


Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times sums up the Seahawks' 23-20 victory over the Bears this way: "This was a glimpse of the kind of style (Pete) Carroll wants to play. The formula isn't complicated, but it can be unstoppable. Power running game. Efficient quarterback play. Dogged defense. Solid special teams. Infectious energy and spirit. With just a few exceptions, the Seahawks were that team. And if they play this way, they can compete with anyone, anywhere. It'll be a while before the team is consistent, and clearly the Bears, despite a 4-2 record, have some problems. But you should know by now that Seattle road victories are too rare to dismiss." The Seahawks deserve much credit for outperforming reasonable expectations. This victory felt more sustainable than some.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks played a complete game on both sides of the ball in beating the Bears for their first road victory of the season. Also: Russell Okung's strong push on Justin Forsett's 9-yard touchdown run stood out as one of several statements Seattle made Sunday.

Also from O'Neil: The Bears had allowed a league-high 21 sacks entering Week 6, but the Seahawks generated their pressure differently.

More from O'Neil: Mike Williams finished with 10 receptions for 123 yards in the Seahawks' first game since trading Deion Branch. Also: Jon Ryan planned to punt the ball out of bounds, only to come up short, allowing Devin Hester to return the ball 89 yards for a touchdown.

More still from O'Neil: Jordan Babineaux finished the game with 1.5 sacks and a safety.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says feeding the ball to Williams was the Seahawks' plan Sunday. Williams: "Carroll said the pieces are finally coming together with the way he wants his offense to function, similar to how his offense executed when he was with the Trojans -- a power running game with a big receiver on the outside guided by an experienced quarterback who limits turnovers and earns new downs."

Also from Williams: Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett provided a one-two punch reminiscent of their college days together at Cal. Also: "Offensive lineman Russell Okung faced the daunting task of stopping Chicago defensive lineman Julius Peppers from getting to the quarterback. The rookie from Oklahoma State received some help, but played well overall as the Seahawks held Chicago’s formidable defensive front to no sacks."

More from Williams: The Seattle defense set an emotional tone for the rest of the team, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck says. The Seahawks' decision to bring back Lawyer Milloy under an expanded role stands as one of the better low-profile moves of the offseason for Seattle. Milloy brings toughness, hard hitting and strong pass-rush instincts as a blitzer.