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Around the NFC West: Seattle 4-2

10/25/2010

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle times says the Seahawks should send a thank-you note to the Cardinals even though no apologies were necessary following a victory that left Seattle with a 4-2 record. The rematch in Arizona becomes a pivotal game. If the Cardinals win it, nothing really changes. Each team would have beaten the other at home. But if the Seahawks can win at Arizona, they will have dealt a serious blow to the Cardinals in a division race that figures to remain close.

Also from O'Neil: The Seahawks finished with a season-high 144 yards rushing against Arizona.

More from O'Neil: Mike Williams prefers celebrating with teammates to unveiling fancy touchdown celebrations.

More yet from O'Neil: a quick look at highlights from the Seahawks' 22-10 victory.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says any lingering softness appears gone from the Seahawks. Brewer: "After Arizona linebacker Daryl Washington sacked Matt Hasselbeck in the first quarter, teammate Joey Porter stepped over the quarterback, hit him and knocked Hasselbeck to the turf once more. Hasselbeck rose and screamed at the Cardinals defenders. It triggered trash-talking and physical play between the Seattle offensive line and the Arizona defense that would last until Seahawks coach Pete Carroll admonished his players for going too far in the third quarter. It was just one play, but it declared what the Seahawks would soon prove."

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times says Seattle doesn't have to worry about the artistic merits of its latest victory.

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times says kicker Olindo Mare has made 30 field-goal tries in a row.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com names Mare his player of the game. Also, coach Pete Carroll said he thought the Seahawks' offense was engaging in too much trash talk. Carroll: "There was too much jawing going on out there. We were wasting a bunch of energy. That’s totally out of the realm of focus. That’s not what we’re dealing with. It’s not how we want to play."

Also from Farnsworth: Hasselbeck calls Williams a hard worker.

Greg Johns of seattlepi.com looks at Williams' improbable career revival. Williams can joke about the plays where defenders tackled him at the 1-yard line. Williams: "The quarterback coach called me out last night in our meeting telling me I had to stop getting tackled at the 1. Did I get tackled at the 1 again today? That's OK, I don't mind Marshawn (Lynch) and those guys scoring touchdowns either."

Also from Johns: Hasselbeck explains what the team is getting from new additions. Hasselbeck: "Marshawn is physical. There's no doubt about that. He added a dimension we didn't have necessarily, just in terms of a big, power back. And Mike, there just aren't aren't many (receivers) his size. Arizona has one in Larry Fitzgerald and there are guys like Brandon Marshall, Andre Johnson out there. He is that for us."

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune says this about Williams: "Williams had so thoroughly botched his NFL opportunity that when Pete Carroll signed him to a contract after a tryout last April, Seahawks fans figured the coach was doing another favor for one of the seven former USC pupils extended an offseason roster spot. Six months later, Carroll, whose team on Sunday improved to 4-2 with a 22-10 victory over the two-time defending NFC West champs, is a front-running candidate for NFL Coach of the Year -- thanks in part to the rejuvenation of Williams, the early favorite for Comeback Player of the Year."

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks lost left tackle Russell Okung when tight end Chris Baker appeared to roll up on the rookie's leg.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahwaks are benefiting from a division without a dominant or even excellent team.