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Around the NFC West: Seattle QB situation

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks emerged from their 36-25 victory over the New York Giants with a potential dilemma at quarterback. Starter Tarvaris Jackson suffered a pectoral injury of unknown severity after playing well enough for the Seahawks to be leading on the road (fumbles by running backs deep in Giants territory prevented Seattle from pulling away). Backup Charlie Whitehurst played well enough in relief for the Seahawks to pull away. Coach Pete Carroll: "There’s been a lot of people that have talked about Tarvaris and had a lot of opinions about him, but this guy’s a baller. He’s a football player. He’s tough as can be, and he can make plays and make things happen." Noted: There's no reason to expect a lineup change unless Jackson's injury remains a factor following the bye. In that case, the Seahawks could give Whitehurst the playing time they've wanted to evaluate him more fully, and they could do so at little cost to Jackson.

Also from Williams: The Seahawks suffered injuries to tight end Zach Miller and linebacker Leroy Hill.

More from Williams: Seahawks notes, including one about the success Seattle has enjoyed running the no-huddle offense.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com recaps one of the team's bigger road upsets in recent memory. Farnsworth: "After scoring 13 first-half points in their first four games, the Seahawks had 14 against the Giants. They also scored on their first possession for the first time and put together two 80-yard drives – as many 80-plus drives as they had in their first four games."

Also from Farnsworth: How the Seahawks won was more surprising than the victory itself. Farnsworth: "With the backup QB, Charlie Whitehurst, throwing a 27-yard touchdown pass to a rookie free agent wide receiver, Doug Baldwin, for the score that gave the Seahawks a 29-25 lead with 2:37 to play. And then, the free-agent cornerback from the CFL, Brandon Browner, picking off a pass and returning it 94 yards for a TD to ice it with 1:08 left -- after its appeared the Giants were about to score the game-winner."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Pete Carroll no longer wants to view the Seahawks as a rebuilding team. Carroll: "We need to play with the guys we have. Feed off the guys that we have, and we can win football games. How many? I don't have any idea. How far that takes us? I don't know. But I know that we have that in us."

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times has this to say about the Seahawks' victory: "We all know Carroll preaches the gospel of competition. Whitehurst's slow growth (his quarterback rating Sunday was 100.5), Baldwin's dependability as a slot receiver and Browner's starting opportunity are the results of competition." And scouting.