Around the NFC West: Hawks not so special

September, 8, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Moore of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with Seahawks receiver Nate Burleson, who expects to play in Week 2 despite a knee injury.

Bill Hoppe, writing for the Post-Intelligencer, examines the Bills' dominance on special teams against the Seahawks. The fake field goal embarrassed Seattle.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer asks Matt Hasselbeck about the bulging disc in his back. Hasselbeck says that's not why his back was hurting.

Also from Farnsworth: An overview of the Seahawks' performance, with references to "un-special" teams. Special-teams co-captain D.D. Lewis lamented poor attention to detail.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune explores the Seahawks' depth problems at receiver. Courtney Taylor expresses confidence in his abilities despite a poor showing.

Also from Williams: A closer look at the Seattle special teams, with comments from punter Ryan Plackemeier and special teams coach Bruce DeHaven.

More from Williams and Frank Hughes: Nate Burleson and Seneca Wallace wound up being the top two choices as punt returners. That could change with Burleson hurting.

Also from Hughes: Mike Holmgren says the Seahawks might need some time to get up to speed offensively. The Bills were good enough to make that obvious.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune keeps the faith for the Seahawks, noting that they looked similarly horrible during the 2005 season opener, only to reach the Super Bowl.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times checks in with Hasselbeck's back, confirming reports of a bulging disc and noting how much is riding on the quarterback this season.

Also from O'Neil: Seattle finished with more punts (11) than points (10). Ouch.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times assesses the damage following Seattle's first-game meltdown. Holmgren hopes it was a wake-up call.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says Burleson has suffered knee issues before, including the last time a team needed him as its No. 1 receiver.

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