Around the NFC West: Seahawks sweat it out

November, 9, 2009
11/09/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Art Thiel of seattlepi.com says the Seahawks proved there is such a thing as a bad win in the NFL. Thiel: "After a wretched 38-17 loss in Dallas was followed by [Jim] Mora's fiery threat that all jobs were in jeopardy -- backed up by canning the roster's three least-relevant players -- the Seahawks were figured ready to unleash the dragons. Instead ... chihuahuas."

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times charts David Hawthorne's progress as the Seahawks' middle linebacker without Lofa Tatupu. Brewer: "Since that breakout game against Chicago, Hawthorne has been a consistent force, Tatupu has fallen victim to a season-ending injury, and the Seahawks have managed to get by without their most valuable defensive player. Hawthorne continued his fine play Sunday with a nine-tackle, two-interception performance in the Seahawks' nerve-wracking 32-20 comeback victory over Detroit."

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks needed everything Matt Hasselbeck could muster to beat the Lions. A bad win, indeed.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Matthew Stafford had thrown 11 interceptions in six games before tossing five against Seattle.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune says Hawthorne has emerged as "one of the few pleasant surprises" during a down season for the Seahawks.

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune says Hasselbeck's anger fueled his comeback from a poor start.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Mora's failed fourth-and-1 gamble might have provided a spark for Seattle.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune couldn't recall hearing louder boos for the home team since Qwest Field opened as Seahawks Stadium in 2002. Boling: "Considering how grotesque it looked in the first period, when the Seahawks were behind 17-0, when it appeared that they deserved to relinquish their league membership, this was an important comeback. At least in the short run. Considering the very possible alternative."

John Morgan of Field Gulls says remaking the Seattle offense will be a struggle. Morgan: "Hasselbeck played like the aging game manager I think he now is. Seattle won around him, but mostly because of Stafford's five interceptions. ... It didn't win because of him. Hasselbeck dinked and dunked against the 30th ranked pass defense. He stared at his wide receivers like there wasn't a throw he could make. Hasselbeck checked down like he was facing a gifted young secondary. He was facing Kevin Hobbs. Today wasn't fun but it was a win. Remaking this offense will be a struggle, but it can't be pushed back anymore. The defense is starting to click. The Seahawks are branching two directions. The team is getting better as a whole, but worse at critical positions."

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