Around the NFC West: Hawks find groove

September, 22, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune singles out Matt Hasselbeck's downfield block as a signature play in the Seahawks' blowout victory over the Rams in Week 3.

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times said the Seattle defensive backs rediscovered their swagger against the Rams after giving up big plays in previous weeks.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks' victory excludes them from discussions about hapless teams around the league.

More from O'Neil: Linebacker Leroy Hill was one of the Seahawks' players of the game, finishing with 11 tackles.

And this: Seattle telegraphed a running play by having Sean Locklear line up as the third tight end, but the Rams were still helpless to stop the play.

O'Neil and Jose Romero check in with Seattle receiver Michael Bumpus, who scored a touchdown and plans to give the ball to his mother.

Also from Romero: Mike Holmgren was happy with the victory because all aspects of the team contributed.

Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks finally figured out how to use T.J. Duckett. If only they could play the Rams every week.

Also from Thiel: Hasselbeck and the offense draw inspiration from "smashmouth" plays.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Seattle safety Deon Grant was "extra fired up" against the Rams because he was seeking redemption.

Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Seattle fans threw peanut shells at Rams kicker Josh Brown, who wasn't surprised by the reaction.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks' offensive line loves the commitment to the ground game. Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack said he would run on every play if the coaches would let him.

Williams and Frank Hughes assess the Seahawks' improvement on defense. The Rams had only 240 total yards.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune was too busy watching Bumpus and Billy McMullen shred the Rams' defense to miss Deion Branch, Bobby Engram or Nate Burleson.

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