Sunday, September 22, 2013
Seahawks up 2 games on rest of NFC West
By Terry Blount
SEATTLE -- Three games into the season and the Seattle Seahawks have a two-game lead over the field in the NFC West. And that includes the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers now have lost two in a row, first 29-3 at Seattle before a surprising 27-7 defeat Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts.
That’s a little bonus none of the Seahawks expected after their 45-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars to go 3-0.
“Yeah, I saw where my man Andrew [Luck, Colts quarterback] helped us out today," said Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin. “I’m very excited about that. It’s good for us.”
Baldwin played with Luck at Stanford, but the Seahawks will face Luck and the Colts in two weeks at Indianapolis.
For now, it’s nice to have a two-game cushion over the other three teams in the division, the St. Louis Rams, the Arizona Cardinals and the 49ers, all of whom are 1-2.
“It’s a big day for us with the other teams struggling,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “I’m glad we could take advantage of the opportunity.”
The players didn't want to make too big a deal out of their 2-game lead.
“It’s good for us, but we have a lot of games to play,” said quarterback Russell Wilson. “The biggest thing for us is to focus on playing our best football every game. We have to focus on a championship mentality no matter what.”
Even cornerback Richard Sherman wouldn’t take the bait to rip on the 49ers.
“It’s early and anything can happen,” Sherman said. “It’s always about what you do in November and December that counts.”