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Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune dissects the Seahawks' blowout defeat at home to the Eagles. He saw a poorly prepared team trying hard to overcome mistake after mistake. The defeat ends any thought of making a postseason run.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune says the 12th Man came out in force, but the Seahawks had trouble getting the 11th man on the field more than once.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says there's plenty of blame to go around following Seattle's latest defeat. Dropped passes in key situations hurt as much as anything.

Also from Williams: A look at Koren Robinson's 90-yard reception, plus a note on rookie fullback Owen Schmitt playing well.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says any optimism following a victory at San Francisco dissipated during this performance.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer names the Eagles' Donovan McNabb the player of the game despite a confusing start to the game.

Also from Farnsworth: The Seahawks are 1-3 at home this season after losing four games at Qwest Field over the previous three seasons.

Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with Robinson after the Seattle receiver provided a 90-yard touchdown reception on the Seahawks' first offensive play. Bobby Engram threw a key block well downfield.

Also from Johns: The Seahawks couldn't stop Brent Celek? Really?

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says Mike Holmgren gave what sounded like a concession speech following the game.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times counts the ways sloppy play marked the Seattle defeat.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times quotes Robinson as saying he can still play. "And I say that humbly," Robinson said.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says injuries are now striking the Seahawks on defense, with Patrick Kerney and Lofa Tatupu missing the game.

Also from Johnson: Robinson's long touchdown flooded his mind with emotions. It's been a long road back for the 2001 first-round draft choice.

Seahawks appear halfway to 4-12

November, 2, 2008
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 Seattle quarterback Seneca Wallace provided the sole highlight for the Seahawks with an early 90-yard pass to Koren Robinson.

SEATTLE -- No one could have forecast Seneca Wallace and Koren Robinson combining for the longest play from scrimmage in Seattle Seahawks history.

Their shocking 90-yard touchdown on Seattle's first offensive play Sunday made Wallace-to-Robinson the answer to a Seahawks trivia question.

The answers to more meaningful questions remain far more predictable for Seattle.

The Seahawks' 26-7 loss at home to the Philadelphia Eagles dropped their record to 2-6, but this feels more like halfway to 4-12.

"They're trying hard," coach Mike Holmgren said. "It breaks my heart."

The glass isn't half full or half empty in Seattle. It's lying on the ground in pieces.

Injuries prevented prominent starters Matt Hasselbeck, Nate Burleson, Deion Branch, Leonard Weaver, Lofa Tatupu and Patrick Kerney from playing for Seattle.

Of those, only Weaver, the fullback, and possibly Kerney, the Pro Bowl defensive end, appear likely to return this season and contribute near full capacity.

Bouncing back from 2-6 would be difficult even if Holmgren could somehow heal his injured charges. Recent history says this team is doomed.

Thirty teams started with 2-6 records from 2001 through last season. Twenty-five of them finished 6-10 or worse. Three made it to 7-9. Two made it to 8-8.

Ten of the 30 finished 4-12.

The Seahawks face a 10 a.m. PT start at Miami in Week 10. They return home to face the 5-3 Arizona Cardinals and 6-2 Washington Redskins, followed by a road trip to Dallas and a home game against New England.

Two and 11 is more likely than the Seahawks would ever admit.

None of them ever could have imagined this.

"Never in my wildest dreams," Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant said. "For the six years I've been here, it's been nothing but great feelings around here. We've been winning a lot of games.

"This is different to a lot of guys on this team. We're just trying to figure this thing out."

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SEATTLE -- The Seahawks' free fall into oblivion, interrupted briefly by a Week 8 victory in San Francisco, resumed in a big way at Qwest Field.

Seneca Wallace's 90-yard scoring strike to Koren Robinson set a misleading tone for the Seahawks. Their shortcomings, many related to injuries, slowly but steadily doomed them to their sixth defeat in eight games.

It's tough envisioning a way for Seattle to reverse its current slide without injured starters Matt Hasselbeck, Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, Patrick Kerney and Lofa Tatupu. Even fullback Leonard Weaver missed the game Sunday, a foot injury sidelining him after a 116-yard receiving performance against the 49ers.

This isn't about intensity or grit for Seattle. This isn't about Mike Holmgren having one foot out the door. The Seahawks are simply overmatched against good teams. Expect more results like this one, interrupted by the occasional victory, as the season progresses.

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Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are in uncharted territory, attempting to tighten their grip on the division race at midseason.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals are opening an important three-game tour of the NFC West. They face the Rams, 49ers and Seahawks.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune quotes Kurt Warner as saying he might be playing as well as he ever has.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams face a make-or-break game against the Cardinals.

Also from Korte: Grant Wistrom and other former Rams players will be in attendance when the team honors Dick Vermeil at the Edward Jones Dome.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sizes up the Rams' chances in the NFC West if they beat the Cardinals. Coach Jim Haslett hasn't said much to the players about it. They know.

Also from Thomas: Rams guard Richie Incognito and Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett don't like one another very much. They'll match up again in Week 9. Incognito is coming off his best game of the season.

More from Thomas: Both passing games have the edge in this matchup.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at the Cardinals' ability to win without leaning on the ground game. Arizona ran the ball fairly well at times this season, particularly against the 49ers in the opener. But this is a pass-happy team right now.

Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle says Mike Singletary is missing the point if he thinks intensity is the problem for the 49ers. As evidence, Ostler quotes the late Bill Walsh, who said execution is the key and intensity is overrated.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle takes an in-depth look at Jed York's rise as 49ers owner. York says general manager Scot McCloughan is part of the team's long-term future, but the story doesn't say much about Singletary's future.

Also from FitzGerald: Eddie DeBartolo gives his nephew a vote of confidence as 49ers owner.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says it's easy finding Jeff Ulbrich's car at 49ers headquarters. It's the only Prius in the lot.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee gives the 49ers an "A" grade on special teams to this point, but the overall grade is a "D" after a 2-6 start.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat names Frank Gore and Patrick Willis as the 49ers' most valuable players after eight games. J.T. O'Sullivan and Manny Lawson are the biggest disappointments. The pass Seattle's Josh Wilson returned for a touchdown stands out as the worst play of the season so far.

Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe polls players and coaches as to whether Singletary's approach has staying power. Former linebacker Chad Brown thinks a veteran team wouldn't be as receptive.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune quotes "Dumb and Dumber" in making a case for the Seahawks possibly earning a playoff berth this season.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune applauds Singletary's unconventional tactics, figuring the coach is in a lose-lose situation, so he might as well try something new.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times previews the Eagles-Seahawks game, noting that the Eagles have been far more effective in turnover differential.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Singletary was exposed as a coach even before dropping his drawers at halftime. Specifically, the decision to go for it on fourth down before halftime backfired.

Also from O'Neil: The Seahawks need a boost from their home crowd to hang with the Eagles.

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Arizona Cardinals (4-3) at St. Louis Rams (2-5), 1 p.m. ET
The division race pretty much ends if the Cardinals win this game and the Seahawks lose at home to the Eagles. Arizona hasn't had this much at stake in a road game all season. How the Cardinals respond -- against a resurgent but probably inferior opponent -- tells us whether Arizona is ready to take the next important step in its growth.

The Rams' familiarity with Kurt Warner and the Arizona offense helps their cause, particularly if defensive end Leonard Little is healthy enough to play. Coach Jim Haslett told reporters Friday that he felt better about Little being able to fight through a hamstring injury. Little lasted not quite two quarters against New England, however, and his durability is a concern.

Warner and friends might be able to win this game for Arizona through the air, but the Cardinals will need their ground game for balance as the season progresses. The Rams have shown they can run the ball even without Steven Jackson. That's why a lower-scoring game could favor the Rams, particularly if that pass rush gets to Warner.

Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) at Seattle Seahawks (2-5), 4:15 p.m. ET
Coach Mike Holmgren says the Seahawks have decided to go down swinging. That beats the play-it-safe offensive philosophy that made Seattle so predictably boring in defeat after losing quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and several receivers to injury.

And yet, the prognosis remains guarded even following a blowout victory at San Francisco in Week 8. The Eagles have the pass rush and personnel in the secondary to make life tough for Seneca Wallace and the Seahawks' remaining receivers.

Seattle might have had a hard time beating Philadelphia even with Hasselbeck, Deion Branch, Nate Burleson and leading pass-rusher Patrick Kerney available. All four will miss the game, and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu is hurting.

On defense, the Seahawks have allowed 14 pass plays of at least 30 yards, tied with the Lions for most in the league. The Eagles' DeSean Jackson will likely add to that total.

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