November 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM
The Seahawks' injury situation is posted below.
Here's a link to San Francisco's, with the main news being that right tackle Anthony Davis has been ruled out with a concussion, meaning Jonathan Martin will get the start, instead. Here's another take on what that might mean for the 49ers.
Pro Football Focus doesn't view it as a huge dropoff, rating Davis 52nd among all tackles this season and Martin 57th (Seattle's Russell Okung is 30th and Justin Britt is 62nd by way of comparison).
November 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM
Here's our video previewing the Seattle-San Francisco game with a special guest:
November 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM
Here's the transcript of what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media today:
(On the short week and if the excitement of Thanksgiving week helped with preparation) Yes, this has been a fun week, having to bounce right back and adjust the schedule and get cranked up for a tremendous opportunity playing on Thanksgiving and all of that. We’re very fortunate. Our guys had a great time with it. They’re pumped up. Really, they forgot they played a game and got going in practice yesterday. You would never think that you could get back that quick so they did a nice job. We’re ready to go. We’re looking forward to it.
(On if he would like to use last week’s type of play as a spring board for this next game) We would like to carry on. We would like to carry on with the feeling that we played with last week and we have a lot of areas to get better and improve at. That’s at hand right now. We have to keep improving throughout the schedule and there were some areas that were really clear but we would like to pick up where we left off. We would like to do that.
(On if there is a lot that can be different each time when you play the same team a lot) Yeah, there really is. The coaches, we have a lot of opportunity and flexibility to do stuff as they do too and as we learned, we always keep progressing hopefully so the games don’t come out the same necessarily at all but we know it’s going to be hard fought. We know it’s a very tough matchup. We have a lot of respect and so those parts of it will certainly be there.
(On Marshawn Lynch) He had a really good week. The tempo really helped him get through and he came out of last week feeling pretty good so he’s in good shape for this week.
(On how much further along Lemuel Jeanpierre is this week compared to last week) He seems to be back in the groove. He seems to be very comfortable. He’s ready to play. He will play more than he did last week.
(On James Carpenter) Carpenter has a chance to get back in there. He had a good week. He was able to do everything in the short week. Like we said last week, he was so close to playing. I think the move to hold him out gave him a shoo-in to be able to play for us this week.
(On now having multiple players who can rotate into Max Unger’s spot) Yeah, it does. It does help us. Whenever you’re challenged like this, Alvin Bailey’s challenge is to move around and to do some different things for us; it just makes us better and gives us more flexibility. Patrick [Lewis] did a really nice job last week and we’re comfortable with him playing as well as Lemuel.
(On Cooper Helfet) Cooper is not traveling. He’s out for this game.
(On Kevin Pierre-Louis’s status) We’re just going to go next week and keep checking and see how he improves and see if we can make some progress – enough to determine if he can stay with us for the rest of the year.
(On if he has any theories on why they are so successful at playing primetime games) We take these games very seriously, like we always do. We have a way that we prepare that has worked out. Hopefully it can work out one more time.
(On Kam Chancellor getting NFC defensive player of the week) Yeah, I think that’s probably a recognition for the play of the whole group and he would probably be the first to tell you that. He did play really well. He felt the best he’s felt all season and you can tell. You can see it in his play and that was recognized so we’re really fired up for that kind of attention for him.
(On Demarcus Dobbs) He’s working out as we speak. We’re planning on him playing. He made it through some practice time enough but we will still wait until game time to make the final decision.
(Closing) Happy Thanksgiving everybody. Have a great weekend. We’re really fortunate to be playing and be a part of everybody’s Thanksgiving so we’re hopefully going to do a great job. But really, send it out everywhere and it’s a very meaningful time of year. We’re really happy to be in the middle of it all so we’re going to have a lot of fun with it. Happy Thanksgiving.
November 26, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: Marshawn Lynch "had a really good week'' but Cooper Helfet will miss 49ers game
The Seahawks are off the field following their final practice before flying down to the Bay Area for Thursday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Coach Pete Carroll said the team as a whole bounced back well physically from the Arizona game.
Specifically, Carroll said running back Marshawn Lynch "had a really good week'' of practice and there is no question that he will play against the 49ers.
"The tempo really helped him get through and he came out of last week feeling pretty good,'' Carroll said. "So he's in good shape this week.''
The news is not as good for tight end Cooper Helfet, who sprained his ankle late in the 19-3 win over Arizona. Carroll said he would not make the trip.
Also having a good week of practice was left guard James Carpenter, who could return to the starting lineup after missing the last three games with a sprained ankle. Carroll would't commit to Carpenter starting but said the extra week made it "a shoo-in'' that he will be ready to play.
And there appears a good chance that Lemuel Jeanpierre will start at center in his second week since returning to the team. Jeanpierre did not play on offense last week (he did get in on special teams) with Patrick Lewis going all the way at center.
Carroll also strongly hinted that Jeanpierre will start, without exactly saying so. "He seems to be back in the groove,'' Carroll said. "He'll play more than he did last week.''
DT Demarcus Dobbs was going through a post-practice workout as Carroll met the media. But Carroll said Dobbs nursing a knee injury, should be able to play.
Carroll also said there was no decision yet on rookie LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, who won't play this week due to a shoulder injury suffered against Kansas City. Carroll hinted earlier in the week that he could be headed to Injured Reserve. But Carroll said they will "keep checking'' on him next week and see if he improves enough to the point that the team thinks he can play this year.
UPDATE --- Seattle's official injury report listed Max Unger, Pierre-Louis and Helfet as out and Dobbs and CB Jeremy Lane (groin) as questionable. Everyone else was probable or better.
Here's video of Carroll talking today (the clanking sounds you hear is Dobbs working out):
November 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM
The referee for Thursday's Seattle-San Francisco game is Tony Corrente, according to FootballZebras.com.
That's the same Tony Corrente who bowed out as the head of Pac-12 officiating in October.
Corrente has been an NFL official since 1999 and has done three Seahawks games during the Pete Carroll era. Seattle is 1-2 in those games, winning at Houston last year and losing home games against Cincinnati in 2011 and Kansas City in 2010.
Omiously, a Google search of Corrente and "flag-happy'' yields no shortage of responses, though ESPN's weekly officiating update shows that Corrente's crew is middle-of-the-pack this year in throwing flags, at 16.5 penalties per game.
November 26, 2014 at 9:38 AM
November 26, 2014 at 8:04 AM
Here's our weekly roundup of updated NFL power rankings from national media and major newspapers. The Seahawks made the biggest jump in the league, as high as No. 4 in one ranking, but the San Francisco 49ers are lurking not far behind.
November 26, 2014 at 7:50 AM
Seattle safety Kam Chancellor was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the team's 19-3 win over Arizona Sunday.
It is the second time this year he has won the award, the other coming following the week three win over Denver.
Chancellor led the Seahawks with seven solo tackles and had eight total as Seattle held Arizona to 204 total yards, the lowest this year against a Seahawks' opponent.
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