Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander, G Steve Hutchinson and T Walter Jones were selected to represent the club in the 2005 Pro Bowl, it was announced by the NFL Wednesday.
Alexander is the NFC’s leading rusher with a career high 1,462 yards and is second in the conference with 1,617 yards from scrimmage. He also leads the NFC in scoring (96), rushing touchdowns (12), and total touchdowns (16).
Alexander, who tied a Pro Bowl record with three total touchdowns last season in his first appearance, became the first player in NFL history to score 15 total touchdowns in four consecutive seasons. This season, he and San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson joined Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson and Walter Payton as the only backs in League history to rush for 10 or more touchdowns in four consecutive seasons.
Alexander has totaled 58 career rushing touchdowns and this year eclipsed Curt Warner’s franchise record of 55.
For Jones, this will mark his fourth consecutive trip to the NFL’s annual all-star game, fifth overall (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004). Jones was the first and only Seattle offensive lineman to have ever been selected to participate in the Pro Bowl until Steve Hutchinson joined him in Hawaii last season. His fifth selection ties him with Kenny Easley for the third-most in team history behind Cortez Kennedy (8) and Steve Largent (7).
This will mark Hutchinson’s second consecutive trip to Hawaii.
Hutchinson and Jones have started all 14 games this season and have served as the foundation for the NFL’s seventh-ranked offense. They have helped put Alexander in a position to break the franchise’s rushing record. He needs just 84 yards to break Chris Warren’s 1994 record of 1,545. The two have also helped Alexander rush for 150 or more yards four times this season including a season-high 195 versus Carolina (10/31).
When running behind Hutchinson and Jones, Seattle has gained 631 yards on 103 attempts (6.1 avg.). No other left side in the NFL has been as productive. New England has the next best total running left having gained 580 yards on 23 more attempts (4.6 avg.). Seattle is only one of three teams in the NFL to average better than 6 yards running left.
Seahawks K Josh Brown, QB Matt Hasselbeck, CB Ken Lucas and FB Mack Strong are alternates and will make the trip if a selected player is injured or chooses not to play.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Monday, December 13, 2004
Enough with losing the late leads. The Seahawks made the big plays down the stretch when they needed them to hang for a 27-23 win against the Vikings.
The play of the game has to go to Michael Boulware's interception of a Randy Moss pass into the endzone that snuffed a potential go-ahead touchdown with a little over two minutes to play. The rookie strong safety, making his first start of the season for the Seahawks, leaped in front of intended receiver Marcus Robinson for the snatch and came down with his fifth pick of the season.
The player of the game has to go to Darrell Jackson. Jackson learned before the game that his father had passed away from cancer, yet elected to go ahead and play in what turned out to be one of his best games of the season. Jackson had 10 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown, and one can only imagine the level of concentration after losing a parent.
"I talked to him before the game and said 'you don't have to play', and he said 'no, I need to'," said Mike Holmgren. "I think it's going to hit him in the next couple of days."
"It wasn't a tough decision to play," said Jackson. "It's what my father would've wanted."
The win for Seattle, now 7-6, gives them a one-game lead atop the NFC West over St. Louis (6-7), who lost 20-7 at Carolina.
The Seahawks defined the term "gut check" in their performance. Facing one of the NFL's top offenses, a patch-work defense held quarterback Daunte Culpepper and the Vikings in check, while Matt Hasselbeck turned in another outstanding effort in leading the offense with three touchdown passes in the first half.
Hasselbeck attributes his good performance to being healthy again. "It's nice to have your legs back and be able to run around and push off when you throw," said Hasselbeck afterwards."
The Seahawks injury list took another hit on defense, with Grant Wistrom suffering a sprained left knee late in the fourth quarter. Wistrom had to be helped off the field and was carted to the locker room for examination.
The Seahawks offensive line played without Steve Hutchinson, who was sidelined with the flu, and Chris Terry, who is out for the year with a shoulder injury. Jerry Wunsch stepped in for Hutchinson at left guard and Floyd Womack took over for Terry at right tackle. The substitutions didn't hurt the team's ground game, with Shaun Alexander gaining 112 yards on 27 carries, and the offense gained 455 total yards to 374 for the Vikings.
The game didn't have a great start for the Seahawks, who found themselves in an early 10-0 hole in the first quarter. After the Vikings scored on a field goal, the Seahawks had a chance to tie the game on a 38-yard field goal. But Josh Brown hooked it and the ball sailed wide left, breaking a streak of 16-consecutive field goals made this season.
Minnesota answered with a 6-play drive that saw Marcus Trufant whistled for pass interference on the first play, a 31-yard penalty that put the ball at the Seattle 41. Five plays later Ontario Smith's 5-yard run into the endzone increased the Vikings' lead to 10-0.
The Seahawks used a very efficient offense in their next two possessions. The first was a 6-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Hasselbeck's 35-yard strike to a wide open Bobby Engram, who sailed untouched into the endzone. 10-7 Vikings entering the second quarter.
Hasselbeck was 4-for-4 passing in the next possession, hitting Alexander with a 12-yard touchdown completion for a 14-10 Seattle lead. The drive was highlighted by a 36-yard completion to tight end Ryan Hannam to the Vikings 12.
Minnesota answered with a field goal, and then got the ball back when cornerback Brian Williams intercepted a Hasselbeck pass intended for Jackson at the Seattle 49. The Vikings used a 10-play drive that ended with a 3-yard pass to Randy Moss in the endzone to take a 20-14 lead.
A 37-yard kick return by Maurice Morris to the Seattle 40 helped set up another quick touchdown drive. Hasselbeck was 3-for-3 for 46 yards on that drive, with his 19-yard pass to a wide-open Jackson in the endzone giving the Seahawks a 21-20 lead at halftime.
The third quarter saw the Vikings get their second interception of the game, this time free safety Brian Russells picked off a pass intended for Jerheme Urban and returned it to the Seattle 41. Minnesota converted the turnover into an eventual 31-yard field goal to take a 23-21 lead.
The Seahawks came back with a 9-play, 60-yard drive, with Josh Brown's 33-yard field goal putting the Seahawks back on top 24-23.
And the 'Hawks defense would make sure that lead would stick.
Both teams would trade possessions entering the fourth quarter, and the Seahawks forced a break their way when Niko Koutouvides pressured Culpepper on the snap at the Minnesota 26, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Rashad Moore. The Seahawks then burned nearly three minutes off the clock, and a 28-yard field goal extended the lead to 27-23.
The Vikings got a break on their following drive when Seahawks free safety Marquand Manuel was called for defensive pass interference in an incompletion to Randy Moss. That spotted the ball at the Seattle 31 with under three minutes to play. Michael Bennet's 11-yard run up the middle to the 20 gave the Vikings a first down with barely two minutes remaining.
Time enough for Michael Boulware to shut down any scoring threat.
Boulware perfectly read Randy Moss' pass into the endzone and timed his leap for the clean interception, giving the Seahawks the ball at their own 20 with a little over two minutes to play.
"This will give us confidence," said Boulware. "We've been down, but we know that we'll never give up."
Facing a 3rd and 7 at their own 23, the Vikings expected the run while the Seahawks elected for the pass, with Hasselbeck's 37-yard bomb finding Darrell Jackson in stride down the right sideline for a huge first down.
"Mike called a huge play; they were expecting a run and we made a huge play," said Hasselbeck on Holmgren's call for the 3rd-down pass. "We've been in situations this year where we've played conservative and it's come back to bite us."
The Seahawks kept the ball on the ground to eat up the clock and punted away with under a minute remaining in the game.
The Vikings were out of timeouts and used a hurry-up offense to pull to the Seattle 28. Culpepper spiked the ball with four seconds to play, and on the final play he was brought down by Antonio Cochran to end the game. Culpepper got up and threw an incompletion into the endzone to Jermaine Wiggins, but Culpepper's knee had touched the ground prior to the throw.
"It happened right in front of me," said Holmgren on the final play. "I saw Culpepper go down and I ran out there and hugged Cochran. The referee was close to me and I heard him say 'game over'."
And as topsy turvy as the season has been for the Seahawks, it's really no surprise that they come away with the win. Last week they lose a heartbreaker they were favored to win. This week they win a shootout in which they were the underdog.
The Seahawks locker room was a very happy place following the game.
"It would be louder in there if everyone wasn't so 'danged tired," said Holmgren afterwards.
"I'm very, very proud of the players."
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Monday Night Football returns to the Emerald City this week when the Seahawks (6-5) host the Dallas Cowboys (4-7) on December 6. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. (PT).
Despite losing to the Bills last week, Seattle remains atop the NFC West after St. Louis dropped to 5-6 on Monday Night after losing to the Green Bay Packers 45-17.
This will mark the Seahawks' 20th appearance on Monday Night Football and their first appearance against the Cowboys. The Seahawks are 12-7 all-time on Monday night, including losses in their last two prime time appearances.
The Seahawks have never lost more than two consecutive games on Monday Night Football in their 19 appearances. Seattle last hosted Monday’s prime-time audience on October 14, 2002, in a game against San Francisco, which the 49ers won 28-21.
The last time Seattle hosted a Monday Night game before 2002 was November 30, 1992, when the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 16-13 in overtime.
The Seahawks did not play on Monday Night from 1993-98, but returned on November 1, 1999, when they traveled to Green Bay and won 27-7. That win capped a five-game Monday Night Football win streak from 1988 to 1999. The Seahawks lost an October 2, 2000 matchup at Kansas City by a 24-17 final score.
The Cowboys trail only the Miami Dolphins (70) with 64 all-time Monday Night Football appearances and are 37-27 in those games.
This will be the ninth all-time meeting between Seattle and Dallas, with the Cowboys holding a 5-3 advantage.
Seattle has won the last two contests in the series with a 17-14 win at Dallas on October 27, 2002, and a 29-3 win at Seattle’s Husky Stadium on December 16, 2001.
Before the 2001 meeting at Husky Stadium, the Seahawks played three consecutive games at Texas Stadium, notching a 31-14 win on November 27, 1986, before dropping two games in 1992 and 1998.
Before that 1986 Seahawks win, the Cowboys won the first three all-time games played in 1976, 1980 and 1983.
Monday, November 08, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Remember that Seahawks team a year ago that used to run and throw the ball up and down the field and seemingly scored at will? That high-powered offense made a welcome return Sunday, and San Francisco found out about it the hard way in a 42-27 Seattle win.
This was a Seattle team fit for it's own episode of MASH coming into the game after a recent bout of injuries. But credit the toughness of some hobbled veterans and the depth on the roster for some inspiring play.
"That's the kind of commitment the players have made to the team and their teammates," said Matt Hasselbeck on the walking wounded. "The mental toughness is inspiring."
Matt Hasselbeck's hot arm garnered him a 130.8 quarterback rating for the day while completing 17 of 28 pass attempts for 285 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Shaun Alexander had a sub-par day on the ground compared to last week's 195-yard outing. But his 160 yards on 26 carries (6.2 yards/carry average) was the key to the Seahawks putting together a number of long scoring drives.
Even Jerheme Urban, called up from the practice squad last week, caught two passes for 50 yards: the first good for 17 yards in the second quarter, and topped by a 33-yard reception in the third quarter. Both plays were key parts of two touchdown drives by the Seahawks.
Hasselbeck connected with 8 different receivers during the course of the game, with Jackson the high man with 5 receptions for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jerry Rice received a warm ovation from the fans in his return to the stadium that made him famous, and he caught one pass for 5 yards.
The Hawks once again used the run and pass combo to great affect, putting together a 15-play, 86-yard drive in the second quarter that resulted in Alexander's first touchdown. The 7 minute, 29 second drive ate up half of the quarter clock.
"We run right at people, and after I get in the hole I become an athlete," said Alexander on his carries. "I think the power game is easier if you know you're going to get the ball again. It's easier to pound it in there."
But the drive of the season came in the third quarter with the Seahawks pinned back on their own six yard line. Facing a 3th & 10, Mike Holmgren dialed up a running play for Alexander, who broke loose for a 13-yard carry off left tackle to get the Seahawks out of trouble. "I think it was a great call that Mike made," said Hasselbeck on Alexander's 13-yard carry. "They played soft and rushed four, and we worked on that play in training camp and it's paying off."
Alexander followed with three successive carries of 9, 9 and 7 yards to put the Hawks at their own 44, and Hasselbeck followed with a 17-yard completion to tight end Ryan Hannam, yes, Ryan Hannam, to spot the ball at the 49ers 40. Facing a 3rd & 9 from the 39, Hasselbeck rifled a bomb down the right sideline for Koren Robinson, who ducked the defender and raced down the sideline for his first touchdown of the season. 94 yards in 11 plays.
The game didn't start off well for the Seahawks, or Hasselbeck for that matter, who was sacked twice on the first possession for a quick three and out. "They came with pressure early, and that happens sometimes," said Hasselbeck on the opening drive. "We made some adjustments at halftime and then it wasn't a problem."
A 27-yard punt by Donnie Jones gave the 49ers good field position at the Seahawks 21. Running back Kevin Barlow accounted for all the yardage in a 3-play scoring drive to put the 49ers on the board 7-0.
Both teams traded possessions, and a 27-yard punt by the 49ers had the Seahawks set up at the San Francisco 33. Alexander was stopped for no gain on the first play, and on 2nd & 10 Hasselbeck hooked up on a 33-yard pass to Darrell Jackson down the middle to tie the game at 7.
"The guys in the training room did a great job getting me ready," said Jackson on his recovery from the ankle sprain he suffered in the Carolina game. "It's a little sore now, but it will get better."
The 49ers came back with a 69-yard drive, and quarterback Tim Rattay's 28-yard touchdown pass to receiver Curtis Conway put them back on top 14-7.
The Seahawks got a scare early in the second quarter when Ken Lucas landed awkwardly on his chest while defending a play, and was later placed on a cart and sent to the locker room. "He'll be in the hospital overnight, he has a chest contusion," said Mike Holmgren on the cornerback. "We'll say a prayer for him, and he should be alright."
Both teams traded possessions, and then the Seahawks put together their 86-yard scoring drive, with Alexander's 1-yard carry at the end to tie the score at 14.
Three carries by Barlow netted 8 yards, and the Seahawks got the ball back with 4:33 remaining in the first half. Seattle's drive appeared to stall at the 49ers 39 when a Hasselbeck pass to Robinson fell incomplete. But a pass interference call on defender Shawntae Spencer spotted the ball at the 25. On the following play, Hasselbeck hit Jackson with a 21-yard completion down the right sideline to the 4, and Alexander followed with a 4-yard carry into the endzone to put Seattle on top 21-14.
"Our offensive line is really putting it together now, and I'm so proud of those guys," said Alexander on the blocks and holes he was getting. "We've been putting together good games and drives, and our passing game opened it up for us today."
The 49ers ran their two-minute offense to pull to the Seattle 9 with 11 seconds remaining, and Tod Peterson's 27-yard field goal made it a 21-17 game at the half.
San Francisco drew first blood in the third quarter with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Rattay to receiver Brandon Lloyd for a 24-21 49ers lead.
The following possession had the Seahawks offense barely on the field. Starting from the Seattle 27, Hasselbeck hit Jerheme Urban up the middle with a 33-yard completion to the SF 40. Hasselbeck followed with a 15-yard completion to Jerramy Stevens to the 25, and then came the coup de grace: a 25-yard touchdown pass to Koren Robinson for a 28-24 Seattle lead. Hasselbeck was 3 for 3 for 73 yards on the drive, and he wasn't done yet.
The Hawks put together their 94-yard scoring drive with a little over 6 minutes to play in the third quarter. Alexander accounted for 39 yards of it on 5 carries, and Hasselbeck's 39-yard touchdown pass to Robinson capped the 11-play drive for a 35-24 Seahawks lead.
Tod Peterson's 30-yard field goal closed the gap to 35-27 with 11 minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks next possession got as close as the SF 47 followed by a punt, with Maurice Hicks muffing the catch and then tackled by Tracy White at the 15.
In the sequence that followed, Anthony Simmons describes how he sealed the win for Seattle:
"He didn't see me, and I saw the 'outside flood', as we call it, and we ran zone pressure. I cut underneath the tight end and made the play."
Simmons' description of his interception and 23-yard touchdown return off a Rattay pass intended for receiver Cedric Wilson effectively broke the 49ers' back, as the Seahawks hang on for a 42-27 final score. The Hawks have now had at least one interception in each of their last 13 games.
"It was a wild one, and we feel very good," said Holmgren following the game. "I'm staying with plays a little bit longer, and I sense we have a pretty good thing going now."
Shaun Alexander topped the 5,000 yards rushing mark for his career, and is now in third place on the Seahawks' all-time list behind Chris Warren (6,706) and Curt Warner (6,705).
Seattle has now swept the 49ers for the second-straight year and are now 6-6 in the all-time series. More good news for Seattle: with St. Louis losing at home to New England 40-22, the Hawks now have a 1-game lead atop the NFC West over the Rams. And the Seahawks have a score to settle with those very same Rams on the road next week.
The Seahawks totaled 453 yards of offense: 269 passing and 184 rushing, with 26 first downs and a 9-for-14 3rd-down conversion rate. The 42-point total tops the 41 scored in last year's 44-41 overtime lost at Baltimore, and was six short of the 48 scored against Minnesota on Sept. 29, 2002 at Qwest Field.
The 5-3 Seahawks now prepare for a divisional showdown next Sunday against the 4-4 Rams, who have lost two of their last three games at home.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Fresh off a 34-0 drubbing of division rival San Francisco and climbing to a record of 3-0, the Seahawks get a chance to take some time off and see how the rest of the NFC West does on their bye week. It's scary to think what the coaches will think of in two weeks to improve on one of the NFL's best offenses and defenses. Running back Shaun Alexander has six touchdowns just by himself, which is more than the Dolphins and Cardinals put together. And cornerback Ken Lucas is fresh off a Player of the Week performance. It's good to be a Seahawk right now. "In a perfect world you would like to keep playing," said coach Mike Holmgren.
Monday, September 27, 2004
With the Seahawks rollin' at 3-0, one an only expect to have high expectations for the outcome of are season this year. We have sole possession of first place in the NFC west with a commanding lead over the Rams, Niners, and Cards.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Sunday, September 05, 2004
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooo, anybody else ready for some football?!? I am: they'll be in bayou country, facing the Saints Septemeber 12, and I'll be in my living room in front of the TV with a few cold ones and some pizza.
Monday, August 30, 2004
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Monday Practice Schedule:
Morning: 8:45 am; Afternoon: 2:00 pm
Monday's High Temperature:
Morning: 57F; Afternoon: 66F
Tuesday Practice Schedule:
Morning: 8:45 am; Afternoon: 2:45 pm
Notes: Afternoon practice was for special teams...the Seahawks have one more full day of practice on Tuesday and will break camp following a short practice Wednesday morning.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren returned to his old stomping ground in Green Bay and came away with a victory. The Seahawks, led by fourth-string QB Seneca Wallace, defeated the Packers 21-3 in their preseason opener. With Seattle's No. 2 and 3 quarterbacks sidelined with injuries, Wallace replaced starter Matt Hasselbeck in the first quarter and took full advantage of his opportunity. He played most of the game and displayed the rifle arm and poise he has showed in practice. Wallace finished 14 of 26 for 135 yards and tossed a touchdown. "We caught lots of passes and ran a little bit," head coach Mike Holmgren said. "So we put some things together offensively."
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Date Opponent Time/Result
Aug. 16 at Green Bay 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 21 Denver 10:00 p.m.
Aug. 27 at San Diego 10:00 p.m.
Sept. 2 Minnesota 9:00 p.m.
Date Opponent Result
Sept. 12 at New Orleans 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Tampa Bay 4:05 p.m.
Sept. 26 San Francisco 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 3 Open Date
Oct. 10 St. Louis 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 17 at New England 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 at Arizona 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 31 Carolina 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 7 at San Francisco 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 14 at St. Louis 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 21 Miami 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 28 Buffalo 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 6 Dallas 9:00 p.m.
Dec. 12 at Minnesota 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 19 at New York Jets 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 26 Arizona 4:15 p.m.
Jan. 2 Atlanta 4:05 p.m.
All times are Eastern