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Colin Cowherd says he believes Seahawks will be best team in NFL in 2020

Colin Cowherd says he believes Seahawks will be best team in NFL in 2020

You heard it here first. The Seattle Seahawks are going to be the team to beat in the NFL in 2020, at least according to FS1’s Colin Cowherd.

After the league schedule was released for the upcoming season, Cowherd, who was discussing the Patriots early season tests, vowed that he believed Seattle would set itself apart from the rest of the NFL.

“I think Seattle’s going to be the best team in the league,” Cowherd said. “I think if it wasn’t for cluster injuries last year in the backfield, I did not buy Seattle last year. They blew me away, many of their rookies played well, they will not have that kind of injury-riddled backfield.”

Cowherd isn’t wrong. Injuries to Seattle’s backfield were catastrophic. It was so bad that Marshawn Lynch unretired and came off the couch to aid a backfield hampered by injuries. In a matter of weeks, Seattle lost starting running back Chris Carson, his backfield mate Rashaad Penny, and reserve C.J. Prosise to season-ending injuries.

With rookie Travis Homer the only healthy player on the roster, the Seahawks brought in veteran Lynch and Robert Turbin to help Seattle’s depleted backfield. Seattle is expected to return a healthy Carson and Penny in 2020, although it is possible Penny will begin the season on the PUP list. 

Seattle’s reunion with Lynch might not be over either. The veteran running back recently told ESPN his agent had been in talks with Seattle on a return. 

When healthy, the Seahawks backfield can do some major damage. The emergence of Carson and Penny provided Seattle with a potent punch and gave Seattle one of the NFL’s best tandems. Add an explosive Lynch into that mix, a more experienced Homer, fourth-round pick DeeJay Dallas, and the Seahawks run game is menacing. 

Nonetheless, a Jarrett Stidham led Patriots will head to Seattle on September 20 for the Seahawks’ home opener. The Pats’ 2019 fourth-round pick, who will serve as Tom Brady’s successor, has never traveled to CenturyLink Field, one of the toughest road environments in the NFL. 

Cowherd knows it doesn’t get much more difficult than Seattle. 

“That is a tough game at Seattle. I’m not sure how winnable that is,” Cowherd said. “I think Seattle and New England for a year are going in different directions.” 

Be sure to listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Texas Tech head football coach Matt Wells.

Brian Schottenheimer believes Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny will bounce back

Brian Schottenheimer believes Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny will bounce back

The Seattle Seahawks running back corps took a hit in 2019.  

In a matter of weeks, Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise sustained significant injuries which ended their seasons. Rookie Travis Homer became the team’s lead back before the Seahawks returned veterans Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin to assist in the playoffs. 

When healthy, Carson and Penny provide the Seahawks with a 1-2 punch at running back. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer indicated confidence in the two players’ chances of rebounding from their injuries.  

“I feel really good about both of those guys coming back,” Schottenheimer told Sports Radio 950 KJR. “Obviously, they both had significant injuries. Chris has been through some injuries before. I think it was his rookie year before I got here, he had the leg fracture. I think he’ll be great. It sounds like they’re doing well when we get our updates from those guys. Rashaad (is) a guy that really hasn’t had to deal with that adversity before, but I think that we really saw him mature last year. He was really playing terrific football for us. We saw a difference with just the way he practiced, the way he prepared. Nobody wants to see their players get injured but the injury happened at a time where he was really kind of peaking and feeling great about himself and maturing as a young man and as a football player and I think that’s just going to lead into him having a terrific rehab as well.”

Carson rushed for 1,230 yards on 278 carries and recorded seven touchdowns before suffering a hip fracture in Week 16. He was later placed on Injured Reserve. 

His backfield mate, Penny, tore his ACL a couple weeks earlier and underwent surgery to repair the ACL, as well as some additional work. In his last two games, Penny had 129 yards and a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles and 74 yards and a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. 

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recently told reporters at the NFL Combine that he was confident Carson would return to his usual form, while Penny could miss the start of the 2020 season. 

“It would be an extraordinary accomplishment if he was ready by the time we got to camp and all that,” Carroll said. “So, we will see what happens. We’re not going to set any deadline on it, just see how he develops.

“But this is the kind of timing that might take in the PUP thing."

With Prosise, Lynch, Turbin all free agents, the Seahawks could look to the NFL Draft to fill positional needs, including running back, before camp. Schottenheimer, however, spoke highly of the group that’s already in place. 

“It’s a good group,” Schottenheimer continued. “We’ll see where those guys come back when we actually come back and have a chance to be together with them, but my money is on both those guys to bounce back from those injuries.”

Check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks podcast below:

Seahawks running backs Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise injured against the Cardinals

Seahawks running backs Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise injured against the Cardinals

The Seattle Seahawks entered Sunday's game against the Cardinals with several notable injuries and picked up a few more during the Week 16 matchup.

Starting running back Chris Carson (hip) and backup running back C.J. Prosise (arm) both left the game with injuries and will not return. Travis Homer is the only remaining healthy running back on Seattle's roster. The rookie hadn't received a carry until Week 15, but now he's the defacto bell cow ball carrier.

Carson had 40 yards on eight carries as well as one reception for 20 yards before leaving with his hip injury. Prosise carried the ball four times for 14 yards. Remember Rashaad Penny is already on injured reserve after tearing his ACL a few weeks back.


Social media reacts: Seahawks top Vikings to take control of NFC West

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Social media reacts: Seahawks top Vikings to take control of NFC West

The Seahawks took control of their destiny in the NFC West with a 37-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.

With the win, the Seahawks took over the NFC West and second place in the NFC. Had they lost, Seattle would have fallen all the way back to the five-seed. It was a crucial game with high stakes, but only one team could come away victorious. 

After trailing 17-10 at halftime, the floodgates officially opened for the Seahawks, thanks to two touchdowns from Rashaad Penny, a 60-yard bomb from Russell Wilson to David Moore and how could we forget the defense? That Bradley McDougald recovery and Tre Flowers pick was out of this world. 

Here's a look at how fans and media reacted to the Seahawks 37-30 win over the Vikings in prime time: 

It was the 1-2 punch Pete Carroll has talked about all season long, but we finally saw it in real life. Carson, who sustained a hard hit early on which required a trip to medical tent, got things started for Seattle and scored the first touchdown of the game.

Rashaad Penny responded with one of his own in the third quarter, when he came in on a second-and-goal. Seahawks Twitter kind of lost it. 

Then David Moore was left wide open at the end of the third quarter. The Seahawks wide receiver caught a 60-yard bomb from Wilson to extend the lead to 27-17.

The touchdown pass was Wilson’s 63rd touchdown pass that traveled at least 20 air yards, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

The game wouldn't be complete without some defensive stops. Bradley McDougald came up with a clutch recovery and Tre Flowers intercepted the Vikings, which turned in a seven-point play. 

Rashaad Penny SZN wasn't over yet, though. The rook cooked the Viks defense when he sprinted into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game. 

With the 37-30 victory, the Seahawks are now 10-2 on the year and the best in the (NFC) West. Seattle will next head to Los Angeles to take on the Rams, who are coming off a 34-7 stomping over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13. 

Seattle Seahawks' running back Rashaad Penny a different player this spring

Seattle Seahawks' running back Rashaad Penny a different player this spring

RENTON, Wash. - Seattle running back Rashaad Penny has an uphill climb ahead of him to unseat starter Chris Carson. The first step in that process for Penny is demonstrating to the coaching staff that he is capable of matching the consistent displayed last season by his competition, who led the team with 1,151 rushing yards.   

So far through voluntary offseason training activities, Penny has been nothing less than impressive, according to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who said he sees in the second-year back a more mature and professional individual.

An example of Penny's versatility and talent offered up by Schottenheimer involved the 220-pounder running a choice route out of the backfield, deftly setting up a linebacker and then getting open for the reception. 

"You don't really see guys that big that can move like that," Schottenheimer said. "There's really nothing that he can't do."

That was the thought process that compelled Seattle last year to selected Penny in the first round of the NFL Draft out of San Diego State. An injury during training camp set him back while Carson, a seventh-round pick in 2017, emerged as the clear starter. Penny showed flashes during the season while rushing for 419 yards and two touchdowns with an average of 4.9 yards per carry. But Carson, who has been sitting out of OTAs with a tweaked knee, proved to be the more consistent professional and remained the starter when healthy. 

Penny has one trait that Carson does not and that's explosive speed. If Penny can put together the rest of this game, that breakaway ability would make him difficult to keep him on the sideline. Although it's only June, Schottenheimer said Penny appears to be a different man this time around. 

"I'm really pleased with the way he's attacking practice right now," Schottenheimer said. "Last year he didn't know what he didn't know. Now he's got some leadership ability. He's getting a ton of reps  because obviously Chris is out. It's been fun to watch him grow. The talent is there. We all know that. It's just him putting together consecutive days in a row. And I think he's done that the last couple of weeks. It's been cool to watch him mature."

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said that Penny appears leaner and faster than he did last year, which should only enhance his chances of making a bigger impact in 2019. 

"He looks great. He looks great," Carroll said. "He’s fast, he’s lean, he looks like the off season that he put forth and then also what he’s done with our guys has been working right on point. He’s doing really well. He’s trimmed a little bit. Yeah. He’s stronger than he was, I think, so he’s transferred some weight. But he looks great right now, so we’re really happy with them."

Seattle Seahawks Draft Preview - A No. 3 running back might be needed

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Seattle Seahawks Draft Preview - A No. 3 running back might be needed

Part 2 in an eight-part series that takes a position-by-position look at the Seattle Seahawks' needs heading into the NFL Draft on April 25-27. 

Past posts: Quarterbacks


Today: Running backs:

Depth Chart: Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, C.J. Prosise, J.D. McKissic, Bo Scarbrough. 

Need: Medium to low. 

Expectations: Seattle could be in the marke for a No. 3 running back. 

Potential targets: Ashley Young provides a list of potential draft targets at running back for Seattle.   

Picks: The Seahawks have four picks in round one (No. 21), round three (No. 84), round four (No. 124) and round five (No. 159).


Seattle is certainly set at the top of the depth chart at running back but healthy depth is an issue.

Seattle went from being one of the worst rushing teams in 2017 to leading the NFL in that category last season thanks to the rapid development of a largely pieced together offensive line and running back Chris Carson. The former seventh-round pick rushed for 1,151 yards to become the team's first 1,000-yard back since Marshawn Lynch in 2014 (1,306). 

Uncertainty at the position last year after Carson played just four games because of a broken leg led Seattle to select Rashaad Penny in the first round of the 2017 draft. 

Penny, injured early on, could never supplant Carson, who fits the mold of a hard-nosed runner coach Pete Carroll likes to revolve his running game around. Penny, on the other hand, offers more breakaway speed. 

The No. 3 running back, however, remains a big question mark. Mike Davis, who rushed for 514 yards last season, got scooped up in free agency by Chicago. 

Seattle has been waiting for the electrifying C.J. Prosise to pay off since selecting him with a third-round pick in 2016. But numerous injuries have limited him to 192 rushing yards in 16 games over three seasons. Can the Seahawks continue to wait on him? 

J.D. McKissic, who also returns kicks, caught 34 passes in 2017 but was limited to five games last season because of injury. 

Seattle picked up Scarbrough late last season as insurance depth. 

If Seattle is committed to either Prosise or McKissic being the No. 3 running back then there is no need to burn a draft pick on a new project. With a 1,000-yard back and a recent first-round pick on the team, drafting a running back at all appears to be quite unlikely. 

However, given that Prosise and McKissic are hardly proven commodities, Seattle could do well to improve the depth here through the draft but only if the Seahawks are able to trade down to acquire more picks. Using one of their four current picks at this position would be too redundant at this point. 

Report Card: Grading the Seattle Seahawks' playoff loss at the Dallas Cowboys


Report Card: Grading the Seattle Seahawks' playoff loss at the Dallas Cowboys

Seattle's season ended with a thud Saturday night when the Seahawks lost 24-22 at Dallas in the NFC Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. 

The game featured numerous key moments that contributed to the team's loss but there were several uncharacteristic performances that hurt Seattle's chance of winning. Here is a report card of the Seahawks' performance:

Offensive line: D

They say strong running games travel well in the NFL playoffs. If that's the case, Seattle simply didn't bother to pack theirs and the offensive line failed to get the job done on Saturday.  

That's a shame given how far this group had come this season and how it helped the Seahawks lead the NFL in rushing.
Seattle rushed for 73 yards on 24 carries with the running backs gaining 59 on 21.

That overall production was well below the team's 160 average and short of the 113 the Seahawks gained on Dallas in Week 3.

Saturday's poor rushing performance greatly contributed to the team converting on just 2-of-13 third-down attempts. 

Left tackle Duane Brown said Seattle knew that Dallas would do a lot of stunts in order to throw Seattle's linemen off of their blocking targets, and it worked.

"They were very good at it and we just weren't efficient in adjusting to it," Brown said. "Nothing that surprised us. They'd been doing it all year."

Brown added that Seattle didn't live up to its billing as a power running team. 

"I take my hat off to their defense," Brown said. "They played a very good game. But us up front, we created an identity of being a physical team and running the football and we weren't able to do that today."


Front seven: C-

Let's lump both the defensive line and the linebackers into this one.

Seattle had to control Dallas' "triplets" of QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott and WR Amari Cooper. The Seahawks failed. 

Elliott rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown, Prescott passed for 226 yards, threw for one touchdown, rushed for 29 yards and a rushing touchdown, and Cooper had 106 yards on seven receptions. 

The 29 rushing yards for Prescott might not seem like a lot but 14 of those yards ultimately decided the game.

With Dallas leading 17-14 and just over two minutes remaining in the game, the Cowboys faced a third down and 14 at the Seattle 17-yard line. As if the Cowboys had planned to kick a field goal, they ran a quarterback draw. But Prescott managed to gain 16 yards on the play to set up his one-yard scoring run that gave Dallas a 24-14 lead that Seattle did not have time to overcome. 

That play alone warranted a poor grade for Seattle's front seven, which registered just two tackles for loss and one sack on the night. Still, the group did not play awful football given that it kept the team in the game despite the poor play by Seattle's offense. 

Nevertheless, allowing Elliott to have a big game helped Dallas win the field position battle. 

“It’s bad. It’s so simple too," said Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright, who had a key interception in the fourth quarter. "I hate that we can’t watch the film and come back next week. It is just something that is easy. And you just have to pick up those easy plays in order to win these football games.”


Wide receivers: B

Where would Seattle have been without wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who caught four passes for 120 yards, 40.1 percent of the team's total output of 299?

The problem was that Seattle probably didn't turn to the passing game often enough, which limited Lockett's potential impact and certainly contributed to Doug Baldwin having just 33 yards.

When Seattle struggled rushing the football in a game this season at Carolina, a team with a top-10 rushing defense like Dallas', the Seahawks put the game in quarterback Russell Wilson's hands and he threw for a season-high 339 yards in a 30-27 win. Wilson passed for 233 at Dallas. 

Granted, Seattle began with minus 15 yards passing in the first half thanks to a screen pass that lost eight and a sack. But, after that, Seattle got the passing game rolling but still remained committed to the run game. 

One caveat to all of this is that the team mostly threw on third downs and converted on just 2-of-13 attempts. 

But one wonders what might have happened had Seattle allowed Wilson and his receivers to go gangbusters in this game. 


Seattle Seahawks' WR Doug Baldwin overcomes season of "hell" to shine against the Kansas City Chiefs

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Seattle Seahawks' WR Doug Baldwin overcomes season of "hell" to shine against the Kansas City Chiefs

SEATTLE - Seattle Seahawks (9-6) wide receiver Doug Baldwin neared the end of his postgame press conference following a 38-31 victory over Kansas City (11-4) at CenturyLink Field Sunday night in which he put forth his best performance of the season to help the Seahawks clinch a wild card playoff berth when the final question came regarding what this injury-filled season has been like for him. 

Baldwin's response revealed a man who has fought through pain and frustration, to be there as much as possible for his teammates during what has been one of the least productive seasons of his eight-year career. 

"Ha. This year has been hell," Baldwin said. "This year has been absolutely hell. I've been...oh my goodness. We don't have enough time for that. It's been hell. But I'm so grateful to be healthy enough to be on the field with my teammates to celebrate victories and just enjoying playing football again, just like a kid."

On Sunday night with a nation of NFL fans watching, Baldwin rediscovered that magic that made him a two-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion with the Seahawks. He tied a season high with seven receptions for a season-high 126 yards and a touchdown. His yardage output amounted to 21.3 percent of his season total of 591 yards, which is the second lowest of his career with one game remaining next Sunday at home against Arizona (3-12).

Because of various injuries - mostly a knee injury that caused him to miss virtually all of training camp - Baldwin has missed three games and never has been 100 percent in the games in which he has played. However, over the last six weeks with Seattle making a playoff push, Baldwin has stepped up his game with 25 receptions for 316 yards and all five of his touchdown receptions on the season coming in five appearances (he missed the team's Monday night win over Minnesota on Dec. 10). The Seahawks (9-6) are 5-1 during that stretch after starting the season 4-5. 

With Baldwin seemingly back to top form, Seattle's offense has perfect balance with the league's top rushing attack, which amassed 210 yards on the ground in Sunday's win. 

"Obviously, Doug was great tonight, as always," Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson said. 

The clear path to victory for Seattle Sunday night involved getting mean and nasty. Be physical. Force the issue. Issue the force. Bring Kansas City's finesse approach to offensive football to its knees while pounding that paper mache defense to a pulp.

Seattle did plenty of both but Kansas City superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes II is no joke. He nearly single-handedly took down the Seahawks with 273 yards passing and three touchdowns. In the end, simply running the ball well on Kansas City wasn't going to do the trick. The Seahawks needed to make plays in the passing game. They needed Baldwin to be Baldwin. 

For all that Baldwin did well on this night, his performance can best be summed up by two plays. In the third quarter, he made a leaping, twisting grab while landing on the front pylon of the left side of the end zone for a 27-yard score to give the Seahawks a 24-17 lead with 45 seconds remaining in the quarter. 

Seattle ultimately led 31-20 and then 31-28 after Mahomes put together a 72-yard scoring drive and ran in a two-point conversion with 4:36 remaining on the clock. At that moment, it appeared logical that Seattle would look to grind out the clock with running back Chris Carson, who had 116 yards on the day. However, Kansas City anticipated that plan of attack and responded by stacking the line of scrimmage to stop the run while leaving its cornerbacks in man coverage on Baldwin and wide receiver Tyler Lockett.

First, Lockett got loose for a 41-yard reception down the right sideline while barely staying in bounds as he fell to the ground at the Kansas City 21-yard line.

"Savage for that," Baldwin said of his teammate.

After a sack of Wilson, he turned to Baldwin down the left sideline with a deep pass that appeared to be out of Baldwin's reach. Baldwin, the third receiver inside, said he thought he had made a good release on cornerback Charvarius Ward, who got a little too handsy and grabbed him, earning a defensive holding penalty that ultimately didn't matter. Running a corner route, Baldwin shook off Ward, pushed vertical to the corner, got his head around in time to locate Wilson's lobbed pass, reached out with his right hand and tipped to ball back to himself for the reception before being taken down by Ward at the one-yard line. 

"Fortunately enough, Russ threw a beautiful ball, gave me an opportunity to make a play and I came up with it," Baldwin said.

Carson finished off the drive with a one-yard run to give his team a 38-28 lead with 2:33 remaining in the game. That drive, Baldwin said, was all about Seattle's receivers delivering when called upon. 

"We don't care about how many targets we've had throughout the course of the game or what the numbers are, we're savages," Baldwin said. "When it's our time to make plays and we're given an opportunity to make plays, we are going to make them."

Lockett said having a healthy Baldwin on the field changes games for Seattle.

"Every time he's out there we know that when the ball is in the air he's going to go out there and make that play," Lockett said. "You've seen it. When that looked like it was too far he made that catch to be able to get us to the one or two yard line."

That play almost didn't happen. A few plays earlier, Baldwin seemingly had a sure reception but the ball got knocked away by defensive back Tremon Smith. On the play, Baldwin tweaked his ankle and left the game before quickly returning to set up the game-winning touchdown. 

"I've never seen Doug play better than that," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "I just thought he was magnificent. Just tough catch after tough catch, then he gets his ankle twisted and he comes back and makes the big play after that. Just heroic stuff."

Despite his great performance, Baldwin had little to say about himself on this night. 

"As a great 21st century philosopher once said, 'I'm just here so I don't get fined,'" Baldwin said when asked about his night while referring to former Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch's famously repeated statement during media sessions leading up to Super Bowl XLIX when he declined to answer media questions.

Baldwin felt more compelled to talk about his team, which has pulled together to return to the playoffs after a one-year absence. 

"It's not just about football," Baldwin said. "These are great human beings. Great men. And when you put that combination of great men together with the right mentality, resiliency and perseverance, and actually care for one another.... It's a beautiful thing to see men come together and care for each other and really play for each other. You can't put it into words. You really can't."

He just did.

Seattle Seahawks' RB Chris Carson's thirst for contact infectious

Seattle Seahawks' RB Chris Carson's thirst for contact infectious

RENTON, Wash. - Seattle running back Chris Carson often speaks softly during interviews. Reporters must lean in and listen carefully to catch his words. It's a stark contrast to his personality on the field where his violent style of running the football screams loud and clear that the former seventh-round pick not only belongs in the NFL, but he could be developing into a star. 

Carson, in his second season, ranks ninth in the NFL in rushing at 911 yards per game. That's the most for a Seattle running back since 2014 when Marshawn Lunch rushed for 1,306, which is the last time a Seahawks' back went over 1,000 yards. Carson could surpass the 1,000-yard mark on Sunday night at home against Kansas City (11-3) and it's 26th-ranked rushing defense. 

Interestingly, Carson will reach 1,000 yards in the same bruising fashion that Lynch used while reaching that mark four times during his six seasons with Seattle (8-6). No single play defines Carson's running style more than his one-yard touchdown Sunday during Seattle's 26-23 overtime loss at San Francisco. 

“It was a great one," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "That was a great one."

Seattle trailed 20-13 in the fourth quarter and faced a fourth down and goal at the 49ers' one-yard line. Carroll, demonstrating faith in Carson and the team's offensive line, didn't hesitate to go for the touchdown. Quarterback Russell Wilson handed the ball to Carson, who ran up the middle where he was hit by a San Francisco defender at the one. Carson went backward and to the left but didn't go down. Another 49ers defender hit Carson at the two. He again went backward a tad but never lost his balance. Carson shook off the defender and went forward into the end zone with an assist from left tackle Duane Brown. 

"Duane did a good job of helping me get into the end zone," Carson said. 

Carson, who said he enjoys watching highlights of hall of fame running back Eric Dickerson, who ran with an upright style and had sprinter's speed, indicated that he most enjoys fighting for a tough touchdown as he did Sunday rather than scoring on a smooth jaunt into the end zone. 

"Because you work harder to get it," Carson said. "In my mind that's the better accomplishment."

The run so defied the odds that when Carson initially got hit, a few 49ers defenders began running off of the field in triumph while Carson continued to battle toward the end zone. 

"If you look at it, it did seem like they stopped me," Carson said. "At one point I was going backward so I could see why they were excited about it."

According to Carson, he was inspired on the play by Wilson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin who during the drive repeatedly encouraged everyone in the huddle to not be denied and to get the ball into the end zone. 

"I kind of took that to heart," Carson said.

Carson admitted that he didn't know it was fourth down when Wilson handed him the ball. He said he was so caught up in the pace and intensity of the drive that he didn't realize the situation until after he had scored and walked back to the sideline where running back Mike Davis told him how crazy it was that he pulled off that run on fourth down. 

"He finishes everything and you can see it across the field, it just happened to be on the goal line this time," Carroll said. "It was great will, he should’ve been stopped – (Steve) Raible had him stopped (on his radio call). He had him stopped cold, dead, couldn’t make it, and then he came out of nowhere and finished it. It’s really one of my favorites.”

Carson said he didn't enter the season with a statistical goal in mind as he had done in years past. 

"My goal was just to make it through the season after hurting myself last year," said Carson, who missed 12 games last year with a fractured leg.   

Carson has missed two games because of injury. But for the most part, he has proven to be durable. 

"He’s probably one of the greatest athletes I’ve ever been around," Wilson told reporters. "To watch his ability to get into the end zone, he sees things that hardly anybody can ever see. He’s physical as can be. He can catch, he can run, he’s smart as can be too, and he’s humble while doing all those things. It was cool seeing him get into the end zone the other night being physical and not giving up. He has that attitude, so that’s what we love about him.”

Carson is a key reason why Seattle leads the NFL in rushing but he was not selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team. Nor were any of Seattle's linemen, although J.R. Sweezy was named as an alternate. 

"I'm surprised," Carson said regarding Seattle's linemen not being represented. "But we leave all of that up to (the voters).  I think everyone should be in the pro bowl in my opinion."

Carroll mentioned Brown's play when asked about his running game personnel not receiving Pro Bowl honors. 

"Yeah, I don’t know how anybody had a better year than Duane Brown did," he said. "I don’t know how that would happen. He’s been there before, but the league is looking at the throwing game, maybe. Meanwhile, we’re running it.”

What's most important is that Carson and the offensive line have Seattle in position to make the playoffs. That doesn't happen without Carson's tough style of play, which Carroll said can be infectious to the rest of the team. 

"Those guys, and watching the film today where they really could see it and really sharing the experience of it and see what he did and how he did it," Carroll said, "it does affect them.”

Seahawks report card: Penalties mar otherwise solid performances

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Seahawks report card: Penalties mar otherwise solid performances

Seattle's 26-23 loss at San Francisco in overtime on Sunday defined how a superior team in the NFL can fall victim to a vastly inferior opponent when the better team shoots off all of its toes with a glut of unforced errors. 

Seattle (8-6) had no business losing to the 49ers (4-10) especially with a playoff berth waiting to be clinched. But, lose the Seahawks did and now it's time to grade their sad loss that included some quality performances overshadowed by a team-record 148 penalty yards on 14 penalties. 

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OFFENSIVE LINE: Seattle got the job done on the ground with 168 yards rushing led by 119 for running back Chris Carson (see below). On the flip side, the Seahawks surrendered three sacks of quarterback Russell Wilson and penalties were a huge problem. Guard J.R. Sweezy got called for holding in the second quarter dooming a drive to end with a punt and early in the fourth quarter his holding penalty helped limit a promising drive to a field goal that made the score 23-23. More damaging were the two holding penalties called on guard Ethan Pocic. His first negated a 19-yard run by running back Mike Davis to the San Francisco 38-yard line with under 90 seconds remaining in the game. That drive ended with a punt. The second came in overtime to erase a 32-yard pass to running back J.D. McKissic to the San Francisco 48. Seattle was without right guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring) and his replacement, Jordan Simmons went down with a knee injury. Still, Seattle's line must play smarter for this team to win. GRADE: C-minus.

SECONDARY: San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens threw for 275 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions after two weeks ago going or 414 and two touchdowns at Seattle. So, there's that. However, penalties also hurt Seattle's defensive backs. In the third quarter, Justin Coleman was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty that helped set up a field goal that gave the 49ers a 20-13 lead. In the fourth quarter, safety Delano Hill was flagged for pass interference right after San Francisco had been called for holding. That drive ended with a field goal that gave the 49ers a 23-20 lead with 9:51 remaining in the game. The killer penalty came in overtime when a pass interference call on cornerback Shaquill Griffin gave the 49ers the ball at the Seattle 41. A few plays later, San Francisco won the game with a field goal. Not a good day for Seattle defensive backs despite reducing San Francisco's passing production from the previous meeting: GRADE: D. 

DEFENSIVE LINE: Now for something positive. Seattle's defensive line had a good day generating pressure and was able to sack Mullens three times including twice late in the game. San Francisco had to grind out 94 yards on the ground as Seattle held running back Matt Breida to 50 yards on 17 carries. Rookie defensive tackle Poona Ford had three tackles for loss and defensive tackle Jarran Read had two sacks. Defensive end Frank Clark also added a sack. All told, this unit played winning football. GRADE: B. 

RUNNING BACK: More positivity. Seattle was without rookie running back Rashaad Penny but Carson more than carried the load and his one-yard touchdown run on fourth down in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 20 apiece was a thing of beautiful brutality (video below). His 119 yards on 22 carries set the tone for the offense. He also caught six passes for 29 yards. Mike Davis rushed for just 21 yards on five carries but he caught eight passes for 63 yards. Great day for this duo and Seattle's running game. GRADE: A.