Good news: Kendricks has a ‘definite’ suspension, will be back in December

Logo -- Los AngelesWhen the Seahawks signed Mychal Kendricks before Week 2, we figured it could be a really short marriage or else one that was interrupted by a suspension that lasted for as long as half the season.

The Hawks fortunately got three good games out of Kendricks while K.J. Wright was out, and then the NFL went the overly harsh route of suspending Kendricks indefinitely — which typically means beyond the season.

But, thanks to the doggedness of Kendricks and Pete Carroll, the linebacker will be back for the final month of the season and the playoffs after the NFL finally picked a definite suspension: the eight games we originally thought he might get.

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‘No mystery,’ Hawks start stretch ‘run’ well

Logo -- At DetroitOne down, two to go as the Seahawks show us who they really are for the home stretch.

The 28-14 win in Detroit showed they can beat a good team in its place (Carolina, take note). Next, the Hawks need to show they can beat a better team (the Chargers) in Seattle (so Green Bay, Minnesota and Kansas City can take note). And then the Hawks will get a chance to show us they can beat the NFC’s best on the road.

“We’ve been on the road a lot now (five of first seven),” Pete Carroll said after the win in Detroit. “It’s no big deal to us. It doesn’t matter where we play right now to get the style of play we want.”

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This Detroit game has a very familiar look

Logo -- At DetroitK.J. Wright will make his season debut against Sea Lions Golden Tate, Luke Willson and DeShawn Shead, and he’s got big plans for the reunion game.

“I’m going to mess Luke up — no, I’m just (kidding),” Wright said. “I do hope I cover Luke. I want to tackle Golden as well. I talked to Shead earlier this week and I told him I’ve got to exchange jerseys with him. So it feels good seeing those guys.”

This game should look very familiar to the Seahawks — not only because of the Sea Lion reunion but because the Hawks are in almost the same position they were in exactly six years ago when they went to Detroit.

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CHAWK LINES -- Hawks at LionsThe Seahawks will honor Paul Allen with a uniform patch for the rest of the season.

The Seahawks will see three Super familiar faces in Detroit.

The Lions, who rank 30th against the run, brought in Snacks to help. Golden Tate welcomed Damon Harrison and also gave a throwback nod to his NFL career.

The Hawks will get their own defensive help. The return of K.J. Wright should allow Bobby Wagner to start making more plays. Wagner is close to the No. 2 spot on the franchise tackles list.

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Will Hawks acquire pass rusher this week?

Logo -- At DetroitWe’ll never know whether the Dallas Cowboys would have put together a deal for Earl Thomas this week if the Seahawks’ star safety had not been lost for the season.

Instead, the Cowboys sent a first-round pick to Oakland for Amari Cooper, who joined Carlos Hyde and Eli Apple as starting players already changing teams as the trade deadline nears.

There’s surely more to come before next Tuesday, but will the Seahawks be one of the teams in the action?

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Hawks still look good for 10 wins

Logo -- Remaining 2018 skedThe Seahawks have found their winning formula again, and now the question is: How will it translate against their opponents the rest of the way?

A typical poor start on the road and a close loss to the league’s best offense have the Hawks (3-3) a game worse than we projected. They’re three games back in the division, so they’re really chasing a wild-card spot — unless the Rams stunningly stumble in the second half.

According to Football Outsiders, the Hawks are the fourth-best team in the NFC (eighth overall). FiveThirtyEight ranks the Hawks as the No. 6 NFC team right now, projecting a 43 percent chance of making the playoffs along with Carolina (3-2) and Chicago (3-2) — behind L.A. (6-0), New Orleans (4-1), Philadelphia (3-3) and Minnesota (3-2-1). But, beyond the Rams, the NFC has no dominant team, and the Hawks will have the chance to assert themselves with games against three of those contenders (L.A., Carolina, Minnesota) over the final 10 weeks.

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Bye week status report

“We’ve put together four weeks of pretty good football. … I’m really pleased with where we are right now taking off for this break.” — Pete Carroll

As sad as the death of Paul Allen is — and will continue to be this year and beyond — the Seahawks still have a season to play. And it looks like they at least have a chance to make it a special one in honor of Allen.

The Seahawks took care of business in London, climbing back to .500 in style — a blowout win in front of a record, partisan crowd — as they head into their bye. Their three wins are one fewer than we thought they would have by this time, but they’re also just 12 points short of a possible perfect start.

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