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Three starters return, Shell ‘still hobbling’

Chris Carson, Shaquill Griffin and Ethan Pocic were back at practice as the Seahawks prepare to travel to Philadelphia for “Monday Night Football.”

Pete Carroll said RT Brandon Shell (ankle) is “still hobbling” and will be a “close call” for Monday’s game.

Carroll said rookie Colby Parkinson will jump right into the tight end rotation to replace Greg Olsen, who suffered a torn plantar fascia last Thursday against Arizona.

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‘This is just the start’: Dunlap is a keeper, extensions expected

It took almost two years, but it looks like John Schneider finally found Seattle’s next star pass rusher. And he had better plan to keep him beyond 2021.

In three short games, veteran star Carlos Dunlap has proven to be everything we expected — a grand steal of a deal from the Bengals – and he clearly should be in Seattle’s plans next year and beyond.

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Hawks find balance with total team win over Arizona

The Seahawks needed this win. They needed to avoid the first three-game losing streak of Russell Wilson’s career. They needed to beat Arizona to get a big win in the NFC West and finally beat another good team after losing to three over the last four weeks.

They got it thanks to a balanced offensive attack and a defense that played its best game of the season, finishing with a big sack by Carlos Dunlap that gave the Hawks a 28-21 win.

Dunlap tallied two sacks, three QB hits and two tackles for loss against Kyler Murray and company. His second sack finished Murray and the Cardinals on their final try for the end zone.

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Can Wilson avoid first three-game losing streak?

Russell Wilson has never lost three straight games, but he faces the biggest test of that streak ever on Thursday against Arizona.

The Cardinals have won four of the last five in Seattle, all coming in Week 10 or later. And they’re on a hot streak, having won four out of five – including a Hail Murray win over Buffalo on Sunday. That is the same Bills team that put up a Pete Carroll era-worst 44 points against Seattle two Sundays ago.

If the Seahawks lose this game, they will drop to 6-4 and basically be two games behind Arizona, thanks to a sweep. Seattle has an easy slate the rest of the way, with three NFC Least teams, the Jets and the battered 49ers. But the Hawks need to show they can beat good teams.  

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Hawks need to stop running scared

The Seahawks have been running scared without Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde.

They ran the ball 30 times for 200 yards in the overtime loss at Arizona in Week 7, with running backs getting it 23 times for 112 yards. But Carson and Hyde were both injured (again) in that game and have not played in the three games since, during which Seattle has run the ball just 48 times (16 per game) for 153 yards (51 per game).

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Wilson’s funk continues

The Seahawks have proven over the past month that their 5-0 start was indeed a mirage and they are not Super Bowl contenders in 2020.

That has become clear after three losses in four games – all of them caused by Russell Wilson’s turnovers. And it seems very unlikely to change, even if Wilson stops playing like a rookie.

In L.A., he seemed to be afraid from the start and basically gave up in the second half. He threw two picks, ignored DK Metcalf all game, ran himself into phantom sacks, gave up on plays and let the play clock run out. The Rams were in his head.

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Midseason roster report: Can the defense improve?

Midway through the season, the Seahawks are a game better than we expected — despite a horrendous pass defense that might be the thing that keeps them out of the Super Bowl.

The Seahawks are off to one of their best starts under Pete Carroll, 6-2 (or better) for the third time. With the easiest finishing slate in the NFL, they look destined for at least 11 wins. The question, as it has been all season, is whether their defense will improve enough to help them get to the Super Bowl.

They have been 6-2 or better just two other times under Carroll. In 2013, they started 7-1 and finished 13-3 on the way to a Super Bowl title. Last season, they started 6-2 and finished 11-5 (knocked out of the playoffs by Green Bay).

They look good for 11-5 this season, too. The second-half schedule is the easiest in the league. The tough part will be the division games: They play the Rams twice, starting this week, and Arizona in Week 11. But they also face three NFC Least clubs, plus the Jets and the decimated 49ers. The very worst they should do in the final eight is 5-3, which would net 11 wins.

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These Hawks can’t afford Wilson’s turnovers

The Seahawks are making Russell Wilson do too much cooking, and it is starting to burn them.

We know the defense is in shambles, which is why this team is not a Super Bowl contender at this point. And that’s also why it is imperative for the quarterback not to turn the ball over. When he does it three times, like he did at Arizona, or four times, like he did in Buffalo, these Hawks have almost no chance.

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Dunlap: ‘I’ve got plenty of years left’

John Schneider tried to fix his pass-rush mess by the trade deadline Tuesday, but he couldn’t add another guy, so Carlos Dunlap will shoulder the load as he tries to elevate that part of Seattle’s game.

It starts this week in Buffalo, and Pete Carroll said he expects Dunlap to jump immediately into the fray.

Schneider also reportedly tried to add Aldon Smith from Dallas, and you can bet he called on Atlanta’s Takk McKinley and maybe the Jets’ Jordan Jenkins as he looked for cheap help along the D-line. Dunlap was the only guy he could snag for the price he was willing to pay.

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