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Only one Russell is going to get an extension

Russell Okung talks with GM John Schneider during minicamp in June (AP)After this season, the Seahawks figure to give a contract extension to Russell.

Wilson. Not Okung.

While the quarterback has far exceeded expectations over his first two and a quarter seasons, the left tackle has largely been underwhelming since being drafted sixth overall in 2010.

Both are signed through 2015, which means next offseason is the key time for extensions. Wilson will get his, but it’s hard to see Okung getting one — especially if he continues to struggle like he did Monday night.

The left tackle was flagged for three penalties vs. Washington, including a false start on third down that helped stop a first-quarter drive and a holding on a third-quarter drive that also fizzled.

“I’ve got to play better,” he told The Seattle Times. “I can’t afford to have three penalties. Just a lack of focus. I take full responsibility for it. I can’t help out the line making mistakes like that.”

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With Unger in question, Hawks add backup center

The Seahawks signed center Patrick Lewis on Wednesday as insurance in case starter Max Unger cannot play Sunday vs. Dallas.

Unger suffered a foot injury — coach Pete Carroll called it a strain — against Washington on Monday and apparently is questionable for Sunday’s game. Unger reportedly was wearing a walking boot after the game.

With Lemuel Jeanpierre on injured reserve, Stephen Schilling would start at center if Unger cannot play.

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Harvin’s unbelievable game is a good sign

Percy Harvin is tackled by Washington defenders Monday (Getty Images)
Percy Harvin is tackled by Washington defenders Monday (Getty Images)

In the season opener, the Seahawks showed just how much Percy Harvin changes their offense — creating a dynamic triple threat alongside Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch.

Pete Carroll promised more of Harvin, but all we had seen in the two games since were a lot of short passes and decoy plays.

But they used him a lot Monday night — even if all three of his touchdowns unbelievably were called back — and it is clear they want to keep him involved.

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Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times says the Seahawks’ season, which has been very start-and-stop so far, shifts into overdrive now.

Russell Wilson probably stunned some of his adoring fans when he admitted to being a bully as a kid.

Field Gulls wraps up a week of interviews with Seahawks coaches and players.

Kam Chancellor says he has “no concerns at all” about the previously bothersome bone spurs in his ankles and explains why Zach Miller had to have surgery and he didn’t.

Jon Ryan — the hero of the Denver game — was named NFC special teams player of the month for September.

Bob Condotta of The Times explains how the synergy between Ryan and the speedy Ricardo Lockette has changed the Seahawks’ punting strategy this season.

As for the Seahawks’ opponent on Monday …

Jason Reid of the Washington Post wonders if neither Robert Griffin III (currently injured) nor Kirk Cousins (who will start Monday) is the Redskins’ answer at quarterback.

Five questions facing the Redskins for their tough matchup with the Seahawks.

Coach Jay Gruden says his biggest fear is that Cousins, who threw four interceptions in a 45-14 loss to the Giants, will be “gun shy” against the Seahawks.

How much will the Hawks miss Miller?

Seattle Seahawks v Buffalo BillsEarlier this year, there was a chance Zach Miller would not be with the Seahawks. But he took a pay cut to stay, and Seattle did not have to find out how the absence of the multi-faceted tight end would affect the offense.

Well, now they will have to find out.

The Seahawks — while banged up in the secondary — had not experienced any front-line losses so far this season. But they joined the rest of the battered NFL when they lost Miller for several weeks due to ankle surgery.

While Kam Chancellor found a way to play through his bone spurs, Miller apparently could not.

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Chawk lines opponents

The Seahawks are off this weekend, but most of their remaining opponents play. The Hawks run through a three-week gauntlet starting Thanksgiving night in which they face the 49ers twice and the Eagles in between. The Eagles are at the 49ers on Sunday.

After the Hawks play the Redskins on “Monday Night Football” next week, they host the Cowboys. Dallas plays New Orleans on Sunday night.

Field Gulls breaks down the viewing opportunities.

The Eagles (3-0) have rallied from 10-point deficits in every game so far, and the 49ers (1-2) have yet to score in the fourth quarter as they have blown leads in both losses.

The Cowboys are dealing with a mutiny by cornerback Morris Claiborne (yeah, another LSU chump) as Drew Brees comes to town ready to dominate them again.

Some more thoughts on the Redskins’ meltdown vs. the New York Giants (the Hawks host the Giants in Week 10) …

“This was a total team debacle. And total domination by the Giants in all phases,” Washington coach Jay Gruden said.

Kirk Cousins is a fast starter who tends to fall apart, according to this analysis of what went wrong Thursday.

Are Hawks using Harvin to best effect?

Percy Harvin runs for a touchdown in San Diego on Sept. 14 (AP)After the Seahawks unveiled their new, improved (read: healthy) Percy Harvin in the season opener, everyone went gaga over the way the mercurial playmaker was used.

And Pete Carroll stoked the excitement by teasing, “There’s a bunch of other stuff we’ll do. … We’re just getting started.”

It sounded so promising.

In two games since then, though, the Seattle offense has used Harvin more as a decoy than anything, prompting the question: Are Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell using Harvin to best effect?

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Seattle’s next opponent, Washington, was embarrassed at home by the New York Giants. The Washington Post highlights all of the things that went wrong for the home team.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins, filling in for the injured Robert Griffin III, failed to assert his case to hold onto the job, Jason Reid of the Post says.

Danny Kelly of Field Gulls takes a look back at Jon Ryan’s spectacular day against Denver and the overall emphasis Pete Carroll places on special teams.

Hawk Blogger Brian Nemhauser breaks out the stats that show how the Seahawks’ passing game has changed so far this season.

Percy Harvin affects the offense even when he doesn’t touch the ball, Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times says. (We’ll have a corollary to that later.)

Bob Condotta of the Times has a few thoughts on how bye weeks may or may not affect teams.

Josh Kerns of KIRO and MyNorthwest.com writes about the growing trend of players such as Richard Sherman marketing themselves online with their own personalized merchandise.

Michael Bennett is in Houston this week to have his high school jersey retired, and he ends the interview talking about the power of a Super Bowl ring.

Offense has been almost pointless in second half

Marshawn Lynch is tackled in the end zone for a safety by Denver's T.J. Ward, left, and Chris Harris on Sept. 21 (AP)
Marshawn Lynch is tackled in the end zone for a safety by Denver’s T.J. Ward, left, and Chris Harris on Sept. 21 (AP)

Russell Wilson said he was “almost hoping” Peyton Manning would rally the Denver Broncos to tie the game Sunday. That way Wilson could get the ball again.

It’s hard to blame Wilson for wanting another chance after the way the second half went. As bad as the defensive meltdown was on Denver’s final possession, the Seattle offense really carried more responsibility for letting a two-touchdown lead slip away.

And that really was just part of a trend over the first three games in which the offense has gone from scoring machine in the first half to almost pointless in the second.

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Bye comes at perfect time for Okung & Chancellor

Kam Chancellor during the fourth quarter against Denver (Getty)The Seahawks dodged a couple of injury bullets against Denver and have to hope they are not issues that linger and become big problems later in the season.

Left tackle Russell Okung returned despite suffering a shoulder injury and strong safety Kam Chancellor played with bone spurs in an ankle — playing so well that he garnered NFC defensive player of the week honors.

For both Okung and Chancellor, the bye comes at the perfect time. And Seahawks fans have to hope they can tough it through the season.

Injuries have messed with both players during their short careers.

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