CHAWK LINES -- Panthers at Seahawks

Quinn itDan Quinn reportedly is the favorite to be hired as the Jets’ coach. And Tom Cable is in the top three.

Tough guy Russell Wilson is poised to tie Matt Hasselbeck for most postseason wins in Seahawks history.

Field Gulls points out how much better Wilson and the passing game are when they are in rhythm.

Clare Farnsworth of looks at how the Seahawks and Panthers have changed since the first meeting in Week 8.

Week 8 was a turning point for the Seattle defense, Brady Henderson of MyNorthwest observes.

Michael Bennett compares the Panthers to an attractive cousin, “so you can’t go on a date with her even though you’d like to.”

Colin Cole, who played for Seattle in 2009 and 2010, will step in for injured Carolina defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.

Bob Condotta chronicles Bruce Irvin’s development.

Farnsworth features this game’s great linebacker corps.

The Seattle defense by the numbers, per John Boyle of the Everett Herald.

This trumps the “Lynch found Lynch’s wallet” story:  An agent from Earl Thomas’ agency found Derrick Coleman’s Super Bowl ring in a rental car.


A look at Wilson’s tough season at home

Russell Wilson runs against Carolina on Sunday (Getty)There’s about a 60 percent chance Russell Wilson will throw an interception Saturday against the Carolina Panthers.

Why? It’s just how his clunky season has gone at the Clink.

When it comes to passing, Wilson has been as bad at home this season as he was on the road as a rookie — believe it or not.

Some of it has been him, some of it has been the game plan and plenty of it has been offensive line problems.

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On the DL: Hawks rely on veteran additions

If you ever wondered why the Seahawks prefer veteran defensive linemen to ones they draft themselves, just take a look at the current roster.

Entering the season, the Seahawks had four home-drafted linemen and five outside acquisitions on the active roster. With Jordan Hill heading to IR this week, the only ones still standing are the guys they got from other teams: Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Kevin Williams, Tony McDaniel and O’Brien Schofield. (Bruce Irvin is now a starting linebacker who rushes in the nickel, so we’re not counting him as a lineman.)

Contrast the D-line with the defense’s back seven, which is entirely comprised of Seattle draft picks (including Irvin).

Pete Carroll and John Schneider seemingly have always preferred veteran defensive linemen — holdovers Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant, trade acquisition Chris Clemons and free agents Alan Branch, Jason Jones and the current quintet.

It might be because they prefer to play veterans who know all of the tricks, and it might be because they haven’t hit on many linemen in the draft.

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History is on the Hawks’ side vs. Panthers

Pete Carroll can identify with Ron Rivera’s Carolina Panthers.

Four years ago, the Seahawks were in the same spot: a sub.-500 division winner that won its home playoff game and advanced to the divisional playoff round.

Now the Panthers are trying to do what the Seahawks and five other teams without winning records failed to do over the past decade: Win in the second round.

Since the NFL realigned in 2002, seven teams have made the playoffs at 8-8 or worse, and six have advanced to the divisional round. But none have won.

Non-winning teams in divisional round

Like this Carolina-Seattle matchup, each of the five previous games has been a rematch of a game played earlier that season. And, in all but one of those cases, the team that won earlier in the season won the playoff meeting comfortably at home. (Seattle beat Chicago earlier in the 2010 season but lost 35-24 in Chicago in the divisional round.)

As if Carolina didn’t already have enough going against it Saturday.

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CHAWK LINES -- Bye week

Dan Quinn reportedly had interviews with five teams lined up.

Darrell Bevell and Quinn both reportedly interviewed with the Bills this weekend. Bevell previously talked with the Raiders, too.

Quinn seems to know who he wants to work with if he gets a top job.

Three Seahawks were named to the No. 1 All-Pro team, and two are on the second team.

Bobby Wagner was named NFC defensive player of the month.

Hugh Millen explains why the Seattle offense had trouble in the first half against the Rams but fared better in the second.

Pete Carroll was miked up for Sound FX, which let us hear a conversation he had with owner Paul Allen.

The offense set records this season despite changing drastically after the Percy Harvin trade, Bob Condotta writes.

Harvin will make a little extra money if the Seahawks win the Super Bowl again.

Former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren says he has “gotten a couple of inquiries” from teams in search of new coaches.

A look at Seattle’s possible opponents

When a team is in the position the Seahawks are in, waiting for their playoff opponent to be determined, plenty of people get caught up in the “whom to root for” game.

We have always said: If you can’t beat them all, you obviously don’t deserve to win it all. Pete Carroll goes by the same philosophy: “It’s all about us.” The opponent does not matter.

So, don’t worry whether the Hawks end up playing Carolina, Arizona or Detroit next weekend — or Green Bay or Dallas in the NFC title game.

If the Hawks are good enough (and they are) they will beat whichever team advances to meet them.

Here’s a quick look at the three teams the Hawks might face next week:

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