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Matt Hasselbeck
#8 - QB - Seattle Seahawks

Height: 6'4'' Weight: 223
Born: 09/25/1975
College: Boston College
2006 Projections
301335625AVG (102%)

Player Analysis: Hasselbeck is being held back right now by the injury plague that's hitting Seattle wide receivers. I've never seen anything like it. If you have the luxury, he could make for a good play during fantasy playoffs once he's gotten his top targets (Deion Branch, Bobby Engram) back from injury, and Koren Robinson / Keary Colbert integrated into the offense.

Fantasy Football Impact: A top candidate to trade for and stash on the bench until he gets some good targets.


Hasselbeck Likely to Miss Third Consecutive Game - 12/15/2008
Source: Associated Press

Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck is likely to miss Sunday's game against the struggling Jets. QB Seneca Wallace will get another start, having performed well in the past two weeks.

Fantasy Impact: The Jets have been vulnerable against the pass the past few weeks (save the shellacking of the Titans), and Wallace could make an interesting spot start.


QB Matt Hasselbeck 3rd QB; Wallace to Start Under Center - 12/14/2008
Source: AP

Recovering QB Matt Hasselbeck will be the Seahawks 3rd QB this week against the Rams. NFL rules make it especially difficult to get the 3rd QB into the game, so don't expect to see him unless it's an emergency.

Fantasy Impact: Wallace has been guiding the offense fairly effectively, especially with the return of Deion Branch. Nobody is very scared of the Rams defense, so I'd think he should be in for a good day.


Cardinals use takeaways to beat Seahawks - 12/10/2006

The Seattle Seahawks gave away a chance to clinch their third straight NFC West title. Arizona scored 14 points off Seattle fumbles and a Seahawk comeback came up a half-yard shy at the finish in the Cardinals' 27-21 victory over the reigning NFC champs. "We were just too careless with the ball," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said. "That's pretty much the game in my opinion." Edgerrin James topped 100 yards rushing for the second game in a row and Matt Leinart threw touchdown passes of 56 and 5 yards to lead the Cardinals (4-9) to their third victory in four games. The last of Seattle's three lost fumbles led to Leinart's 5-yard scoring pass to Larry Fitzgerald for the go-ahead score on the first play of the fourth quarter. After Neil Rackers' 40-yard field goal with 3˝ minutes to go to put Arizona up by six points, Seattle (8-5) drove from its 17 to the Cardinals 15. But on third-and-12 from the 17, ex-Seahawk Chike Okeafor sacked Matt Hasselbeck for an 8-yard loss. On fourth down, Hasselbeck threw to Deion Branch, but the receiver was tackled by Adrian Wilson at the Arizona 6, less than a yard shy of the first down. It was the last of several big plays by the Arizona safety. "Big tackle -- Adrian, fumble recovery -- Adrian, break up on the pass -- Adrian," Cardinals coach Dennis Green said. "That's the kind of game he had and the kind of game he has every week." Green called Okeafor's play "the pass rush of the year for us." "He went up against maybe the best lineman in the game -- Seattle tackle Walter Jones -- and made a great move," Green said. Seattle had won four of five and, with San Francisco's loss to Green Bay, could have wrapped up the division crown. Instead, the Cardinals have won two in a row for the first time this season. The Seahawks may well have lost a fourth fumble had Hasselbeck not made a head-first dive to recover it. "We had some opportunities and it came down to the last play of the game basically," Hasselbeck said. "It's hard to overcome a few and it's very hard to overcome a bunch of fumbles. That's just kind of where it was today."


Hasselbeck's mangled hand not worthy of ``Watergate-type'' news - 11/30/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

Matt Hasselbeck has a bruised hand, perhaps even a broken finger. But the standard for Seahawks' fractures, infections and hospitalizations has been set ridiculously high during Seattle's season of attrition. So a Pro Bowl quarterback's mangled fingers on his non-throwing hand that has him listed as probable for Sunday night's game at Denver? Big whoop. "Like my dad said, 'It's your left hand. Suck it up," Hasselbeck said Wednesday, referring to rugged former NFL tight end Don Hasselbeck. Coach Mike Holmgren said that his quarterback is "fine," will start Sunday and should have no limitations. Holmgren then playfully marveled at breathless reports over Hasselbeck's minor injury that began circulating late Tuesday in Seattle. "Goodness gracious," Holmgren said. "I mean, I'd be the last one to be critical of these Watergate-type investigative reporters, because I think that was a very important time in our history. It was important that story came out. "THIS, however, is not one of those situations. ... So in an effort to 'break the big one,' I am going on record saying this is not that big a deal. OK? "Golly sakes." Hasselbeck had four turnovers but also threw three touchdown passes in his first game Monday night after missing four weeks with a sprained knee. He said he injured the top of the palm of his left hand between the index and middle fingers sometime during the second quarter of the win against Green Bay.


Alexander, Hasselbeck carry Seattle to win - 11/28/2006

Brett Favre's kind of weather. Shaun Alexander's kind of night. Dashing through the rare Seattle snow, Alexander ran for a season-high 201 yards Monday night to return to relevance and rally the Seattle Seahawks to a 34-24 victory over Favre's Green Bay Packers. Alexander is rounding back into his 2005 league MVP form after missing six games with a broken foot, and it couldn't have come at a better time: His career-high 40 carries helped Seattle overcome quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's shaky return from a sprained knee. "I feel like I need a massage and a cold whirlpool and some good rest," said Alexander, who bested a previous high of 35 carries. With the white stuff falling for the first time at a Seattle home game, it seemed like a more natural setting for the Packers. Favre, who fell to 41-9 when the temperature is 34 degrees or less, was making his 252nd straight start -- and possibly his final appearance on the Monday-night stage he has lit up over his shining career. Instead, the evening belonged to Alexander, who skated across this new frozen tundra for his first 100-yard game of the season and showed that his still-cracked left foot is far from broken anymore. "Classic Shaun Alexander," fullback Mack Strong said. The Seahawks (7-4), embarrassed last week in a 20-14 loss at San Francisco, took a two-game lead in the NFC West. They overcame four first-half turnovers by Hasselbeck -- including one returned for a touchdown by Abdul Hodge -- and stayed in the game with four field goals off the snowy turf by Josh Brown. Hasselbeck, returning from a sprained right knee, finished 17-for-36 for 157 yards and three touchdowns to offset his three interceptions. Alexander, who returned just last week, said he could relate to his quarterback's struggles. "I think Matt went through what I went through last week," Alexander said. "The game is so fast. It's one of those things, he's trying to throw and make plays, and at times the ball was getting away or was a little bit behind, or he was just one step off. You could tell in the second half he just got a little bit better, a little bit better, and used to the speed."


Five things to watch Monday - 11/27/2006
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

DOUBLE TROUBLE: The Packers haven't given up a 100-yard game to a wide receiver since Miami's Marty Booker caught seven for 110 yards in Week 6. However, of their last four opponents, the only two top wide receivers that they've faced were Arizona's Anquan Boldin and Buffalo's Lee Evans. The Seahawks will confront Green Bay with two explosive wide receivers, Deion Branch and Darrell Jackson, as well as dangerous backups in D.J. Hackett and Nate Burleson. "Jackson is very dangerous," said an executive in personnel for a recent Seahawks opponent. "He's a go-to guy who's highly competitive. He's one of those guys that can overachieve on this level, which doesn't happen very often. He makes key big plays all the time. He's the guy the quarterbacks look for. But Branch is better. He's a game-killer. He will score two on the Packers. He's so quick in and out of the breaks and he can burst to separate. If you make one mistake and he's going up field on you, he's gone." LOOKING FOR NO. 1: Matt Hasselbeck returns to the lineup tonight after having missed the last four games with a knee injury. It will be the fourth start for Hasselbeck against the Packers, his old team. Hasselbeck lost to the Packers twice in 2003, including a playoff game, and again in Week 16 last season when he played only the first half. "You can count on one thing," one scout said. "He'll play good. He is good. The only thing he can't handle is pressure, especially now that he's coming off that injury. You get to blitzing him and he'll throw it up and get shook up mentally. I'd go after him 100%. I'd run-blitz on first down and pass-blitz on every other down." Said an opposing defensive coach: "He's one of the top quarterbacks in the league for a reason. He's very smart. He's very confident. He's very poised in the pocket. He goes through his progressions very quickly. Knowing that his back side is covered (by Walter Jones) gives a guy a tremendous amount of confidence." ANOTHER THREAT: The Packers had problems covering tight ends early in the season but appeared much improved in Weeks 7-9. Last week, New England's Benjamin Watson broke free for 74 yards in five receptions. Seattle's tight end, Jerramy Stevens, is one of the most talented in the league. What has caused the Seahawks untold consternation during Stevens' five-year career is his erratic performance. "Got a world of talent but who knows what you're going to get with this wacko?" one scout said. "He'll drop easy passes and catch hard ones. He'll make a bonehead play in every game. He's unstable. He's got enough ability to be as good as anybody in the league but you can't count on him." Despite ideal stature, Stevens isn't much for the rough stuff, either. "I think he's a pretend tough guy," an opposing defensive coach said. "Put him out in space and let him run fast and catch balls. That's what he likes to do. But he don't want to get his face in the mix. He's not a physical kid. He's an edge trash-talking guy with a very high skill level in the passing game." SCHEME SWITCH: The Seahawks' defense is coordinated by John Marshall, who served as an assistant in Green Bay from 1980-'82. Former Packers coach Ray Rhodes serves as a defensive consultant. Under Marshall, the Seahawks have had problems stopping the run since losing DT Marcus Tubbs in Week 6 with a season-ending knee injury. "They've changed their style," said an offensive coach for a recent Seahawks opponent. "They basically have changed from a small stay-at-home defense to an attack mode. They're using fire zones, they're slanting (Bryce) Fisher. Power football is what will hurt this defensive front. They're not the biggest guys in the world. Tubbs gave them some inside run-stopping ability. But it's hard to zone-block them. They grab the (expletive) out of your guys on the way up to the linebacker level. So their linebackers get free because the defense does a great job of holding and not getting called. That's what's wrong with this league. There's no experienced referees anymore and nothing is getting called that used to get called by experienced referees." POTENTIAL MISMATCH: Aaron Kampman will want to make amends for his subpar pass-rushing performance last week against New England RT Nick Kaczur. His opponent, RT Tom Ashworth, has been subbing for injured Sean Locklear since Week 7. "Ashworth can't play dead," one scout said. "They'll have to keep somebody in there to help him. It'd be a mistake to ask him to go one-on-one against Kampman." Ashworth, 29, did start 30 games off the bench for New England from 2002-'05. "He's the weak link of their front," an opposing defensive coach said. "He's pretty much just a guy. He's stiff. He does work hard and does try to finish. He is long. He's a little below average strength-wise compared to right tackles in the league. He's an effort guy. I think he's a lot like (Mark) Tauscher."


Hasselbeck coming back, Holmgren cooling down - 11/21/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will be following league MVP Shaun Alexander out of the training room and back into the Seahawks' offense this week. That alone could cool the possibility of another Mike Holmgren postgame eruption. Seattle's perfectionist coach ripped into his sloppy, undisciplined players so fiercely following Sunday's 20-14 loss at the San Francisco 49ers that he was home Sunday night regretting it. And when he met with his players Monday morning, he apologized. The loss made the NFC West a race again. Holmgren has lit into his uneven team (6-4) previously this season. But by all accounts, this was bigger. Holmgren's anger centered on his belief that his players underestimated the 49ers (5-5). "It was bad," Holmgren said. "I don't like doing that, I really don't. And I said some things I wasn't too proud of. In essence, I said (Monday), 'I'm not going to do that again with you guys.' "But it was a little grim in there." Backup Seneca Wallace had played well in his first three NFL starts while Hasselbeck recovered from a sprained knee. But he threw three interceptions Sunday. Two led to 10 San Francisco points. The third ended Seattle's last legitimate chance to win the game with 1:38 left -- immediately after Frank Gore had fumbled to give the Seahawks renewed hope. The defense repeatedly missed tackles and was out of position, part of a season-long problem -- and part of the reason Gore romped for a 49ers-record 212 yards on 24 carries. "(Shoot), we played horribly. We deserved it," end Grant Wistrom said of Holmgren's outburst. "I was surprised when he came to apologize to us, to be honest," Wistrom said. "He didn't say anything that was out of line or wasn't warranted."


Turnovers key in 49ers' 20-14 victory - 11/20/2006

For a few gut-wrenching moments, Frank Gore thought his fumble had ruined it all. The best game of his career, the 49ers' biggest upset bid in years -- it was all in the San Francisco defense's hands against the defending conference champs. Yet the defense didn't drop the ball, stuffing the Seattle Seahawks over and over again in the final minutes of a watershed win for a long-suffering franchise that finally might be on the rise again. Gore rushed for a team-record 212 yards, and San Francisco's maligned defense stopped Shaun Alexander and the Seahawks three times in the final 4˝ minutes of the 49ers' third straight victory, 20-14. Gore broke Charlie Garner's team record of 201 yards on a 17-yard romp in the final seconds, but only after he fumbled to give Seattle (6-4) its second last-minute chance. He had no reason to worry: Even Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck at full strength would have had trouble against this inspired unit. Though Gore was chastened by his sole blunder, he shared his teammates' good feelings about the brightest day in years around fog-shrouded Candlestick Park. "We want to let everybody know the 49ers are coming on," said Gore, who didn't practice until Friday after getting a concussion in last week's win at Detroit. "I haven't had 200 yards since high school. Our offensive line doesn't get any respect, so we've been saying we've got to get it ourselves." Alex Smith passed for 163 yards, threw a TD pass and rushed for another score for the 49ers (5-5), who went scoreless in the second half, yet still hung on to snap a six-game losing streak against their NFC West rivals. Arnaz Battle caught a TD pass as San Francisco jumped to a 20-0 halftime lead in what coach Mike Nolan thought was its best performance in his two seasons.


Game time decisions on Alexander, Hasselbeck for Sunday - 11/17/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

The 49ers won't know until Sunday whether they will be facing league MVP Shaun Alexander and Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck when they play the Seattle Seahawks in San Francisco. Coach Mike Holmgren said Friday that he believes Alexander and Hasselbeck are "capable of playing" against the 49ers, "but we're going to have to see how it all sorts itself out. "I will do that on Sunday," he said. Holmgren had said on Wednesday that he would know by Friday whether his star running back and quarterback would play. Alexander practiced this week for the first time since he broke his left foot during a game against the New York Giants on Sept. 24. Hasselbeck practiced all week for the first time since he sprained a ligament in his right knee against Minnesota on Oct. 22. Reporters were allowed to watch both practice Friday, but were prohibited from reporting on how much each played with the starting offense. Thursday, 49ers coach Mike Nolan said his team was preparing as if both Alexander and Hasselbeck would start. He added that his team is already familiar with their backups, Maurice Morris and Seneca Wallace -- thanks to the Seahawks' 41-3 win the last time these teams met, Dec. 11, 2005, in Seattle. "They got so far ahead that -- unfortunately for us -- they were able to put (them) in the game," Nolan said. Earlier in the week, Alexander split time with Morris on the starting unit. Alexander looked fluid cutting on a foot that X-rays this week showed remains cracked in the fourth metatarsal. After a full workout Wednesday, the Seahawks rested Alexander some during Thursday's drills. The 2005 NFL rushing leader was back on the field Friday.


Alexander, Hasselbeck back on field _ and one looks better than other - 11/16/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

Injured Seattle standouts Shaun Alexander and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck returned to practice Wednesday -- with mixed results. While Hasselbeck favored his sprained right knee for part of the practice, Alexander ran 11 plays with Seattle's first-team offense for the first time in seven weeks since breaking his left foot. The 2005 league rushing champion ran at less than full speed but showed no signs of any pain in a foot that remains cracked, according to X-rays taken this week. Coach Mike Holmgren joked that there has been so much public scrutiny over the weekly pictures of the league MVP's foot that they belong in the Smithsonian. But doctors are focusing now on how Alexander feels to determine when he can return. On Wednesday, he sounded like he was ready to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. "Today was very successful," Alexander said. "It's all about what my foot can take. ... I think that's going to be the greatest test (when I ask for) 50 carries -- which is probably what I will ask for when we get to Friday and I still feel good. "We're still in a 'we'll see,' but today was good." Hasselbeck was limping on his sprained right knee by the end of the 25 San Francisco plays he ran with the scout team.


Alexander, Hasselbeck coming back for first-place Seahawks - 11/14/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

Shaun Alexander walked casually out of a press-box elevator at Qwest Field. He was wearing a brown coat, a rain-soaked, blue Seahawks skull cap and a smile minutes after his Seahawks beat the St. Louis Rams again without him or Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. "Next week, right?" an excited stadium attendant said to the league MVP. Alexander simply smiled again. He's probably smiling more now, because the attendant may be right. Alexander's doctors have reversed field and are now allowing him to get back on one. And Hasselbeck will be right behind him. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said Monday that both of his injured stars may play on Sunday at San Francisco, pending tests in practice this week. Hasselbeck likely will practice Friday to try out his sprained right knee ligament, which has caused him to miss the last three games. And doctors have cleared Alexander to fully practice Wednesday for the first time in eight weeks -- even though the broken bone in his left foot, which has sidelined him for six games, may not be fully healed. That had been the previous criterion for Alexander's return. If Alexander comes through practices this week as pain free as he's been for the last three, idle weeks, he likely will play against the 49ers (4-5).


Once again, Brown lifts 'Hawks over Rams - 11/12/2006

The thrilling has seemingly gotten so routine for Josh Brown, he barely reacts to it now. But his Seahawks? They love it -- and Brown. Once again, they jubilantly mobbed each other after their absurdly cool kicker calmly made a 38-yard field goal with nine seconds left as Seattle beat St. Louis 24-22 and seize control of the NFC West. After his second game-winning kick to beat the Rams in less than a month, Brown simply bowed his head into the hug of holder Ryan Plackemeier. The stunned Rams (4-5) simply stared at a fourth consecutive loss. It was Brown's fifth winning field goal for the Seahawks (6-3) since Oct. 2, 2005, when he clanged a potential winner from 47 yards off the left upright at the end of regulation in an overtime loss at Washington. "I'm not shocked I made it," Brown said. "I think I would have been more shocked had I missed. "It's definitely not an arrogance thing. ... We prepare like this every day." It all forced Seahawks defensive end Grant Wistrom to grudgingly praise his kicker. "This is the third game he's won this season, isn't it?" Wistrom said of Brown, correctly. "He's pretty important. "But I don't want to give him too much credit. He thinks he's pretty good already." Brown probably would not have gotten his chance without Nate Burleson's first Seattle heroics.


Alexander, Hasselbeck back practicing with Seahawks _ a little - 11/11/2006

Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck ran on his injured knee while leading the scout team through 7-on-7 drills, one day after league MVP Shaun Alexander tested his broken left foot by running through cones and cutting on synthetic grass. But so far, it's all a tease. Coach Mike Holmgren still doesn't expect to see his stars play until at least Nov. 19 at San Francisco, if then. And Hasselbeck said Friday he still has "no stability" in the knee. Still, Holmgren thought the last two days were significant steps for the Seahawks (5-3), who host St. Louis (4-4) on Sunday with first place in the NFC West at stake and backup passer Seneca Wallace starting again. "It's huge. You get your quarterback back ... no matter how well Seneca has played, it's important," Holmgren said. "And the other guy is the MVP of the league. There's a lot of money sitting in that training room, you know." It's $31.1 million in guaranteed cash, to be exact -- part of contracts potentially worth a combined $111.4 million that each has signed within the last two years. Hasselbeck wore a black, lightweight brace over his heavily taped knee, which he occasionally appeared to drag with him as he moved through agility drills and dropped back to pass. He also looked winded and red-faced at times. "Health-wise, I felt great. Performance-wise, I've got some work to do to get back out there," Hasselbeck said after throwing eight passes against Seattle's starting defense during red-zone drills.


Seahawks must trudge on without Alexander, Hasselbeck - 11/08/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

The crack in Shaun Alexander's foot still isn't healed, and the league MVP will almost certainly miss his sixth consecutive game Sunday when Seattle hosts St. Louis for the NFC West lead. Coach Mike Holmgren said Tuesday that consecutive days of MRIs and CT scans on last season's NFL rushing leader showed the fourth metatarsal on Alexander's left foot still is cracked. "He is healing. I think he'll do some running at the end of the week," Holmgren said. "But I wouldn't expect him to be able to play this week. Now, I suppose there's an outside chance, but that's how they are looking at it." For weeks, Holmgren has been saying doctors are waiting on the bone to "knit" completely before they will clear last season's NFL rushing leader to play. They don't want Alexander risking a more complete break that would require surgery and cause him to miss the rest of the season. Tuesday's third round of pictures in eight days showed that knitting -- which Seattle expected to be sewed up more than two weeks ago -- remains frayed. "I wish I could tell you I had better news," Holmgren said, almost dejectedly. "Some people heal up faster. Some people take a little more time. There is a certain frustration built into that."


Seattle sacks Oakland 16-0 in the rain - 11/07/2006

Mike Holmgren showed a new side of his coaching persona. The passing game guru motivated his defense by dressing down his players and made sure he stuck to a game plan for the Seattle Seahawks that relied heavily on a backup running back. It was the same old Oakland Raiders. They capped yet another Monday night meltdown with a knee to the groin that led to defensive end Tyler Brayton's ejection. Craig Terrill had three of Seattle's nine sacks and Maurice Morris ran 30 times for a career-high 138 yards to help the Seahawks end a two-game skid with a 16-0 victory over the Raiders. The victory got the Seahawks (5-3) back on track after injuries to reigning MVP Shaun Alexander and Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck left the defending NFC champions struggling to match last season's success. But it was the defense that had Holmgren most concerned and led to the harsh talk following last week's 35-28 loss at Kansas City.


Johnson's four TDs rescue Chiefs, 35-28 - 10/29/2006

There is a way to hold onto the ball for two-thirds of the game, move it some 500 yards, get your best player in the end zone four times and still nearly lose the game. Just ask the Kansas City Chiefs. At the end of their wild 35-28 victory over the depleted Seattle Seahawks, the Chiefs were feeling more lucky than good, more grateful than boastful. "That goes to show you what happens in the National Football League," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said, "when you miss opportunities and turn the ball over in the wrong area of the field and give up big plays." Larry Johnson, Tony Gonzalez, Damon Huard and Eddie Kennison all had outstanding days for Kansas City (4-3), which went over .500 for the first time all year. The Chiefs had 499 total yards to 240 for Seattle, and 42 minutes, 15 seconds of possession time compared with Seattle's 17:45.


Vikings surge late in Seattle, win 31-13 - 10/22/2006

For years, teams facing the Seahawks at home have tried silent snap counts, blaring music during practices and other tricks to combat Seattle's notoriously raucous crowd noise. Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson figured out a way to take the crowd and the Seahawks out of it on the same play. Brad Johnson and the Vikings offense came alive to walk away with a win over the Seahawks in Seattle. Henderson rolled into Matt Hasselbeck 's right leg early in the second half of a tie game, sending the Pro Bowl quarterback to the locker room for the remainder of the game with a sprained knee. Then the Vikings' Chester Taylor romped for most of his career-high 169 yards on a pivotal, 95-yard run -- the longest in Minnesota history -- as the Vikings stunned the battered Seahawks 31-13 to end Seattle's team-record 12-game home winning streak. Qwest Field was so quiet, you could hear another Seahawks star fall. "I think they were a little shocked a little rattled without their leader out there," Henderson said after his knockout, which did not appear to be intentional. He also had a team-high nine tackles and intercepted backup Seneca Wallace. Already without his league MVP Shaun Alexander, Seattle coach Mike Holmgren announced Hasselbeck will have an MRI on Oct. 23 to determine the extent of his injury. When pressed on how injured the most important player of his intricate offense is, coach Holmgren turned terse. "I'm not going to say anything about what it is. He's getting pictures taken tomorrow," Holmgren said. So ended an NFL afternoon in which both Super Bowl quarterbacks from last season went out with injuries and did not return: Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out with a scary blow to the head in an overtime loss to the Falcons.


Seahawks' FG at the buzzer beats Rams - 10/16/2006

The luck of the Rams finally ran out. Twice this season -- against Arizona and Green Bay -- St. Louis was on the verge of losing, only to be saved by late-game fumbles by opponents. It almost happened again, but Seattle's Josh Brown kicked a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give Seattle an improbable 30-28 win. "It was a great game to watch, I'm sure," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said. "A tough game to coach. Fortunately, Josh was on today." The win put Seattle (4-1) back atop the NFC West, a half game ahead of the Rams (4-2), who have a bye next week. Seattle won with MVP running back Shaun Alexander still out with a broken foot, and without wide receiver Bobby Engram (thyroid condition) and tight end Jerramy Stevens (knee). The game shaped up early as a Rams blowout. Two touchdown passes from Marc Bulger to Torry Holt and a 2-yard run by Steven Jackson gave St. Louis a 21-7 lead at the half. As dominant as the Rams were in the first half, Seattle was better in the second, scoring 20 straight points to go up 27-21 late in the game. Then the fun began. After Bulger's first interception in 204 attempts this season gave Seattle the ball deep in St. Louis territory, the game seemed over. But Leonard Little stripped Maurice Morris at the St. Louis 7 with 2:48 to play, and Jimmy Kennedy recovered. From the St. Louis 33, Bulger threw deep over the middle. Holt, in single coverage, got a hand on the ball at the Seattle 20, tipped it into the air, then grabbed it and ran into the end zone for a career-best third touchdown catch.


Shaun Alexander still 'iffy,' but Jerramy Stevens returns to Seahawks - 10/10/2006
Source: ESPN

Jokes and welcome backs filled the Seattle Seahawks' locker room and practice field over the return of a needed player for their struggling offense. "You're back! You're back!" players kept saying on their first day back from a six-day, bye-week break. No, this wasn't about the return of Shaun Alexander. The league MVP had another round of tests Monday that showed the crack in his left foot is smaller. And coach Mike Holmgren said "we're going in the right direction" with the injury sustained two weeks ago. Still, Holmgren called Alexander "iffy" to play Sunday at St. Louis (4-1), where the Rams are the new, surprise leaders in an NFC West that Seattle (3-1) ran away with last fall. Monday's smiles came because tight end Jerramy Stevens will play against St. Louis, for perhaps 30 or more plays. It will be his first action since the Super Bowl. "I'm just excited," Stevens said after buzzing around the practice field like a rookie trying to make the team. So is quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. "Jerramy has something that we haven't had on the field this year," the 2005 Pro Bowl passer said. "He adds an element of size and speed and the ability to get open." Stevens had surgery in late April for torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee. He was held out of the first two weeks of training camp while recovering and then sustained an identical injury -- leading to the same surgery -- during a non-contract drill in his third day of practice, Aug. 17. On Monday, Stevens was the second tight end behind Itula Mili during team drills. Stevens was delighted to be doing anything other than the same rehabilitation exercises he's faced for half a year.


Bears Stomp Seahawks and Remain Unbeaten - 10/02/2006
Source: New York Times

An impressive night for the Chicago Bears became a miserable one for the Seattle Seahawks. Leaving Soldier Field on Sunday night as the only unbeaten team in the National Football Conference, the Bears (4-0) manhandled Seattle, 37-6, in an early-season statement game between teams with Super Bowl aspirations. The Seahawks (3-1) figured this assignment would be difficult without their star running back, Shaun Alexander, who was sidelined by a broken bone in his foot. But Seattle never expected this kind of beating — to be held without a touchdown, to begin the fourth quarter trailing by 28 points, to be dominated physically. Both teams had been pointing toward this game, and it was the Bears who made their point. Their defense was suffocating, sacking Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck five times and harassing him into two interceptions. By the fourth quarter, it was no longer safe to be Hasselbeck. He had to throw, the Bears knew it, and Hasselbeck spent plenty of time picking himself up off the grass. Midway through the fourth quarter, Seattle Coach Mike Holmgren spared Hasselbeck from more punishment by inserting the backup Seneca Wallace. It was a far more pleasant experience for Rex Grossman (17 for 31, 232 yards), the Bears quarterback, who threw for two touchdowns. Grossman’s young career has been injury riddled, but he appears on the verge of having a breakthrough season. If the Bears can field a consistent offense to complement their physical defense, they could be headed for a special season.


Bears dominate Seahawks 37-6, stay perfect - 10/01/2006

The Chicago Bears showed how serious they are about contending for the NFC title, dominating the defending conference champions. Rex Grossman threw for 232 yards and Ricky Manning Jr. intercepted two of Matt Hasselbeck's passes to lead Chicago to a 37-6 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. Grossman had another solid performance, completing 17 of 31 passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and the Bears improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1991. Bernard Berrian had three receptions for a career-high 108 yards and a touchdown.


A victory against Seahawks would make the Bears invincible - 10/01/2006
Source: Chicago Sun Times

What do I hear you saying? That this is but one game of 19 in a lengthy Bears championship season? That come Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 4, the Bears will remember this event the way a killer remembers his first roller skates? That the nationally televised game tonight between undefeated NFC teams is as irrelevant in the grand scheme of things as an unpopped zit? B.S.! It might be true that the Bears have played three anemic division rivals and already seem assured of making the playoffs. But there are two very large reasons why winning the game against the Seattle Seahawks is huge and key, with a couple of secondary reasons dangling below. First, the Seahawks were in the Super Bowl last season. Yes, they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10, but they outgained them 396 yards to 339 and might have won were it not for some dropped passes and very dubious officials' calls.


Holmgren playing coy, but Bears are likely to see plenty of 4-WR sets from Seahawks on Sunday - 09/30/2006
Source: Daily Herald

Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren wants to let everyone know that his four-receiver offense is not new, and it’s not the only offense his team plays. With undersized running back Maurice Morris replacing injured league MVP Shaun Alexander for Sunday’s meeting with the Bears, however, the Seahawks will go to their strong passing attack as often as necessary. It will make for some enjoyable viewing, as the Seahawks send out four receivers while the Bears try to capitalize on what may be a vulnerable offensive line with that many players running passing routes. The Seahawks raced to a 35-3 halftime lead on the New York Giants on Sunday as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw touchdown passes to Nate Burleson (a former Bears nemesis in Minnesota), Darrell Jackson and former Bears receiver Bobby Engram. Deion Branch, the new member of the Fantastic Four, had a couple of catches but did not score. In his weekly conversation with the media, Holmgren tried to downplay the four-receiver set, probably to no avail. “We’ve always had it in,’’ Holmgren said. “Now we have Deion Branch and we really can put four receivers in the game that can be pretty productive. You give up some things when you have that kind of formation. We’ve never done that more than a few times, a few snaps of the game. We did it a little more last week, but that was a game-plan type of thing. We have the ability to do it a little bit more than we’ve done it in the past.”


Bears defense waiting for Seahawks to try four-receiver tricks - 09/28/2006
Source: Chicago Sun Times

The Bears weren't quite licking their chops Wednesday while contemplating Seattle's four-receiver package, but it was apparent the prospect doesn't scare them. The Seahawks are as deep at wide receiver as any team after acquiring Deion Branch from the New England Patriots, and they torched the New York Giants on Sunday with the four-receiver look as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck tied a career high of five touchdown passes. The Bears don't have a dime package -- a scheme with six defensive backs -- because, among other reasons, it would require taking Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs (weak side) off the field. They do feel awfully good about their nickel package, with cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. replacing strong-side linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer. If the Seahawks (3-0) bust out all four wideouts Sunday night (7:30, Ch. 5, 780-AM), rookie free safety Danieal Manning probably will find himself locked in coverage on Branch, Darrell Jackson, Nate Burleson or ex-Bear Bobby Engram. Jackson scored two touchdowns against the Giants, and Burleson and Engram also scored. ''That means more one-on-ones for our defensive line,'' cornerback Nathan Vasher said. ''So that plays into our favor.''


Maurice Morris: Will Fill In For Alexander - 09/25/2006
Source: Yahoo!

RB Maurice Morris will be the starter at RB for the Seattle Seahawks while Shaun Alexander is sidelined with a broken foot.

Fantasy Impact: Morris becomes a decent 2nd RB depending on the size of your league, but the acquisition of Deion Branch combined with Alexander's injury will lead to more 3 and 4 WR sets for the Seahawks.


Fantasy Football: MatchUp Meter - 09/25/2006
Source: Boston Herald

Following are complete fantasy football rankings based on this week’s matchups for all the major positions (QB, RB, WR, TE, K, team defense). They are based on a combined yardage/scoring system (4 points for a passing touchdown, 6 points for a rushing/receiving touchdown, one point for every 25 passing yards, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards). Quarterback 1/Donovan McNabb, PHI at SF 2/Eli Manning, NYG at SEA 3/Peyton Manning, IND vs. JAC 4/Matt Hasselbeck, SEA vs. NYG 5/Carson Palmer, CIN at PIT 6/Michael Vick, ATL at NO


Fast start propells Seahawks past Giants - 09/24/2006

The Giants wanted to take Seattle's roaring, allegedly enhanced crowd out of the game early. Plunging into the deepest first-half hole in their 82-year history probably wasn't what New York had in mind. Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw five touchdown passes - four in the first half. Meanwhile, Eli Manning had three interceptions, the Giants were way behind early and never caught up in a 42-30 loss Sunday. The rout was so quick, so decisive, it rendered the incessant roaring of a Qwest Field-record crowd of 68,161 moot - but not mute. The fans were mostly mocking the stunned visitors by the end of the third quarter, after the Seahawks completed a 17-play drive that ended with Darrell Jackson's second touchdown catch for a 42-3 lead. The Seahawks won their 12th consecutive regular-season home game to become 3-0 for the third time in four seasons. They finally felt good about their previously sputtering offense, thanks to a boost by Deion Branch's debut. The former Patriot and Super Bowl MVP caught two passes for 23 yards and ran a reverse 8 yards. He was part of the Seahawks' new, four-wide receiver scheme, an offensive makeover during the game's relatively few important parts. The Giants (1-2) just got plain worked over. Manning threw scoring passes of 13 yards to Toomer and 25 yards to Tim Carter in the fourth quarter to make it 42-17. McQuarters then intercepted a short, Hasselbeck flip and returned it 27 yards for another touchdown with 9:30 left. New York's final score came on a 94-yard drive out of the same no-huddle offense in which Manning shined last week. Manning was 7-for-8 on the drive, which ended with a 9-yard scoring pass to David Tyree with 2:42 remaining. Seattle's Jimmy Williams batted the subsequent onside kick out of bounds to effectively end the Giants' wild, 27-point final quarter.


Branch will play against Giants, so will new LG and TE - 09/19/2006
Source: ESPN

Coach Mike Holmgren said the former Super Bowl MVP will be added to the roster to play against the New York Giants on Sunday -- 13 days after the Seahawks traded with the Patriots to end Branch's 45-day contract holdout, and eight months since his last game.

Fantasy Impact: Branch will step into a Seattle offense that found its stride last week. QB Matt Hasselbeck also seemed to find his groove with Darrell Jackson, so Branch may find difficulty in attempts to put up numbers that most owners may expect of him.


Alexander, 'Hawks too much for Cards - 09/17/2006

Seattle is 2-0 for the third time in four seasons despite Pro Bowler Matt Hasselbeck throwing two interceptions and going just 12-for-27 for 221 yards -- his first game under 50 percent passing in two seasons. And Alexander, last season's league rushing champion, was held below 100 yards for the second consecutive game for the first time since November, 2004. He had 51 yards in a field-goal filled win at Detroit in the opener. "Everybody expects us to be the team that was in the Super Bowl," running back Shaun Alexander said after a 21-10 win over Arizona. "This is only the second week. So I think we have a good, second-week offense instead of the team that walked into the Super Bowl." Last year's year MVP ran for a relatively modest 89 yards on 26 carries -- most of those late -- and scored an early touchdown. Then Seattle's swarming, blitzing defense continually harassed quarterback Kurt Warner and the Cardinals into missed opportunities in the Seahawks' second consecutive underwhelming win. Arizona had 37 total yards until Warner led a two-minute drill to end the first half. Warner -- 24-for-38 for 231 yards passing and one interception -- was 7-for-8 on the drive. But a hurried Neil Rackers missed his second field goal wide left from 54 yards as the half ended. The 2005 All-Pro also had a 51-yard try clang off the crossbar. "We made a lot of mistakes out there and didn't capitalize on some things," Warner said. "Against a good team, at their house, if you do that it's tough to win."


Branch traded - 09/11/2006

The Deion Branch holdout is over, but Branch isn’t returning to the Patriots. Branch, the fifth-year receiver, has been traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2007 first-round draft choice today.

Fantasy Impact: This is certainly a big loss for the Patriots, and Tom Brady's production, especially to receivers, should see some letdown. Branch should see some success in Seattle with the absence of premier WRs for Hasselbeck to throw to.


Jones to miss Oakland game - 08/29/2006
Source: News Tribune

LT Walter Jones will miss the Seahawks final preseason game against the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: All indications are that he'd play if it were a regular season game, but any injury to the NFL's best offensive lineman bears watching.


TE Mili's injury less severe than first feared; S Green's worse - 08/29/2006
Source: ESPN

TE Itula MIli put a scare into the Seahawks on Saturday, suffering a knee injury that some thought included ligament damage. It is only a sprain, and Mili should be ready for the season opener on Sept. 10 at Detroit.

Fantasy Impact: With TE Jerramy Stevens already out for the first month, having Mili healthy is great news for QB Matt Hasselbeck. Mili will likely only hold marginal value as a red zone threat.


TE Stevens taken off field on cart - 08/17/2006
Source: ESPN, Yahoo!

Seahawks TE Jerramy Stevens was taken from the practice field on a cart today after he injured his left knee.

Fantasy Impact: Stevens is a solid fantasy TE if he's healthy, and his possible extended absence could have negative ramifications for QB Matt Hasselbeck as well.

  Passing Rushing Fumbles
Year Team G Rating Att Comp Pct Yds YPG YPA Int TD 300+
Yd G
Sacks Sack
Att Yds YPA YPG TD 100+
Yd G
Fum Fum
2004 SEA 14 83.1 474 279 58.9 3382 241.6 7.1 15 22 0 30 155 27 90 3.3 6.4 1 0 5 1
2005 SEA 16 98.2 449 294 65.5 3459 216.2 7.7 9 24 1 24 154 36 124 3.4 7.8 1 0 4 2
  Passing Rushing Fumbles
Week Opp Rating Att Comp Pct Yds YPG YPA Int TD 300+
Yd G
Sacks Sack
Att Yds YPA YPG TD 100+
Yd G
Fum Fum
1@DET 95.8 30 25 0 210 0 7 0 0 0 5 37 3 15 5 0 0 0 0 0
2ARI 54.7 27 12 0 221 0 8.2 2 1 0 3 26 2 -2 -1 0 0 0 1 0
3NYG 93.1 33 24 0 227 0 6.9 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4@CHI 39.7 35 16 0 196 0 5.6 2 0 0 5 49 1 19 19 0 0 0 0 0
6@STL 110.9 34 19 0 268 0 7.9 0 3 0 4 29 2 22 11 0 0 0 0 0
7MIN 87.1 17 7 0 127 0 7.5 0 1 0 2 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8@KAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9OAK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11@SFO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12GNB 52.7 36 17 0 157 0 4.4 3 3 0 1 10 2 12 6 0 0 0 1 1
13@DEN 59.8 28 16 0 168 0 6 1 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14@ARI 133.5 28 20 0 243 0 8.7 0 3 0 3 15 3 32 10.7 0 0 0 1 1
15SFO 58.4 37 20 0 220 0 5.9 2 1 0 3 10 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
16SDG 39.1 37 17 0 189 0 5.1 2 0 0 6 28 1 10 10 0 0 0 0 0
17@TAM 93.5 29 17 0 216 0 7.4 0 1 0 1 4 3 -1 -0.3 0 0 0 0 0
2006To Date 76 371 210 56.6 2442 203.5 6.6 15 18 0 34 229 18 110 6.1 9.2 0 0 3 2


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