By John Boyle
Happy Tuesday/Wednesday, everybody. With the Seahawks playing a Saturday game this week, they’ll kick off the week with a “Competition Wednesday” practice on Tuesday. I point this out mostly so you’ll all understand if/when I get the day wrong in something I write this week.
Are you a big Seahawks fan with a lot of money who wants to support a good cause? Well then, you can purchase a very expensive license plate for your car. As you probably heard by now, Seahawks and Sounders license plates became available last week, but Seahawks plate No. 1 was set aside, and is being auctioned off to raise money for A Better Seattle, Pete Carroll’s charity that works to end gang violence in Seattle.
In today’s Herald, Pete Carroll says his team can’t assume anything despite last month’s blowout win over the Saints. And from our friends at the News Tribune, a column on the high-caliber quarterback play in the playoffs, plus a look at things from the Saints side of things.
Larry Stone of the Seattle Times says the 2013 Seahawks won’t be the 2001 Mariners (dominant in the regular season turned postseason disappointments).
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle looks at three reasons why this weekend’s Seahawks-Saints game will look different than the previous meeting.
ESPN’s John Clayton answers 10 questions about this weekend’s NFC playoff games.
The NFL Network’s Total access crew looks at whether the 49ers have become the team to beat in the NFC. Seahawks fans will like the answer given by Heath Evans.
FootballPerspective.com looks at just how good Seattle’s pass defense is historically when adjusted for the era.
The Puget Sound Business Journal takes a look at the way Richard Sherman has bolstered his income with numerous endorsement deals.
CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco previews all four of this weekend’s games.
USA Today’s Jarrett Bell notes that the Saints won on the road last week not with their prolific passing game, but their alter ego, a tough, smash-mouth style they’ll now try to bring to Seattle.
And speaking of officiating, TheMMQB.com’s Greg A. Bedard looks at the decrease in penalties during last weekend’s playoff game, a trend that could favor Seattle if it continues, especially if more crews let physical play go in the secondary, which was the case in Green Bay.