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Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura (4) walks off the field after an injury during the second half of the Cougars’ 38-13 loss at USC on Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

POLL: Which of the state’s football losses was the worst?

The Seahawks, Huskies and Cougars all lost on the same weekend for the first time since 2011.

Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura (4) walks off the field after an injury during the second half of the Cougars’ 38-13 loss at USC on Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Drew Timme and the rest of the Gonzaga men’s basketball team played Auburn the day after a Bulldogs player tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

POLL RESULTS: Readers split on Gonzaga choosing to play

A small majority objects to the Bulldogs playing a day after a player tested positive for COVID-19.

Drew Timme and the rest of the Gonzaga men’s basketball team played Auburn the day after a Bulldogs player tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is sacked by Benson Mayowa (95), Jarran Reed (90) and Carlos Dunlap (43) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Seahawks defeated the Eagles (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Seahawks’ improving defense should strike fear into NFC foes

No, it’s not the old Legion of Boom, but even with an average defense Seattle could be formidable.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is sacked by Benson Mayowa (95), Jarran Reed (90) and Carlos Dunlap (43) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Seahawks defeated the Eagles (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs (1) passes to a teammate against Auburn last Friday at the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Fort Myers, Florida. (Chris Tilley/Fort Myers Tip-Off via McClatchy News Service)

POLL: Should the Gonzaga-Auburn hoops game have been played?

The men’s basketball contest went forward despite a Gonzaga player testing positive for COVID-19.

Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs (1) passes to a teammate against Auburn last Friday at the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Fort Myers, Florida. (Chris Tilley/Fort Myers Tip-Off via McClatchy News Service)
Washington Governor Jay Inslee, right, hands off the Apple Cup Trophy to University of Washington president Ana Mari Cauce and Huskies head coach Chris Petersen, left, last year at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz | Seattle Times/TNS)

POLL RESULTS: Readers not expecting an Apple Cup in 2020

Despite calls to have the annual football game between UW and WSU rescheduled, 68% think it won’t happen.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee, right, hands off the Apple Cup Trophy to University of Washington president Ana Mari Cauce and Huskies head coach Chris Petersen, left, last year at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz | Seattle Times/TNS)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore (83) celebrates with DK Metcalf, left, and Tyler Lockett (16), after Moore scored a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

For Seahawks fans, there’s a major reason to be thankful

Seattle is tied atop the NFC West, but its favorable schedule ahead is the big reason to be excited.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore (83) celebrates with DK Metcalf, left, and Tyler Lockett (16), after Moore scored a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Sporting opposing team gear, Lauren Rice and Avery Kirkman, right, enjoy chatting together as Dutch Hill Elementary in Snohomish held an Apple Cup-themed Dads and Donuts event in advance of the 2018 matchup between Washington and Washington State. This year’s Apple Cup, scheduled for Friday, was canceled because of a coronavirus outbreak among WSU players, but it’s possible the annual rivalry contest could be rescheduled. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

POLL: Will the Apple Cup happen this year?

Friday’s football game between UW and WSU was called off, but there’s still hope of rescheduling.

Sporting opposing team gear, Lauren Rice and Avery Kirkman, right, enjoy chatting together as Dutch Hill Elementary in Snohomish held an Apple Cup-themed Dads and Donuts event in advance of the 2018 matchup between Washington and Washington State. This year’s Apple Cup, scheduled for Friday, was canceled because of a coronavirus outbreak among WSU players, but it’s possible the annual rivalry contest could be rescheduled. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Voters disagreed with Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s decision to punt rather than go for it on fourth-and-short Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

POLL RESULTS: Carroll shouldn’t have punted vs. the Rams

More than three-quarters of responders said the Seahawks should have gone for it on fourth-and-short.

Voters disagreed with Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s decision to punt rather than go for it on fourth-and-short Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is tackled by two against the Los Angeles Rams defenders during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong )

Wilson wobbling under weight of carrying the Seahawks

The QB had another rough day in Seattle’s loss at Los Angeles on Sunday. Is he trying too hard? Is too much being asked of him?

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is tackled by two against the Los Angeles Rams defenders during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong )
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll pleads on a call by referees during Seattle’s 23-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at SoFi Stadium. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

POLL: Did Pete Carroll make the right call punting?

The Seahawks coach has been second-guessed for not going for it on fourth-and-inches in Seattle’s loss.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll pleads on a call by referees during Seattle’s 23-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at SoFi Stadium. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
Seattle Sounders FC will be looking to defend its MLS Cup championship when the playoffs begin Nov. 21. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

POLL RESULTS: Voters predict a title for the Sounders

Nearly half the voters picked Seattle to claim its second straight MLS Cup and third in five years.

Seattle Sounders FC will be looking to defend its MLS Cup championship when the playoffs begin Nov. 21. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, left, looks to pass as teammate offensive tackle Daryl Williams (75) blocks Seattle Seahawks Carlos Dunlap (43) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Bills expose Seattle’s perhaps fatal weakness: pass defense

The frequently lambasted Josh Allen shreds the Hawks, who are on pace to break the NFL record for most passing yards allowed in a season.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, left, looks to pass as teammate offensive tackle Daryl Williams (75) blocks Seattle Seahawks Carlos Dunlap (43) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Jordan Morris and the Seattle Sounders head into the MLS postseason as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)

POLL: How far do the Sounders advance in the MLS playoffs?

Defending league champion Seattle enters the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

Jordan Morris and the Seattle Sounders head into the MLS postseason as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
Washington State Cougars quarterback Anthony Gordon (18) is sacked by Washington Huskies linebacker Joe Tryon (9) during last year’s Apple Cup at Husky Stadium. The Huskies won 31-13. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

POLL RESULTS: Huskies favored over the Cougars

The Pac-12 football season begins Saturday, and voters overwhelmingly picked UW to be better than WSU.

Washington State Cougars quarterback Anthony Gordon (18) is sacked by Washington Huskies linebacker Joe Tryon (9) during last year’s Apple Cup at Husky Stadium. The Huskies won 31-13. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, right, sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Bobby Wagner’s ultimatum energized Hawks’ defense

The All-Pro middle linebacker leads a much-improved Seattle defense in win over Niners.

Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, right, sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Both the Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars have new head coaches and questions at quarterback entering the 2020 season. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

POLL: Who’s better in 2020, the Huskies or Cougars?

The Pac-12 football season begins Saturday, and both UW and WSU are undergoing transition.

Both the Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars have new head coaches and questions at quarterback entering the 2020 season. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) dives in for a touchdown against Seattle Seahawks free safety Quandre Diggs (37) during last Sunday’s game in Glendale, Ariz. The Arizona Cardinals won in overtime. (AP Photo/Jennifer Stewart)

POLL RESULTS: Seahawks fans are feeling concerned

More than three-quarters of responders have some level of concern, despite Seattle being 5-1.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) dives in for a touchdown against Seattle Seahawks free safety Quandre Diggs (37) during last Sunday’s game in Glendale, Ariz. The Arizona Cardinals won in overtime. (AP Photo/Jennifer Stewart)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf tackles Arizona Cardinals strong safety Budda Baker (32) short of the goal line after Baker intercepted a pass during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Hawks let game slip away, but Metcalf’s play was one for the ages

His astonishing TD-saving pursuit was in no way diminished by Seattle’s disappointing OT loss.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf tackles Arizona Cardinals strong safety Budda Baker (32) short of the goal line after Baker intercepted a pass during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) gets the throw off as Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kylie Fitts makes the hit during the second half of Seattle’s 37-34 overtime loss Sunday at State Farm Stadium. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

POLL: Is there cause for concern for the Seahawks?

Was Sunday’s overtime loss to Arizona a blip on the radar, or something to worry about?

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) gets the throw off as Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kylie Fitts makes the hit during the second half of Seattle’s 37-34 overtime loss Sunday at State Farm Stadium. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton dives with the ball, but is stopped near the goal line as the clock expires in the fourth quarter of the Seattle Seahawks’ 35-30 victory on Sept. 20 at CenturyLink Field. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

POLL RESULTS: Stopping Newton is the highlight moment so far

Readers say stuffing the New England QB on the game’s final play was the Seahawks’ biggest pre-bye moment.

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton dives with the ball, but is stopped near the goal line as the clock expires in the fourth quarter of the Seattle Seahawks’ 35-30 victory on Sept. 20 at CenturyLink Field. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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