Seattle Seahawks Re-Claim NFC West Lead, Matt Hasselbeck Injured Again

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Seattle Seahawks Re-Claim NFC West Lead, Matt Hasselbeck Injured Again
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After two brutal weekends losing to the New York Giants at Qwest and the Oakland Raiders, the Seattle Seahawks are back on track.

For the second time this season Arizona served as the Seahawks’ stepping stone to first place in the NFC West (thanks, in part, to the 49ers win over St. Louis) and Seattle finds themselves poised, once again, for the playoffs.

Matt Hasselbeck had a great game, throwing for a total of 333 yards, his single-game best since 2007. 273 of those yards came in the first half before he jogged off the field to get an x-ray on his left wrist. The wrist turned out to be cracked, but Hasselbeck was able to return for the fourth quarter.

Though the Seahawks’ latest re-addition, quarterback J.P. Losman was chomping at the bit, Charlie Whitehurst got the call to step in for Hasselbeck in the third quarter. Aside from one misstep that resulted in an easy interception for the Cardinals, Whitehurst showed improvement crisply finishing 4 of 6 passes for 53 yards.

Mike Williams was playing with a dislocated finger, but that didn’t keep him from returning to Cinderella story status and having his second career day against the Cardinals, this time with 11 catches for 145 yards.

Kelly Jennings’ coverage was flawless, mostly shutting down Larry Fitzgerald and once coming up with an interception.

The Seahawks sacked Derek Anderson five times, one of which (Aaron Curry) resulted in a fumble and a turnover for the Seahawks.

Chris Baker and Deon Butler both made big catches for heavy gain and a touchdown (Butler).

While the Seahawks still have things to work on this week to prepare to meet defending Super Bowl Champions the New Orleans Saints on the road, the long list of positives bodes well for the rest of the season.

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