Seattle owns the top record in the NFC at 9-2, matching the best start in team history. The 1984 Seahawks also opened 9-2, and established the club mark with eight straight victories.
Seattle’s run appeared to be nearing its end last Sunday, but Giants kicker Matt Bryant missed three potential winning field goals, including two in overtime, as the Seahawks pulled out a wild 24-21 home win.
It was the second straight narrow win for Seattle, which held off San Francisco on a failed two-point conversion attempt in a 27-25 victory over the 49ers on Nov. 20.
“I really don’t know how good we are yet,” Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said. “It sounds odd, but we are still finding out some things about ourselves. We were fortunate (Sunday). But, you need to have that happen once in a while.”
Last season, Philadelphia enjoyed a seven-game winning streak en route to the Super Bowl.
But with Donovan McNabb sidelined for the season and Terrell Owens banished from the team, the Eagles are just trying to stop the bleeding.
They did so last Sunday, ending a four-game losing streak with a 19-14 victory over visiting Green Bay.
Behind a banged-up line that included two first-time starters and a center starting his third game, Brian Westbrook ran for 117 yards and a touchdown. It was Westbrook’s first 100-yard game since Week 4 of last season against Chicago. It also marked the first game in which the Eagles ran the ball (34) more than they passed it (28) this season.
“The games have been a little closer and it’s given us more opportunities to call some more running plays,” coach Andy Reid said.
Early on, Reid had McNabb throwing the ball at a record-breaking pace. Through the first seven games, 101 of the 438 offensive plays, or 23.1 percent, were carries by the running backs.
Once Mike McMahon took over for McNabb, who had season-ending surgery for a sports hernia Monday, Reid finally resorted to the ground game. In McMahon’s two starts, the Eagles run-pass ratio is almost 50 percent. They have 64 runs and 69 throws.
“Coach Reid is one of those guys that will keep calling the plays if they are working and it started working from the first play,” Westbrook said after the win against the Packers. “They kept on calling the plays and we were having success.”