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Reality is Seattle Seahawks have no choice but to be playoff team
You might read this as a sugarcoating of the Seattle Seahawks’ season, but consider it instead a dose of reality.
We need to talk about where the Seahawks are this season.
Seattle Seahawks’ third straight loss brings playoff hopes into question
Seattle is 6-6 and on a three-game losing streak. That skid doesn’t seem likely to end with an upcoming game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, a team that just dealt a wildly lopsided loss to the NFC-leading Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s been a disappointing run so far. Few expected Seattle to topple San Franisco for the West, but they did expect improvement. And why not? Seattle was 10th in scoring on offense last year despite third-down struggles, and it added a first-round wide receiver and another running back to the mix. The defense was 30th against the run but saw the development of promising young corner Riq Woolen and an offseason that brought a complete facelift for the defensive line.
Oh, and they had the No. 5 overall pick – the highest ever under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider – and used it to add a tough, physical cornerback (Devon Witherspoon) to a group that was going to get safety Jamal Adams back healthy.
So yes, expectations were rightfully high in and outside of the building.
As you know now, they haven’t been met.
Those third-down struggles have only been made worse with shuffling and injuries along the offensive line. For a good chunk of the season, Geno Smith looked less like the quarterback who won Comeback Player of the Year and more like the inconsistent version fans saw late last year. One of the better receiver tandems in football hasn’t been able to deliver, and a team that wants to run the ball hasn’t done so consistently. And that defense injected with new talent struggled mightily against the Dallas Cowboys in a Week 13 loss.
But despite all of that, the Seahawks are not and cannot be in rebuild mode.
There’s no answer at quarterback coming to save your team (mind you, Smith just threw for three touchdowns and ran for another against a tough Dallas defense). With six wins already, there’s no No. 1 overall pick in your future. You’ve traded a second-rounder for a defensive lineman who might not be with you next season (Leonard Williams). You’ve invested money in Adams, Quandre Diggs, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, and they’re only getting older as another year goes by.
I’m not telling you the Seahawks are a playoff team because I want them to be or need you to believe it; I’m telling you they’re a playoff team because they have no choice but to be one.
It’s what makes this upcoming game against the 49ers – one you may have, fairly, already written off as a loss – so hugely important. It’s what makes the primetime Eagles game to follow a huge opportunity. It’s also why it’s so vitally important that the Seahawks push to complete their plan to get to the playoffs and see just how far they can go.
They don’t look like a Super Bowl team. But they’ve won some games. And spent. And traded. So they’ve made their bed.
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Sean Monahan scores twice and Canadiens hold off Seattle 4-2
MONTREAL — Sean Monahan scored twice and Josh Anderson broke a 27-game goal drought dating to last season with an empty-netter that sealed the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-2 win over the Seattle Kraken on Monday night.
With Montreal up 3-2, and Seattle pressing, Anderson floated the puck from his own zone and into the Kraken’s net with 32 seconds left.
Tanner Pearson also had a goal for Montreal (11-11-3), which won its first game at home since Nov. 11.
Samuel Montembeault made 31 saves in his first start since signing a three-year, $9.45 million contract extension with the Canadiens. He looked sharp early and robbed Kraken forward Alex Wennberg on two separate occasions with left-pad saves on the doorstep.
Vince Dunn, with a goal and an assist, and Jared McCann scored for Seattle (8-12-6), which lost its fifth straight game. Philipp Grubauer stopped 26 shots.
Monahan opened the scoring at 4:03 of the first period after Jake Evans forced a turnover. Pearson doubled Montreal’s lead 3:12 into the second period by burying a rebound.
Monahan scored his second on the power play to make it 3-0 at 6:58 of the second.
Seattle cut into the deficit as McCann took advantage of a tired Montreal group following an icing and fired a wrist shot past Montembeault at 14:05 of the second for his team-leading 12th goal
Dunn brought the Kraken to within one with a slap shot over Montembeault’s right shoulder on the power play 4:49 into the third.
Veteran forward Brendan Gallagher played in his 700th NHL game, all with the Canadiens. Montreal drafted Gallagher in the fifth round, 147th overall, in the 2010 draft. He has 207 goals and 198 assists and is the 27th player to reach the 700-game milestone in franchise history.
Kraken: Kick off a six-game homestand against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
Canadiens: Wrap up a four-game homestand against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
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Seattle’s bike infrastructure isn’t keeping up with the city’s ambitious plan to double bicycling as part of its climate goals, writes Ryan Packer in The Urbanist. Packer provides examples of bike lane designs that limit the capacity of lanes, such as bike boxes at intersections that can only accommodate two to three bikes.
“But while the design of bike boxes will absolutely play a small role, there seems to be other, larger considerations looming that look to limit the true potential of the city’s bike network as it continues to grow.” Packer points out that the growing popularity of cargo bikes also signals a need for increased road capacity.
Yet city designs recommend minimum lane widths, putting cyclists in conflict with cars and pedestrians on some of Seattle’s busiest bikeways. “A bike route between Capitol Hill and Pike Place Market is one that clearly needs to accommodate a lot of riders. And yet the protected bike lane being installed right now on Pine Street varies quite a bit in terms of its width on different blocks downtown. Between 7th Avenue and 6th Avenue it narrows to about four-feet wide, raising questions about the city’s ability to maintain it with the electric bike lane sweeper.”
Packer suggests that updated design standards should “leave the idea of ‘minimum’ standard widths behind and push the city to be more forward-thinking about its bikeway (and sidewalk) width standards, with the goal of full alignment with lofty goals laid out in places like the Climate Change Response Framework.”
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