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Bird Flu
Nunyo Demasio
December 18, 2006
AS AN INTERVIEW ended last Friday, Seahawks linebacker Julian Peterson was asked for a closing thought. "A prediction of us winning the Super Bowl—how about that?" said Peterson. Well, how about it? Last year's conference champs are 8--5 and three games up in the NFC West, but they hardly look title-ready. In a 27--21 defeat at Arizona on Sunday they lost three fumbles and allowed Edgerrin James to become the fifth back to go over 100 against them. Yes, their injured players are returning, but quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (above), who suffered a sprained knee on Oct. 22, still has limited mobility. Twice on Sunday he scrambled for a first down, but "that's because I was running for my life," he said afterward. Still, the quarterback says the critical mistakes, such as the turnovers, are correctable, and he saw plenty to be confident about in the team's three scoring drives against Arizona. "I'll be telling the guys that our goals are still in front of us," he says. "We would love to win that Number 2 seed. So let's go get it."
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December 18, 2006

Bird Flu

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AS AN INTERVIEW ended last Friday, Seahawks linebacker Julian Peterson was asked for a closing thought. "A prediction of us winning the Super Bowl—how about that?" said Peterson. Well, how about it? Last year's conference champs are 8--5 and three games up in the NFC West, but they hardly look title-ready. In a 27--21 defeat at Arizona on Sunday they lost three fumbles and allowed Edgerrin James to become the fifth back to go over 100 against them. Yes, their injured players are returning, but quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (above), who suffered a sprained knee on Oct. 22, still has limited mobility. Twice on Sunday he scrambled for a first down, but "that's because I was running for my life," he said afterward. Still, the quarterback says the critical mistakes, such as the turnovers, are correctable, and he saw plenty to be confident about in the team's three scoring drives against Arizona. "I'll be telling the guys that our goals are still in front of us," he says. "We would love to win that Number 2 seed. So let's go get it."

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