Seahawks notebook

Seattle determined to avert second straight loss; injury update; game plan

The Seahawks have won two of their last three games, but it doesn't feel that way heading into a Monday night home game against Green Bay.

Losing to the 49ers last week was bad enough. Giving up 262 yards rushing was the more significant development. The Seahawks must bounce back by playing with more discipline on defense, of course. But they also must cut out the turnovers they've been suffering on offense.

Starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is back in the lineup at a good time. Backup Seneca Wallace played well most of the time Hasselbeck was out, but his 2-2 record was a tale of two players. Wallace tossed five interceptions in his two losses as a starter. He had no interceptions in the two victories.

Hasselbeck had four touchdowns without an interception in the six quarters he'd played prior to suffering a knee injury against Minnesota. He will probably be rusty upon returning against the Packers. His experience will be key in avoiding the kind of mistakes that plagued Wallace against the 49ers.

"You see it every week in the league and it's hard to explain why a quarterback gets a little careless," Holmgren said. "He is not expected to win the game by himself, ever. But at the same time, that position has a lot of responsibility and Seneca has handled it very well, he really has. But (the 49ers game) was tough."

Wallace tossed interceptions on two of Seattle's first three possessions. That absolutely cannot happen because the Seahawks aren't strong enough on defense to stay on the field longer than normal. The 2005 Seahawks jumped on teams early and took away the ground game. The current team can win by following that same formula, particularly at home.

The Packers aren't a very good team. That will help Monday night. But Green Bay does have a 3-2 road record.

Brett Favre's injury status isn't a big concern for Seattle. Holmgren said he would "bet the ranch" his former pupil will make consecutive start No. 232 (regular season). That is a reasonable expectation given Favre's history.

In past meetings, Favre foiled the Seahawks' pass rush by getting rid of the ball quickly. Seattle has been mostly concerned with preventing big pass plays. They have allowed zero passes of 25-plus yards over the last three weeks after allowing 17 in the first seven games. That will again be a point of emphasis against Favre, who has 13 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

Seattle could be in some trouble if Ahman Green gets going early. The Seahawks traded Green years ago, essentially giving up on him, and the former second-round pick will surely have extra motivation in this game. That should be a concern for the Seahawks.

Seattle misses run-stuffing defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs. Tubbs was the only massive lineman the Seahawks had, and he is missed (out for the season following knee surgery). The Packers' interior offensive line isn't as formidable as the ones Kansas City and San Francisco used to rack up big yards on the ground. Still, the Seahawks can't afford to get behind.

Still has a Favre card
Seattle rookie corner Kelly Jennings was a third-grader in Georgia when Brett Favre took over as the Packers' starting quarterback in 1992.

"I have Brett Favre's football card back home in my drawer," Jennings said.

Favre, 37, is questionable on the injury report, but Mike Holmgren said he would "bet the ranch" that Favre will play Monday night. Jennings is not yet a starter in Seattle, but he plays extensively in the nickel and dime defenses.

"My friend was in town last week and he was like, 'Man, you're about to face Brett Favre,'" Jennings said. "We really grew up talking about Brett Favre and how he good he was and just watching him."

Jennings, 23, grew up a 49ers fan. Jerry Rice was his favorite player.

"If I was playing quarterback, I was Joe Montana," Jennings said. "I used to get upset with Brett Favre, too, because the 49ers used to lose every now and then when Steve Young was the quarterback."

Injury update
QB Matt Hasselbeck worked with the starters Wednesday and the team expects him to start Monday night. Hasselbeck has missed four games with a knee injury. He is still wearing a brace on the knee, but he is moving better.

-- QB Seneca Wallace continues to get a few snaps with the starters in case Matt Hasselbeck suffers a setback in practice. Hasselbeck is probable on the injury report. He is moving better. The team expects him to return from his knee injury Monday night against Green Bay. Wallace could miss some practice time as he continues to tend to his ailing mother.

-- RB Shaun Alexander is no longer on the Seahawks' injury report. His left foot appears healed.

-- LB D.D. Lewis missed practice Wednesday with a toe injury. He will not play Monday.

-- FB Josh Parry missed practice Wednesday with a foot injury. He probably will not play Monday.

-- WR Bobby Engram practiced Wednesday despite a thyroid condition. He is probable on the injury report after being questionable last week. Stamina remains a concern because of the medication Engram is taking.

-- RT Sean Locklear missed practice Wednesday with a high ankle sprain. He is questionable on the injury report. His status is a game-time decision, coach Mike Holmgren said.

-- C Robbie Tobeck missed practice Wednesday. He is questionable on the injury report with a hip injury. Tobeck has had elbow problems and he has been ill. The hip injury is a new one. His status is a game-time decision, coach Mike Holmgren said.

-- DT Rocky Bernard missed practice Wednesday with a foot injury. He is questionable on the injury report. His status is considered a game-time decision.

Game plan
Seattle needs to start quickly and keep its defense off the field. The team tossed zero interceptions in its two victories with Seneca Wallace at quarterback. Wallace tossed five interceptions in the two starts he lost. Matt Hasselbeck is back in the lineup Monday night. That should help. This would be the time to get Shaun Alexander fully comfortable in the offense. He was a bit tentative last week in his return from a foot injury, at least early in the game. He should be better this time. The crowd noise will help Seattle's pass rush put some pressure on Packers QB Brett Favre. Seattle has been a different team at home this season.

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