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Seahawks news & notes heading into Week 13

The Seattle Seahawks won a shootout 39-30 over the Pittsburgh Steelers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, November 30, and in the process inserted themselves into the thick of the NFC Wild Card playoff race. Unfortunately, while the victory signaled a long-awaited resurgence of the offense, it came at steep price as tight end Jimmy Graham was lost with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee that will require a season-ending surgery.

Below are news and notes from the Seahawks as they head into a week 12 showdown in Minnesota against the Vikings, the surprise first-place team in the NFC North.

Replacing Graham

There is no fully replacing Graham, a three-time Pro Bowler who was just finding his way into the Seahawks’ offensive scheme. Luke Willson will take the majority of his snaps, and the third-year player is well accustomed to quarterback Russell Wilson and the offensive system.

To round out the Seahawks tight end corps, the Seahawks picked up Chase Coffman, a 6-foot-6, 244-pounder who most recently played with the Tennessee Titans before his release in October. Coffman has played for Cincinnati, Atlanta and Tennessee in his six-year career, and he has 14 career receptions with one touchdown.

Drew Nowak released

To make room for Coffman on the roster, the Seahawks released center Drew Nowak, who won the starting position out of training camp and started the season’s first five games (seven total) before being replaced in the lineup by Patrick Lewis. A former defensive lineman just learning his craft, Nowak has been inactive the past three games.

Wilson bouncing back towards records

After a sluggish start to the season, quarterback Wilson has heated up the past two weeks in victories over both the Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers, throwing for a combined 605 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions. His hot streak is putting on pace to threaten a couple of team records.

Wilson is on pace to throw for 3,961 yards, just shy of the club record of 3,966 yards established by Matt Hasselback in 2007. As Wilson threatens Hassleback’s mark, he’s doing it by throwing fewer passes, and, his completion percentage of 67.7 percent is higher than Dave Krieg’s club record of 65.6 percent in the 1991 season.

Photo Credit:  Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times

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