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The Seahawks improved to 9-2 with a Week 12 win in Philadelphia, and now they turn their attention to another tough challenge, Monday night’s game against the 8-3 Minnesota Vikings. But before we look too far ahead to that game, it’s time once again to answer questions from you, the fans. As always, thanks to everyone who asked a question this week, and apologies if I couldn’t get to yours this time around. And remember, you can submit mailbag questions both via twitter (@johnpboyle) or online at Seahawks.com/SeahawksMailBag.
@ConradKrueger16 asks, “Do you envision Carson & Penny splitting carries going forward?”
A: Will it be an even split between Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny every week? Not necessarily, but I do think Penny’s 129-yard performance against the Eagles will lead to a more significant role for him going forward. Will he get more carries that Carson this week or going forward, not necessarily, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made it pretty clear that Penny will be involved more the rest of the year.
“Rashaad did great,” Carroll said. “I’m really fired up for that. We need his explosiveness. He continues to show up. He has had the real home run type of style of play. We’ve got to give him chances to bring that to us.
“It just seemed like he turned a corner… His intent to prove that he’s worthy and get his playing time, just the competitiveness of it. He knew Chris was playing really well and doing good stuff. He knew that he needed to put his best foot forward. He just seemed to take a good step. It carried over from his eating, his nutrition, and a lot of things. His rest and all that stuff. It just showed up. He just had great weeks of practice. It wasn’t a surprise that he looked like that. That’s what he’s been looking like. Wish it would’ve shown up a little earlier, but that’s my fault for not getting him in there.”
And if you’re asking because you want fantasy football projections going forward, well I can’t help you there, and I also regret to inform everyone out there that Pete Carroll really doesn’t care about your fantasy teams when it comes to determining future running back workloads.
@tafoesse asks “Are the fumbles starting to erode some of the team’s trust in Carson?”
A: When Carson lost three fumbles early in the season, Carroll made a point of expressing his confidence in Carson whenever the topic came up, and Carson rewarded the team with a great stretch of games. That won’t change this time around, and if Penny starts to play more, it will have less to do with Carson fumbling and more to do with what Penny has done to earn the playing time. Carroll did note Monday that Carson’s first fumble, which he recovered, was knocked out by his own lineman, and that the second fumble, which wasn’t credited to him, came on a miscommunication that caused him to miss a check—Russell Wilson checked to a run play and was trying to hand off to Carson, who was not expecting the ball—not a physical error.
“It’s a little different than the guy just dropping the ball all over the place,” Carroll said.
@UnintendedMax asks, “What do you consider to be too early to put up and turn on Christmas lights?”
A: This is a debate that hits home for me, as my wife is very into Christmas and would probably prefer to start decorating in October. Seriously, she had Christmas music playing in our car in October, though that was mostly because our little kids liked listening to Jingle Bells. I’m not of the opinion that everything has to wait until after Thanksgiving, especially this year when Thanksgiving falls so late in the month, but I’d say wait until after Halloween at a minimum, and preferably until mid-November or so.
Nina Markham from Demarest, New Jersey asks, “Can you please tell me where I can get a Gelato sweatshirt like the one Jadeveon Clowney was wearing after the 49ers game? It’s awesome!”
A: I too was curious about this, and after getting this question from Nina last week, I decided to go ask the man himself. It turns out that Clowney is friends with the folks over at gelatoapparel.com and decided to wear their sweatshirt before and after Seattle’s Week 10 game at San Francisco. In addition to receiving a lot of congratulations for his NFC Defensive Player of the Week-earning performance, Clowney said he also got a lot of questions about the sweatshirt. So there you have it, gelatoapparel.com. They’re also on Instagram at instagram.com/gelato_apparel.
@VashonK asks, “Thoughts on Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson as MVP candidates?”
A: Jackson’s performance on Monday night probably makes him the front-runner at the moment to a lot of folks, not just because he was so good, but because it was in front of a national audience, but it’s worth noting that there’s still almost a third of the season t