Seattle RB might lack sleep, but it's hard to tell on the field

Updated: October 21, 2003, 3:02 AM ET

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Heaven was a little tough on Shaun Alexander last week, though it didn't show when the Seattle Seahawks running back scampered 25 yards for a game-winning touchdown.

In the month since the arrival of his daughter, Heaven Nashay Alexander, there have been some sleep-deprived nights for Alexander. Good thing for the Seahawks that Daddy bunked in the team hotel before Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chicago Bears.

"As exciting as it is to have a baby, it sure felt good to sleep in the hotel," Alexander admitted after the game.

One day later, Alexander's big play looked as great to his teammates as it did the first time. The Seahawks (5-1) are off to their best start after Alexander bounced to the left, broke into open field and scored with 58 seconds on the clock.

"That was just an excellent read on his part," coach Mike Holmgren said.

The Bears were clustered in the middle of the field, apparently believing Seattle would play for a field goal. Alexander sensed the bodies collapsing after the snap, so he popped it out to the left.

"I thought we were going to spring it on them," he said. "They figured if we were going to run, that it was probably going to be up the middle. We've been successful beating teams by running up the middle at the end.

"When we went around the side, it killed them."

It was another dramatic win for Seattle, which also needed fourth-quarter drives to beat NFC West rivals St. Louis and San Francisco. The Seahawks are developing a theme of making things exciting.

"We don't think there's anybody who can stop us going into the half or the end of the game," Alexander said. "It's good to have that confidence. It just keeps working out for us."

He made it sound simple, but it's not as easy for the head coach.

"I don't want to be known as the cardiac kids," Holmgren said. "I want to win the game at the end any way we can, but if we do that too many times I will be the cardiac coach. I don't want to do that."

Holmgren is trying to keep his team focused on the next game, which comes Sunday in Cincinnati. Alexander grew up in Florence, Ky., just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, and was a big fan of the Bengals growing up.

"I was in sixth grade when they went to the Super Bowl," Alexander said. "That's the time when you're really paying attention. Boomer Esiason and those guys, they were my heroes."

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