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Engram scores on catch, punt return

11/17/2003

SEATTLE (AP) -- Bobby Engram understands why his younger
teammates get most of the publicity. Sometimes, though, the old man
of the Seattle receiving corps can't be ignored.

Question on the Lions: Is Mariucci at the point that he starts evaluating players for next year?
That's part of the process for a coach. Coming into the season, I'm sure Coach Mariucci knew his defense was going to give his team trouble. But the bigger surprise has to be his feeble offense because he's a bit of an offensive guru. He's definitely looking to upgrade on both sides of the ball for next season.

Question on the Seahawks: Can they have a carryover like this on the road?
The Seahawks coaching staff has to hope so. If this team played all their games at home, they'd probably go 13-3. It may be time for the coaching staff to start duplicating as much as possible what they do before a home game while they are on the road. That may give this team a boost.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Engram had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown and caught a
34-yard scoring pass to help the Seattle Seahawks to a 35-14
victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Engram is something of a father figure to
younger receivers Darrell Jackson, 24, and Koren Robinson, 23.

"I tell those guys all the time it's kind of their show,"
Engram said. "I'm just the supporting cast, and I enjoy that.

"Don't get me wrong. I'll compete just as hard. Everyone comes
into the league wanting to be the starter, to be the man. But I
feel what I have here is a little more important than being a
starter somewhere else."

The Seahawks (7-3) improved to 6-0 at home and maintained a
share of the NFC West lead with St. Louis. The win was wrapped up
by halftime, when Seattle had 300 yards and a 35-14 lead.

"We came out and took some of the starch out of the Lions,"
coach Mike Holmgren said.

After Detroit's two home victories gave the Lions (3-7) a modest
winning streak for the first time in three years, they couldn't
avoid their 21st straight defeat on the road.

"Can't explain our record on the road," safety Corey Harris
said.

Another loss next weekend at Minnesota would tie Detroit with
the Buffalo Bills (1983-86) for the second-longest road skid in NFL
history. The NFL record is 23 games by the Houston Oilers
(1981-84).

The loss also spoiled Joey Harrington's return to the Pacific
Northwest. A native of Portland, Ore., he was welcomed by cheers
from thousands of fans.

"I'm not going to lie," Harrington said. "Losing isn't easy,
especially when I personally had a lot of emotions coming back this
week. When you see all those people coming out to support you, it
would have been nice to get a win."

Harrington threw a 72-yard TD pass to Scotty Anderson, pulling
Detroit to 14-7 late in the first quarter. He also added a 15-yard
TD pass to Az-Zahir Hakim just before halftime.

It wasn't enough to counter the Seahawks, who scored on four of
their first five possessions and converted their first six attempts
on third down.

"I don't think it's that our offense has played bad," center
Robbie Tobeck said. "It's just that we want to play better. It
felt good to keep following it up, score after score after score."

Nearly everything broke in Seattle's favor, including a 61-yard
punt by Tom Rouen that Willie Williams downed at the 2. When Kris
Richard fumbled the ensuing punt by the Lions, Williams was there
to recover for the Seahawks.

Matt Hasselbeck scored on a 5-yard draw to cap the opening drive
and Shaun Alexander had a 1-yard TD plunge. The Seahawks made it
21-7 when Hasselbeck's fumble into the end zone was recovered by
Robinson for another score.

"We'll take that. If it falls our way, it falls our way,"
Robinson said.

Then it was Engram's turn. On his TD reception, he was uncovered
near the left sideline, then split the safeties and linebackers for
an easy score.

A short time later, Engram fielded a punt at the 17 and a huge
seam opened. He faked Detroit punter Nick Harris near midfield and
stepped through an attempted tackle by Brian Walker at the 20.

"I gave him a hesitation," Engram said. "I gave him just
enough of a pause that he wasn't able to get a solid lick on me."

Seattle's defense, meanwhile, twice turned the Lions back from
inside the 10-yard line in the second half.

Detroit's 15-play, 77-yard third-quarter drive ended when
Harrington's pass to Hakim was knocked away. In the fourth, Shawn
Springs ended another Lions threat with his first interception of
the season.

"We made a couple of mistakes to let them get down there, but
to come up twice in goal-line situations is big for our defense and
big for our team," Seattle safety Ken Hamlin said.

Game notes
Lions DT Luther Ellis returned after 10 weeks on the
nonactive roster with a pectoral injury. ... Hall of Fame receiver
Steve Largent, who played in Seattle from 1976-89, raised the
"12th Man" flag before kickoff. ... Detroit CB Dre' Bly returned
from a two-game absence with a strained hamstring. ... Seattle WR
Darrell Jackson, whose 12 dropped passes have been widely
publicized, had four receptions for 56 yards without a drop.