Late bye week works for Seattle

RENTON, Wash. -- Is better to have your bye week early in the season or late, as is the case for the Seahawks?

The Seattle Seahawks have two games to go, Sunday at Atlanta and next weekend at home against Minnesota, before a 15-day break after 11th game of the season.

“The late bye is something that can be super beneficial," said Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. “It’s a long season. If you get the early bye, you have no light at the end of the tunnel for your body to rest.

“So I think it works as the light at the end of the tunnel for a lot of players. It gives them the chance to rest. Getting to Week 12 is a lot of weeks on your body, so I think it’s going to come right on time.”

It also comes at a time when the Seahawks will have some key players returning, including both of the starting offensive tackles. Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung and right tackle Breno Giacomini both might play against Minnesota next weekend.

If they do, they have another two-week break before the big Monday game against New Orleans at CenturyLink Field. That also could be the game receiver Percy Harvin finally gets on the field, if not the Minnesota game before the break.

So the Seahawks couldn't ask for a better scenario headed into the important matchup with the Saints, having two weeks to prepare for a game that could decide home-field advantage in the NFC.