"Serious, really serious," Carroll said.
Obviously, playing the 2-0 Broncos would get any team’s attention, but the serious attitude of the Seahawks this week is more about their disappointing 30-21 loss at San Diego.
"These guys are clued in," Carroll said. "I don’t think we feel like we played like we can. They are anxious to bounce back and play a really good game. It just happens to be Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, so it’s going to be pretty hard."
If you include the preseason, the Seahawks and Broncos are facing each other for the third time in the last seven games. Seattle dominated the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. Denver won the opening preseason game 21-16 in Denver.
"We're very familiar with each other and that makes it an exciting opportunity for the coaches," Carroll said. "We’re trying to figure out the chess match here."
But you won’t get the Seahawks to buy in to the Super Bowl rematch talk.
"It’s a big game because we have to make up for what we did last week," Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith said. "It just happens to be a Super Bowl rematch."
"It’s not a Super Bowl rematch,’’ strong safety Kam Chancellor said. "They have a lot of new guys and so do we."
Chancellor is still seething over the Legion of Boom getting burned for 284 yards passing in the loss at San Diego. He was asked if the Chargers have shown everyone else the recipe for how to beat the Seahawks.
"If that’s what they think the recipe is, just keep doing what you’re doing, man," Chancellor said. "We’ll see how it goes."
The Seahawks have taken some heat nationally this week about being sore losers in how they handled the defeat at San Diego.
Cornerback Richard Sherman didn’t talk to reporters after the game, which he explained on Wednesday and said wasn’t intentional. Running back Marshawn Lynch walked off the field before time expired, prompting comments of poor sportsmanship on Twitter before it was explained later that he had a back injury.
All those things were magnified out of proportion, but losing has become such an unusual occurrence for the Seahawks that they have strong reactions when it happens. Last weekend was only the fourth time the team has lost since the start of the 2013 season, a span of 21 games.
"We haven’t taken any of those losses very well," Carroll said. "We put a lot of work into this with high expectations and standards we want to play to. When we don’t meet up to them, it causes you to take a different look at things. You want to get it done and get it right.
"You can just feel it. They want to demonstrate who they are and what we are every time they go out, and we didn’t get that done."
And now they have to get it done against the team that wants to prove the Super Bowl shellacking was an illusion.
"I know a lot of people want to see what happens in this one," Carroll said. "So do I."