KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks linebacker Chad Brown has been victimized in an NFL history highlight before. He hopes Emmitt Smith doesn't nab him again.
Smith needs 93 yards to break Walter Payton's career rushing record, and he's going for it Sunday when Dallas faces the league's worst defense against the run. The Seahawks rank last in the NFL, allowing 189.5 yards rushing a game.
''I'm sure they're looking at film and going, 'This is the week,''' Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said.
This is nothing new for Brown. Four years ago he made dubious news -- for a linebacker -- when Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos became the fourth running back to gain 2,000 yards in a season.
''You see the guy running across the field, then that was me making the tackle,'' Brown said. ''You want to be remembered, but not like that.''
The Seahawks (1-5) are off to the worst start in Holmgren's 11 seasons as an NFL coach. In last week's loss to the St. Louis Rams, Marshall Faulk ran for 183 yards.
Stopping Smith would be a good place to begin addressing some problems.
''Emmitt Smith is a great running back and he has been for a long time,'' Seahawks cornerback Willie Williams said. ''If he gets the record against us, so be it. We've just got to focus on stopping the run.''
Smith wants to get the record at home, and the Cowboys have two road contests after facing Seattle. The Seahawks know Dallas fans will cheer wildly every time Smith carries the ball.
''I hope the guy accomplishes it, but I'd hate for it to come against us,'' said linebacker Anthony Simmons, who expects to return after missing six weeks with a strained left ankle.
''Especially as a linebacker, you hate, hate, hate, hate for a running back to set any kind of record against you,'' Simmons said.
Holmgren can't say enough nice things about Smith. He coached him in the Pro Bowl after the 1990 season. He also recalled Smith running for big gains against Green Bay when Holmgren coached the Packers.
''To me, a guy like Emmitt Smith is what the league is all about,'' Holmgren said. ''He's a class act. This is quite an accomplishment. When it happens, it's really something.''
He just wants it to happen the following week in Detroit.
''As much as I want him to break the record, I don't want him to do it this weekend,'' Holmgren said.
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