Seahawks Week 8
With Cincinnati coming off the bye week, Andy Dalton will be looking to extend the Bengals winning streak to four straight for the first time in two seasons, when the Cincinnati Bengals visit Century Link Field and the Seahawks.
The Seahawks, who are looking to bounce back from a Dan McGwire-esque offensive performance, will have to do that against a Bengals defense that is statistically ranked 4th in points allowed with 18.5, tied for 2nd in total defense, 9th in the takeaways with 16, and 14th in sacks with 18.
Not an easy task of game planning against with the status of your QB, and RB still up in the air.
The Bengals defense isn’t the only thing that can be deadly.
Cincinnati is led by rookie QB Andy Dalton and first-round pick A.J. Green , who leads the Bengals with 29 receptions, 453 receiving yards and four TDs, are continuing to develop into one of the league’s top young quarterback-wide receiver dynamic duos.
Coupled with their 22.5 points per game while amassing 326.5 total yards of offense, the Bengals offer potency on both sides of the ball that will take a total team effort to beat.
Numbers aside, most of what Whitehurst had to offer in a traditional 5-step drop offense either looked pedestrian, or he wasn’t able to move the ball all together.
This week still has more uncertainty as QB Tarvaris Jackson and RB Marshawn Lynch still remain a game time decision. That could play into how Pete Carroll and OC Darrell Bevell want to attack the Cincinnati defense in terms of the passing game.
Keys to the game
The Seahawks must continue to play the up-tempo style defense that forced 4 sacks and that was constantly putting Colt McCoy on the move. Andy Dalton has been given ample time in the pocket to make plays this season, so if the Seahawks want to win the defensive battle, they must find a consistent pass rush to flush Dalton outside the pocket or disrupt his timing enough that he can make a few mistakes from time to time.
The Seahawks offense must find ways to create tempo. Last week the Seahawks found themselves in constant third and long situations either because of a lack of forward progress or taking penalties.
With Max Unger and Robert Gallery back in the lineup, that should be able to give the Seahawks the stability in the running game so Leon Washington or Justin Forsett can provide some forward progress if Marshawn can’t go.
If Tarvaris Jackson does indeed find his way back into the lineup, Pete Carroll will almost certainly go back to the no-huddle offense. It has been the Seahawks only consistent form of offense this season. With or without Tarvaris, Carroll will try and implement some of the no-huddle scheme with Charlie, but you can expect to see more of the same traditional 5-step drop back motions on offense.
News, Notes, and Injuries
With CB Walter Thurmond lost for the season with a broken fibula, the Seahawks will have CB’s Richard Sherman and Kennard Cox to handle the bulk of the playing time this week at the left CB position opposite Browner.
Pete Carroll hasn’t ruled out the possibility of QB Tarvaris Jackson starting this week.
Jackson was available to play last weekend, but Carroll elected to hold him out of another week. Jackson was able to practice at full strength this week, and was able to make the majority of his throws without pain.
Carroll still says Jackson will be a game time decision. (Most think he’ll start)
RB Marshawn Lynch has practiced, but has been limited for much of the week. Caroll has also said that Lynch will be a game time decision.
TE Zach Miller and C Max Unger were limited in practice earlier in the week, but were then cleared to resume practice at full speed. Carroll expects both to be available.
Kickoff @ 1:15 pm
Television: Q-13 Fox
Radio: 710 ESPN
Vegas line: Cincinnati -2.5
Steve’s Hopeful Prediction: 24-10 Cincinnati
|Oct 30-4:15 PM ET||Record|
|CIN||4-2 (2-1 V)|
|SEA||2-4 (1-1 H)|