Seattle’s injuries piling up
It’s what we’re used to in Seattle. There are many reasons that usually get blamed when teams underachieve, but injuries always seems to be the back breaker. They were instrumental last weekend in the loss to the Browns due to the inept offense of the Seahawks.
The most telling key of the Seahawks will play this weekend is who is starting at quarterback.
The QB will dictate the type of offense we see.
If Charlie Whitehurst is in, we can all expect to hold on tight. No-huddle doesn’t work with this guy and we will see a lot of dump passes and quick slants, if he can get rid of the ball.
If Tarvaris Jackson magically slips into the starting spot, things will look up immediately. No-huddle will be back, drives will be extended by his ability to run for the first and the fact that he takes the shots downfield that Whitehurts does not.
Jackson is not necessarily a game changer, but as we all witnessed last weekend, he’s a huge part of what Seattle is trying to do this season.
It sounds as if Marshawn Lynch will be starting which will ease some of the burden off the quarterback and hopefully open some receivers up out in the field.
The Seattle defense must prepare for a lot of passes as Rookie of the Year candidates for the Bengals, QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green have found their chemistry and have turned the Bungles into the Bengals again. The defense has been absolutely solid lately and should not stutter here.
Safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor must be ready to run all over the field again. The Bengals receivers are young and fast and will pressure our secondary to keep up. David Hawthrone must be ready to stick some people as he has the last couple games, returning to his top form after injuries slowed him up.
Bengals RB Bernard Scott is no slouch, either, but the Seahawks line has been nothing but dominant and they should be able to handle would-be rushers. Between Brandon Mebane, Red Bryant and key members of the secondary blitzing the box, the Seahawks should contain the run.
Scott is starting for the Bengals as Cedric Benson is suspended due to his off-season activity.
I will support our Seahawks no matter who starts, but if Whitehurst is in, Seahawk Nation had better have their high blood pressure medicine handy.