Battle of the Birds Part 4
With a game being billed as a chance for the Eagles and not the Seattle Seahawks to save their season, it’s easy for Seahawks fans to froth at the mouth and want to help the Eagles finish their downward spiral.
With both teams at 4-7 on the season, it’s hard to decipher what’s going on in a season where these very Eagles were labeled the Dream Team.
Whatever the case, the Seahawks can make yet another statement in this game for the nation to see this time.
It’s Thursday Night Football, folks! Both teams are banged up and bruised, egos included, and ready to try and turn the negative season into a positive.
Tarvaris Jackson has been limited recently, but has been a full participant in practice this week. This could be a good sign for his injury or just the team trying to get it extra stretched out for the early arrival game.
Nonetheless, I would personally rather see a 50% TJack over a 100% Whitehurst, which sounds resonant throughout Seahawk Nation. If Jackson is still injured, his play would amount to no less than the dump and screen passes we would see from Whitehurst.
It was announced minutes ago that Sidney Rice has been put on Injured Reserve for the rest of the season as a result of his second concussion in as many weeks. This would normally be a setback for a struggling offensive team, but players like Doug Baldwin and Ben Obomanu are always ready to step up.
Notice I didn’t mention Mike Williams there? Where did that guy go? There’s no real official word on why he was not playing the second half of last week’s loss to Washington but it definitely hurt the Seahawks having both Rice and Williams on the sidelines.
Marshawn Lynch has been playing out of his mind and I expect him to continue that trend.
He’s playing for a bigger contract each week and will be running like his life actually does depend on it. Let’s just hope the offensive line can hold their ground and open some holes from Beast Mode to bust through.
Speaking of offensive line, they are going to need to step up in general and play one of their most inspired games of the season if they want to help this team succeed. With Rice out and Jackson injured, they need to give the quarterback extra time to pass or run it himself.
If he continues taking hits, we may end up seeing Whitehurst out there again.
The Red Bryant and his defense has softened up a little but lately in the yardage game, giving up 100 yard rushers more frequently the last few weeks than this whole season.
If they can limit LeSean McCoy, they will have a good chance of holding this Eagles offense in check.
Especially with Mike Vick and Jeremy Maclin ruled out already and DeSean Jackson being benched amidst his team drama. The Seahawks can and need to capitalize on those shortcomings.
The last point I will make here is one of the hottest issues in Seattle right now…Penalties.
The penalties are starting to do Seattle in and giving them disadvantages that are not helping the team in crucial situations.
They need to stop and they need to stop now. Or else we will see more losses like last week against Washington.
It’s another Battle of the Birds and these particular birds are really overrated. If Seattle can take the Eagles out, it will likely end the Eagles season’s hope and finish their downward spiral of a season.
There are no more expectations with this Seattle team this season and they should use that factor to help themselves prepare for next season.
Remember folks this is a Thursday Night NFL Network Game. Don’t show up at the CLINK on Sunday.