Five things to watch
The Seattle Seahawks are half way through the season. So far, they have lost just about every game that I expected them to win, and won just about every game that I expected them to lose. On the bright side, they are 4-4 just like I thought when I originally looked at the schedule.
Going into the season, there was a lot of talk about how great the defense was going to be. Although they are a top 5 defense overall, they are far from elite, or great for that matter.
You cannot call yourself elite when you are the 26th worst defense in third down situation.
Over the last four games, they have been mediocre in total defense (15th in NFL), the last three games have been terrible (29th in NFL).
During the next four games, I want to see if the Seahawks defense can figure out how to protect the middle of the field. Teams have figured out that Seattle is very vulnerable to the inside passing game, especially underneath. Teams have also figured out that the Seahawks achilles heal in the running game is the inside trap.
It looks like John Moffitt will be returning to the starting lineup for week 9. Since being drafted in 2011, John has managed to start 11 out of the Seahawks 24 games. He has been injured 54.2% of the time since joining the team.
In Seattle’s last 15 games, Moffitt has played twice. I want to see if he can play in all 4 of the next 4 games.
There is a bye week mixed in the middle, so he will get a little extra recovery time after the next two games.
During the first four games of the season, the Seahawks out scored their opponents 20-12. In contrast, the last 4 games Seattle has been outscored 7-17.
I want to see if the Seahawks can start winning the 3rd quarter of games, like they did during the first quarter of the season.
If they can do that, I want to see if they can run the table during the 3rd quarter of the season.
I want to see if the Seahawks activate Walter Thurmond, release him, or place him on injured reserve. I would assume that they would be forced to choose either activating, or releasing him. I don’t think they could get away with placing him on IR. He has worked very hard to make sure that he was able to come back and play this season.
If Seattle chooses to activate Thurmond, what will that mean for Marcus Trufant? Will he hold on to the nickelback position? Or, will Thurmond replace him?
The last quarter preview, I had this segment listed as quarterback. I decided to change it because Russell Wilson has now solidified the starting role. After 4 games his future seemed a little rocky. Ever since I wrote that last piece Wilson has done really well.
I know he had bad stats during the 49ers game, but he stats are lower then they should have been through no fault of his own.
I want to see if Wilson can continue his growth during the 3rd quarter. Personally, I would be extremely happy if he plays at the same level he did during the last 4 games.
As I stated above, the Seahawks have won the games that I thought they would lose, and vise versa. That said, I expect the Seahawks to beat Minnesota and New York at home, beat the Dolphins in Miami, and lose to the Bears in Chicago.
Record December 2nd, 7-5, Go Seahawks!