Home sweet home
The Seattle Seahawks were on the road again last week and had a big chance to end their losing streak away from home. They came close, but with 20 seconds left in the game, their hopes were crushed as Matt Stafford led a last second drive to re-take the lead and put the dagger in the Seahawks.
This week, the Seahawks are at home again and they face another NFC North opponent in the Vikings. We all know what the Vikings have to offer, as they are one of the surprise teams in all of football this year.
Many players will have to play some big time football this weekend for the Seahawks, but they have already shown they can do it. Now they just need consistency.
This week, these five Seattle Seahawks must step up and impress to beat the Minnesota Vikings.
As always, Russell Wilson is going to be the main key in the game. The quarterback is the game manager and touches the ball just about every play. This week Wilson is going to need to get the ball into his running backs’ hands and let them open up play action for him.
When play action opens up, Wilson needs to deal the ball like he has been the last few weeks. The vast majority of his throws have been dead on accurate, almost pinpoint accurate, whether his receivers made the plays or not.
Wilson will also be ready to do more scrambling in this game then he used to. With the duo of Jared Allen and Brian Robison surely keeping the pressure on the offensive line all game long, Wilson will have to get out of the pocket and take the ball downfield himself.
We all expect Marshawn Lynch to be our main rusher in this game. Whoever is in at RB, though, must be aware of how important their roles is going to be in this game. If Lynch has to sit for back spasms again, for any length of time, Robert Turbin will get his shot to shine once again.
Turbin filled the shoes of Beast Mode quite well last week and showed why the Seahawks picked him up in the draft. He will absolutely need to bring that skill set to this game.
The running backs are going to be important in this game. With the Vikings coming after Wilson all game long, the rushers will need to get through the line quickly and get the defense behind them. If the running backs capitalize on a weak Vikings run defense, it could be a long day for Minnesota.
Also likely is the chance that Wilson will need to dump the ball off several times in this one and will probably be looking Lynch or Turbin’s way.
Let’s just hope they catch it!
The defensive line will have to be extremely alert in this game. Coming to town is one of the game’s top rushers in Adrian Peterson. I predict we see a lot of Red Bryant in this one and a lot of physical play for both teams.
The defensive line needs to do everything they can to stop Peterson in the backfield or throw a wrench in his receiving opportunities. If they do this, they won’t have to reply on the linebackers to defend the short pass.
Chris Clemons will be a big key in this as well, because when Peterson needs his rest or if the Vikings find themselves behind, Christian Ponder will certainly be looking to hit big play receiver Percy Harvin.
Quarterback pressure is paramount in this one.
Yet again Richard Sherman is probably going to draw the hardest assignment of the day. Percy Harvin is one of the most explosive players in the NFL (when healthy) and can beat the Seahawks in several ways. If Sherman and his help in the secondary don’t do a good job in containing Harvin, it’s going to be a long day for the Seattle secondary.
Additionally, he will likely also play a large part in keeping dump passes short and not letting them extend further down field.
Harvin is also their return man and has caused nothing but problems for opponents this year.
Traditionally, this Seahawks cover team is pretty good. But don’t forget past issues like the Ted Ginn Jr. experience of last year.
With so many players injured on this team, it takes skilled special teams players off the field. THAT’S what this team needs to worry about. Stop Harvin at all costs.
Or don’t kick to him at all.