November 8th, 2014- The Seattle Seahawks continue to get back on track creating havoc defensively and did that again last week against the Oakland Raiders. After being near the last in the league in takeaways through the first half of the season the turnovers have come in bunches in the last two games. For what it’s worth coach Pete Carroll did predict that turnovers would come in bunches after the Rams game. The Seahawks forced another three turnovers in last weeks game and it’s only gonna get better for them and bad news for the rest of the league. Richard Sherman got his first interception of the season, Bruce Irvin got a pick six with his interception and the last turnover was forced on special teams. With all that being said the Seahawks are still not at full strength with key players being out with injuries. As they continue to get healthy they will need everyone at full strength for the stretch run against the Arizona Cardinals (twice), San Francisco 49ers (twice) and one more time versus the St. Louis Rams. With all the progress and bright spots on the defense the offense has been struggling and Russell Wilson has not been himself lately. His throws are late and they seem like “ducks” and it’s definitely not as pretty as the ones that Peyton Manning throws. There’s not one specific reason of why the offense has been struggling: it’s not the receivers, it’s not the play calling, it’s not that Beastmode (Marshawn Lynch) isn’t producing, it’s not all on Wilson, it’s not the penalties. Its just the combination of everything put together. I for one isn’t as concerned as most fans and or other members of the media with the offense. It cannot be forgotten that the Seahawks didn’t have a potent offense in 2013 and they managed to get all the way to the Super Bowl, win it and became world champions. Carroll and John Schneider has built the team on defense. Statistically they aren’t as bad as it what it seems primarily due to the fact they are always near the top in rushing offense.
The Seahawks next opponent will be the New York Giants (3-5) tomorrow at Century Link Field with kickoff being slated at 1:25pm Pacific Standard Time. The Giants are still searching for their identity which seems difficult to believe when its half way into the season but for anyone who likes to look at history, the Giants and Eli Manning with head coach Tom Coughlin have always been known to have strong second half of a sixteen game season. On paper Seattle should dominate the matchup, best case scenario is wrapping the game up as soon as possible and getting everyone healthy.
Keys to the Game: 1) Darrell Bevell needs to call a flawless game mostly importantly to give Russell Wilson’s confidence back and no I am not talking about bubble or smoke screens but more on the lines of quick outs, slants, etc., 2) Defense needs to continue to create turnovers. With a struggling offense Seattle needs to get back to their identity and win games with a dominating offense.
Roster moves: Jeremy Lane (nickleback) has been activated off of injured reserve, Stephen Schilling (center) has been placed on injured reserve which means he cannot play for the rest of this season
Injuries: Max Unger is expected to play, Byron Maxwell is still out, Kam Chancellor is still out, Bobby Wagner is still out, James Carpenter is doubtful
Prediction: Seahawks- 30 Giants 13