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Seahawks Week 3 Preview

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by Jordan Skolrud

The biggest news for the Seahawks came this week when Kam Chancellor ended his holdout without getting a new contract. This is huge for a defense that has lacked the ability to strike fear into its opponents. Kam is the tone-setting hitter and enforcer of the defense. With him back, Earl Thomas will be free to be himself again, covering center field and putting a choke hold on deep passes. It is unlikely that Kam will play the whole game and may not start, but against a beat up Chicago Bears team, that’s not a big deal. Look for Seattle’s defense to be more sound against the run, have more bone crushing hits, and get more coverage sacks. Receivers and tight ends will once again be scared to go over the middle against this defense.

Reports are surfacing that Jimmy Graham is quite upset with his role in the Seattle offense this season. The tight end has accounted for 62 yards and one touchdown through two weeks of the season. We all knew that he wouldn’t be the stat monster he was in New Orleans but even this has people scratching their heads. Seattle has had slow starts on offense ever year since Russell Wilson became the starting quarterback but I have now idea why he hasn’t gotten more targets. With him being more vocal about wanting the ball and being a part of the offense, look for him to have a big week against a weak defense and with Cutler out the Bears’ offense may struggle to stay on the field.

Marshawn Lynch is off to a slow start as well with only 114 yards through two weeks and only leads Russell Wilson by 5 yards. This is in large due to terrible play by the offensive line. They only have three returning starters and one is learning a new position. It will take time for them to figure it out. Last season the Seahawks struggled to a 3-3 record and looked anemic on offense, then came the second half of the season and they were destroying teams. I see Beastmode being Beastmode this week and getting 100+yds and a TD, as long as he is healthy (he is currently listed as questionable, and will be a game-time decision). Fred Jackson may be available on waivers to be used as a flex play. Thomas Rawls is a riskier pick-up, but may out-touch Jackson, if Marshawn doesn’t play.

Russell Wilson hasn’t looked very impressive in the first two weeks but is still hitting his projections because of his legs and he doesn’t turn the ball over very often. But the timing couldn’t be more perfect to get on track as the Seahawks have their home opener this week against Chicago.

Tyler Lockett better not still be available in your league and if he is he’s worth adding especially in leagues with points for return yards. He is a threat to take anything to the house and will continue to become more a part of the offense. And as players get injured throughout the season, you’re going to need someone who at least has a realistic chance of getting a touchdown each week.

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