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Seahawks: Week 10 Preview

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In a bit of a weird scheduling quirk, the Seahawks and Cardinals BOTH are coming off a bye week into Sunday Night’s match up between NFC West Rivals. The game could put the Seahawks back in the race for the division, or put them behind the 8-ball to even make the playoffs. With the season effectively on the line and the extra time to game plan, expect the offense to have things figured out and the defense to continue to do what they do.
Marshawn Lynch was a part of the injury report with an abdominal injury and is officially listed as questionable. I wouldn’t be too worried about the injury, however, Lynch is 30 years old which is the usual age of RBs when they start to decline. I’m confident he’ll play but a backup plan never hurts. If he plays, I’m projecting over 75yds on the ground and a touchdown. If Thomas Rawls gets the start, expect 50 on the ground and 20 or more yards in receptions and a touchdown.

Russell Wilson is a borderline QB2 this week. He’s facing an Arizona defense that loves to blitz, a situation that Wilson and the offensive line have not handled well this season.

Jimmy Graham is still the top receiving option on this team and even though Lockett is the deep threat, Graham is still worthy of a starting spot. Graham leads the team in targets and receptions. Start Graham. Start Tyler Lockett only if you get points for return yards and you have a hole in your lineup because of bye weeks. Baldwin and Kearse don’t put up consistent enough numbers to warrant a start.

The Legion of Doom is back, getting more sacks and allowing less points. Their biggest weaknesses are that they give up big points to tight ends and they aren’t getting the interceptions that they are used to seeing. The Cardinals don’t use their tight ends much so expect that position to be a non issue.

Steven Hauschka is definitely worth starting, as the Seahawks are the worst red-zone offense in the NFL and he is 94% on field goals this season.

X-Factor: The Seahawks are 15-2 in primetime games (9-0 at home) and have only lost 4 games in the second half of the last three seasons under Pete Carroll. The Seahawks will be ready to go and will have an explosive game.

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