NFC West

SEA Seahawks – Week 8 Preview

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by Jordan Skolrud

The Seahawks’ defense did what a defense with their names and talent should do to an offense that is struggling as bad as the 49ers are currently. Michael Bennett had a particularly great night with 3.5 of the team’s 6 sacks, leading an unrelenting pass rush that held Colin Kaepernick to less that 50 yds passing in the first half. One subtle, yet drastic difference in defensive strategy was Richard Sherman blanketing Torrey Smith all game. Smith wasn’t even targeted. The biggest knock on Sherman is that he typically stays on one side of the field as opposed to following the opponent’s best receiver around. This is a big change with WRs like Dez Bryant (possibly), Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, and Steve Smith. The biggest concern for the defense is how many points they give up to TEs. Seattle gives up the 3rd most points to the position and although Jason Witten hasn’t caught a touchdown since Romo went down, he is still Jason Witten, the “old faithful” of the Dallas Cowboys.

Marshawn Lynch returned to Beast Mode with 122yards and a TD. The Seahawks changed their play calling to include more runs with Russell Wilson under center, giving Lynch a chance to start running down hill and through people. Look for more of the same this week, as the offense moves best when it moves through Lynch.

Jimmy Graham had a bit of a letdown game after his 100+ yard performance against Carolina. Graham had 2 rec on 5 targets for 31 yds, but he tied for the most targets. So don’t abandon Graham. Just remember that, while he isn’t going to get 80 yds and a touchdown every game, the potential is there.

Tyler Lockett is beginning to get the “Hester treatment” as a returner, but don’t fear, he is getting more involved with the offense. Lockett tied for the most targets with 5, and hauled in 5 rec for 79 yds and TD. He is a deep threat every time he steps on the field and has the moves to turn bubble screens into big plays. He’s still a bit of a dart throw flex pick, but by playoff time he could be much more.

Russell Wilson is barely a QB1 right now. Sunday he went 18-24, 235, TD, 2-INT. And second of his picks was a terrible decision. He still gets rushing yards which is the only thing keeping him in the discussion as a starter. He holds on to the ball too long which is a contributing factor to him being the most sacked QB in football (31). He is facing a defense that has given up the 8th fewest points to his position this week, so if you have a better option steer clear of Wilson this week.

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