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- Updated: November 22, 2013
It’s going to be a long weekend for Seattle Seahawks fans.
The Seahawks have the NFL’s best record, and excitement is nearing an all-time high as Seattle hits its bye week. With a huge matchup against the New Orleans Saints that could decide NFC home field approaching; the Seahawks will be waiting 15 days in between games.
Hopefully that time off will not disrupt the Seattle’s momentum, as the Seahawks team we have all been waiting for has shown up in a big way the past two games. Although Seattle’s two opponents have a combined record of 4-16, the offense looked difficult for any team to stop while the defense continued its domination.
Any team could use more than a week to prepare for Drew Brees and the Saints’ passing attack, especially when missing a starting corner. Head coach Pete Carroll finally gave a timetable for Brandon Browner’s serious groin injury, saying it would be at least 4-6 weeks before Browner will return.
The very capable Walter Thurmond will get some more snaps with the first team in the meantime. The secondary as a whole will look to find a way to avoid breakdowns like on Jarius Wright’s 38-yard touchdown catch Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, which the Seahawks can absolutely not afford against New Orleans.
Besides Browner, the Seahawks finally appear to be getting healthy all over the field. Percy Harvin will have another week to get more fully integrated into the offense. Perhaps more importantly, the entire starting offensive line will have extra time to practice together and get back up to speed for the stretch run.
Pro Football Focus rated the Seahawks’ offensive line 30th best in the NFL earlier this week, showing there is plenty of work to be done. The pass protection last week was noticeably better – Russell Wilson was only sacked once – but Carroll indicated the unit made a few mistakes in the run game as Marshawn Lynch only rushed for 54 yards. As the fully healthy line gets more practice time together, expect communication to improve and for the Seahawks’ rushing attack to bounce back strongly.
Carroll was particularly impressed with the defensive line’s play against the Vikings. The Seahawks pushed the line of scrimmage around seemingly at will, allowing the team to swarm to Adrian Peterson, holding him to 65 yards. That will be critical against New Orleans, as the Seahawks will need to find a way to get pass rush on Brees without blitzing too often.
It’s about to be a wild ride in Seattle. Seahawks fans will just have to wait an extra week.
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