First and foremost, can the Seahawks wake up early enough to compete in this game from the start. Mike Holmgren is trying not to make an issue of this, and the players say they are aware of the struggles in the past, the reason Matt Hasselbeck this week spoke about setting his alarm clock earlier all week. They also left on Friday afternoon, so they get two nights to adjust.
Will the sod have any bearing on the game? They resodded the field at the stadium, and though it is cold back here it is not wet. That should make the field OK. If it gets wet, though, that could be a problem for a Seahawks team that has not been able to establish a running game.
How will Shaun Alexander look and how will he be used in the game? This issue holds the most interest, in particular because the Seahawks have gone 3-0 in his absence. Imagine if they get blown out by the Eagles, and Shaun has a poor game. I’m certain we will hear that it is not a one-man team, which is true, but nonetheless. I am also interested to see how he fits into the passing game and when Mo Morris is going to be used.
Will the Seahawks miss a beat in their passing game without D.J. Hackett. He obviously was a weapon when he was playing, but Bobby Engram has done extremely well when he is out. I think the coaching staff would like to see something from Courtney Taylor this week, too. But if I had Engram on my fantasy team, he would be a sure stat. I’m predicting at least 8 catches for him.
Can Patrick Kerney continue his blitz? He has had seven sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception in the past three games. I’m certain that will force Jim Johnson to give him more attention. Can he overcome that extra attention? Or does that mean that Julian Peterson, Darryl Tapp or even Lofa Tatupu get the sacks this week? Speaking of Lofa, he has not practiced most of the week so we’ll have to see how his ribs fare.
Can Marcus Trufant increase his interception total? Mike Holmgren has now said on multiple occasions that Trufant is having his best professional season. He had a pick last week for a total of four. With A.J. Feeley likely at QB, Trufant may be able to eke into the league leaders.
And finally, are the Seahawks able to increase their division lead? They are up two games on Arizona. The Cardinals play the Browns, no easy task. A win here and a loss by the Cards would almost cinch the division and a playoff game at home.