Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is holding out hope that Mike Williams can be cleared to play after a pre-game workout with Trainers on Sunday.
But the Seahawks are moving forward with a game plan that does not include the USC product. That means Seattle will have to try and figure out how to makeup for Williams’ production, which will be tough. But expect Seattle to try and spread the field in order to create some matchup problems with guys like Deon Butler, Golden Tate and Brandon Stokley inside. And expect Ben Obomanu to continue to be a big part of the passing offense.
Also helping things for Seattle is Kansas City’s top corner Brandon Flowers is doubtful with a hamstring issue, so the Chiefs will have to start third corner Travis Daniels on the outside.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that cornerback Marcus Trufant is coming back at the right time, with his sure tackling ability a big plus against the No. 1 rushing defense in the league.
Linebacker Lofa Tatupu tells ESPN’s Mike Sando that Colin Cole and Red Bryant being out of Seattle’s defensive lineup has had a significant impact on the team’s run defense.
Jim Moore at ESPN 710 Seattle predicts a Seahawks victory.
ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard breaks down Mike Williams’ 68-yard catch against New Orleans last week.
Pro Football Weekly takes a look at the free agents for the NFC West. They include Matt Hasselbeck, Mike Williams, Leon Washington, David Hawthorne and Brandon Mebane for Seattle. And of course, a lot will depend on a new CBA being agreed to for 2011.