Good morning peeps. Bring your rain gear if you’re headed to the game, as there’s a 70 percent chance of the wet stuff today.
Great weather to hand the ball to Marshawn Lynch and let him go to work.
Here’s five keys for the Seahawks as they look to end a two-game losing streak.
Get off the field on third down: Seattle’s struggles on third down defensively have been the most talked about thing all week. I think we’ll see a simple solution today – more man coverage and blitz, forcing the issue against a young quarterback like Christian Ponder, and making anybody but Percy Harvin beat you. Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley needs more physical play and less thinking by his defense on third down.
Score a touchdown on defense: The Seahawks’ ability to create turnovers was a point of emphasis at the beginning of the season, but so far the defense has not lived up to the hype, with just 11 turnovers this season (T14). Chicago’s defense has scored six touchdowns this season, an NFL record through seven games. Seattle does not have a touchdown on defense this season (Jeron Johnson scored on a blocked punt against Dallas). That stat needs to change today.
No training wheels for Russell: Seattle head coach Pete Carroll took the restraints off of the offense and let Russell Wilson throw the ball around last week in Detroit, with good results. Let’s hope offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is allowed to do the same thing again today. Seattle’s ability to effectively throw the ball creates balance offensively and puts added strain on the defense.
Big day for Sid the Kid: Receiver Sidney Rice is looking forward to playing against his former team in Minnesota, so get him involved in the offense early with some easy throws on the perimeter. I like the matchup of Rice against Minnesota rookie cornerback Josh Robinson if the Vikings chose not to have Antoine Winfield on Rice the entire day.
Stop Adrian Peterson: Certainly having a game plan to contain Harvin is important, with his ability to create explosive plays on the perimeter of the defense, but stopping running back Adrian Peterson has to be Seattle’s focal point today. If Peterson gets going, then that opens up the play action pass for Ponder and the possibility of some big strikes down the field. As Seattle did against Dallas running back DeMarco Murray earlier this year, the Seahawks need to maintain their run fits and get 11 guys to the ball.
Here’s my advance for today’s game. Marshawn Lynch will see a mirror image of his running style when he watches Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson attack Seattle’s defense today.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that the Seahawks are looking forward to kicking off the second half of the season by playing in front of the hometown crowd.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times expects the Seahawks to emerge as a playoff contender in the second half of the season.
Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune believes that Russell Wilson is showing he’s not too short to be an NFL QB.
More Star Tribune: They like the Seahawks, 23-16.
Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press offers five keys for the Vikings to beating Seattle on the road.
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