Watch out for when the Seahawks take on WFT in Week 12 – plus Bob Condotta’s prediction
And now, facing the greatest challenge of the Pete Carroll era, the Seahawks are hitting the road.
At 3-7, their worst 10 game record since 2009, Seattle now plays three of its next four away games at Lumen Field, starting with Monday night’s game against the Washington football team. at FedExField in Prince George County, Maryland.
But it may be a good thing.
In one of many quirks this season, the Seahawks are just 1-4 at home following a 23-13 loss to Arizona last week when they are 2- 2 on the road.
And every team the Seahawks have played on the road has a record of .500 or better, including the two teams Seattle beat, Indianapolis and San Francisco, each 5-5.
Now comes a date at 4-6 WFT, a game Seattle needs to win to keep its already barely faltering playoff hopes alive.
On our keys to the game.
Match to follow
WFT wide receiver Terry McLaurin vs. Seattle cornerbacks
Washington’s most proven offensive threat is third-year wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who ranks 15the in the NFL for yards per game at 73.5, a spot ahead of Seattle’s Tyler Lockett (71.7). McLaurin’s production has been a bit hit and miss this year as WFT has had to turn to Taylor Heinicke. But he just won one of his best games of the season with 103 yards on five catches against Carolina. And he now faces a Seattle defense with an uncertain cornerback situation with RCB DJ Reed struggling with knee and groin issues and Sidney Jones likely to take over on the left side for injured Tre Brown. . McLaurin is around 71% on the road according to Pro Football Focus, so Reed and Jones are likely to each have their share of challenges.
Player to watch
WR DK Metcalf
Metcalf changed the hair color last week – from aqua to gold – following the misguided end of the Green Bay game. But that didn’t help his production as Metcalf only managed four catches for 31 yards against Arizona. He’s just 57 yards on seven receptions in the last two games, his lowest two-game yardage since his rookie season. It fell to 29e in the NFL to receive yards per game at 63.7 (he averaged 81.4 last year). But the rebound odds are good this week against a 28-ranked WFT pass defense.e in the NFL at 270 yards per game. They may be even better when he faces WFT cornerback William Jackson III, who has allowed six touchdowns this season, tied for second in the NFL, according to Pro Football Reference.
Coach’s decision to watch
To set the course, or not to set the course?
Carroll has made it clear that he wants the Seahawks to run him more – Seattle has run over 90 yards in its last four games, the second longest streak without 100 yards in the Carroll era. But it might not be the week to force the issue. While the WFT defense has been underwhelming compared to expectations, it has been tough against the run, allowing just 98.5 per game, the NFL’s sixth under and just 695 yards to runners, the third most. bottom of the NFL, according to PFF. And as noted, WFT was more sensitive to the pass. But it’s worth noting that the three QBs to throw for the most yards against WFT are Patrick Mahomes (390), Josh Allen (359) and Justin Herbert (334). WFT has held Aaron Rodgers to 247 and Tom Brady to 220 in two of their last four games. Seattle may not be able to depend on the race and may instead need Russell Wilson to get back into shape.
The X factor
Last week we wondered if the desperate state of Seattle – roughly a game-winning game or something realistically playoffs – would be enough to get the Seahawks through. But while the effort seemed there, the execution wasn’t, and the Seahawks’ playoff hopes are now alive. Can a team that entered the year with legitimate Super Bowl hopes after winning 12 games in 2020, tied for third in team history, find something to play in the last seven? matches? Everyone this week has said whatever it takes to believe again etc. But it’s uncharted territory for the Seahawks in Carroll’s day and what happens on the pitch Monday night will speak much louder about where the collective head of this team really sits.
Player who might surprise
The production of a player who signed a contract in March with a guaranteed value of $ 8.5 million should come as no surprise. But what happened to Dunlap this year has indeed been a small revelation as he only has a half-sack in 10 games after making five in eight games for Seattle a year ago. And despite his good health, Dunlap only played 17 snaps, a season low. Maybe a return to Washington, where he had one of his biggest sacks of last season, will help jumpstart his season. It was at FedExField last December that Dunlap sacked Dwayne Haskins for a 9-yard loss on a third and 15 games with 1:09 left to help secure Seattle’s 20-15 victory. We need more.
Third-down conversion percentage
Much has been said about Seattle’s inability to convert third downs this year, and rightly so as the Seahawks hit 35-108, 32.4%, 30e in the NFL. Seattle has been 30% or worse in four of the last five games and 25% or worse in three of them. But if Seattle can’t break that hex on Monday, that might never happen this season, as WFT ranks last in the NFL by allowing conversions in third, dropping 71 of 134.53%. Something obviously has to give way and Seattle is hoping it’s the WFT.
Seahawks 21, WFT 16
WFT have won back-to-back wins, appearing to finally emerge as the team many have been waiting for heading into the season, while the Seahawks have lost four of five and are in shock. So why choose the Seahawks? Just a feeling that Wilson will finally have shaken off the rust of his layoff and that Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are a good game against WFT high school and that they will shoot just enough big plays to do so.