Seattle Seahawks: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 3

Keith MyersContributor ISeptember 17, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Blitz, the Seattle Seahawks' mascot, looks on during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on September 15, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks were able to do exactly what they set out to do in Week 2's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle dominated the 49ers on the way to a 29-3 victory.

The Seahawks weren't perfect, and they'll be looking to looking to get some things fixed with the 0-2 Jaguars coming to town in Week 3.

Here is a weekly recap of all things that pertain to the Seahawks. 


Division Standings

The Seahawks currently sit alone in first place in the NFC West. 

The Rams' loss to the Falcons in Week 2 is currently the only loss outside of the division for the NFC West this season. The other two losses came from within the division, with the Rams beating the Cardinals and the Seahawks topping the 49ers. 

The NFC West is now 3-1 against non-divisional foes, with wins over Carolina, Green Bay and Detroit


Schedule Notes

The Seahawks play the next four games against the AFC South, starting with the Jacksonville Jaguars at home this Sunday. Seattle then goes on the road to face the Texans in Week 4 and the Colts in Week 5, before returning home against the Titans in Week 6. 


Injury Report

The Seahawks' injury report this week has a significant new addition. Starting left tackle Russell Okung has a torn ligament in his toe and is unlikely to play. In fact, he is unlikely to play for some time. This is a similar injury to the one that caused Max Unger to miss 15 games back in 2010.

The other new name of the list is backup FB/RB Spencer Ware. Ware sprained his ankle on the fourth-down conversion just before the end of the game. Carroll characterized the injury as "significant," which suggests that Ware is going to miss some time. 

The Seahawks told us that Brandon Browner was likely to play last week, but then he was a late scratch just hours before the game. That scenario might repeat itself this week as well. Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell have both played well in relief of Browner, so the Seahawks have little incentive to rush Browner back onto the field. 

Another big name who missed last Sunday's game was Chris Clemons. He was listed as "questionable" until the list of inactive players was released prior to kickoff.

Carroll said today that the target date for Clemons' return is Week 4, but suggested that Clemons could play this week if he has a really good week of practice. It is also possible that Carroll's comment was just a challenge to Clemons to prove that he's ready. 

Pete Carroll did not provide an update on the status of backup safety Jeron Johnson. 


What Must Improve

As was the case last Sunday, the thing that the Seahawks need to improve the most is the blocking by the offensive line. This is especially true for the pass-blocking. 

According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Russell Wilson was pressured, hit or sacked on 21 of the 26 times he dropped back to pass. That is a trend that cannot continue if the Seahawks are going to keep winning. 

The run-blocking actually improved from Week 1 to Week 2, but it still has a ways to go. The Seahawks were held to a rather unimpressive 3.7 yards per run against the 49ers. They need to get that up above 4.5 yards per carry for this offense to get back into the level of efficiency it showed in 2012.

Unfortunately, the Seahawks are going to have to try to fix the blocking without arguably their most talented lineman. With Russell Okung out with his toe injury, the Seahawks are going to find it difficult to improve in the area where they need it the most.