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Steven Hauschka (4) will be a big part of the Seahawks' success this year.
The Importance of Steven Hauschka
Kickers rarely get any love in the NFL. In fact, they rarely make the news unless they are being blamed for missing a game-winning field goal.
Steven Hauschka is incredibly important to the Seattle Seahawks.
Having a reliable, sure-footed kicker is important to any team that plays the way Seattle does. If you grind it out on the ground, shut down opposition with your defense and have an offense that can struggle at times to make plays through the air, you need your kicker to make field goals.
Hauschka has been perfect so far, and his performance will be vital to the Seahawks’ success.
The Seahawks Are the Deepest Team in the NFL
Every NFL team deals with injuries. That’s the nature of the game we love. As a result, it’s necessary to build the strongest 53-man roster that you possibly can, and Seattle has one of the deepest squads in the NFL.
Their best receiver, Percy Harvin, hasn’t even played for them yet. Golden Tate, Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin have all made big plays and stepped up in his absence.
Chris Clemons is still returning to full strength after an Achilles injury, and Bruce Irvin’s suspension just ended. Free-agent acquisitions Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett have combined for 4.5 sacks in 4 games to keep the pass rush alive without them.
They went into Houston without their starting offensive tackles and center, and they still managed to score 20 unanswered points in the second half to come away with the win.
Sometimes in the NFL, it just comes down to who has the better team. The Seahawks have one of the best rosters in the league.
Penalties Aren’t Going Away
The Seahawks were the seventh-most penalized team last year according to NFLPenalties.com. So far, they’ve been even worse this year, ranking as the fifth-most penalized team through four games.
The flags were flying against Seattle in the preseason, and Seahawks.com reported that head coach Pete Carroll was understandably not pleased about it.
If it continues to be an issue, penalties could play a part in costing the Seahawks an important game in the regular season or even the playoffs.