Percy Harvin's Return Will Keep Seahawks Atop Brutal NFC West
Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN reported Pete Carroll as saying Harvin's return is "just around the corner," though he did say the explosive receiver wouldn't likely practice with the team this week due to the team's Thursday Night Football showdown against the Arizona Cardinals:
Carroll said TE Zach Miller will be back next week for sure and WR Percy Harvin is "just around the corner."— Liz Mathews 710 ESPN (@Liz_Mathews) October 14, 2013
Carroll said WR Percy Harvin likely won't return to team practices this week due to shortened schedule, but will have "vigorous" workouts.— Liz Mathews 710 ESPN (@Liz_Mathews) October 14, 2013
Heading into Week 7, the Seahawks sit atop the brutally tough division with a 5-1 record, having already defeated the San Francisco 49ers. A win against Arizona would give the Seahawks a 2-0 record within the division and ensure Seattle maintains at least a one-game lead over the 49ers.
The Seahawks have won tight games against the Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans—all three of which feature top defenses—thanks to a punishing rushing attack and a stifling defense.
As we saw last season, Russell Wilson isn't heaving the ball all over the yard like so many quarterbacks in the league right now. The Seahawks rank No. 24 in the league in passing, averaging just 215 yards per game through the air.
To this point in the season, Carroll has been content to simply wear out opposing defenses with a heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch, who has been in full "Beast Mode" the past few weeks.
But once Harvin returns to action, Seattle's offense will become much more dynamic.
His ability to turn a five-yard slant into an 80-yard touchdown will change the way opposing teams defend Seattle's offense.
He's also a dangerous read-option playmaker who is adept at taking handoffs for big gains, and he'll line up in the backfield with Wilson and Lynch at times, causing no shortage of consternation from opposing defensive coordinators.
Will the Seahawks win the NFC West in 2013?
With the quickness to stretch defenses horizontally and the pure speed to stretch the field vertically, Harvin is one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the league.
His return to the lineup will actually open up opportunities for others like Golden Tate, Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin, making Seattle's offense much more explosive than it already is.
Combined with the pieces already in place, Seattle should have a stranglehold on the NFC West throughout the entire 2013 season.
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