Seattle Seahawks: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 8
It was an interesting Week 7 for the Seattle Seahawks and NFC West. It's time to get you caught up on everything you need to know as the Seahawks prepare to take on the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football in Week 8.
Seattle went on the road and dispatched the division-rival Arizona Cardinals in a 34-22 game that felt like it was more lopsided than the score indicates. Seattle made a couple mistakes that could have been costly, but were able to recover and looked dominant for most of the night.
Here is the weekly recap of all things pertaining to the Seahawks:
|San Francisco 49ers||5||2||.713||176||135||41|
|St. Louis Rams||3||4||.429||156||184||-28|
This week saw the top of the division finally get some separation from the bottom. The Seahawks and the 49ers both won, while the Rams and Cardinals both picked up losses. The result is that both Arizona and St. Louis are now three games back of Seattle in the divisional race.
Things went from bad to worse for the Rams this week. Not only did they lose, but they also lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford for the year to a knee injury. Now they must take on the Seahawks with backup Kellen Clemens under center.
|Player||Injury||Likeihood of Playing|
|Jeron johnson||Hamstring||Very Low|
Pete Carroll Pressers, Twitter
Pete Carroll didn't hold his weekly press conference on Monday. With the Seahawks playing on Monday Night Football this week, everything is being pushed back. That means there aren't as many updates to be made to the Seahawks injury report as usual.
The biggest news is that wide receiver Percy Harvin is practicing for the first time this season.
Wide receiver @Percy_Harvin has returned to practice.— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 21, 2013
The Seahawks now have three weeks before they have to activate him to the active roster, but they can do so earlier. There's no reason to rush Harvin and risk another injury, so it remains unlikely that he'll see the field this week.
The other major news that is sure to get fans excited will be the return of fullback Michael Robinson.
I'd like to welcome our captain Mike Rob back!— Chris Clemons (@chrisclemons91) October 22, 2013
Robinson's signing was necessitated by the hamstring injury of fullback Derrick Coleman, who won the job over Robinson in training camp.
Other than that, the only information available is from the postgame press conferences. Safety Jeron Johnson also injured a hamstring in the game. It is the same hamstring that caused him to miss time earlier in the year. The severity of this new injury is unknown, so there is no way to speculate about his availability for this week.
Guard James Carpenter had a shin injury on Thursday, but in his postgame press conference Pete Carroll suggested it wasn't anything serious, and implied it was just a bad bruise. Carpenter returned to the game after getting treatment on the sideline.
The only other new injury that is currently known is for wide receiver Golden Tate, who injured both his shoulder and a toe. Tate also returned to the game, but his status for Monday is unclear. His toe injury is troubling, especially if it ends up being turf toe, which is what landed left tackle Russell Okung on short-term injured reserve already this season.
Pete Carroll should provide a more complete injury update on Tuesday afternoon when he finally addresses the media.
What Must Improve
Unfortunately, the thing that must improve the most for the Seahawks this week is the same thing that needed improvement a week ago. The Seahawks must stop putting the ball on the ground.
The Seahawks had four more fumbles Thursday, giving them nine in the last two games. According to NFL.com, they also have 17 overall, which is tied for the most in the NFL with the Denver Broncos. The team with the third most overall, the Buffalo Bills, has just 13.
The fumbling problems have to be a major concern for the coaches as well. Eight of those fumbles have been turnovers, which is the second most lost fumbles in the league. It also accounts for two-thirds of all of Seattle's turnovers this season.
Clearly this is a trend that cannot continue.
The Seahawks must find a way to keep Wilson from taking so many hits. Wilson must also speed up his internal clock, and not give defenders so much time to get around the edge and get to the football. If those two things can happen, Seattle's fumbling problem should mostly take care of itself.
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