Healthy Seahawks Look to Take Flight Against Giants

Donald ParrishContributor IOctober 1, 2008

The Seattle Seahawks (1-2) are looking to benefit from the return of at least three offensive starters this week against the New York Giants (3-0). 

The Seahawks appear to be getting Deion Branch, Bobby Engram and Sean Locklear back just in time for their east coast matchup against the defending champs. 

Both teams are entering the game off their bye week, and while Seattle benefited greatly from the early bye, the Giants will look to pick up right were they left off.  The Giants are looking to extend their seven game winning streak which dates back to their improbable run through the playoffs last year.

But they will have to do so without All-Pro WR Plaxico Burress who is suspended for one game for violating team rules.

The Seahawks have suffered from a slow start, a lot of which can be blamed on the unexplainable amount of injuries suffered by their Wide Receiver core. By Week 3, 'hawks have already lost WRs Deion Branch, Bobby Engram, Ben Obomanu(IR), Nate Burleson(IR), Logan Payne(IR) and QB Seneca Wallace to Injuries.

Without their top six Wide Receivers, Seattle was forced to look to free agent Billy McMullen, rookie free agent Michael Bumpus and second round pick John Carlson to help get the team its first win in Week three. 

With Veterans Bobby Engram and Deion Branch returning along with an extra week of practice for the new Wide Receivers, look for Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to return to form and improve his low passer rating.

Also returning this week is Right Tackle Sean Locklear, who missed the first two games and only saw limited action in Week 3. It is also possible that Running Back Maurice Morris may return this week along with QB/WR Seneca Wallace, but they might sit out to get another week's rest.