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Okung struggled last week, looking unprepared to return to the lineup.
The key for the Seattle Seahawks in this game is fairly simple to pin-point. They simply have to make blocks for Marshawn Lynch and give Tarvaris Jackson a little time to throw the ball.
The offensive line struggled last week, particularly in the first half. The biggest disappointment was Russell Okung, who is supposed to be the cornerstone of the unit at LT. He gave up a sack last week and also threw in three penalties; he clearly did not look ready to return from another high ankle sprain.
Tarvaris Jackson struggled last week, particularly in the first half. At times he struggled making quick enough decisions, but all too often he was being hit or flushed from the pocket before his receivers could get far enough into their routes to allow him to throw the ball.
Seattle adjusted their offense enough in the second half to give him some quicker throws, but Jackson still seemed hesitant to move outside of the pocket when pressure came. His mobility is his biggest strength, and he'll need to be more prepared to move around this Sunday.
Seattle will likely struggle again on the ground. Lynch has shown tremendous ability to turn three-yard losses into two-yard gains, but that isn't going to be enough in this game. Seattle is also breaking in a new fullback, as they claimed Eddie Williams off the Cleveland Brown's practice squad to replace the injured Michael Robinson.
The Seahawks have height and speed available to them at the wide receiver and tight end positions. The Steelers can do an adequate job covering the height, but Warren Sapp was on-point with the speed concerns. Seattle needs to suit up Kris Durham and allow him, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin to challenge the Pittsburgh secondary.
Seattle's pass blocking might not give him enough time to air the ball out often, but it should help to open things underneath for Zach Miller and Mike Williams. Look for these two to have big days if Seattle is going to move the ball on offense.
The key of this game will be the Steelers ability to pressure Tarvaris Jackson. If they do, it will likely be another long day for the Seahawk offense. But if Seattle can solidify a blocking scheme, they could pull out a huge upset.
The Steelers were quite unhappy with the Ravens and their use of chop blocks last week. Following this game, the Seahawks line may be known as the lumberjacks. They will try to cut down the Steeler line all game long.