This week the Seattle Seahawks No. 2 ranked rushing defense and the Oakland Raiders No. 3 ranked rushing attack are set to square off in Oakland. Could this be the classic case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, or could this be something else?
The Raiders currently hold the No. 3 rushing attack and are averaging 4.7 yards per carry. This is largely due to the 328 yards rushing the Raiders accumulated last week against division rival Denver Broncos.
The Seattle Seahawks boast the second-ranked rushing defense in terms of total yards given up. Many are expecting the Raiders to struggle on the ground against this team, mostly because that Seattle is yet to face any of the leagues premier runners.
But in reality, that No. 2 ranking may be misleading; this team's rushing defense isn't nearly as good as advertised.
Yes, I'm going to tell you that the Seahawks run defense is overrated.
Look at the teams they've faced and where they rank in rushing:
Denver 32nd in the league in rushing.
Chicago 29th in the league in rushing.
Arizona 28th in the league in rushing.
San Francisco 27th in the league in rushing.
San Diego 17th in the league in rushing.
St. Louis 13th in the league in rushing.
Not one of these teams are even in the top 10 in terms of rushing yards.
As a matter of fact, four of these teams are in the bottom six in terms of rushing.
The Seahawks have not faced a serious rushing threat yet this year, aside from Steven Jackson, who missed nearly the entire second half with an injury.
Even worse, this No. 2 ranked rushing defense allowed the 28th ranked rushing Arizona Cardinals to rip off 5.6 yards per carry.
The Seahawks are yet to face a running back tandem like what the Raiders possess. Come Sunday, the Seahawks will not be ready for the speed of Darren McFadden and the power of Michael Bush.
The Raiders backfield is on a roll, and they are set to roll over the Seattle Seahawks.
Further playing into the Raiders hands Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane and DE Chris Clemons, who leads the team in sacks, are both likely to miss this game with injuries.
The Oakland Raiders will run wild all over Seattle's second-ranked run defense and expose them for what the are: frauds.
I'm predicting a Raiders win, 27-14, as the Raiders rush for over 240 yards and advance to .500.
The Seahawks haven't won in Oakland in over 13 years, and that isn't going to change anytime soon.