A division title and playoff spot are on the line between NFC West rivals Seattle and San Francisco, who are near twins with their hard-hitting defenses, great running games and quarterbacks playing beyond their years.
Sunday’s 50-17 blowout of the Buffalo Bills put the Seattle Seahawks one game away from a playoff berth.
After missing almost two full games with a concussion, the linebacker is expected to bring back some missing leadership to Seattle’s defense. Said coach Pete Carroll: “It’s a big boost for us to get him back out there.”
James Carpenter returned to practice after missing the last two games with a concussion, but will he or John Moffitt start between Russell Okung and Max Unger?
The Seattle Seahawks have lost a couple they could have won and won a couple they could have lost, rookie QB Russell Wilson has taken great strides, and the defense and running game have been every bit as strong as fans thought they would be.
The Hawks have not had any major injuries, but their offense has never been at full strength and their defense was wearing down as their bye week approached. With a week off, though, they should be ready to go with the full roster.
Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and receivers Golden Tate and Sidney Rice finally have added the missing dimension for the Hawks, and their continued rise could result in a playoff spot.
K.J. Wright will be the first starter to miss a game, while left guard James Carpenter also will miss the game against the Jets.
The Hawks played zone almost exclusively against the Lions, and Matthew Stafford exploited it even better than New England’s Tom Brady did two weeks before.
After shutting down Cam Newton and the explosive Carolina Panthers, holding them to 190 yards and three points, Seattle now ranks No. 1 in the league in yards allowed and No. 2 in scoring defense.