Marshawn Lynch, Max Unger, Russell Okung, Earl Thomas and Leon Washington were all deserving choices, while Richard Sherman and Chris Clemons were left out.
Dropped passes and poor rush defense were the reasons the Seahawks lost 13-6 in San Francisco in Week Seven. Seattle will have to be better in both departments if it is going to win this time.
The Buffalo Bills replaced Marshawn Lynch in 2010 with first-round pick C.J. Spiller, and since then Lynch has merely rushed for 3,043 yards and 27 touchdowns in 40 games for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seattle Seahawks are down two of their top three corners this week, and could be without all three as soon as next week, leaving Walter Thurmond and a bunch of young guys to hold up the back end.
With Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner facing possible suspensions next week, the Hawks also might lose Red Bryant to plantar fasciitis and/or Leroy Hill to a bum ankle.
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?
Sunday, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll faces the team he once coached, the New York Jets, which is now quarterbacked by his former quarterback at USC, Mark Sanchez. Also, running back Leon Washington goes against the team that traded him to Seattle.
The Seattle Seahawks have just four healthy wide receivers, and that has some people calling for the team to trade for Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe by today’s deadline. But the Hawks just need to use the guys they are already paying.
On Sunday, all eyes will be on Pete Carroll’s big, bad Seattle Seahawks secondary and Jim Schwartz’s talented and sometimes brutal Detroit Lions defensive line.
The Seahawks’ defense, which has pretty much shut down every offense it has faced, is confronted with the challenge of dealing with a team that runs a play every 15 to 25 seconds.