The Seattle Seahawks ( 3-2) will return to the field Sunday afternoon after a bye week with the intention of continuing their offensive improvements by playing a more uptempo offensive style. It has been difficult trying to gauge the Seahawks offense. While the offense has suffered some unexpected injuries consistency has been a missing ingredient.
The Seahawks offense had an offensive explosion in its 46 to 18 win over the Indianapolis Colts( 2-4) then took a step back the following week in 16 to 10 win over the Los Angeles Rams (4-2). The end game in the NFL is to win games. While the Seahawks achieved their end game in the two contests the offense seemed to regress.
The Seahawks have scored when they absolutely needed with an uptempo hurry-up offense then relied on their defense to carry the day. A formula that can buy you time to establish an offensive consistency. What it is not is a formula that can be sustained for a long time in the NFL.
After spending the bye week tinkering with the offense. The Seahawks are hoping to have found a way to create some offensive schemes in which they create some long sustained drives.
The Giants are coming off a confidence-building 23 to 10 win in which their defense shut down a high powered Denver Broncos offense. DE lineman Jason Pierre-Paul tied his career record of three sacks in a game and All-Pro Safety Landon Collins had his first interception of the season.
The Seahawks offensive line will undergo some reshuffling with left guard Luke Joeckel recovering from a knee surgery. Mark Glowinski and Ethan Pocic will both see action in Joeckel’s absence.
As for the ongoing question regarding the teams running game, quarterback Russell Wilson believes the offense is on the verge of an offensive explosion.
“I think that everything doesn’t have to happen all at once. I do think that for us, it’s a few fits here and there. It’s a few more just getting north here and there where you are just getting the first down. I thought last week going against a very good defensive line, or I guess the week before that. Going against the Rams for example, they have a very good defensive line we were able to get some big runs when we needed them and I believe those big runs will open up.
We’ve had even in the fourth quarter in some moments with eight minutes to go in the game, we’ve gone on to have great really four minute/eight minute offense where we have been able to run the ball really well and get some big runs and so I believe it will all click when it needs to and we are going to make that happen by just the way we practice.”
The Seattle Seahawks placed defensive end Cliff Avril on injured reserve because of an ongoing neck injury. Cornerback Jeremy Lane (groin) was downgraded to out for Sunday’s game against the Giants. Defensive end Michael Bennett (heel) and running back C.J. Prosise (ankle) are questionable.
Sterling Shepard is expected to play against the Seahawks after sitting out last week with an ankle injury. DE Olivier Vernon ( ankle), Weston Richburg ( concussion ) and running back Paul Perkins ( ribs) are out with Guard D.J. Fluker ( knee) listed as questionable.