The Seahawks ended up turning a tight ballgame against the New York Giants into a blowout in just one quarter last Sunday. The defense finally looked like the intimidating force that they were all of last season and with key players coming back this week, more of the same is expected from here on out.
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Yes, the Seahawks lost Brandon Mebane for the remainder of the season. That’s a huge blow that takes one of the most underrated cogs in our run defense away. But the Seahawks look to be getting linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith back this week and safety Kam Chancellor fully practiced all three days this week. He’s also expected to play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Aside from the Mebane news, TE Zach Miller was placed on Injured Reserve and he’ll miss the rest of the 2014 season as well. That move really blows as the team only has Cooper Helfet and an injured Luke Willson with any experience playing tight end in the system. TE RaShaun Allen was signed off of the Minnesota Vikings practice squad and added to the 53-man roster to add some much-needed depth at the position.
Marshawn Lynch was held out of practice on both Wednesday and Thursday for a rib injury but after practicing fully on Friday, it looks like he’ll be good to go against the Chiefs run defense that has struggled all season.
Currently the Seahawks sit at 6-3 and are two games behind the Arizona Cardinals (8-1) for the division lead. With two games to play against the Cardinals, and Carson Palmer, their starting QB out for the season, it looks like the Seahawks have a legitimate shot at winning the division again this season.
For that to happen, the offense is going to have to continue to rely heavily on Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson for the last seven games. After last week’s 350-yard performance rushing the football, that’s clearly the recipe for success for Seattle.