The Seahawks may have won in ugly fashion on Sunday. But they achieved their goal of not getting anyone too hurt.
The Seahawks and Pete Carroll took a chance on Sunday by playing their starters for the entire game. Seattle was assured of making the playoffs prior to playing the Cardinals. And as it turned out, Seattle would have been the fifth-seed in the postseason even if they had lost since the Vikings lost on Sunday. Seattle did win, though, and thankfully suffered no long-lasting injuries.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin was one Seahawk who did have to miss time against Arizona after being injured in the game. Griffin suffered a “slight ankle sprain,” according to Carroll. Had Sunday’s game been more important, Griffin may have been able to go back in.
The problem with ankle injuries, though, is sometimes they take a few days to get better and sometimes longer. Griffin also a short week to get back as Seattle travels to Dallas for their first-round Wild Card game.
Akeem King played decently when replacing Griffin but it took King a few series to get his confidence of playing out wide. King had mostly been a slot corner in 2018. And let’s not mistake King playing decently against the Cardinals as his being a better option than Griffin against the Cowboys. He’s not.
In better news, the Seahawks offensive line should get back to being fully healthy against Dallas. Guards D.J. Fluker and J.R. Sweezy missed the Cardinals game with injuries. Fluker could have played if needed, but Carroll thought it best to rest Fluker and help him recover from his hamstring injury.
Sweezy will be trying to come back two weeks after a foot injury but Carroll seems to think Sweezy will. Sweezy’s kind of foot injury sometimes takes longer to overcome.
Seattle will absolutely have to have better blocking against the Cowboys than they did against Arizona. If Seattle isn’t better, the Cowboys will win easily. Getting Fluker and Sweezy back and moving Germain Ifedi back to right tackle would go a long way towards getting the Seahawks blocking back to where it has been most of the year.