The Seahawks have made it through 14 games but heading into week 16 against the Cardinals, Seattle is dealing with major injury issues.
The Seahawks defeated the Panthers last Sunday because the Panthers are not good and Seattle got off to a hot start. But by the end of the game, Seattle was basically playing with a bunch of rookies and Carolina was picking up tons of yards and scoring fairly easily. And this is when key injuries were just on the defense.
On Sunday against the Cardinals, Seattle will be without one or two offensive guys too. Duane Brown is out still dealing partly with a biceps injury. My feeling is that Seattle is mostly just giving Brown a week off to rest up for the 49ers in week 17 and whatever playoff run is to follow. The Seahawks are in the playoffs win or lose on Sunday, but seeding is still being battled for.
The Rams almost did Seattle a big favor by beating the 49ers on Saturday, and probably should have, but ended up losing 34-31. This means Seattle needs a win against a Cardinals team that has beaten Seattle in three of the last four years at CenturyLink. Even without Brown, Seattle should score points against a bad Cardinals defense, but will they score enough to win?
The Seahawks will likely be without Jadeveon Clowney and Quandre Diggs against Arizona. Both are listed as doubtful. Seattle could also once again not have Shaquill Griffin or Mychal Kendricks. My guess is that Clowney, Kendricks and Diggs are inactive and Griffin plays. But that is a complete guess.
Of course, the Seahawks lost two players to suspension this week in Al Woods and Josh Gordon. It isn’t good to start losing so many players this late in the season and these things usually catch up to a team by ways of a loss or two. Let’s hope those who do play for the Seahawks against the Cardinals are great but keeping pace with the 49ers is crucial now.