The Seahawks are once again going to be without All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, this week against the Cardinals.
Jamal Adams was a great trade for the Seahawks. I think? I mean, at some point Adams needs to play a lot of games in a row and needs to be really good in those games. He doesn’t need to get beat consistently like in week 2 against the Patriots and he needs to show his value to the Seattle defense.
But in week seven, Adams, who suffered a groin injury in week three versus the Cowboys and hasn’t played since, will not be available. Seattle could live without Adams in non-division games but starting in week 7 Seattle will have a run of division contests that could decide the fate of the 2020 season.
The Cardinals are a dangerous and improving team and have a young quarterback who can throw decently and run really well. Adams would have been extremely important in stopping Kyler Murray. But he won’t be able to go. Let’s hope week 8 is better.
In happier news, besides Adams Seattle is a bit healthier. Only left guard Mike Iupati is listed on the injury report and he is questionable. Jordan Simmons has filled in for Iupati recently and done fairly well.
This means rookie linebacker Jordyn Brooks should play. Brooks has a ton of speed and might be used as a spy on Murray. Plus, and this is more important than it may appear, Brooks played against Murray in college, and knows Murray’s quickness and ability. In 2018, when Brooks’ Texas Tech team lost to Oklahoma, Brooks had 9 tackles.
Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar should also be ready to play and he will have a huge role trying to cover ultra-talented Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins. If Dunbar plays well and Shaquill Griffin can do the same on the other side, Seattle should be OK.
Speaking of Hopkins, he is listed as questionable with an ankle injury but he likely will be just fine to play. Arizona has five other players listed as questionable but no one has been ruled officially out. This means Arizona will likely have more key players healthy against Seattle than Seattle has against Arizona in week 7. Let’s hope that doesn’t decide the outcome of the game.