Seahawks week 9: 3 quick reasons for worry against Bills
By Lee Vowell
Here are three quick reasons Seahawks fans might have reasons to worry against Bills.
The Seattle Seahawks are good. So are the Buffalo Bills. Likely, if both teams keep most of their key players healthy, both teams should make the playoffs. So what should 12s worry about when Seattle plays Buffalo in week 9? Maybe these three things.
True, the Seahawks are getting some players back today, like Rasheem Green and Jamal Adams but the one unit where Seattle might be able to take advantage of the Bills if fully healthy isn’t. Buffalo isn’t great at stopping the run but once again Seattle will not have Carlos Hyde or Chris Carson in week 9. This means DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer and yes, Alex Collins will be the ball carriers.
Will Seattle be able to grind out any yards or will they have to rely on Russell Wilson solely against a pretty decent Bills secondary?
Josh Allen is a good athlete
One reason that the Cardinals were able to beat the Seahawks in week 7 was that Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray was able to threaten Seattle by either running or passing. Bills quarterback Josh Allen can do the same thing.
One reason that Seattle was successful in week 8 defensively was that the 49ers did not have a quarterback that could move around really well so Seattle could be more aggressive. The Seahawks need to remain aggressive on Sunday to win and not let the threat of Allen’s running ability make Seattle sit back and react instead of well, act.
Seahawks kicker Jason Myers has been really good this year. But in some games, he has struggled to get the kickoff into the end zone. If he doesn’t do this on Sunday, Buffalo’s Andre Roberts could make Seattle pay.
Roberts has been one of the game’s best return guys for years, but this year he is fourth in the NFL in kickoff returns (with players more than one return) with an average of 28.5 yards a return. His long is 58 yards.
Roberts also averages 13.1 yards on punt returns so he’s good there too. My point is that Seattle doesn’t need to do the Bills offense any favors and Seattle special teams allowing Roberts to get good field position for the offense would be bad.