The Seahawks have been dealing with quite a few injuries in the last few weeks.
Let me get straight to the point. The Seahawks play the Rams on Sunday and will be missing their best cornerbacks, their starting center (meaning the backup, Kyle Fuller, will be going up against Aaron Donald) and could still be missing Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde. If Seattle misses all or most of these players, Seattle will lose in week 10 versus the Rams.
Oh, and throw in the fact that linebacker K.J. Wright is listed as questionable then the Seahawks are really in trouble. Also, rookie defensive end Alton Robinson might miss the game due to needing more testing for COVID-19 and edge rusher Benson Mayowa is still dealing with an ankle injury.
The Rams are much healthier with no players listed as out and only three listed as questionable. And none of the three are Aaron Donald. And therein lies one of Seattle’s biggest issues.
Center Ethan Pocic has been really solid for most of the season for Seattle. He also calls out the line pre-snap. Any alignment where the Rams blitz is going to be a problem. And even if the Rams don’t blitz, Donald is going to do what he does against the healthiest and best of players.
Aaron Donald problem
Donald is likely to line up over center or right guard (though he also has played on the edge a bit more this season). Kyle Fuller is not only going to get his first start at center for the Seahawks, but he is also going to get that start against one of the best defensive linemen to ever play in the NFL. Rookie right guard Damien Lewis has been good this year, but he has never faced a player like Donald either.
So it comes down to this. Seattle hasn’t been good against the pass at all this season and will be without Griffin and Dunbar. This means Ugo Amadi will play nickel, Tre Flowers will play outside on one spot and D.J. Reed will play the other. This isn’t exactly the dream scenario Seattle started the season with.
And if Carson (especially Carson) or Hyde can’t play, then the Rams can tee off against Russell Wilson. This is not shaping up to be a very winnable game for Seattle for them to keep hold of first place in the NFC West. Couple that with a short week as Seattle plays the Cardinals on Thursday night next week and the Seahawks might simply hold players out for the sake of the big picture.