Week 11 sees the Seahawks hosting the Cardinals in a matchup of two NFC playoff hopefuls.
This has been a weird year, 12s. Both in life and in football. Do you remember what feels like way-back-then that the Seahawks started 5-0? They seemed to be on top of the football world and headed for a potential deep run in the playoffs. Now would you say the same? Not likely.
But just as the Seahawks have gone 1-3 in their last four games, the Arizona Cardinals – Seattle’s week 11 foe – have won four of five and just beat the Buffalo Bills in stunning fashion in week 10. You remember the Bills, don’t you? That’s the team that fairly demolished Seattle the week before they lost to the Cardinals.
True, you cannot compare games, but still. Seattle needs to fix itself, and Russell Wilson needs to fix himself, now. The Seahawks need a victory in week 11 to get back into a good position in the NFC West.
Here are three things that will happen on Thursday Night Football.
Carlos Hyde plays but Chris Carson does not
To be honest, I don’t get the Chris Carson foot injury. I believe Carson is hurt or he would be playing. But I feel like Seattle is being a bit misleading about how severe the injury is. Carson has missed the last three games and Seattle’s offense has been greatly affected by his absence. But before week 8’s 49ers game, Pete Carroll made it seem as if Carson might play.
That seemed incorrect and have 12s false hope that the team’s best running back is OK. He isn’t. And on Monday, Carroll said, “we’ll see about Chris.” In Pete-speak that means Carson isn’t playing. But Carroll also said Carlos Hyde “is going to make it for this week.”
That might mean that Seattle is so desperate to get a productive running back on the field that they are willing to play him even when he isn’t fully 100 percent. Seattle did the same thing when they played cornerback Quinton Dunbar against the Bills when he clearly had no business being on the field.