The questionable starters
Now for those three starters. Although they’re more likely to play, the fact that they would all get the majority of snaps at their position makes these three replacements far more critical than the fill-ins. The availability of guard Damien Lewis is definitely a concern.
Seattle could have used Fuller or Pocic to spell Lewis, but that’s not going to happen now with Pocic on IR. Instead, the Hawks will likely turn to Dakoda Shepley to step in. Hopefully, he’ll play as well on the field as he does on the big screen.
Next up is cornerback D.J. Reed. Reed played well enough last season to convince Seattle they could let Shaquill Griffin walk. The Hawks should be in better shape here than at guard, as recent acquisition Sidney Jones is ready to join the Hawks defensive backfield. The former UDub standout has shown he has the game to step up and start, as that Vowell guy wrote a couple of weeks ago.
Now we get to the real problem area. I agree with Mr. Vowell; I’m most concerned about DT Bryan Mone. At 366 pounds he is a massive roadblock for the running lanes the Titans need to establish to get Derrick Henry off and running. Even if Mone can play, we’ll likely see a lot more of Al Woods on the line.
If Mone is a scratch, expect the Seahawks to get D.J. Collier on the field as well. We may see the Seattle linebackers play in the gaps more versus Tennessee as well if Mone is out. And that will challenge the defensive backs to shut down Ryan Tannehill and his talented receiver corps.
Then again, maybe a quicker D-line will get even more pressure on the Titans QB. All I know is that without Mone on the line, Henry is going to be an even bigger challenge than usual. I’m confident the Seahawks can pull it off, though. As I said at the start, the potential absence of the very very large Bryan Mone has me worried. But fear not, 12s; your mighty Seahawks will still prevail.