Much needed bye week
The Seattle Seahawks bye week couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Sitting at 3-5, the Seahawks have a chance at getting back to full strength for a very important second-half stretch. They come off their bye in Week 10 to face the Packers in Green Bay, followed up by Arizona and Washington.
Everyone is hoping that the much-anticipated return of Russell Wilson comes in Week 10. The bye week gives Wilson a great chance at certainly doing so. Also, around the roster, other key guys are banged up. C Ethan Pocic made his return to the lineup in Week 8 and now has an extra week to rest and recover.
WR D.K. Metcalf is supposedly dealing with a foot issue. HB Chris Carson has a neck issue that may cause him to miss the remainder of the season — no official word on that yet. CB D.J. Reed and HB Alex Collins have a groin injury.
The point is Seattle is going to need everyone for this second-half playoff push. Another critical reason as to why the Week 9 bye is very fitting is because Seattle has a real chance of evaluating their first half performance. As noted earlier, the defense appears to found have a solution to their problems. But, does that mean they are contempt with their current starters? With the trade deadline looming, we can almost be certain that John and Pete have their eyes on certain players.
An interior lineman like Fletcher Cox – who is on the block – can elevate this Seattle defense to another level. There are several other key players who are on the market on both sides of the ball. In years past, we have seen Seattle strike gold at the deadline. Last year, it was the trade for Carlos Dunlap. Prior to that, it was the deal with Detroit for Quandre Diggs.
It will be interesting to see how things play out over the next 24 hours, but the good news for the Seattle Seahawks is that the Week 8 victory keeps them very much alive in the playoff race.