The headlines have been rather unpleasant for the Seattle Seahawks this past week, with coach Pete Carroll punctuating that with his early exit from the podium at last week’s postgame press conference.
Scoring just 13 points in two games will have such an effect, but the Seahawks did just play two great NFL teams. Washington has won their last two games but is considerably weaker than the Seahawks last two opponents.
This is why there are reasons to believe the Seahawks can pull off a win on Monday night, here are three reasons for hope against Washington.
Seattle Seahawks have hope against Washington week 12
1. Washington’s offense lacks weapons
Outside of receiver Terry McLaurin who averages 73.5 yards receiving per game, Washington does not have many other explosive players on offense. Their next best receiver is former Seahawks running back J.D. McKissic, and he averages just 37.1 yards receiving a game. Plus, the Seahawks are getting D.J. Reed back at corner which will help, as last week they did not have either Tre Brown or D.J. Reed.
The only concern is Washington will get back tight end Logan Thomas and receiver Curtis Samuel from the injured reserve, so the impact those players will have in their return is unknown.
2. Washington’s passing defensive is bad
The Washington Football Team has been giving up the fifth-most passing yards per game (giving up on average 270 passing yards per game). D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett need more targets and Russell Wilson needs to get back on track, this seems to be the best game to do that.
Seattle has also been getting the tight ends more involved, last week their tight ends combined for 59 yards receiving on five catches. Wilson should have a chance to spread the ball around against a secondary which has struggled all year.
3. Seattle’s desperate
The Seahawks have no more time to waste if they want to make the playoffs. Russell Wilson even acknowledged his team needs to go (7-0) the rest of the way to make the playoffs, so the pressure is on to win now.
He should take as many deep shots as possible in this one, as Seattle needs to be better at getting the ball to Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. With the Seahawks stumbling into this one having lost five of their last six games, they need a win to give themselves a chance to turn this season around, even though it may already be too late.