For the three Seahawks that could make a huge difference in Week 3, let’s keep it basic. If these offensive players do well, Seattle will win.
Normally, I might write about two or three players that are more unsung heroes who can turn the proverbial tides for the Seahawks and win the upcoming game. But in Week 3, the players expected to make impacts this year need to make those impacts.
Some of the players that follow have been held back by scheme, probably. So for them to do well against the Falcons, the coaching direction also needs to change. For 2022 to have any chance of being successful, that change needs to happen immediately.
So who are the three players that could be the deciding factor in a Seahawks victory in Week 3 and a loss? I’ll go with the obvious offensive ones this week.
Three Seahawks who need to be the difference in a Week 3 victory
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith
Smith has done very little wrong in 2022. Yes, he threw an interception in Week 2 when he tried to force a pass to DK Metcalf. But the 49ers made a good play on the ball. Plus, after Smith has basically been asked to do next-to-nothing so far this year, can you blame him for trying anything? I would say no. Let Geno cook, even if it is just to prepare appetizers.
Maybe Seattle could run the ball more. They should. Rashaad Penny and Ken Walker might be really good. Who knows? Give them a chance. But if they are, that would make things easier on Geno. The defense would have to focus on the run more and maybe Geno could see more one-on-one coverage deep downfield.
Or let Geno ride but instead of giving him a broken-down bicycle, he is given the keys to a Ducati Pantah. Smith has options in Metcalf and Tyler Lockett so he should be allowed to take chances by getting the ball to them more than 15 yards from the line of scrimage. Open things up. What’s the worst that could happen? A turnover? The best part is that Seattle might actually score points for the first time in six quarters.