Seahawks Player to Watch No. 1 - Quarterback Geno Smith
Geno Smith is coming off a subpar performance in Week 4 and he going to need to be better on Sunday if the Seahawks are going to win. The Bengals secondary picked off Cardinals QB Joshua Dobbs twice in Week 5 and could pose problems for the Seahawks offense. Geno Smith will need to protect the football on Sunday and stay away from turnovers. While also being able to finish drives with touchdowns instead of field goals.
Geno's best performance came in Week 2 against the Lions where he threw for 328 yards, and completed 78 percent of his passes (32/41), with two touchdowns, and no interceptions. With the Seahawks defense likely facing the toughest offense they have faced since their Week 2 match-up with the Lions, Geno Smith will need to bring his A-game to Cincinnati. Seahawks' offensive coordinator Shane Waldron had a solid game plan for the Lions and Geno worked his game plan to perfection. Geno and Waldron have had two weeks to prepare for the Bengals defense and should have another strong plan of attack going into Sunday's game.
Not only is Geno going to have to execute the offense at a high level, but he also needs to keep the Seahawks offense ahead of the chains. Which means getting rid of the football if he is under pressure and avoiding the sack. The Bengals defense is tied for eighth in the NFL in sacks with 15 on the season. This means Geno will need to be able to handle the pressure which has done a good job of all season.
Despite all the injuries to the Seahawks offensive line, Geno has been sacked just seven times, as the Seahawks offensive line has given up the fourth-fewest sacks in the NFL. Those sack numbers are also a testament to how well Geno has handled pressure this year and avoided the rush.