The Seattle Seahawks take on the Bengals from the state of Ohio (specifically, Cincinnati) in Week 6 of the 2023 season on Sunday. The weather should be very Seattle-y with highs in the 50s while being cloudy with a slight chance of drizzle. Geno Smith and company should feel right at home.
Seattle is 3-2 and Cincinnati is 2-3 but the Bengals have started slowly in recent seasons before going on a run. The Bengals were 2-3 in 2022, too, before finishing the regular season on a 10-1 run. The Bengals have just as much talent as they had last year- if not more - so they shouldn't be counted out already; They might just be warming up.
The Seahawks are good too, though. This could be a matchup of two playoff teams in 2023. Heck, if we are lucky, maybe this is even a Super Bowl preview. But here are three players the Seahawks need to be concerned about on Sunday.
Seattle Seahawks need to slow Bengals receiver Ja'Marr Chase
I went out on a limb here, right? Not really. But either way, this is a truthful concern. In two of the Bengals last three games, Chase has at least 12 catches in two of Cincinnati's last three contests (even more scary is that he has 34 catches on 43 targets in the last three games) and in those two games, he has at least 141 yards receiving. In the game sandwiched between those two monster games, Chase still had 73 yards on 7 catches.
Most of Chase's 476 yards receiving this year have come in the last three games. This shows at least two things. One is that Cincinnati has figured out what has been wrong with its offense and started using Chase a ton more. The other is that no matter who Chase has played, and knowing that the defense has to focus on Chase, he is still getting the ball and doing great things.
The Seahawks aren't going to shut Chase down; That's impossible. But Seattle has to be able to limit what Chase can do. 5 catches and 50 yards receiving with no touchdowns would be perfect. Even if he gets 9 catches and 80 yards, that would be OK as long as 2 of those catches aren't short touchdowns. Riq Woolen and Devon Witherspoon are probably going to cover Chase more than any other Seahawks corner and they could either look silly or fantastic after Week 6 is done.