Seahawks player to watch No. 3 - Running back Kenneth Walker III
Kenneth Walker III started the season strong in Week 1 with a great first half against the Rams. Walker rushed for 64 yards on 14 carries in the Seahawks Week 1 loss to the Rams. After tackles Charles Cross and Abe Lucas left the game with injuries in the second half, Seattle's run game was almost non-existent.
A week to prepare for the Lions gives the Seahawks an opportunity to scheme and game plan for Sunday. Also, more practice will provide an opportunity for Jake Curhan and Stone Forsythe to work with the ones since Lucas is going to be out and Cross might not start. Given the injuries to the Seahawks tackles, Seattle will need to rely on Walker and the rest of their running backs to run the ball to keep the pressure off QB Geno Smith.
In the Seahawks match-up with the Lions in 2022, it was former running back Rashaad Penny who had a big game against the Lions. Penny rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns as part of a huge day on the ground for a Seahawks offense that totaled 235 yards rushing. Kenneth Walker III leads the Seahawks running back group into Sunday's game against the Lions.
With last year's success on the ground against Detroit, the Seahawks have a strong template for how to exploit the Lions' weaknesses against the run. Hopefully, Lucas or Cross can play Sunday, and the Seahawks' offensive line can provide plenty of room for Walker to run against Detroit.