The Seattle Seahawks could be playing their final game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 18. Even if Seattle wins, the Seahawks still need the Chicago Bears to defeat the Packers in Green Bay for Seattle to make the playoffs. And based on what we saw in Week 17 with Seattle getting run over by the Pittsburgh Steelers, hopes should not be high that Seattle can stop the Cardinals from rushing the ball effectively either.
This is especially true as the Seahawks' final injury report has defensive end Mario Edwards (knee) listed as out for Week 18. Edwards is not a Pro Bowl player, but he is good against the run. He was greatly missed against the Steelers as Seattle could not set the edge against the Steelers.
Starting defensive tackle/nose guard Jarran Reed is listed as questionable with a knee injury. Reed has arguably been Seattle's best defensive lineman over the course of the entire year. He is decent against the run, but he supplies excellent interior pass rush as well.
Seattle Seahawks release final injury report for Week 18
Along the offensive line for Seattle, right tackle Abraham Lucas is out with a knee problem. Right guard Phil Haynes will also miss another week with a toe injury. Lucas has been in and out all year with his knee problem, but the drop-off between him and Stone Forsythe is great. Anthony Bradford will get the start again at right guard, but Bradford has struggled as the season has gone on.
Basically, the Seahawks right side of the offensive line is going to be challenged. I am not sure they can give a good answer to that challenge.
Running back Kenny McIntosh is also listed as out with a thumb injury. McIntosh has rarely played in his rookie year. That is a shame as he seemed promising in training camp before he was initially hurt in August.
Three other Seahawks besides Reed are listed as questionable. That includes offensive lineman Jason Peters (foot), special teamer Nick Bellore (knee),and linebacker Jordyn Brooks (ankle). The hope is that Brooks can play as he is a versatile linebacker who is better against the run than backup Devin Bush is.