In Week 13, the Seattle Seahawks fought hard as big underdogs against the Dallas Cowboys, but could not finish the job, falling 41-35. Seattle's offense looked much improved after going 11 straight quarters without scoring an offensive touchdown. Geno Smith threw for 334 yards, three touchdowns, and had just one interception. DK Metcalf led all Seahawks receivers with 134 yards receiving and catching each of Geno's touchdown passes.
Unfortunately, the Seahawks' defense had a difficult outing. Giving up 41 points, suffering from penalties, and allowing Dak Prescott to have a big day as he threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns. Seattle's defense also had no answer for Ceedee Lamb who had 12 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown reception. The Seahawks defense never forced a punt, in what was one of their most frustrating performances of the season.
To end their skid the Seahawks will need a better showing from their defense. While their offense must keep up the effort they showed in Week 13 against the Cowboys. With a tough upcoming matchup with the Niners, with the Eagles to follow, the Seahawks must figure out how to fix their problems and find ways to win. Here are three Seahawks who can help the Seahawks get back on track:
Seahawks Player to Watch No. 1 - Linebacker Bobby Wagner
In a rivalry game, teams look to their leaders to inspire and the charge. Bobby Wagner has done an incredible job all season making tackles and is a veteran leader on a young defense. Wagner leads the Seahawks in tackles with 127 this year. In a big division rivalry game, expect Bobby Wagner to step up and be a leader, as he and the Seahawks look to slow down Christian McCaffrey and a physical Niners offense.
Seahawks Player to Watch No. 2 - Cornerback Devon Witherspoon
Devon Witherspoon can best match the physicality of the Niners offense. A player who has been all over the field making plays for the Seahawks' defense, Witherspoon needs to make an impact in this game. Particularly in keeping the Niners receivers from getting big yards after the catch. Making tackles in space will be critical for the Seahawks to be able to stop the Niners' offense, and Witherspoon is going to play a key role in those situations.
Seahawks Player to Watch No. 3 - Receiver Tyler Lockett
Tyler Lockett is looking for a bounce-back performance after a frustrating game against the Cowboys. He dropped a crucial pass which would have been good for a first down late in the game. Lockett is the veteran leader of this Seahawks receiving corps and when he plays well, so do the Seahawks. In the three games this season in which Lockett has had a touchdown reception, the Seahawks are (3-0). When he doesn't have a touchdown catch the Seahawks are (3-6). Expect Lockett to play an important role on third downs and in the red zone this week.