The Seattle Seahawks are looking to pick themselves up after a rough Thanksgiving Day game.
Seattle was physically dominated on both sides of the ball and committed several miscues which led to a frustrating 31-13 defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. The 'Hawks now face a quick turnaround, as they take on the Cowboys in another Thursday night game.
For the Seahawks to have a better outcome they need to be better against the run on defense. They also need to find their identity on offense, as the Seahawks have struggled to score points in each of their last two games. Here are three Seahawks who can help them solve these problems.
Three Seattle Seahawks to watch versus Cowboys
Seahawks player to watch No. 1 - Right tackle Abe Lucas
Abe Lucas has missed almost the entire season after aggravating a nagging preseason injury in Week 1 against the Rams. He was placed on IR and had not been activated to practice until Week 11. The hope is for Lucas to start on Thursday against the Cowboys in Dallas. Lucas could provide the Seahawks' offensive line a much-needed lift. The addition of Lucas could not come at a better time, as the Seahawks face Micah Parsons the league's third-leading pass rusher (with 11.5 sacks on the season) and a tenacious Cowboys defense.
Seahawks player to watch No. 2 - Linebacker Jordyn Brooks
The lone bright spot in an otherwise forgettable game against the 49ers, Jordyn Brooks delivered the Seahawks' only touchdown, a pick-six of Brock Purdy. Brooks has had a knack this season for flying around on defense and making big plays. Brooks will be looking to provide the Seahawks with another game-changing play on Thursday. While also trying to slow down the Cowboys' leading rusher Tony Pollard.
Seahawks player to watch No. 3 - Wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Jaxon Smith-Njigba has been effective in the quick and intermediate passing game. With the Seahawks facing another team with a stout defensive pass rush in the Cowboys, they will need to look to JSN in the quick passing game if they cannot find success running the ball. JSN led Seahawks receivers with two catches for 41 yards receiving against the 49ers. Including an amazing one-handed catch for a first down.
Finding ways to get JSN the ball is going to be difficult this week against the league's second-best pass defense. Hopefully, the Seahawks' offense can still find opportunities for JSN to make big plays in the passing game on Thursday to provide Geno Smith with a safety valve.