Player to Watch No. 3 - Linebacker Jordyn Brooks
Coming off a solid performance in Week 7, the Seahawks look to continue the effort in Week 8, leading the Seahawks' defense against the Browns. Brooks had nine total tackles in Week 7, as he and Bobby Wagner led the team in tackles. Now with injury to Uchenna Nwosu, the Seahawks are counting on each player on defense to raise their game up. Brooks needs to continue to be a difference-maker for the Seahawks going forward.
Brooks has been with the Seahawks since 2020, when Seattle drafted him with the 27th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He is in the final year of his rookie contract and will be a free agent when the season is over. The Seahawks decided not to pick up his fifth-year option which is given to first-round picks in the NFL. An interesting choice, given Brooks has been a starting linebacker for the Seahawks for the past three seasons. This means Brooks is likely playing for a new contract next season.
With the success Brooks has had in the first six games he has played the season, he has been stepping up his game. Brooks is second on the team in tackles with 57, along with 2.5 sacks, and is tied for the team high with five tackles for loss. The Seahawks will be counting on Brooks to bring the same level of intensity he brought in Week 7.
The Browns boast the second-best rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 147.5 yards per game on the ground. This means the Seahawks need Brooks to bring his A-game on Sunday along with the rest of the Seahawks' defense.