Seahawks player to watch No. 1 - CB Riq Woolen
Riq Woolen had a great game in Week 8 against the Browns. He made a big play in pass coverage in the red zone when he noticed the Browns went with a play-action pass, he dropped back and defended the pass. Woolen also had a crucial interception in last week's game on another occasion in which the Browns were in the red zone. Each of those plays was critical to keeping the Browns out of the end zone and prevented them from scoring more points.
This week, Woolen is going to be tasked with defending the Ravens' top wide receiver rookie Zay Flowers. Though Flowers has just one touchdown reception, he leads the Ravens in receptions (44) and yards (461). Flowers is Lamar Jackson's new favorite receiver, as Flowers has been targeted a team-high (61) times. Woolen certainly has the speed to keep up with Flowers who had the fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine of the receivers taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Woolen has had a knack in recent weeks of not just being able to cover his opponent's top wide receiver, but also making plays on the ball. In 2022, Woolen had six interceptions in his rookie season and just picked off his first this past Sunday hopefully, the first of many. Lamar Jackson's biggest problem is his ability to take care of the football. Lamar has five lost fumbles and three interceptions on the season. Woolen and the Seahawks' defense will need to exploit Lamar's turnover problems to have a chance to win on Sunday.