When the Seattle Seahawks head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens this Sunday, we get to watch a matchup of first-place teams. This (next to Dallas and the Eagles) is the best matchup of Week 9. A game loaded with postseason implications could come down to which of these two potential future Hall of Fame coaches does a better job.
Pete Carroll has been with Seattle for 13 seasons with a 128-81-1 record, and back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013-14. Technically has been coaching Baltimore for 16 seasons with a 153-97 record and a Super Bowl win. No surprise that these guys have both of their respective teams sitting in first place and making a postseason push. Technically, for teams like Seattle and Baltimore, the 'playoffs' are beginning now as they look to lock up a postseason seat, establish the best record, and try to gain home-field advantage.
Every game now, is critical. Let's take a look at the top 3 keys to victory for Seattle Seahawks at Baltimore Ravens in Week 9.
The Seattle defense needs to keep Lamar Jackson (well his legs anyway) in check
The Seattle defense gave itself a massive boost this week when the team acquired Pro Bowl defensive tackle Leonard Williams from the New York Giants. Homeboy needed a change of scenery and we welcome him and his top-end talent to the Emerald City. The team needed to get better up front and boy they just did. This defense could now be scary good.
When you are in first place, you go all in. This is one of those moves. The acquisition of Williams should pay dividends for all three phases of the Seattle defense, and they will need to be their best this weekend when they face Baltimore. Quarterback Lamar Jackson can take over a game at any time, any week. Now I personally think Lamar Jackson is an average quarterback who is a freak athlete, but that is just me. Yes, I know as you read this many of you immediately go "dude! he won an MVP are you crazy?" and to you I say, "no I am not crazy, the league has adjusted to his 'game'. He is not that good".
In spite of what I think, he is an NFL quarterback and one of the best athletes the league has ever seen. On any given week, he can beat you with his arm (lol- I know I laughed writing that) and his legs (real talk). The second key to victory for Seattle in this one is to keep Jackson average. If the defense can neutralize him, they will win this game.