The bye week came at the right time for the Seattle Seahawks as the team walked out of Week 4 with another win versus the hapless New York Giants. The Seahawks dominated the game from the start but had a few injury scares, most notably starting quarterback Geno Smith (or Smiff as actor Will Smith would say) and star safety Jamal Adams.
Both are "doing Ok" according to head coach Pete Carroll. The bye week came at just the right time. So we shift our focus to Week 6 and the last place Cincinnati Bengals. This is a team that scares me. I know it is October and we have Huluween right now, but this game could be a real horror story for the Seahawks.
The Bengals (2-3) are a team that has not lived up to their potential this season. Star quarterback Joe Burrow and stud receivers Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins have just started to play how 'they do'. This team is coming together at the wrong time for Seattle. I absolutely hate everything about this matchup and this game. Let's take a look at the top 3 keys to victory for Seattle Seahawks versus Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6.
Seattle secondary must find a way to stop Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins
The Seattle secondary faces their toughest challenge so far this season; stop two of the very best receivers in the NHL in Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. Chase is coming off his best game (15 receptions, 192 yards, and 3 touchdowns) on the season and looks like a player possessed. A week after telling the media "I'm always f***ing open", in regards to the team's offense struggling, he backed his words with the best game of his career.
So how do we stop him? It is going to start with the Seattle pass rush not allowing QB Joe Burrow any time to throw. Getting in Burrow's face often and early will limit his ability to throw strikes to an always open Chase. If we double team Chase (which we will), this will open up the opposite side of the field and another dominant player in Tee Higgins. If Tee Higgins plays (ribs) this could be trouble. Really this is a pick your poison type of matchup.
We are about to find out how good rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon really is.
If we are going to stand a chance against these elite playmakers we need to pressure Burrow (who is still injured, just playing through it) and not let him make plays. If we can do that, we can disrupt their mojo enough to keep the offense in the game. The return of safety Jamal Adams is going to be a key component to stopping these two demons. It all starts with getting to Burrow though. A repeat performance from the Giants game would be awesome.