Happy Blue Friday, 12s! It was an interesting week last week, at least for me, I was able to accomplish some much-needed housework without feeling the pressures and stresses of Seahawks football. I must say, it was nice, but I am more than ready to watch and support the Seahawks as they push towards the playoffs.
So a weird thing happened Wednesday: TE Ed Dickson was activated off the injured reserve, CB Jamar Taylor was waived to make room for Dickson. On Friday, Dickson was sent back to the injured reserve. Thus, I am led to believe that Dickson’s career, at least in a Seahawks uniform, is likely over. Taylor, the former second-rounder from Boise State, was playing roughly 32% of the time on defense. His latest game against San Francisco, he tallied four tackles and had a pass deflection.
With Dickson out for the season, Tyrone Swoops has been selected from the practice squad and added to the active roster.
Looking ahead this week against the Eagles, I am somewhat expecting the same game plan to be executed as that against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Philadelphia has a top-five run defense so expect Russell Wilson to air the ball out. The Seahawks did get the ball moving on the ground in the second half against Tampa so I would expect something similar to happen.
Below are some basic statistics with NFL rankings for both offense and defense.
Comparing both, the Seahawks and Eagles are essentially equal on the offensive side of the ball. However, the Seahawks have the edge on passing and receiving. The Seahawks have a league-leading 23 touchdowns through the air.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles fare pretty well against the run game. The Seahawks are slightly above average. Therefore, as mentioned, I don’t expect Seattle’s run game to get established until the second half.
The Seahawks have been riddled with some injuries as of lately. A few players who did not participate in practice on Thursday were DE Jadeveon Clowney, TE Luke Willson, DT Jarran Reed, and CB Neiko Thorpe. An updated injury report of who is in and out will be provided on Twitter @CascadiaSN (give a follow if you haven’t already).
For the Eagles, All-Pro T Lane Johnson is still in concussion protocol, as per head coach Doug Pederson. Rookie Andre Dillard (from Wazzu) will shift over to Johnson’s spot at RT. WR Nelson Agholor did not practice all week due, nursing a knee injury he sustained against the Patriots. WR Alshon Jeffery was limited all week due to an ankle injury. I would expect to see Jeffrey, where Agholor’s injury seems a little more hampering.
I am expecting another type of shootout match, similar to what we witnessed against the Tampa Bay Bucs. My quick take is the Seahawks will be utilizing a pass and screen pass-heavy offense up until the second half when they establish the run. I just hope the Seahawks have figured out to take care of the football. Defensively, I still worry, but I am hoping they can use the momentum from the 49ers match-up. The addition of Quandre Diggs has bolstered the defense. With Philly’s receivers questionable, this would give Seattle an edge.
Hopefully, Clowney and Reed can get back to 100% in order to get to Carson Wentz. QB pressure will lead to mistakes and that is what the Seahawks will need to force on the Eagles.