If there is to be a crucial turning point in the season for the Seahawks, this week is it.
That’s because Seattle finds itself near the NFC West cellar with a 1 – 3 record and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck returned to the practice field Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his rib at San Francisco during Seattle’s Week Two loss against the 49ers.
While it is not certain yet if he’ll be able to play this weekend, Hassel beck’s possible return cannot come at a more opportune time for the Seahawks, as the team prepares for this weekend’s home contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team that has one of the worst defensive units in the league.
In four games, Jacksonville has not been able to create anything resembling a pass rush.
The Jaguars have only managed three sacks this season and what’s even more noteworthy is that there have been two games this season out of the four that Jacksonville has failed to bring the opposing quarterback down for a loss. Both of those games came against teams that one would expect sack production in.
The first came in Week Two against an Arizona Cardinals offensive line that allows its quarterback, Kurt Warner, to get beaten like a 38-year-old piñata on a weekly basis.
The other game was against the Tennessee Titans in Week Four. Tennessee’s 0 – 4 record speaks for itself.
Against the pass, Jacksonville isn’t much, or any for that matter, better.
Allowing 282.2 yards-per-game, the Jaguars rank last in the NFL.
I mean, this is a defensive unit that made Kerry Collins relevant again, even if it was just for one week.
Even Matt Leonard completed half of his small amount of passes against them in a relief role in Week Two.
Compounding the embarrassment is their unimpressive interception total of four for the entire season.
This is the kind of defense that a quarterback who is coming back from a serious injury dreams about playing.
No pass rush.
No way to stop quarterbacks from moving the chains whether they have cannon-like arms or not.
Matt Hasselbeck, this is the perfect weekend for you to get back on the field and find success.
This is the perfect weekend for the Seahawks to pull out a victory, start some momentum and begin to turn around their season before it’s too late and they find themselves picking within the top five selections this April.