Opponent Preview: Seattle Seahawks
Head Coach: Pete Carroll
The Ravens (6-2) will be traveling to Seattle playing at one of the tougher stadiums in the NFL, CenturyLink Field (formerly named Quest Field). The Ravens must put their dramatic win in Pittsburgh behind them quickly and remain focused. They can’t afford a repeat of their week two performance; after their first victory at home against Pittsburgh (week 1) they struggled on the road in Tennessee taking a loss.
The Seahawks have struggled this year, yet they have shown flashes of success. They won on the road in New York beating the Giants 36-25, but have lost 3 straight since. They have challenged opponents early but fall behind in games putting more pressure on the passing game. Another issue holding the team back is penalties, the Seahawks have 71 penalties on the year so far, second-worst in the league.
QB Tavris Jackson has 6 TD’s and 9 interceptions, on the season. Jackson has thrown for 1556 yards, with a 60.4 completion percentage. QB Charlie Whitehurst has filled in at times when Jackson has been sidelined. The offensive line has given up 29 sacks, (Jackson sacked 21 times, Whitehurst 8). Seattle’s passing offense ranks 23rd, 207.9 pass yards per game.
Offensive playmakers: The team added Sidney Rice (former Viking) to their receiving core. Rice has 27 rec., 435 yards, 1 TD on the season. Receiver Doug Baldwin signed as an undraftd free agent from Stanford and is one of the most productive rookie receivers this season; he leads the team with 28 receptions, 434 yards, 2 TD’s. Tight End Zach Miller (Former Raider) has had a productive career, but only has 11 receptions with Seattle. Running back Marshawn Lynch is always a threat, though struggled somewhat due to the inconstancies with the offensive line. Lynch could be coming on strong, he had is best game of the season last Sunday versus Dallas, rushing for for 135 yards, and 1 TD. Lynch has rushed for 398 yards with a 4.1 ave. The offense ranks 30th in rushing yards (88.2 yard per game).
Defensive Playmakers: The team has excellent safeties, FS Earl Thomas is a hard hitter and has great anticipation, he leads the team with 55 total tackles. SS Kam Chancellor, another hard hitter, has come on strong in his second season with 1 sack, 1, FF, 7 PD, 3 INT. Eight year veteran Chris Clemons, has 5 sacks and 1 forced fumble. The unit ranks 18th overall in passing yards allowed (242.4) and has 8 total interceptions. The unit ranks 13th in rushing yards allowed (110.4) and ranks 22nd in points allowed (23.1). The defense has a total of 13 sacks.
Special Teams: Leon Washington is always a threat in the return game. As an added note, the team signed former Ravens kicker Steven Hauschka.
Key Draft Picks: The team looked to improve their offensive line with first round pick, OL James Carpenter and third rounder G John Moffit. 4th rounder K.J. Wright was one of the better rated linebackers coming out of the draft.
Key Veteran Losses: One reason the Seahawks have struggled is veteran leadership. The team parted ways with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, linebacker Lofa Tatupu and safety Lawyer Milloy.