Washington's offense has struggled of late, failing to score 20 points in five consecutive games, three of which were losses. If Clinton Portis, who is a game-time decision, can't play, then Washington will have even more trouble moving the ball.
Regardless if Portis plays or not, Seattle's defense needs to stack the box and force quarterback Jason Campbell to beat them through the air. Washington coach Jim Zorn has helped to improve the young quarterback by focusing on the short passing game. Washington will play it close to the vest offensively and try and let their defense win the game for them. So if Seattle's defense can keep it close and create a turnover or two, the Seahawks should be in the game with an opportunity to win at the end.
The Seahawks will have to decide if they'll give linebacker Leroy Hill big money at the end of this season, writes Frank Hughes Hill is a free agent at the end of this year, but Seattle already has a lot of money tied into linebackers Lofa Tatupu and Julian Peterson.
Jim Zorn returns to go against the organization where he cut his teeth as both a player and a coach., writes Dave Boling.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald offers his take on Zorn's return.
Les Carpenter of the Washington Post writes about the bond Zorn shares with Seattle quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace.
Washington Times reporter Ryan O'Halloran talks about Washington's offensive struggles.
San Francisco 49ers
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle points out the 1-15 record of West Coast teams playing in the 10 a.m. game this season with the 49ers playing at Dallas, but Mike Singletary says he doesn't believe in that stuff. Seems like I heard that somewhere before.
Jerry Magee of Pro Football Weekly joins the list of writers saying Singletary needs to tone it down.
Fullback Michael Robinson, a former quarterback for Penn State, provides versatility for San Francisco, Gwen Knapp of the Chronicle writes.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat provides some matchups to watch in the 49ers game against Dallas.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee offers four steps for Singletary to follow to keep his job.
The Cardinals vaunted passing game goes against the New York Giants ground attack, reports Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
Adam Duerson of Sports Illustrated picks the Cardinals-Giants matchup as his game of the week, and details the contest here.
The Cardinals seek to earn some respect nationally by defeating the Giants, Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports.
Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt tells Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune that the Cardinals are winning because the players have taken on more of a team-first approach and believe in themselves.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams need to pickup a quality backup with running back Stephen Jackson injured for a large portion of this season. Jackson will miss today's game against Chicago with a hamstring injury.
More Thomas: A breakdown of the Rams-Bears game.
Offensive lineman Richie Incognito apologizes after calling out Rams fans.