Well, final game folks. As disappointing as the Seattle Seahawks season has been, this will be your last opportunity to watch this team before they head into the offseason for another year of what certainly will be another busy time for the franchise. So let’s hope the Seahawks give you something to cheer about today. Here’s a couple keys to look for.
Stop that Johnson guy: Unless you’ve been hiding under a rook this week, you know that running back Chris Johnson only needs 128 yards to reach 2,000 yards, becoming the sixth backin league history to do so. And he only needs 75 yards to surpass Marshall Faulk Johnson sits at 2,355 while Faulk finished with 2,429. So it will be important for Seattle’s defense to know where Johnson is at all times, particularly in passing situations where Tennessee likes to leak Johnson out in the flat and give him the ball in space.
Score in the red zone: Seattle has used its ground game to effectively move the ball early in the past, two games. The problem is they haven’t got into the end zone. And the result has been they have not kept up on the scoreboard with their opponents, allowing the game to get away from them early on. Seattle needs to make sure they get points every time they get into the red zone. And they need to use the running game to play keep the ball away from Johnson. Seattle is 2 for 6 in the red zone in the last, three games, including no chances in the red zone against Green Bay.
Explosive plays in return game: With Seattle’s struggles to consistently move the ball offensively, they could use some help from the return game, which they have not gotten consistently all season. Nate Burleson will be out again this week, so it will be up to Justin Forsett, Ben Obomanu and either Louis Rankin or Josh Wilson to get the job done. Contain big plays: Defensively, Seattle has not done a good job of containing big plays the last three weeks, which had been a problem of the Seahawks defense last season. Particularly against playmakers like Chris Johnson and Vince Young, Seattle needs to rally to the ball and be sure tacklers today.
Ryan Divish of the TNT details Tennessee running back Chris Johnson’s exploits this season heading into today’s game.
Dave Boling of the TNT wonders if we should have seen a 5-10 season coming at the beginning of the year.
My story focuses on the improvement of Seattle’s running game the last, two games.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com predicts a Seahawks 24-21 win. I have the same score, but predict a Titans’ win today.
Clare Farnsworth at Seahawks.com says Seattle’s unlikely, top tacklers David Hawthorne and Jordan Babineaux will play a key role in stopping Johnson today.
Matt Hasselbeck talks with ESPN’s John Clayton about Seattle’s final game and the changes that inevitably will take place once the season is over.
ESPN’s Mike Sando believes Denver receiver Brandon Marshall, who’s had his share of problems with the Broncos, could get a fresh start and help the Seahawks if Seattle was willing to trade for the receiver, using someone like Deion Branch as trade bait.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald asks if the Seahawks can end the season on a winning note.
A video preview of the game from NFL.com
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says Chris Johnson must be at his best to reach 2,000 yards today.