Good morning. It’s going to be a wet one at CenturyLink Field this afternoon with showers in the forecast and the temperature around 50 degrees.
Here’s five keys to the Seahawks ending their three-game losing streak and getting a win against one of the best teams in the league in Baltimore.
Protect the ball: Tavaris Jackson is responsible for 9 turnovers over the past five games for Seattle. And the Ravens are one the best teams in the league at getting after the football, with a +4 turnover differential and takeaways on the year. Seattle must limit turnovers on offense to have a chance, and create some opportunities on defense for the offense to get a short field.
Score TDs in the red zone: The Seahawks have just two touchdowns in the past three games. And against one of the best defenses in the league, with Baltimore giving up just 16.2 points a contest, they need to make the limited chances they get in the red zone count by putting the ball in the end zone.
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Limit the penalties: The Seahawks are second in the league in penalties with 70, so they need to do a better job of being more disciplined. The penalties are especially troublesome on offense because Seattle is not efficient enough to overcome holding and false start penalties that stall drives.
No big plays: The Seahawks allowed too many big plays against Dallas last week, but have been doing a decent job of limiting explosive plays on defense this season. But with Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin on the perimeter and a physical runner in Ray Rice, the Seahawks need to be sure tacklers and make Baltimore work for its points on offense.
Speed up the tempo: Similar to their approach against another good pass rushing team in the New York Giants, the Seahawks need to speed up the tempo to get the Ravens in more base of vanilla looks on defense. An similar to the Giants game, Seattle still needs to make sure Marshawn Lynch gets his touches in the running game to create balance on offense.
And if you only read one thing this morning, check out Dave Boling’s profile on George Hickman. The 87-year-old Hickman is one of the surviving Tuskegee Airman, and has worked as press box attendant at Seahawks games for the past decade. Hickman will raise the 12th Man flag this afternoon in honor of Veterans Day weekend.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com previews the game here.
Christian Caple of Seattlepi.com offers five things to watch for.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times provides some keys to the game.
Mike Sando of ESPN offers some observations for Seattle’s game last week against Dallas.