He’s only been with the team for a week, but the Seattle Seahawks are counting on running back Marshawn Lynch to have a meaningful impact on Sunday’s game. Lynch told reporters on Thursday that he’s looking forward to playing on Soldier Field for the first time, following in the footsteps of NFL great Walter Payton.
Whether he has the kind of success Sweetness regularly had there remains to be seen. Lynch still has yet to pick up all of the nuances of the Seahawks offense, including blitz pickups and route adjustments in passing situations. So his role likely will be limited to a specific package where offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates believes the physical runner will provide most impact for his team.
I would expect to see Lynch a lot in early downs situations, where Seattle has struggled to run the ball, and Justin Forsett to move back to his role of third-down back for Seattle.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com has our full conversation with Seahawks offensive line coach Art Valero.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers this look at the chess match between Matt Hasselbeck and Brian Urlacher.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune says only 19 players remain from the Tim Ruskell era. He talks to Seahawks GM John Schneider about all the changes.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post writes a guest column for the Chicago Tribune, saying the Seahawks have a big advantage heading into this one with a bye week to prepare.
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune writes that linebacker Lance Briggs missed Thursday’s practice and might not play on Sunday.
ESPN’s Dave Grosby is joined by former Seahawks Ray Roberts and Dave Wyman to talk about this week’s game against Chicago in this audio link.
Jarrett Bell of USA Today says Chicago running back Matt Forte is a perfect fit for Mike Martz’s quick strike offense.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports breaks down why offensive line play has been poor around the league so far, and ranks Seattle’s offensive line 29th overall in the NFL.