Anxiety levels are high in Seattle right now after the Seahawks lost to the Giants in Week 13. This Sunday’s matchup against the winless Jets should be the perfect remedy.
The Seahawks are 13.5-point favorites ahead of a game that shouldn’t be close. However, we said the same thing last week, and we know how that turned out. Here are the top storylines to follow in Week 14.
1. What will we see in the Jamal Adams revenge game?
If a loss to the Giants “hit different” for Adams, I can promise you that this game means a ton to the Seahawks star safety. Adams requested a trade during the offseason, and the Jets obliged, sending him to Seattle in exchange for a massive haul headlined by two first-round picks.
Adams has 7.5 sacks on the season despite missing four games due to a groin injury. The record for an NFL defensive back is 8.0, posted by Adrian Wilson back in 2005. Surpassing that mark against his former team would surely be sweet for Adams. The “revenge game” narrative is one of my favorites in all of sports, and this is a big one.
However, the storyline goes both ways. Given that Adams forced his way out of New York, the Jets may want to attack him in the passing game a bit. I’m eager to see how it all plays out.
2. Will the return of Brandon Shell cure Seattle’s protection issues?
Shell, of course, is playing his former team as well. He was picked by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. But apart from his own revenge game, everyone is far more eager to see if his return from a high-ankle sprain can help steady Seattle’s offensive line. Shell’s two-game absence left a notable void at right tackle. Cedric Obueghi was woeful in his start against the Eagles, and while Jamarco Jones fared better against the Giants, he went down with an injury that forced fourth-string right tackle Chad Wheeler into the lineup. Everyone will be pleased to see Shell back in his normal spot with the offensive line at full strength once again.
3. Is Chris Carson ready to be unleashed?
Carson (foot) has been given just 21 carries in the two games since he returned from injury. He wasn’t given an injury designation for this Sunday against the Jets which could point to him nearing full strength. Last week Pete Carroll indicated that Carson was still experiencing a decent amount of pain and discomfort and had to “make it to gameday.” Should his foot be in a better place now, you could see the Seahawks lean on Carson more this week, especially with Russell Wilson’s recent struggles.
4. Will Carlos Dunlap play?
Dunlap battled through a foot injury last week and played 23 snaps against the Giants. He’s listed as questionable this week once again and Carroll said he’d be a game-time decision. Seattle could surely use their best pure edge rusher, even in a limited role.
5. Can the Seahawks blow out the Jets?
The Seahawks struggle to win comfortably, even in games where they’re the heavy favorite. Seattle is the only contender who seems incapable of blowing out an opponent. I’d love to see the Seahawks try to run up the score against the Jets, merely to prove to themselves that they can do it. Shaquill Griffin said Seattle took the Giants lightly last week. That can’t happen again. The best remedy is to try and make Sunday’s game a rout from the opening kickoff.