The Seattle Seahawks are 6-1 and in first place in the NFC West, thanks to quarterback Russell Wilson and the offense. Only two teams have scored more points this season than the Seahawks. Defensively, it’s been a struggle. The team has been decimated by injuries and it’s shown. Seattle has allowed better than 28 points per game, but the Seahawks finally received some good news on the defensive side of the ball.
The Seattle Seahawks are clicking
The Seattle Seahawks made a statement entering the season that they were gunning for a return to the Super Bowl. The Seahawks surrendered a pair of first-round picks in a deal for safety Jamal Adams to help shore up their defense. With Russell Wilson quarterbacking the offense, the Seahawks can score. It’s stopping the opponent from scoring that has been a problem and Adams was acquired to fix the issue.
Offensively, the Seahawks are clicking. Wilson is a front-runner for the MVP award. Wilson has thrown a league-leading 26 touchdown passes through seven games. Seattle has put up at least 31 points in six of its seven games. Seattle’s lone loss this season came in overtime to the Arizona Cardinals when the Seahawks fell 37-34 two weeks ago.
Defensively, Seattle has given up 199 points, averaging out to better than 28 per game. The Seahawks’ best game defensive came in Week 4 when they defeated the Miami Dolphins on the road. In that game, they still allowed 23 points.
The Seahawks have been decimated by injury on defense
The Seattle Seahawks defense, already without Bruce Irvin, who was lost for the season in Week 2, lost Jamal Adams the following week. Adams, an All-Pro safety acquired from the New York Jets prior to the season, suffered a groin injury in Week 3 and hasn’t played since. Seattle has also been without defensive end Rasheem Green since the season opener.
Seattle also got some more alarming news on defense this week. Veteran defensive end Damontre Moore was suspended for the next six games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to ESPN. In 2017, Moore, who was then with the Dallas Cowboys, was suspended two games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Green, out with a neck injury, is slated to return for this week’s game at Buffalo. Seattle could also have pass-rusher Carlos Dunlap ready to go this week. Dunlap was acquired in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals last week.
Jamal Adams ready to return
The biggest news for the Seattle Seahawks entering this week’s game at the Buffalo Bills is the return of All-Pro safety Jamal Adams. Adams returned to practice Wednesday after injuring his groin in the third game of the season. According to Gregg Bell of The News Tribune, head coach Pete Carroll said of Adams, “he’s full go.”
On Monday, Carroll had said Adams would be on a “pitch count” during practice this week. “We’ll have a pitch count during Wednesday and Thursday, leading into Friday,” Carroll said, according to Seahawks.com. “We’ll take each day one day at a time to see how he responds.
The next day is really important, the signals that he sends us the next day, and we’ll see what happens, with the intent—and I’m saying this because I know he’s excited and dying to get out to get playing—that you really don’t know you know until we get through it, but with a really high confidence that the process has been great. He’s had enough time and he feels good. So now we just need to monitor it through it in a really good way so that he feels comfortable one day to the next.”