On paper, the Seattle Seahawks have the talent to win Super Bowl XLVIII. Obviously the team still has to execute and for this team, the biggest obstacle to success may be health.
There are rumors that Percy Harvin may return quicker than expected, which is good news. The Seahawks just hope that enough wins can be accumulated before he returns.
To start the season, Seattle will be playing with a defensive line that is less than whole. Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel are “probable,” which means that they will play but may not be as effective up the middle. That could be a concern since the ‘Hawks are playing a mobile quarter like Cam Newton.
Cliff Avril is “doubtful,” and the latest is that he will be a game-time decision. If your defensive end is doubtful, chances are that he will not be a disruptive force off the edge. It sounds like the linebackers may be busy against the Carolina Panthers. Sidney Rice is also on the list in the “probable” category. There have been lingering questions about Rice’s health, so it will be interesting to see how explosive he is on Sunday.
It is not good to see Brandon Browner on the injury report this early in the season. Seattle has arguably the best secondary in the league and a lot of depth at the cornerback position. However, you can’t take that for granted and assume that Browner is not necessary to success.
This isn’t a devastating injury report, but there are some areas that are enough to make fans nervous. If there is any risk of further injury with Browner, it is probably best to rest him at this point. It is a long season, and there is no point putting a Super Bowl run in jeopardy just because guys are excited to get started.
The Seahawks should have enough to beat the Panthers, but there will be a lot of eyes on that defensive line. It is finally time for some football.