While the Seattle Seahawks left the Georgia Dome with a victory against the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday, there were some casualties suffered along the way. Brandon Browner left in the first half with a groin injury while trying to cover a Falcon wide receiver. There is no timetable for when Browner will return to action.
This is not Browner’s first injury of the season after he missed the first two games of 2013 with a hamstring injury. The Seahawks will miss his presence in the secondary, but Walter Thurmond will replace Browner for the time being.
While Browner suffered a hamstring injury at the beginning of the season, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel left the game against the Falcons with a hamstring injury of his own. Pete Carroll doesn’t know the status of McDaniel either. McDaniel was a force to be reckoned with in the first half of the season as he recorded two sacks in addition to 37 tackles.
The Seahawks’ defensive line injury issues continue as Red Bryant is still out with a concussion. Rookie Jordan Hill is also out with a biceps injury. While the Seahawks’ defensive line is struggling with injuries, they still have Michael Bennett, Chris Clemons and Brandon Mebane headlining the defensive front.
Seattle shouldn’t have to worry about the absence of Browner, McDaniel, Bryant and Hill. The Seahawks have depth at every defensive position on the field, so they shouldn’t be concerned about a weak Minnesota Vikings team coming to Seattle this Sunday.
The Vikings come into this weekend’s game 25th in the NFL in passing yards per game because of their poor quarterback play. Christian Ponder will likely be the starting quarterback this weekend for the Vikings, and he has not recorded an impressive stat line so far this season.
While he has only played in six games so far, he has thrown more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (5). If the Seahawks can stop Ponder and force the Vikings to become one-dimensional by handing the ball off to workhorse Adrian Peterson on nearly every play, Seattle should come away with a win to the delight of the 12th Man fan base.