Hard to escape that the big story of this game is suddenly Seattle’s uncertain offensive line.
I’ve written a few stories about that this week but sort of had no choice but to write another one for the Saturday paper after it became apparent that center Max Unger might also join the ranks of the missing Sunday against the Texans.
Here’s that story, attempting to recap all that has happened with the line in the last week.
As a handy guide of how it could change on Sunday, though, here’s a chart of Seattle’s opening day line and what it could look like against the Texans:
Left Tackle: Opening Day, Russell Okung: Houston, Paul McQuistan;
Left Guard: Opening Day, McQuistan; Houston, James Carpenter;
Center: Opening Day, Max Unger; Houston, Lemuel Jeanpierre;
Right Guard: Opening Day, J.R. Sweezy; Houston, Sweezy;
Right Tackle: Opening Day, Breno Giacomini; Houston, Michael Bowie.
So yeah, it could be quite the makeover in four weeks. As Pete Carroll said yesterday, what could be a real positive of it is getting work for the likes of Bowie (and Alvin Bailey if he also has to play). The negative, well Carroll prefers not to go there. But given that Houston has one of the better D-lines in the NFL, the potential consequences are pretty obvious. Seattle will need the line to come together quickly, in whatever form it is, and might need the defense to carry the day.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Seahawks.com with some things to watch Sunday;
— It’s also Steve Largent’s 59th birthday today;
— USA Today says this is the kind of game why the Texans signed Ed Reed;
— The Houston Chronicle details the tall challenge imposed by Seattle’s secondary;
— Lots more of the Chronicle’s Texans’ coverage here;
— Here’s ESPN’s Double Coverage preview of the game;
— Sporting News examines some of the betting line trends of the game;
— Here’s a little feature on Houston rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins.