Dec 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs off the field after he and his teammates defeated Baltimore Ravens 35-6 at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Each Team’s Advantage
Russell Wilson’s Offense
Wilson’s play this year has been great despite the injuries around him to players like Lynch and Graham.
So far this season, Wilson has thrown 264/384 for 3,289 yards, 26 TDs and 6 INTs.
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Not only that but the Seahawks rushing attack has been great despite the unavailability of Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks have rushed for 1,882 yards on 406 attempts (4.6 yards per attempt).
The Seahawks will have another new running back starting in Bryce Brown. Knowing how successful the Seahawks’ rushing attack has been this season and how unsuccessful the Browns have been in stopping the run, Seattle will do damage to the Browns defense.
The Browns defense will have their work cut out for them. In addition to Seattle’s successful running back, Wilson has been able to throw the ball extremely well without turning the ball over. Wilson and his offense should continue their high level of play.
Nov 15, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones (3) throws a pass under pressure from Cleveland Browns linebacker Armonty Bryant (95) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
Browns’ Pass Rush
The one key weakness I have seen for the Seattle Seahawks is their pass protection. The Seahawks have allowed 39.0 sacks (tied for the fifth most in the NFL) and that can be taken advantage of on Sunday if the Browns play their cards right.
As we saw last in the last game, the pass rush is huge for a passing defense. The 49ers offense was not able to get much of anything going because of the rush that was put on quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
The Browns are not going to hold the Seahawks’ offense to a complete stop on Sunday. Yet, if they can get to Wilson on his dropbacks, that will slow down their offense a lot.
With how good the Seahawks’ defense is, the Browns’ defense will need to slow Wilson and company down if they plan on leaving Seattle with a victory.
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