SEATTLE -- It's Monday Night Football in Seattle.
This is the first of two straight prime-time games for the Seahawks, both against teams from the AFC East. The 4-4 Bills visit Centurylink Field tonight. The Seahawks will be in Foxboro Sunday night to face a Patriots team that is off this week.
The Seahawks always seem to rise to the occasion under the bright lights of prime time. Under Pete Carroll the Seahawks are 15-3-1 in prime time games since 2010.
Here are 4 things to watch tonight as the Seahawks look for their first win since knocking off the Falcons at home October 16th.
1) The Seahawks Offense
Doug Baldwin, simmering after last week's loss in New Orleans, pointed out that the Seahawks scored only one offensive touchdown. The frustration with the offense was apparent and no doubt a focus since returning from the Big Easy last week.
Pete Carroll said Friday that Russell Wilson was at his best in practice this week and so was Jimmy Graham. As a result Carroll is optimistic the offense will finally start to come together beginning this week against a Bills teams that is pretty good defensively. Buffalo ranks 14th in the NFL in total defense, the Seahawks rank 1st.
The sputtering offense needs to compliment a defensive unit that is one of the. Set in the league. The way to do that is by sustaining long drives and scoring points, something they have not done the past two weeks.
2) Seahawks Left Tackle
Bradley Sowell won't play again this week. Asked if rookie George Fant will get his 2nd straight start Pete Carroll said Friday that he didn't know and would have some surprises at the left tackle spot.
Now that Russell Wilson appears to be turning a corner with his health it is important that whoever is playing left tackle can sustain blocks,avoid penalties and help protect a quarterback that is pivotal to this teams success.
Surprises for the Left Tackle spot may include moving Gary Gilliam from the right side to the left or using JMarcus Webb who did not get a sniff of playing time against the Saints but is a big body with all sorts of potential. Or it may be a smokescreen and George Fant will get another start, we'll see tonight.
3) CJ Prosise
Another rookie with a tremendous upside, we got a taste of what the 1st year pro out of Notre Dame can do finally last week against the Saints.
Prosise had been hindered this season after breaking a bone in his arm in the opener against the Dolphins but made his presence felt last week against the Saints as he was on the field for 23 snaps.
Prosise finished with 103 total yards and showed he can pick up yards from the backfield or as a receiver. One thing I noticed in New Orleans is that he is incredibly fast once he gets rolling in open space. He played just as much as Christine Michael against the Saints and the Seahawks know the former college receiver turned running back can be a decent weapon when they have the ball. Pete Carroll was enthusiastic when talking about Prosise and his role in the offense this week "We're really excited about his involvement and want to continue to keep him in the mix."
4) Bobby Wagner
If you have been watching Seahawks games and you get the feeling Bobby Wagner is everywhere, he is.
The Seahawks linebacker is having one of his best seasons and playing out of his mind. He is a nightmare for opposing offenses. This season he has 72 tackles and 1 sack to go along with one interception...through only 7 games. Consider that last season he had 114 tackles in 15 games. Wagner is relentless, he doesn't come off the field and has been a steady presence for the top ranked Seahawks defense. Just a fun player to watch and he should be plenty busy again tonight.
Our KOMO sports team will be covering tonight's game. We'll have all the post game reaction and hilights on KOMO news tonight at 11.