Vision Board: Seahawks-Cardinals
Seaside Joe 1319: How Tyler Lockett, Abe Lucas, and Bruce Irvin can have an impact on Sunday
The first two vision boards had a very nice 66-percent hit rate. How did the board do against the Saints?
Force three Saints turnovers (Vision: SO CLOSE) The Seahawks were at two takeaways when Tariq Woolen intercepted Andy Dalton with six minutes remaining in the third quarter. One more turnover could have proven to be New Orleans’ undoing, but no more were to be found.
Geno Smith throws a TD at Tyrann Mathieu (Vision: I’M CALLING THIS ACCOMPLISHED) Smith threw three touchdowns, all of which were attributed to being “against” Saints cornerback Paulson Adebo. Is Paulson Adebo the worst corner in the NFL? He’s certainly a candidate. But Mathieu was also around the ball a couple of times when Seattle scored, so I’m gonna see it was “in his face” as promised.
Dee Eskridge has 45 yards (Vision DESTROYED) Gonna have to throw this one in the fire but I was right about one thing: Eskridge has upped his snap count for the fifth week in a row. Pete Carroll is attempting to prove that Eskridge has a role on the team at which point, what will Marquise Goodwin’s be needed for?
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Tyler Lockett passes Doug Baldwin
Welcome to Lockett telling his former teammate, “Eat my dust.”
Lockett had some powerful words to share on Twitter on Friday, tweeting: “M m##m@m @#m###@@###m@#m@m@m##@@@@@@#@@#@##. @@”
At first, I wasn’t sure what he meant by that. But then once you get to “##. @@” everything becomes clear. And it’s true, right? ## does @@ sometimes when you m@m@m##.
SeahawksPR had another interpretation though, tweeting that Lockett is excited that he’s 91 yards shy of Doug Baldwin for third on the franchise’s leaderboard for career receiving yards. If his Week 6 is anything like his Week 2-Week 5, that shouldn’t be an issue.
Lockett has 107, 76, 91, and 104 yards in his past four contests. In his past four games against the Cardinals, Lockett has had 200 (career-high), 67, 115, and 98 yards. Lockett has also caught six touchdowns in those games.
Since allowing five touchdowns to Patrick Mahomes in Week 1 (read my Cardinals preview here), the Cardinals pass defense has contained other attacks. We can’t say that they’re “locking anyone down” but Arizona’s gameplan doesn’t allow for high passing yardage totals usually.
Travis Kelce has the most yards against the Cards this season with 121. Next is Dallas Goedert at 95. The highest for any receiver is DeVonta Smith, who had 10 catches for 87 yards, but next after him is Christian McCaffrey at 81. This could be good news for Seattle’s tight ends. However, that’s not necessarily how the Seahawks offense operates; Will Dissly, Noah Fant, Colby Parkinson will have a combined impact but will Dissly reach 100 yards in any game this season?
Even Cooper Kupp was help to 44 yards, his lowest single-game total since 2020.
That’s why we throw some VISION at Lockett, seeing him blow past Baldwin to become third on the franchise’s receiving list.
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Seahawks sack Kyler Murray three times
This is a “tri’sac,” which is French for “sorting bag.” I think. Well, Seattle’s gonna need to get out their sorting bags for Kyler Murray as they will get tri-sacks against him on Sunday to help boost their pass rushing statistics for 2022.
Surprisingly, Murray has only been sacked seven times this season. Last season, Murray was sacked 31 times in 14 games, including the Week 18 finale against the Seattle Seahawks when he went down five times. The Seahawks also got to Murray three times in a Week 11 contest in 2020.
Both were Seattle victories. When the Seahawks faced the Cardinals in Week 7 two years ago, they failed to sack Kyler Murray even once and Arizona won 37-34.
As I write this, Bruce Irvin has not been added to the active roster for Sunday. It’s possible he won’t be, but the Seahawks are dealing with injuries for Darrell Taylor, Darryl Johnson and Shelby Harris, so Irvin could see action immediately.
If Irvin is available then yes, I would love to have a vision for Bruce to be one of the players who gets a sack on Murray in Week 6. I also see great opportunities for Boye Mafe and Uchenna Nwosu, but as a sleeper sack candidate… Well, why say it? When we can vision board it instead.
Abe Lucas lights someone up
This is an “Abraham Light” from Birch Lane, probably just like the one outside ol’ Lincoln’s logs himself. And I expect Sir Lucas to make an appearance on the broadcast for good reasons this Sunday, getting praise for one of his patented pancake blocks or something else.
I don’t speak the visions. The visions speak to me. And today I’m being told by a higher power that Abraham Lucas goes national in Week 6!
Lucas was a preseason star for his pancake blocks and mauling of opponents on an exhibition stage. Against a Cardinals defense ripe for embarrassment (as if Seattle can speak, but still…), Lucas should get his opportunities to shine. Whether you are Kenneth Walker running through an opened lane (the Cardinals haven’t allowed 70+ rushing yards to anybody thus far in 2022, but Walker could be the first) or Geno Smith getting an extra 0.5 seconds, I just see Lucas coming up big on Sunday.
We don’t give enough time to offensive linemen when they’re just doing their jobs to perfection, only when they aren’t. It’s Lucas’s time to shine and to light someone up against Arizona.
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Bruce Irvan should be a big help with locking down the ends with his experience reading the plays, as well as working into the rotation to keep fresh. Plus passing on his experience to the young rookies....
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