Yesterday afternoon Pete Carroll announced that Percy Harvin would not play tomorrow night against the St. Louis Rams. The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver’s debut will have to wait yet another week and while that brings disappointment for Seahawks fans, it should not come as a huge surprise. Harvin, who suffered a labrum tear in his hip amid season preparations, has experienced a fast and remarkable recovery. The fact that he practiced this week and was considered to by ready to go for week eight in the NFL is an achievement in and of itself, as many early estimates had the wide out coming back in week 12. Keeping him on the sidelines as a day-to-day evaluation does not stop speculation of what his inclusion with the team can bring. It does however offer Seattle fans a piece of mind knowing that the coaching staff is putting health over yards and frankly, that their team should get the job done in St. Louis without his efforts. The team is 6-1 and playing a team that has several issues including losing their starting quarterback.
Although the Seahawks are not lighting up teams through the air, averaging 214 passing yards for 25th in the league, this team will beat the Rams through their staples: the running game and defense. Marshawn Lynch is facing the second worst rushing defense in the league. Although his offensive line is struggling this year, he will get a plethora of touches and be very productive on the ground. And when the line does break down, expect Russell Wilson to be show his knack for the extraordinary.
On the flipside, the Rams match their horrid rushing defense with one of the worst running games in the league. Add Kellen Clemens, the starting quarterback who replaced Sam Bradford, and you get the sense this will be a slaughter in St. Louis.
The need for Harvin this week is not immediate. When watching Monday night’s game, the existing receiving corps of Doug Baldwin, Sydney Rice, and Golden Tate should bring forth adequate numbers against a team that is 18th in defending the pass. Wilson has not been shy in distributing the ball, giving his receivers varied levels of production s far this season.
With Harvin on the sidelines and another game in the books, the wide receiver will only contribute to speculation that will follow on Tuesday. How will he fit with this offense and what will he bring? That question remains to be seen, but the performances of Seattle’s current wide receivers could make that answer, swirling around in the 12th man’s head, a little easier to figure out.
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