He’s back. You know exactly who I’m talking about. Regardless of how you feel about the entire situation, the past is behind us, and it's time to play some football.
Here are three things to watch this weekend when the Seahawks play host to the Bears.
The Defense as a Whole
The feared Legion of Boom hasn’t had the hottest start to the 2015 NFL season – partly because they were missing the boom. Well guess what: the boom is back. And he's playing this Sunday. After allowing 510 yards through the air and 203 yards on the ground through the first two games, look for the Seahawks defense to rebound.
Kam Chancellor should make an immediate impact in defending both the run game and the passing game. With Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffrey out on Sunday, look for this defense to feast against the Jimmy Clausen-led Bears. This is a perfect opportunity to spark a momentum change in the Seahawks’ season - and I believe they’ll capitalize on it. I’m predicting three interceptions and a fumble recovery for the Seattle D. This could get ugly quick if Chicago dares to air it out.
After a disappointing performance in Week 2 against the Packers, Seattle fans were frustrated with the limited attention the star tight end received. Graham recorded just two targets and one reception the entire game. But I’m here to tell you: fret not. Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham are still finding their groove. One cannot expect these two dynamic players to have an immediate connection like Brees did with Jimmy after several years in New Orleans.
This connection will develop. And Russ will learn to trust him. And Graham trust Wilson. Besides, there were games in 2014 where Graham was targeted 0 and 2 times. It’s not a big deal. This stuff happens. Look for Seattle to get Jimmy involved early and often against a less-than-stellar Chicago secondary. Jimmy will be a big factor in the red zone this week as they try to get him more involved.
6 receptions, 100+ yards, and a touchdown. Book it.
After an electric Week 1 where he returned a punt for a touchdown and made several clutch catches, Lockett had a quiet Week 2 against the Packers: logging only 2 receptions for 17 yards. With Chicago’s attention focused on containing Russell, Jimmy, Lynch, and Baldwin – I believe Lockett will be overlooked. Lockett will capitalize on this opportunity and add a receiving touchdown along with 50 receiving yards. As this Seattle offense develops, look for Lockett to be a dynamic deep threat. The dude has wheels.