Monday, October 26, 2009

ESPN: Sizing up Seattle's chances against Cowboys

Posted by's Mike Sando

Snake bit might be a good word to describe the Seahawks over the past two seasons.

It's fitting that the Cowboys seemed to get healthy during the Seahawks' bye week. Seattle visits a suddenly surging Cowboys team in Week 8.

A stress fracture was supposed to be limiting Cowboys pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware, right? Ware collected two more sacks and forced a fumble during the Cowboys' 37-21 victory over the Falcons on Sunday. Ware then signed a lucrative extension Monday, putting more wind in his sails while the Seahawks wait to see which backup will match up against him.

Damion McIntosh, come on down. You're the next starting left tackle unless Sean Locklear suddenly gets healthy or Walter Jones returns unexpectedly.

Seattle is a somewhat healthy offensive line away from challenging within the NFC West.

Cornerback Marcus Trufant will return this week. Linebacker Leroy Hill will probably return this week. Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu's injury apparently isn't as bad as first thought. Getting any or all of those players back will help the Seahawks, but none of those players will help Seattle where the team needs help the most.

That's a tough situation for a team heading into a stretch with four of its next five games on the road. If I were the Seahawks, I would rather have a healthy Jones than Trufant, Hill and Tatupu back from injuries. That's how critical the situation on the Seahawks' offensive line has become.