JAKE AND STACY

Heaps: These 3 Seahawks must step up against the Cardinals

Oct 24, 2020, 1:11 PM
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett...
Jake Heaps thinks Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett needs to step up against the Cardinals. (Getty)
(Getty)

The 5-0 Seahawks face the 4-2 Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football in Seattle’s first NFC West matchup of the season, and the stakes are high for both teams.

Bumpus: How Seahawks can contain Cardinals QB Kyler Murray

The Seahawks can extend their already franchise-best start to the season by going 6-0 and maintaining both the NFC West crown and the NFC’s No. 1 seed while the Cardinals can get within one game of Seattle for first place in the division.

With high stakes in this Week 7 showdown, players on both sides will need to step up. If the Seahawks are to continue their unbeaten streak, which players will need to make a big impact? Former Seahawks quarterback Jake Heaps gave three names on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Tom, Jake and Stacy on Friday.

“To me, the guy on the defensive line who has to come up big is going to be Poona Ford,” Heaps said. “Poona Ford as your 1-technique and Jarran Reed as your two interior defensive linemen, they need play well in order to limit and slow down (Cardinals running back) Kenyan Drake and this running attack.”

The first four games of the season were great for Seattle rushing defense, which was third in the league in rushing yards allowed per game and per rush. But in Week 5’s win over the Vikings, Minnesota ran for over 200 yards, though Reed had his best game of the season.

Currently, Drake is fourth in the NFL in rushing yards and the Cardinals are fourth in rushing as a team as well.

On the other side of the ball, Heaps wants to see one of the Seahawk’s biggest names have a big game.

“Now on the offensive side of the ball, I truly believe this is a week where Tyler Lockett has to come up big,” he said. “He’s been quiet the last couple of weeks.”

Through the first three weeks, Lockett had 259 yards and four touchdowns. In Seattle’s last two games, Lockett has just six catches for 83 yards and no scores. A big reason why? The play of his fellow top receiver.

“It doesn’t mean (Lockett) hasn’t been effective, but DK Metcalf has gotten a lot of the big plays down the field and I think teams are going to start to really favor him and try to eliminate his effect on the game down field,” Heaps said, “so that’s where you could see Tyler Lockett be the beneficiary and I think he’s the offensive X-factor in this one.”

Listen to the second hour of Friday’s Tom, Jake and Stacy at this link or in the player below.

Follow Jake Heaps on Twitter.

Hawks Questions: Will showdown with Cards be settled in red zone?

Jake and Stacy

Seahawks Drew Lock...
Stacy Rost

Seahawks Practice Snapshot: Good day for QB Drew Lock and offense

Stacy Rost details the latest from Seahawks practice as they're just days away from beginning the preseason against the Steelers on Saturday.
2 months ago
Michael Bumpus Stacy Rost...
SeattleSports.com Staff

New Seattle Sports show: ‘Bump and Stacy’ with Michael Bumpus and Stacy Rost

The next chapter of middays on Seattle Sports begins Monday with the debut of Bump and Stacy, co-hosted by Michael Bumpus and Stacy Rost.
4 months ago
Seahawks Sean Desai...
Brandon Gustafson

What new assistants Desai and Scott revealed about Seahawks’ defense

Jake Heaps breaks down some encouraging comments from new Seahawks defensive assistants Sean Desai and Karl Scott about the defense.
4 months ago
Seahawks Broncos Drew Lock...
Brandon Gustafson

Should Seahawks be OK going into 2022 with Smith or Lock at QB?

Are the Seahawks really comfortable with Geno Smith or Drew Lock as the starter? Jake Heaps thinks that isn't "an ideal situation."
4 months ago
Jake Heaps Stacy Rost...
SeattleSports.com Staff

Seattle Sports’ Jake Heaps announces departure from Jake & Stacy show

After four years with Seattle Sports, Jake Heaps will be leaving the Jake and Stacy show to enter a new chapter in his career.
4 months ago
Seahawks 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo...
Stacy Rost

3 things Seahawks fans should know about potential Jimmy G trade

The possibility of the Seahawks acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has picked up steam this week. Stacy Rost examines its viability.
4 months ago
Heaps: These 3 Seahawks must step up against the Cardinals