Huard: What Seahawks must do on offense, defense to beat Vikings
The Seahawks enter Week 3 needing a win to get back over .500 after allowing the Tennessee Titans to come back from a big halftime deficit in Week 2 in Seattle.
The difference between 2-1 and 1-2 in the NFL is massive, and the Seahawks will look to continue their recent success against the Minnesota Vikings in order to get back in the win column.
But what exactly needs to happen for Seattle to get the win on Sunday? Former NFL quarterback Brock Huard shared his thoughts during his daily visit with The Mike Salk Show on 710 ESPN Seattle Friday morning.
“They’re going to have to score 30, man,” Huard said of the Seahawks. “If they score 30 (they should win), and that was the number (they scored) this last week, but obviously they needed 33.”
The Seahawks fell to the Titans 33-30 after jumping out to a 24-9 lead at halftime. The Vikings, like the Titans, possess a tough offense, and Huard thinks Seattle could get into a shootout of sorts with the Vikings.
“Minnesota is going to move the ball up and down the field, so they are going to have to, in my mind, go into that game with Russell (Wilson) and DK (Metcalf) and Tyler (Lockett) and Chris (Carson) and all of them (on point),” he said. “That’s a pretty average Minnesota defense and I think it’s a below average secondary, but obviously the safety (Harrison Smith) is a fantastic player, but there’s multiple opportunities to get after them.”
On the other side of the ball, Huard expects the Vikings to move the ball well, but the Seahawks can get the edge in one key area.
“They are going to win if if they score 30 and if they play well in the red zone defensively,” he said. “They did not last week, obviously. They gave up points and gave up a touchdown in the fourth quarter (to Titans running back Derrick Henry) just walking into the end zone. Minnesota will move the ball up and down the 20s. You play solid red zone defense and make sure offensively you score 30-plus and you are 2-1. You don’t do those things and it’s going to be a little nervous conversation Monday.”
Huard also shared his Seahawks player he think will break out on Sunday.
“Oh, I think Chris Carson is frustrated,” he said of Seattle’s leading rusher. “I think Chris Carson watched the running back (Henry) on the other side maul, manhandle, run for 180 yards in an NFL game, and Chris Carson says, ‘Why can’t I be Derrick Henry? Why can’t I be that monster? Feed me the ball.’
“I think Chris Carson runs through people on Sunday.”
Listen to the full conversation between Salk and Huard at this link or in the player below.