The Seahawks will lean on Carlos Hyde for Thursday night’s matchup
Seattle will be without starting running back Chris Carson against the surging Arizona Cardinals, making a pivotal division matchup even tougher. The Seahawks have lost two in a row, against the Bills and Rams, and now face another test in a season that once looked oh so promising.
Russell Wilson’s MVP status is in question, and he’ll face even more challenges on Thursday night without Carson, who is a capable receiver out of the backfield. The veteran Hyde will now receive the majority of the carries, but expect the Seahawks to let Russ cook early and often. We’re talking breakfast, lunch, dinner and probably dessert.
Will the Seahawks be able to overcome Carson’s absence?
While Carson is extraordinarily talented when on the field, the Seahawks have unfortunately grown accustomed to playing without him since he was drafted in 2017. Carson missed two games last season, three the year before and playing in just four games his rookie campaign. It’s safe to say the Seahawks were built for this, or at least they were before Rashaad Penny went down as well.
Outside of Hyde, who will get the start Thursday, the Seahawks backfield will feature the likes of DeeJay Dallas and Bo Scarbrough, who was activated from the practice squad. All three could see playing time, and if any get a hot hand, expect Pete Carroll to stick with them.
Wilson will have every opportunity to pad his stats and add to his MVP resume on Thursday. If he fails to do so, the Seahawks will face an uphill battle.