News: Coach Pete Carroll indicated after Sunday's game against the Cardinals that he did not yet know the severity of the hamstring injury Kearse suffered in the contest, the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: "He didn't pop it," Carroll noted with regard to the wideout's hamstring issue. "He felt banged up, and we shut it down right then. That's exactly what he told me, so that's all I know." Kearse finished Sunday's game with one catch for eight yards and if he is out or limited Sunday against the Rams, Paul Richardson would figure to be in line for added work in Week 17.
News: Richardson caught 5-of-7 targets for 52 yards in Sunday's 35-6 win over the Cardinals.
Impact: Jermaine Kearse suffered a hamstring injury during the first half and was ruled out for the rest of the game around halftime. Richardson took advantage of the opportunity, topping both four receptions and six targets for the first time this season. While it's hard to trust any receiver in the Seattle offense, Richardson becomes a more interesting option for Week 17, in the event that Kearse is unable to play. Richardson will likely be a popular breakout candidate for next season, but first he'll prepare for the Rams and then get a taste of the playoffs.
News: Baldwin caught 7-of-11 targets for 113 yards in Sunday's 35-6 win over the Cardinals.
Impact: Baldwin's night got a big boost midway through the third quarter, when Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie took a spill that handed Seattle's top wideout a 49-yard gain. With Jermaine Kearse (hamstring) sidelined for most of the contest, Baldwin unsurprisingly led the team with 11 targets, followed by Paul Richardson's seven and Cooper Helfet's four. While easily the most consistent receiving option on his team, Baldwin still carries risk each week, playing in a run-heavy offense that likes to spread the ball around in the passing game. He'll face the Rams in Week 17, as the Seahawks look to lock up the No. 1 seed at home.
News: Willson caught 3-of-3 targets for 139 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 35-6 win over the Cardinals.
Impact: With the Seahawks at their own 20-yard line in the second quarter, Willson was left wide-open on a play-action pass, which he caught and then high-stepped away from the only defender that caught up to him. He later caught a 20-yard touchdown on a seam route in the fourth quarter, just three plays after picking up 39 yards on another pass. Despite the highly impressive showing, Willson shouldn't be viewed as a high-upside option for Week 17 against the Rams, as he previously had season-high marks of four receptions, 51 yards and six targets.
News: Turbin had 10 carries for 38 yards in Sunday's 35-6 win over the Cardinals.
Impact: Turbin got a surprising amount of playing time in the first quarter, as Marshawn Lynch was sidelined by stomach issues. Once Lynch was good to go, Turbin worked in his usual role spelling the four-time Pro Bowler. Christine Michael chipped in with eight carries for just 28 yards, while Lynch impressively posted a 10-113-1 rushing line, showing no signs of being ill. Turbin and Michael will continue to work behind Lynch in Week 17 against the Rams, as Seattle can clinch the No. 1 seed with a victory, but still isn't assured of winning the NFC West.
News: Lynch (back) ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in Sunday's 35-6 win over the Cardinals.
Impact: Lynch missed the first quarter, while dealing with stomach problems and didn't find much room to run for most of the game, with the exception of a six-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He still fought for yards as hard as ever and it finally paid off on an incredible 79-yard scoring run that essentially sealed the game in the fourth quarter. It was arguably the second-best play of Lynch's career, behind only the famous "Beast Quake" run from the 2010 playoffs. He answered any questions about his health and should be good to go next week against St. Louis, as the Seahawks look to lock up the NFC West and No. 1 seed.
News: Wilson completed 20-of-31 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns, adding six carries for 88 yards and another touchdown, in Sunday's 35-6 win over the Cardinals
Impact: Given both the stakes and quality of opponent, Wilson turned in arguably the finest game of his career. The 339 passing yards represent a new personal best, and while he did have a potential interception dropped, Wilson was brilliant for most of the night. There was no shortage of highlights, as he broke off a 55-yard scramble in the first quarter and then threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Luke Willson in the second quarter. Wilson capped his night off with a five-yard touchdown on a designed run late in the fourth quarter, when he broke a pair of tackles to turn a big loss into a stat-padding score. He'll face a tough St. Louis defense in Week 17, but he piled up 313 passing yards, 106 rushing yards and three total touchdowns in a Week 7 loss to the Rams.
News: Kearse suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's game against the Cardinals and will not return to the contest.
Impact: Kearse's absence leaves additional snaps for Paul Richardson, Bryan Walters and Ricardo Lockette. Richardson is most likely to take advantage of the opportunity, while Kearse finishes with one catch for eight yards on one target.
News: Richardson (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's contest against Arizona.
Impact: Richardson's target count has been inconsistent over the past nine games, ranging from zero to six, in spite of a regular snap count. Consequently, owners are advised to search for production elsewhere, especially against a Cardinals defense that has allowed one touchdown to wideouts in the last six outings.
News: Helfet (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's contest against Arizona.
Impact: Helfet last made an appearance in Week 12, when one of his two receptions�against the Cardinals�resulted in a touchdown. No matter, it's difficult to rely upon history repeating itself, as he's been targeted just 20 times in nine games this season.
News: Lynch (back) is listed as active for Sunday's contest against Arizona.
Impact: After reaching the end zone in back-to-back games, Lynch may find the going tough, against a Cardinals defense that has given 4.2 YPC and two touchdowns to running backs over the past four outings.