October 30, 2011
An unreliable offensive line and poor quarterback play are prime reasons the Seahawks rank 23rd in the league in pass offense. Tarvaris Jackson, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings, has been dealing with a pectoral injury, but he's expected to start today. He has thrown six touchdown passes and nine interceptions, and his completion rate is 60.4 percent. The Seahawks' top pass-catching target has not been big free-agent signing Sidney Rice or last year's breakout performer, Mike Williams. It is Doug Baldwin (above), an undrafted free agent out of Stanford who leads the team with 28 receptions. Pass protection has been one of Seattle's biggest problems as Seahawks quarterbacks have been sacked 29 times, second-most in the NFL. The Ravens sacked Ben Roethlisberger once last week and have 26 sacks this season. Only the New York Giants have more. The Ravens' pass defense has held opposing offenses to 192.6 yards per game, fifth-fewest in the NFL.