1.Defensive Line performs
If the team is to improve on last season's league worst run defense they, will need to start with the Saints and get production from the defensive line. That means off season additions, DT Norman Hand, and DE Chike Okeafor will need to mesh with DT John Randell and Antonio Cochran and find a away to stop
Saints running back Deuce McAllister. McAllister led the NFC in rushing last season and was voted to the Pro Bowl. If McAllister is allowed to run wild, the Hawks young secondary will be called upon to help stop the run by being brought up closer to the line of scrimmage leaving them vulnerable to the play action pass play.
Preseason injuries to FS Damien Robinson and Shawn Springs pushed the two rookies to the starting line up. Although he has recovered from his shoulder injury Robinson will back up Hamlin. Trufant was penciled in as the nickel back before spring's injury. While the two have talent they will be called upon to make major contributions on Sunday.
Hamlin will be calling the defensive back signals while Trufant will be on the proverbial island as a Cornerback and will have to match up against the Saints Jerome Pathon and or Joe Horn. Both are veteran receivers who will test Trufant if matched up one on one.
The key will be for the two rookies to give up the short passes and don't get beat deep.
3. Offense continues to move the ball.
Nothing in the preseason indicated that the Seahawks offense would not be a major force come Sunday.
Matt Hasselbeck looked sharp and comfortable running the offense in the preseason and needs to continue to make good reads and good passes to keep the Saints defense.
Running back Shaun Alexander needs to have a good day running the ball so that all the pressure will not be on the shoulders of Hasselbeck. A successful day by Alexander should lead to a big day for Wide Outs Koren Robinson and Darrell Jackson.