Seattle's defense is ranked seventh in the NFL, the highest the club has ranked since the first week of 2001. Seattle is also second in the NFL with a plus-10 takeaway/giveaway ratio.
This week's game versus the Bengals will mark the 16th time the two clubs have squared off in the regular season, with the Seahawks holding an 8-7 edge. The Seahawks have won six of the last eigth games dating back to 1989.
Seahawks Head Coach Mike Holmgren is 4-0 head-to-head against the Bengals-one of four teams he has an undefeated record against with more than one game played.
RB Shaun Alexander rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns versus the Bears, his third 100-yard game of the season and 11th of his career...Seattle is 9-2 in those games and tied Ricky Watters for third-most 100-yards games in a Seattle uniform..
Matt Hasselbeck is the NFL's third-leading passer on third down with a 114.2 rating (Culpepper-134.3, McNair-128.4)...Both of this week's quarterback rank second in their respective conferences in third down passing.
Seattle Offense 16th ( 10th rush,24th pass) defense 7th ( 14th rush,8th pass)
Bengals Offense 24th (31st rush,11th pass) defense 16th ( 22nd rush,13th pass)
Bengals: WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh(hamstring). Probable: S Rogers Beckettt( thigh), Corey Dillion( groin)
Injury Key :
Probable 75 % chance of playing
Questionable 50% chance of playing
Doubtful 25% chance of playing
Out Will Not Play