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Monday, September 15, 2008
Regularly scheduled checkup: Seahawks

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Where they stand: The Seahawks are 0-2 and tied with the Rams for last in the NFC West.

Preseason projection: 2-0

Next three games: vs. Rams, at Giants, vs. Packers

Biggest surprise: The defense has given up far too many big plays in the passing game. At least cornerback Kelly Jennings was in position while giving up chunks of yardage against the Bills' Lee Evans during the opener. The 49ers found receivers roaming free at critical times.

As expected: Free-agent additions Julius Jones and Mike Wahle have helped the running game. Jones rushed for 127 yards against the 49ers. Wahle makes a difference on the perimeter. He also helps out teammates on the line.

Fingers crossed: Seattle absolutely, postively needs receivers Deion Branch and Bobby Engram to return from injuries as soon as possible. Another injury at the position might prove too much for the Seahawks to overcome.

Rookies to watch: Tight end John Carlson looked good in training camp. He looks good during the regular season, too, catching 10 passes for 130 yards through two games. Seattle's other first-day draft choice, Lawrence Jackson, had two sacks against the 49ers.

Injury watch: Injuries have felled Branch, Engram and fellow receivers Nate Burleson, Ben Obomanu, Logan Payne and even emergency receiver Seneca Wallace. Seattle is playing without both starters on the right side of its offensive line. Another injury forced long-time starting guard Chris Gray into retirement. The bye week, Sept. 28, cannot come soon enough.