All the playoff scenarios in the world won’t mean a thing if the Seahawks don’t win their final four games of the season, beginning with tonight’s matchup against the Rams. One thing that bears close watching is the play of the offensive line. With RG John Moffitt, RT James Carpenter, and now LT Russell Okung all on injured reserve, the o-line currently consists of Paul McQuistan at LT, Robert Gallery at LG, Max Unger at C, Lemuel Jeanpierre at RG, and Breno Giacomini at RT. McQuistan still has yet to make me anything more than nervous, but the solid play of Giacomini and Jeanpierre (the latter in limited snaps as an injury replacement) is a testament to the quality of the team’s depth along the o-line, something that was sorely missing under Jim Mora and Tim Ruskell.
The Rams may have a lot of problems, but poor defensive line play is not among them — how McQuistan and Giacomini perform against St. Louis’ DEs Robert Quinn and Chris Long should tell us an awful lot about what we can expect from this unit in the next few weeks. Will they hold up, with or without help from Zach Miller and the other tight ends? It’s time to find out.