Fresh off the bye week, the 3-1 Seahawks take their show back on the road against the 2-3 Cincinnati Bengals. As Seattle looks to keep their winning streak alive, here are six things to know about their AFC North opponent.
Getting Open: Ja'Marr Chase off to Red-Hot Start
Third-year Bengals wideout Ja'Marr Chase is nearly halfway to the 1,000-yard mark after five games, with 476 yards through five games. In Cincinnati’s 34-20 win over the Cardinals, Chase set a franchise-record 15 receptions, going for 192 yards and three scores. The Week 5 NFC Offensive Player of the week has been targeted at least eight times in all five of Cincinnati's contests. Preventing the two-time Pro Bowl selection from having a big game will be a priority for Seattle's secondary.
Trey Hendrickson: Mr. Consistent
Seventh-year defensive end Trey Hendrickson continues to be one of the league's premiere pass rushers, producing six sacks through five games. Since joining the Bengals in 2021, Hendrickson has accounted for 28 sacks in 36 games, along with seven forced fumbles. The Seahawks have allowed quarterback Geno Smith to be sacked just seven times in 2023. Preventing Hendrickson from another impact game could help the Seahawks in their quest for a road victory.
Joe Burrow: 'Close to 100 Percent' Ahead of Week 6
A strained right calf has hobbled Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow throughout the early 2023 season, but the Louisiana State University alum put up a season-high 317 passing yards in Cincinnati's 34-20 win over the Cardinals in Week 5. Following Wednesday's practice, the 2020 No.1-overall selection gave an update on his health, saying he’s in the best shape of the season.
"By far," said Burrow. "I'm confident I can run around and extend plays right now. It's tough to say a percentage … It's getting better and better."
Coming off his first three-score game of the season, Seattle will look to create pressure. Cincinnati's offensive line has allowed Burrow to be sacked 11 times through five games.
Smokin' Joe Mixon
Bengals seventh-year running back Joe Mixon is just 36 yards shy of climbing to third place on Cincinnati's all-time rushing list, with 5,706 career yards. The Oklahoma alum has rushed for 328 yards on 84 carries, scoring one touchdown. Mixon looks for his first 100-yard game of the season Sunday, after recording a season-high 81 yards against the Cardinals in Week 5. With a season-high of 25 carries last week, Mixon could look to challenge Seattle's stifling run defense, which is holding opponents to just 3.2 yards per carry (1st) and 87.5 rushing yards per contest (6th).
Chidobe Awuzie: Day-to-Day (Back)
Seventh-year cornerback Chidobe Awuzie did not practice Wednesday for Cincinnati, after sustaining a back injury in the Bengals 34-20 Week 5 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Colorado alum has played in 26 games with Cincinnati, after starting his career with the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Zac Taylor addressed his absence at the team’s presser.
"We'll just limit him (Awuzie) with the trainers," said Taylor. "Just day-to-day right now."
Light on Linebackers: Akeem Davis-Gaither, Devin Harper (DNP)
Cincinnati claimed linebacker Devin Harper off waivers in September, as fellow backer Akeem Davis-Gaither’s recovery from a lingering knee injury continues. But a hamstring injury kept Harper from practicing Wednesday, leaving the Bengals thin at the position.
The Seahawks and Bengals face off on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023. Kickoff is set for 10:00 a.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Bengals.