November 1, 2014

Bengals to Likely Face Whitehurst Sunday

Could the Bengals exploit Whitehurst Sunday?

PFT is reporting that despite QB Tavaris Jackson returning to practice this week, Pete Carroll sounded like Charlie Whitehurst will make his second straight start for the Seahawks on Sunday.

Pete Carroll said on KIRO Friday that his starting quarterback will be a gametime decision, but he made it sound pretty clear that Charlie Whitehurst will get the call.  They are preparing Whitehurst to start.

This has got to be seen as good news for the Bengals, as Jackson has quite a bit more experience as a starter, and has been more productive for Seattle.  Whitehurst has thrown one touchdown and one interception so far this year, has only completed 46% of his passes and is sporting a lowly 63.8 quarterback rating compared to Jackson’s 81.0.  Additionally, Jackson is much more of a threat to scramble out of the backfield.  Whitehurst has been sacked 6 times  in 2 games.

On a related note, Marshawn Lynch should be back for the ‘Hawks, giving their running game a boost.  Lynch has lynched the Bengals before, so it will be important for the front seven to contain him and fellow running back Leon Washington.  If the Bengals can do that, they should be able to pressure Whitehurst into sacks and poor throws.