The Seahawks still depend on its defense, though they allowed 24 second-half points to the Titans last Sunday — the most a Seahawks team has allowed in 129 total games under coach Pete Carroll.
The good news this week is the Seahawks are home Sunday. Because they’re 3-7-1 on the road since the start of last season, including the playoffs — a far cry from 8-3 in their previous 11 road games before that.
15. Victor Cruz, wide receiver, Giants (NR): The NFL hasn’t seen Cruz do the salsa in a regular-season game in nearly two years, and a good comeback story is always fun to watch. The Giants also have a young potential stud in second-round pick Sterling Shepard waiting to take his place, which makes Cruz’s tale that much more interesting.
16. Josh Norman, cornerback, Redskins (NR): While Norman is merely in the conversation for the title of NFL’s best cornerback, he’s certainly the league’s most entertaining quote. He’s also a self-made player — a former fifth-round pick transformed into a first-team All-Pro — whose shocking exit from the Panthers and high-profile signing by Washington only add to the spice.
30. Richie Incognito, guard, Bills (23): Astonishingly, the NFL’s resident bad boy was able to stay on his best behavior (at least publicly) last season in his first year with Buffalo. But knowing Incognito’s checkered past, another unseemly incident or two is probably lurking just around the corner.
“I’m still in that evaluation process. We’re going to break down every play, every game, from a quarterback standpoint, from an offensive tackle standpoint, linebacker, safety, everybody. And when you’re 7-9, it’s hard to say, ‘Wow, this guy really was outstanding.’ You know, there’s a few guys obviously that jump out. Pro Bowlers like Ryan Kerrigan had a solid year, and obviously Trent [Williams], when he played, was Pro Bowl type, and Brandon [Scherff], when he was healthy, was a Pro Bowl-type guy.
“Kirk had his flashes where he was really good. From a consistent standpoint, over the course of 16 games, we’re 7-9. He did some great things, threw for over 4,000 yards and  touchdowns. He’s a very, very good quarterback without a doubt, but as far as getting us over the hump from 7-9 to winning the division with all the injuries we had, he competed and did some good things.”
“Mike’s a very special coach and very special person in my life,’’ Jackson, who worked with Zimmer on the Bengals staff in 2012-13, told reporters this week. “There’s a group of men that I kind of lean on, and Mike being one of them. There is a lot of sometimes 4-in-the-morning calls or midnight calls that we kind of go through things and it keeps me from jumping off the ledge.