As the Seahawks head to Chicago having won just two road games all season - one coming against the Bears - they know full-well that the most explosive players on the field will likely be the return men.
Seattle's premier kick returner, Leon Washington, has seven career kick returns for TDs, three of which have come this season alone.
In Week six vs. the Bears, the Seahawks' average drive started on their own 33-yard line. Washington returned three kickoffs for a total of 77 yards that day.
"That [first] game doesn't mean anything," Washington said. "They're an entirely different team; we're an entirely different team."
Washington, who appeared on WFAN radio in New York this week, did admit to a little bit a trash-talking going on between two return specialists.
"You know what; Devin Hester is a phenomenal football player. Me and Devin go [way] back. Our wives have been talking back and fourth this week. There may have been a little trash-talk going on."
Despite Washington's 77 total return yards against the Bears back in October, Chicago's coverage unit did a very nice job containing not only Washington but Golden Tate as well.
"Washington is a north-and-south guy who's strong but also has the ability to bounce it outside," Bears special teams coach Dave Toub said. "You put the tape on, and he gets your attention immediately."
When asked this week if the Seahawks would kick to Devin Hester, head coach Pete Carroll did not shy away.
"We've got to kick the ball to him," Carroll said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. "There's nothing we can do about it. We'd like to not, though."
No, Carroll is not being overly bold in his comments; truth is, not many kickers in the NFL are great directional guys. Factor in the conditions outdoors in the Windy City and someone is going to get an opportunity. Carroll is simply being realistic.
Carroll did say the Seahawks would do a few other things to try and "minimize [Hester's] factor" on the field.
Perhaps just one part of what is shaping up to be an exciting match up, but Special Teams are sure to be a major factor in Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon.