When former star USC Football Linebacker Uchenna Nwosu went to the Seattle Seahawks, the hope was that a change of scenery would correlate to a strong uptick in production. He was a solid player for the Los Angeles Chargers for sure, most notably racking up 40 tackles, two forced fumbles, and four PD's in his lone season as a starter.
That was last year, and it proved to the Hawks that he was on an upward trajectory. Therefore, Seattle made the two-year, $20 million investment. It has most certainly paid off for them, as Nwosu has had a terrific first half of the season so far. Nwosu has made the most of starting all nine games this year, and picked up seven sacks already.
That's a heck of a start to his Seahawk career, and he's just one tackle away from his career-high right now. He's currently at 39 tackles, and he's already tied his career-high in tackles for loss (eight) this season. He already has three PD's, and his 15 hits on quarterbacks sets him up to be on pace for a 28 QB Hit season.
Nwosu is playing winning football. The Seahawks are atop their division (NFC West) at 6-3. The closest team to catching them in their division is the 4-4 San Francisco 49ers. Nwosu is particularly hot, too, as he's collected two sacks in each of his last two games. This bodes very well for his upcoming matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have an awful offensive line.
Former USC Football LB Uchenna Nwosu is going to put Tom Brady on his back early and often in his Week 10 matchup.
The Bucs offense is struggling this year, and it's not the type of offense that wants to see USC Football product Uchenna Nwosu show up on the other side. Their offense is just 25th in the NFL with 18 points per game, and are having a bad season in general.
If Nwosu continues to do what he does, he could simultaneously end the Bucaneers' season while potentially stacking his NFC West lead higher and higher this week. After all, the NFC West's second-place team in the 49ers has a tough week against Nwosu's former team in the 5-3 Chargers.
The third and fourth place teams (Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals, respectively) are going to be playing each other. One of them is going to lose. Nwosu is getting the perfect opportunity to crush a bad O-Line. If he gets it done, he just might see himself starting to build an insurmountable NFC West lead this year.