Brooks: Battle in Seattle
The difference in this go-around is Wright is out with a broken foot. Smith will fill in for the 6-foot-4 linebacker.
"K.J. is obviously taller than me, he's a long guy so I think that was a good matchup for him in that case," said Smith, who is 6-foot. "But I think I will do a good job of running with him and sticking to him."
The Seahawks' depth is a strength, and Smith has filled in admirably the last few weeks. He's been opportunistic, with interceptions the past two games, but he doesn't have Wright's coverage skills.
In that Week 13 matchup, Wright played one of the best games a linebacker can against Graham. Simply sliding Smith in the lineup won't be enough to shut down the NFL's touchdown leader twice in one season.