In its home opener against San Francisco, Seattle had a second-consecutive poor offensive outing, but the defense came through again.

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Here are three observations from the Seahawks’ 12-9 win over San Francisco:

1. Chris Carson looks like the starting RB

Thomas Rawls is still listed as the starting tailback, and veteran Eddie Lacy is still on that lucrative one-year contract worth up to $4.25 million that he signed with the Seahawks in March.

But through two games, it’s rookie Chris Carson who’s playing like the Seahawks’ starter. Sadly, even that’s not saying very much. A week after they tallied 90 rushing yards in a loss to Green Bay, the Seahawks once again struggled to establish the run.

The difference is that their woes came against the 49ers and their average defense, which hardly bodes well for Seattle’s fortunes against more challenging opponents down the road.

Seahawks 12, 49ers 9


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Carson rushed eight times for only 23 yards in the first half, but saved his best stuff for the fourth quarter, when he reeled off 23-yard breakaway run up the middle, then picked up a 16-yard gain two plays later on the Seahawks’ final scoring drive. Carson ended with 20 carries for 93 offensive yards.

Meanwhile, Rawls had six carries for three yards in the first half, then didn’t touch the ball again. Lacy was a healthy inactive for the first time of his career on Sunday. He had three yards on five carries last week in Green Bay. Carson finished with six rushes for 39 yards.

2. Sloppy play haunts Seahawks’ offense again

The Seahawks started with two long offensive drives, but had to settle for short field goals each time because they couldn’t finish the job.

Thereafter, the offense disappeared until the fourth quarter.

By the end of the third quarter, the offense had suffered four three-and-outs, with three of those going for one yard or less.

It was a sloppy performance all around for Seattle, with shaky play from the offensive line, dropped passes – Tanner McEvoy had two drops, including one that would have been a touchdown, Jimmy Graham dropped one in the first half and C.J. Prosise had two drops, also in the first half – some poorly thrown balls from Russell Wilson and an nonexistent run game.

The Seahawks salvaged the situation late in the game by putting together an 82-yard offensive drive that finally culminated in their first touchdown of the year – a nine-yard pass from Russell Wilson to Paul Richardson.

Still, one touchdown and two field goals from 11 offensive possessions isn’t exactly anything to be proud of.

3. The defense is yet again the strength of the team

With the offense misfiring for three and a half quarters, it once again fell to the Seahawks’ defense to keep Seattle in the game.

They forced one turnover –Bobby Wagner’s interception of Niners quarterback Brian Hoyer in the first quarter – and held the 49ers to 2-of-12 on third down conversions to keep Seattle hanging around.

San Francisco running back Carlos Hyde was the Niners’ best offensive weapon. He reeled off a couple of breakaway runs in the middle two quarters, and finished with 124 yards on 15 runs.

But the Niners couldn’t really get much else going against the Seahawks’ defense, which allowed 248 total yards.