Here's a roundup of what national media members had to say following the Seahawks' narrow win over the 49ers Sunday in Seattle.
A win’s a win… right?
Sure, the Seahawks rebounded after a week-one loss in Green Bay and beat the 49ers. But it sure wasn’t pretty. The offense continued its touchdown drought into the fourth quarter, needing a late connection to Paul Richardson to stave off the 49ers at home in a 12-9 win.
The defense kept the Hawks in the game, keeping San Francisco out of the end zone all game. But Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense was largely ineffective — again — and it’s starting to make the pundits concerned about Seattle’s season.
Despite the win, columnist Matt Calkins says the Seahawks are in big trouble. The offense has produced one touchdown in eight quarters, while the defense has shouldered the load. Here’s a look at Bob Condotta’s grades of the game.
Here’s what national media members had to say about the Seahawks’ narrow victory over San Francisco:
Danny Heifetz of TheRinger.com says the Seahawks’ offensive line isn’t intimidating anyone:
“Everywhere else in the league, a quarterback Houdini-ing out of the pocket is a broken play. In Seattle, it’s the game plan. When Wilson isn’t using his legs to scramble and extend the play, the offense is absolutely rudderless. Toss in some crushing drops from his receivers and Wilson frequently overthrowing guys as he runs for his life, and the plays where Wilson, the offensive line, and the receivers all come into sync feel as rare as a solar eclipse—don’t look away, because you might not see it again until 2024.”
David Steele of The Sporting News says the team’s inability to protect Russell Wilson borders on neglect:
“By all rights, the Seahawks should be 0-2, the way what passes for an offense is playing so far. Instead, they’re 1-1, barely avoiding an ugly loss to an offensively impotent 49ers team at home Sunday.
Speaking of barely avoiding … that’s how Wilson created the game-winning touchdown out of nothing, avoiding four 49ers just long enough to fling it to Paul Richardson in the end zone with 7:06 left at CenturyLink Field, the final points in a 12-9 win.
That’s how the Seahawks apparently are going to score points this season, with more stress and under more duress than usual.”
Mark Bullock of The Washington Post points to the Seahawks’ inability to run the ball as a fatal flaw:
“The Seahawks are a zone running team. Their base run play is the outside zone, which is what they run on the above play. The intent behind the zone scheme is to get the defense moving side to side, giving the running back lanes to cut back into and burst down the field. But on this play, the Seahawks’ offensive linemen open no holes, with four or five defenders surrounding the runner by the time he reaches the line of scrimmage.
With minimal gains on first down plays, the Seahawks have often found themselves behind the chains, trying to play catchup on second and third down. That leads Seattle to throw the ball more often, which exposes the offensive line’s issues in pass protection.”
Despite the struggles on the ground, one thing became clear Sunday, writes Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
“Yes, the Seattle offense still has questions. On Sunday, however, it finally obtained an answer: Rookie Chris Carson is the team’s top option at tailback.
Carson, in his second career game, gained 93 yards on 20 carries. Veteran Eddie Lacy was a healthy scratch, and Thomas Rawls (believed to be the guy entering the season) had four yards on five carries.”
Brady Henderson of ESPN.com takes a new look at the pecking order at running back:
As Carson has risen up the depth chart because of performances like the one he delivered against the 49ers, Eddie Lacy has fallen down it. He was a surprise inactive on Sunday despite being healthy while Carson was the Seahawks’ primary running back for the second straight week, which seems like an unmistakable sign of where those two stand in Seattle’s backfield pecking order.
Luke Kerr-Deneen of USA Today’s For the Win points out how bad Russell Wilson has looked through two games:
Through two games, Russell Wilson has 256 yards and just one touchdown, as you can see here via Pro Football Reference. His 56.1 completion percentage is fifth-worst in the NFL, one spot behind — GASP! — Blake Bortles.