When the Seahawks’ run game is humming, it’s like a violent ballet: fluid, in rhythm, full of contact and attitude.
The Seahawks’ running game looks different with Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise. And that’s a good thing.
The numbers from Sunday’s 26-15 win over the Eagles back that up. The Seahawks rushed for their most yards of the season (152) against the Eagles and averaged five yards per carry. But this isn’t even really about the numbers. It’s about the way the run game looked.
When the Seahawks’ run game is humming, it’s like a violent ballet: fluid, in rhythm, full of contact and attitude. Far too often this season, the run game lacked most if not all of those attributes.
That’s not all the fault of recently-released running back Christine Michael, but it’s also true that the Seahawks have just looked different with Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise setting up blocks and reading the defense.
On Prosise’s 72-yard touchdown run, he floated at the line, waited for a hole to develop and then, once he saw it, exploded outside and pulled away from defenders.
On another run, Rawls picked up 18 yards when he cut back across the line and bounced the run outside. Both plays looked smooth, fluid, that mix of patience and aggressiveness that the Seahawks want.
The unknown right now is the health of Prosise, who left right before halftime with a shoulder injury. That could be huge. But the good news is that Rawls looked pretty explosive, not much different than he did as a rookie a year ago.
The Seahawks are in complete control of the NFC West.
If that wasn’t already the case before Sunday, it is definitely the case now. The Seahawks have a three game lead over the Cardinals, the team most expected to challenge them. They play both of the Cardinals and the Rams at home late in the year.
The Seahawks are 7-2-1. No other team in the division has a winning record. It would be hard to imagine a scenario in which the Seahawks blow that lead.
The Seahawks have, under Pete Carroll, taken off in the second half of seasons. Whatever problems linger in the first half get solved, and the Seahawks come out the other side as a more refined team. That pattern is repeating itself this season in the small sample size we have.
Quarterback Russell Wilson looks healthy and will join the MVP race. The run game has looked better each of the last two games. The defense continues to be one of the league’s best.
This is a weird league and anything can happen, but the Seahawks would have to really stumble not to win the division.
The only concerning part of this game: the injuries.
It was an especially brutal game for injuries. Starting cornerback DeShawn Shead left with a hamstring injury and didn’t return. Same with starting safety Earl Thomas.
We discussed Prosise, and also backup running back Troymaine Pope left with an ankle injury.
Those are pretty significant losses, especially Thomas and Shead. We’ll know more about the severity of those injuries when coach Pete Carroll talks after the game, but if there was any negative to come out Sunday, it was the injuries.