Ruminator wrote:Overall the offense did OK, but the OL actually remains a liability. RW continues to be forced to run for his life every other play. First possession was a sack. Once they beef up that OL, 300+ yards passing would then be routine for RW. I have no problem with RW throwing on the run, but it hurts his game to be forced to do so so frequently. If we had a QB other than the elusive and quick-thinking RW, we'd be watching ugly sack-o-ramas.
Giving up a couple sacks on creative pass rush plays does not mean our line sucks. I agree with you that our skill players help make our line look better than it really is, but still, our line ranked 3rd in run blocking and 16th in pass protection before the Bills game. We have a good line, and I think it's time Seahawks fans start giving it the credit it deserves. Without their terrific run blocking, we wouldn't have the balance on offense which allows Russell Wilson to be such a fantastic difference maker.
That's no knock on Wilson, but in college he had a HUGE boost his senior year when being paired with Wisconsin's line and Montee Ball. It's a very similar situation here in Seattle. Point guards at the QB position like Wilson are enablers and ball distributors. Some QBs are gloryhogs and other QBs are just facilitators who look great because they make their teammates play better. Wilson is the latter type, with the talent level of the former type. The threat of Lynch and our great run blocking has made Wilson deadly in read option, which has helped him out as a passer as well.
Or to put it another way, Wilson's role on this type of offense is to open up the running game by forcing defenses to respect other threats. He's done an outstanding job of that. In the last two games, Seattle has 554 yards rushing, which is pretty mindblowing when you remember that Seattle took their starters out for about 3 quarters between those two games.
We don't have an elite line, but for the offense we run, there are only a handful of lines in the league I would trade our line for (SF's being one of them). If we had the same line the 2010 team had, this offense would be a huge mess. Remember, that offense had Lynch too and couldn't run the ball to save it's life most games.
Scottemojo wrote:And Kip, i wonder if you share a thought with me on this: I never expected the surgical feel of the offense in the last two games. I think we have had a glimpse of the future here in the last two weeks. There is going to come a time when Wilson has full control of the offense, the kind of control Brady has, and Seattle will have a top 5 offense. We aren't there yet, right now we are gutting bad teams, but I can see it now.
I put a lot of stock into football outsiders numbers and they already see a top 5 offense in Seattle, and that's even when factoring the games earlier this season.
I agree though, the execution on offense has taken it to a new level in the last two weeks. Almost Patriot like, if the Patriots were capable of rushing for 550+ yards over two games.
mikeak wrote:A few thoughts - Chicago was blowing out crappy teams early in the year... The offense is clicking but the Arizona score was a result of turnovers so I hope people don't look at the 108 points and say we have the most potent offense in the NFL....... We are definately miles ahead of where we were to start the season but personally I can't wait to go up against the 49ers to find out what we really have.
True, but Seattle averaged over 8 yards per play yesterday. That's insanely good. Their yards per play against Arizona was also very high.
quadsas wrote:We can still get a home playoff game..
I think the Lakers have a better shot at getting a top 4 seed at this point. We really needed the Patriots to win that game, because Arizona has about as good a chance to beat SF in week 17 as they did of beating Seattle last week when the Seahawks destroyed them 58-0. That reminds me, the Patriots went 1-3 vs. the NFC West this year and are currently 9-1 against everyone else. Go figure.