The Seattle Seahawks have a great defense and a lot of people are talking about it, particularly the ability to stop the run. In addition, the running game is a noteworthy strength, and Marshawn Lynch is looking to be worth every penny of his contract extension.
Then there is the passing game.
There has been plenty of debate regarding the performance of one Russell Wilson. Is the lack of passing statistics due to his lack of experience? Is Pete Carroll keeping Wilson on a leash that is a bit too tight? Or, are fan expectations just too high?
The bottom line is that the Seahawks are just not putting points on the board. They have the sixth-best running attack in the league, but the worst passing game. Seattle’s unspectacular 17.5 points per game ranks them 27th in the NFL. The D is great, but if this team gets behind, they are potentially in trouble.
The Seahawks need a breakout game on offense. We need to see some swagger. More specifically, they need some success in the passing game.
In four games so far this season, the 'Hawks have only found the end zone seven times. Even the 27-point effort against Dallas was arguably fueled by defensive opportunities.
Theoretically, the matchup with the Carolina Panthers represents an opportunity to score some points. The Panthers are 22nd in the league against the pass and 25th against the run.
The problem is that none of those numbers matter if Seattle cannot convert on third down.
Will the Seahawks beat the Panthers?
At the moment, there just does not seem to be a great rhythm between Russell Wilson and the receivers. When you look at the numbers, there is some solid balance in terms of catches across the roster. However, Doug Baldwin and Ben Obomanu have been non-factors. Braylon Edwards completely vanished after the first week.
I think Wilson will continue to be a confident quarterback, but it would be nice if he could have a solid 250-yard performance to help him feel like the offense is moving in a positive direction.
It would also be good to see the offense build a little momentum before the New England Patriots come to town in Week 6.
A great defense may win championships, but teams still have to score a reasonable amount of points.