The Seahawks managed to come away with an unbelievable victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday in what is the early favorite for game of the year. The game was back and forth, and was a shootout between the two offenses. Although Deshaun Watson threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks were able to come away on top for their fourth straight win. Here are the biggest takeaways from Sunday’s game.
Seattle needs to make a move in the backfield
The Seattle running backs were miserable against the Texans, rushing the ball 16 times for five yards. In the three games since the Chris Carson injury, the Seahawks have run the ball 60 times for only 124 yards and zero touchdowns. That is only 2.1 yards per carry in three games. The longest carry by a running back in that time span was a 12-yard run. The trio of Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, and J.D. McKissic has not worked and at this point, and something needs to happen to try and fi the issues.
There is the problem of the offensive line not being able to get a push at the line of scrimmage and defensive linemen getting into the backfield. But even with this problem, a group of NFL running backs should not be getting only five yards an entire game. Seattle is waiting for C.J. Prosise to return from an ankle sprain, and maybe he could provide a boost for the backfield. But his health is always a question and is better when used as a third-down back. Whether it be promoting Mike Davis from the practice squad, adding a free agent or making a trade for a back, or even changing their scheme, Seattle needs to do something to fix the run game problems.
Paul Richardson needs to become more of a focal point of this offense
Richardson has had the knack for making the spectacular catches. But this season, he has been able make the spectacular catches but also come up with the clutch catches. Against the Texans, Richardson caught six of his seven targets for 105 yards and two touchdowns, with another touchdown being nullified because of a penalty. He also had a leaping 48-yard grab on the Seahawks game-winning touchdown drive.
Richardson has either topped 50 receiving yards or made a receiving touchdown in all but one game this year. On the season, he has 22 receptions for 374 yards and five touchdowns. With his ability to make the big plays, Richardson needs to get more than his current average of five targets per game. With the lack of run game, Seattle needs to utilize Richardson’s playmaking ability.
Seahawks prove they are still the team to beat in the NFC West
Even though the Rams have exceeded expectations and sit atop the NFC West, the Seahawks are still the team to beat in the NFC West. They have already beaten the Rams in Los Angeles, and proved that they still have a superior home field advantage. The Texans offense were lights out against the Legion of Boom and the Seattle defense, and Seattle had a one-dimensional offense, but were still able to come away with a victory. Seattle proved that they are able to beat teams even when they did not play their best. So even though the Rams have played very well this season, the Seahawks should be the favorites to win the NFC West.