It was a rough start to the season for the Seattle Seahawks, particularly on offense.
Seattle opened the 2017 NFL season Sunday with a 17-9 loss against the Green Bay Packers, and for a team with Super Bowl aspirations the Seahawks didn’t make much of a case for being a contender. Seattle was outgained 370-225, outpossessed 39:13-20:47, and failed to score a touchdown, joining the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals as the only teams that didn’t find the end zone Sunday.
The biggest problem was, inevitably, the offensive line. Once again Seattle has the fewest dollars devoted to the offensive line of any team in the NFL, and the Seahawks had just one offensive lineman Sunday (center Justin Britt) who started at the same position from the end of last season. So perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising to see something like this:
— Dick Fain (@dickfain) September 10, 2017
Russell Wilson was sacked three times, but that number doesn’t begin to reflect the amount of pressure Seattle’s quarterback was under. The attempt to re-establish the power running game came to nothing as the Seahawks’ running backs combined for just 53 yards on 15 carries, with high-profile free-agent signing Eddie Lacy managing just three yards on five carries in his return to Green Bay. It’s hard to find positives to point to for Seattle’s offense.
On the other hand, it’s important not to read too much into the first game of the season. Seattle had a rough start offensively last year and wound up winning the NFC West comfortably, while the Seahawks sorted out major offensive-line issues midway through 2015 and became an offensive juggernaut during the second half of the season. Seattle’s defense was fine against an Aaron Rodgers-led Packers offense that should be one of the NFL’s best, with free safety Earl Thomas looking fully recovered from his broken leg. There were a couple of questionable officiating calls that went against the Seahawks, and if those go the other way it may be a different game.
And perhaps most importantly, Seattle wasn’t even expected to win this one, going in as a three-point underdog. Opening the season with a road game against a good Green Bay team — and especially at Lambeau Field, where the Seahawks have had no success in recent years — was always going to be a tough task.
So based on the first game of the season, how concerned are you about the Seahawks?