The Seattle Seahawks were able to put up 12 points and still get away with a win in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. That number of points may be insufficient in the future, particularly against tougher teams like the San Francisco 49ers.
Certainly the 320 passing yards for Russell Wilson is impressive, but the Seahawks were unable to convert touchdowns against the Panthers. More importantly, the ‘Hawks were not able to run the ball.
It wasn’t exactly “Beast Mode” time as Marshawn Lynch only managed 43 yards on 17 carries. In order for the Seahawks to win throughout the season, there has to be some better balance. The Seahawks only managed 70 yards on the ground as a team.
Perhaps the Seahawks will eventually turn into a team that is more pass-oriented, but it seems unlikely that this would happen so quickly. This is a team that has found success pounding the ball. With Lynch, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael in the backfield, Seattle should see an increase in yards over the course of the season.
The Seahawks don’t have to put up 49 points like the Denver Broncos did against the Baltimore Ravens, but the team also can’t expect the defense to consistently save the game in the closing minutes. If Earl Thomas doesn’t strip that ball with 5:25 to go in the game, the Panthers could have taken the lead and forced Seattle to put together a late drive.
Oh, and it would be nice to get Cliff Avril and Brandon Browner back soon. The defense did hold Carolina to seven points, but there are tougher opponents on the horizon.
Seattle got the win, but it was hardly a dominant victory. It was more of an escape.