The Seattle Seahawks are supposed to be one of the best teams in the NFL and on the short list of Super Bowl favorites, but they looked very far from that status in their 14-9 victory over the St. Louis Rams last night. The Seattle defense held up its end of the bargain, but the offense was miserable all night, gaining merely 135 total yards and allowing 7 sacks.
Following this near disaster, it is clear what is wrong with the Seahawks. Their offense is missing too many key players, and they desperately need them to return to health. Left tackle Russell Okung is at the top of this list, as Rams defensive end Robert Quinn ran circles around Pat McQuistan, especially in his three sack first half.
Okung will be out until at least Week 13, and the Seahawks have to hope that he is going to be healthy and ready to go when he is eligible to return. This team is not going to be able to make a playoff run unless they can do a much better job protecting Russell Wilson’s blind side. Okung is an excellent left tackle when healthy, but he is also extremely injury prone. The Seahawks have to get him ready to go for the stretch run, or they will be in big trouble.
The next missing element from the Seattle offense is wide receiver Percy Harvin. The Seahawks traded for Harvin this offseason, and many thought that he was the final piece to their Super Bowl puzzle. Unfortunately, a hip injury has kept him out of the lineup all season, but he could return as soon as next week.
Harvin would give the Seahawks a much bigger threat on the outside, as his speed and versatility make him one of the most dangerous offensive players in the NFL. Harvin will provide a big play element that has been lacking in the Seattle offense, and he should quickly become Wilson’s favorite target.
Finally, the Seahawks lost Sidney Rice to a knee injury last night, and it is not yet known how long he will be out. Rice is a very good red zone target and someone Wilson looks to on third down, and they have to hope he is not out long. With both Rice and Harvin healthy, the Seahawks have a very good group of playmakers.
Seattle should still be fine in the long run, because they will be getting their key players back in time for the stretch run and the playoffs. However, until Okung, Harvin and Rice return, Seattle’s offense could continue to struggle.