The Seattle Seahawks‘ offense has been relatively quiet this season with the most noise being made by Marshawn Lynch last Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Lynch ran for a season high 145 yards on Sunday while adding a touchdown and three receptions as well. Like the offense, Russell Wilson has been relatively unspectacular as well this season, but that is just fine with the 9-1 Seahawks who are about to see an offensive explosion beginning this very week.
The main reason the Seahawks’ offense will begin to dominate is because of the return of wide receiver Percy Harvin as soon as this weekend, along with the emergence of Golden Tate and rookie running back Christine Michael. While Tate has impressed all season long with his team leading 41 receptions and 547 yards, it was Michael who got his biggest opportunity last week and didn’t disappoint.
Michael ran the ball eight times against the Falcons in garbage time last weekend, but even with the Falcons stacking eight or more men in the box, Michael was still able to accumulate 33 yards, including an impressive 13-yard run in which he showed his shiftiness and speed. Michael was a second-round draft pick of the Seahawks so don’t expect him to sit on the sideline much longer — especially since he gives defenses a different look than the pounding running style of Lynch.
Now the reason Harvin will have a huge impact upon his return is because of the unpredictability of the Seahawks’ offense. Last week against the Falcons Wilson completed all seven of his pass attempts behind the line of scrimmage, and throughout the season the Seahawks have shown a tendency to allow receivers space to run. This works right into Harvin’s strengths as he made his biggest impact for the Minnesota Vikings when involved in an end-around, screen pass, or the return game.
While Wilson threw a considerable amount of short passes last week, he also showed the arm strength and accuracy to complete the deep pass as he completed three of his five attempts of 21 yards or more, not including the one impressive deep pass that Tate caught but was unable to establish both feet in bounds.
Wilson has been solid in the passing game all season long as the second-year pro is completing 63 percent of his passes and has 17 touchdowns to just six interceptions. Although averaging only 195 passing yards per game, Wilson has been exactly what the Seahawks need as he rarely makes mistakes and really commits to the play-action, making his job and Lynch’s that much easier.
The Seahawks have stumbled in a few games recently, most notably in narrow victories over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St. Louis Rams. The remaining schedule for the Seahawks isn’t too daunting, however, as they face the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers in back-to-back weeks but finish the season facing three teams that are currently near or below .500. With the playoffs already a certainty the Seahawks must simply focus on finishing out the season strong, something they should do with ease as Wilson, Lynch, and Harvin make up just three of the team’s many offensive weapons.