Seahawks’ struggles on ground concerning in win

By Nick Shook
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Seattle took care of business in dispatching San Francisco in a game that was closer than most expected in Week 17. The Seahawks fell behind early before taking to the air to put up a flurry of points and erase the Niners’ early lead in an encouraging sign for Seattle’s offense entering the playoffs.

But there was one glaring point: The Seahawks couldn’t run the ball.

In a game in which Seattle could have, conceivably, pounded the Niners into submission via the run game, the Seahawks abandoned it quite early. We’re aware of San Francisco’s lack of talent almost across the board, and it’s understandable for the Seahawks to turn to the pass to win. But that strategy didn’t come against a unit that was staunch against the run; San Francisco has been atrocious against it, nearing historic levels of bad (165.9 yards per game allowed bad). Continue reading