Behind enemy lines — Raiders vs. Seahawks: 5 questions with opposing beat writer

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Checking in with Gregg Bell, who covers the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma News-Tribune (and was a Raiders beat writer for the Sacramento Bee from 2002-05):

1) The Seahawks had 32 rushes for 190 yards and a touchdown agianst the Rams. Have they finally figured out how to run the ball with some consistency in the absence of Marshawn Lynch and is that the secret to getting the most out of quarterback Russell Wilson?

Bell: Yes. It came two games–and really two years before that–too late, but Pete Carroll and new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer have in the last three games done what they promised to do since Carroll fired play caller Darrell Bevell and line coach Tom Cable in January. They are consistently running. Seattle’s offense averaged 19 rushes for 69 yards per game in the first two games, at Denver and Chicago. Lead back Chris Carson was basically ignored in games one and two; he never got the ball after the 11:51 mark of the second quarter Sept. 16 against the Bears. That was the night when Seattle didn’t attempt a run from the end of the second quarter until the beginning of the fourth.

Russell Wilson got sacked an NFL-high 12 times in those first two games. The Seahawks lost both. Wilson began showing up on injury reports with a hamstring injury, though he hasn’t missed a practice.

Against Dallas, Arizona and the Los Angeles Rams the Seahawks have averaged 36 rushes per game, almost double their carries from the first two games. Their production on the ground has more than doubled over the last three games, to 158 yards rushing per week.

And–voila!–the first two wins of the season, and a 33-31 loss to the undefeated Rams that the Seahawks …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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