The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 43-16 in week 13. Russell Wilson and the offense wasn’t perfect. But it wasn’t far off either.
Ok, so I said the offense wasn’t perfect. And it wasn’t. But that may simply be that Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer did not use Russell Wilson enough. The 49ers came in to the game with a bad secondary. And Schottenheimer did not use the passing game much.
How did Seattle’s offense grade in their 43-16 win over the 49ers on Sunday? Here’s how.
Quarterback – Russell Wilson
Wilson only threw 17 passes on Sunday. I was a bit surprised that Seattle didn’t throw more against a banged-up San Francisco secondary. Plus, Seattle started the game with three straight runs. Maybe the team is determined to establish the run first against anyone they play?
But when Seattle did choose to throw, Wilson made the most of it. He threw for four touchdowns if only for 185 yards. But his quarterback rating was 140.9. Wilson was great and he could have been even greater.
Seattle’s backs averaged six yards a carry. Both Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny ran for over 60 yards. Carson averaged 5.3 yards a rush even on sometime-obvious running attempts. Penny averaged 9.3 yards a carry.
Penny is the clear number two to Carson at this point. This makes sense as Mike Davis might be resigned by another team this offseason and maybe Seattle wants to use Carson and Penny more as they will be more important in the next several seasons.
Wide receivers/tight end
Tyler Lockett had just one catch and made it count. Lockett is having a Pro Bowl season. He isn’t the best receiver on the planet. But he is learning to be one of the best. And he is now under contract for years to come. Celebrate!
David Moore, who is having a somewhat breakout year, wasn’t targeted once. And Doug Baldwin had just two catches on four targets.
But Jaron Brown was fantastic with two touchdown catches on three catches. He was a wise sign in the offseason. And he like the other receivers made the most of their opportunities against the 49ers on Sunday.
The line did its job. And it may not be the job that most 12s expected them to have to do but they did well enough. Germain Ifedi had a bad penalty but the refs were awful on Sunday. Seattle’s average play was 6.8 yards. Wilson was sacked three times, just twice can be blamed on the line.
D.J. Fluker left with a hamstring injury that could affect the future of the season. But the line has been coached well enough by Mike Solari that maybe they can overcome any loss of Fluker.