The Seahawks line played better than some stats would show
Before we go any further, I’ll suggest the situation isn’t quite as dire as it may seem. The Seahawks did lead the NFL in rushing, after all. Don’t think that’s just a product of a lot of attempts, either. Seattle ranked fifth in average with 4.79 yards per carry. Now, could the pass protection have been better? Yes, we all know Wilson was sacked a career-high 51 times, so of course, it could have been better.
Two things to note about that record number of sacks, though. The previous career high in sacks for DangeRuss was 45, in 2015. That also happened to be his previous career high in passer rating. Yes, he could have been even better if he’d been dropped less often. It doesn’t exactly destroy his season though, does it?
The second item of note is that a whopping twelve of those sacks came in the first two games of 2018. You remember those games, right? The games that Pete Carroll apparently forgot running back Chris Carson was on the team? Eliminate those two disasters, largely self-inflicted as much by the Seahawks gameplan as the opposition, and Wilson was sacked a more reasonable 39 times in 14 games. That’s just a little less than half as often. It didn’t hurt to not have Ifedi rag-dolled or turned into a statue by Khalil Mack or Von Miller for the rest of the season, either.