Chris Carson was missed
Chris Carson has missed about a month of football with a foot injury. While he was gone, the Seahawks offense looked different. Russ wasn’t able to cook as he had been doing because he was missing a key ingredient. That ingredient somewhat came back last week against the Cardinals with the return of Carlos Hyde. Against the Eagles, Russ was able to go into his bag because of the return of Carson.
Mid-second quarter, Carson showed why he was missed. On an established drive by the Seahawks, while they were in the red zone, Chris Carson had a 16-yard touchdown that saw him drag about three Eagles defenders into the end zone.
This is what this Seattle offense has lacked in the last month. As a result, teams weren’t afraid of the rushing attack and were able to stop Russ from cooking as they overplayed the deep ball. Well, now with a healthy Carson and Hyde, this Seahawks offense should get back to doing what they do best. Carson finished the game with 8 touches for 41 yards and 1 touchdown.
Hyde carried the ball 15 times for 22 yards. He also had a 20-yard touchdown called back on a holding call. Regardless, the Eagles defense deserves credit for being stout upfront. But, make no mistake, this Seahawks balanced attack was in full effect last night.
The Seahawks threw the ball 31 times and rushed 30 times. Just the mere threat of Carson alone allowed Wilson to build off the play-action game. Physical football teams are usually the ones who last the longest in January and February. Last night, this Seattle team was physical on both sides of the ball and dominated for four quarters.