Get back to what works
In Week 14 against the Jets, the Seahawks got back to the balanced attack that they were missing against the Giants. With Chris Carson 100% healthy and Rashaad Penny on his way back to the playing field, this Seattle offense can really kick it into high gear. If you remember, last year when Penny was starting to hit his peak, not only was he running the ball well, but he was catching it, too.
In the beginning of the 2020 season, we saw the Seahawks go back to that with Carson as the lead receiving back. But, after a couple of bad games and injuries, the Seahawks got away from that. Well, it was on display once again this past Sunday. Not only did Carson run hard and find pay der through the ground. But, he was also used as a pass-catcher.
Although he only had 3 catches for 22 yards, he still is a viable pass-catcher out of the backfield. When Carson is used as a pass-catcher, not only does it keep linebackers on their toes, but it can also extend drives for the Seahawks. Carson or Hyde typically just runs a flat route, but it allows the Seahawks to get quick easy yards when no one else is open. They also should start utilizing running back screens, which we saw once or twice against the Jets.
With Penny returning to practice, expect to see more of this from Seattle as they will be facing some deadly pass rushers in the upcoming weeks. Moving forward, three things Seattle needs to keep in mind offensively is running the ball, throwing to the running backs and going up-tempo when struggling.
Regardless, it was good to see Carson getting the ball and running hard in the Week 14 victory. That is a good sign moving forward as Seattle will look to continually find that balanced attack.