Having covered the offensive line and the QB departments in previous pieces, this article will be analyzing the Seahawks ground game. I will look at how effective it was in 2020 and what it can achieve and needs to achieve in 2021 in order to progress deep into the playoffs.
To assist with his analysis, I have constructed my own formula for ranking teams rushing games, I will not bore you with the complete mathematical formula, but it is based on the following factors.
- PFF.com Ratings of each teams running backs
- My own ranking of each running back
- Strength of each teams O-line
- Rushing TDs scored
- Red Zone performance of each teams ground game
So I will go through this section by section to evaluate where the Seahawks stand currently, what is the required level to be successful, and what the Seahawks need to do to reach that level in 2021.
Firstly though, I want to touch on the results my formula indicates from last season.
- Ten of the fourteen playoff teams from last season ranked 17th our better.
- Seven of the final eight teams ranked 17th or better.
- An overall rating of 67 my formula is required of a team in order to be a super bowl contender.
- The Seahawks ranked 19th overall last season with a rating of 63.2
So to summarise my initial findings, the Seahawks ground game is short of the required standard, but not by much.
Now let’s look at each factor that contributes to this rating and what, if anything, is required to improve that rating.