Can Kenneth Walker III and Zach Charbonnet run the ball effectively?
For Seattle's offense to work perfectly, the team needs to run the ball well. That doesn't mean Seattle runs the ball 50 percent of the time because that isn't going to happen. I realize that many think head coach Pete Carroll just wants to run run run but the statistics simply haven't backed that up. Through three games, Seattle has thrown the ball 58.7 percent of the time.
Also, if you think running the ball doesn't work, don't tell that to the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, or Detroit Lions as those teams are last in pass-to-run ratio (meaning they run the ball as much as they throw the ball). Plus, three of those teams have just one loss and the other two (the 49ers and Eagles) haven't yet lost.
The New York Giants are also not very good at stopping the run. They are 17th in allowing 4.2 yards per carry and are 28th in yards allowed rushing per game (138.0). Some of the rare issues Seattle's offense has had over the last couple of years is that at times they tend to forget about runing the ball. In Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, they threw the ball on six consecutive downs in the second half when they didn't have the ball very much. At least running the ball would have slowed the game down some.
Plus, Seattle's duo of Kenneth Walker III and Zach Charbonnet is a really good one. Walker is third in rushing touchdowns in 2023 with 4. Charbonnet is averaging 4.6 yards a carry. Both backs can catch as well so leaving at least one back in the game at all times makes the Giants have to decide if they are going to try to stop the run and maybe that allows Walker, for instance, to get out and catch a 40-yard pass. Seattle needs to run the ball a bunch and stick with it even if early in the game they are getting stuffed some.