With all the noise this off season about Russell Wilson being traded and his unhappiness with the direction of the offense it's forgotten that this team won 12 games and won there division for the second time in three years. They also set a franchise record with 459 points scored. But an ugly loss to the Rams and there backup quarterback in the wild card round overshadowed all of that. It was the first home playoff loss in the Pete Carroll era. With Carroll signed thru 2025 there is no hot seat situation going on here. He isn't going anywhere, Russell Wilson was on his way to an MVP caliber year until Carroll reigned him and the offense in and began to run the ball more. Coincidentally this move to a run heavy offense did follow a four game stretch that saw Wilson have 10 turnovers and Seattle losing three of those games. Wilson ended up throwing for 4,200 yards and 40 touchdowns. Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf are one of the best receiving tandems in football. Lockett had 1,054 yards and 10 touchdowns and Metcalf had 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns. There 28.7 points a game ranked 8th in the NFL. With all the commotion about the offensive line not protecting Wilson it pretty much stayed the same returning 4 starters. The only addition was Guard Gabe Jackson acquired in a trade with the Raiders. Wilson was sacked 48 times in 2020, but Seattle ranked in the top half of the NFL in rushing with 123 yards a game.
Defensively, Seattle is led by there All Pro safety Jamal Adams who set an NFL record with 9- sacks from the safety position. Linebacker Bobby Wagner led the team with 138 tackles. Free safety Quandry Diggs led the team with 5 interceptions. Seattle ranked 22nd in total defense(380 yards/game). They were excellent against the run giving up 95 yards a game(5th) but was second to last in passing yards per game(285). The loss of cornerbacks Shaquill Griffen and Quinton Dunbar will hurt the secondary. The mid season addition of Carlos Dunlap led to an NFL best 37 sacks over the last 10 games so a full year of Dunlap should mean a more consistent pass rush from day one. Seattle has six starters over the age of 30 including all pro linebacker Wagner at 31/and Wilson at 33. The clock is ticking and the pressure is mounting for this group to win another Super Bowl.
Seattle opens up at Indianapolis and comes home to play Tennessee week two. Road games at Minnesota and San Francisco finish the first month of the season. They play 8 playoff teams from last year, the Rams twice. There extra game is at Pittsburgh on October 17th and there bye is week 9. They go to Green Bay and Washington in the span of three weeks in November and finish at Arizona. Seattle is in one of the most difficult divisions in football, Conference games against Washington, New Orleans, Green Bay and Chicago are tough. Trips to Indianapolis and Pittsburgh before the bye week will be difficult.
It remains to be seen the damage done to this team during the off season, there were some harsh words by everyone and Seattle had serious talks with Chicago about trading Russell Wilson. Usually those feelings linger, especially if they get off to a slow start with games at Indianapolis, Minnesota and San Francisco they could be looking at 1-3 on October 1st and then all bets are off. Las Vegas has the win total at ten, so you need 11 to cash the ticket, that's too pricey with there schedule.
Seattle Seahawks under 10.