The Seattle Seahawks were handed a miracle last week in what turned out to be the final game officiated by replacement referees. It’ll go in the history books as a 34-yard touchdown pass from QB Russell Wilson to WR Golden Tate, with or without all of the asterisks that come with it. The bottom line for the Seahawks as they head into the Edward Jones Dome to take on the St. Louis Rams this week though, is that they need to get a heck of a lot more out of their rookie quarterback if they hope to stay in the chase in the NFC West.
Seattle, a slender one-point favorite on the NFL odds in Week 4, ranks dead last in the league in passing at just 127.7 yards per game. Wilson has averaged throwing the ball just 25.0 times per game, and if you take away that 34-yard scoring strike to Tate, there is a grand total of just one pass play all year long that has covered more than 27 yards.
What Wilson is doing well is maintaining the football. He has only thrown one interception, and he has allowed the defense to do its thing. Still, what we have learned in the past from teams like these Rams that will be on the other side of the field on Sunday, is that you need to get something out of your quarterback to keep the defense honest. Head Coach Pete Carroll just doesn’t trust his rookie to stretch the field, and that is causing defenses to play in a very small box and making life difficult on receivers to get open.
Without more from Wilson this is going to be a tough road trip. The Rams do have a great pass rush, and they have Cortland Finnegan waiting in the secondary to intercept any passes that might go awry in the middle of the field.
Seattle though, has dominated this series, going 9-1 SU and ATS over the course of the last 10 encounters of these divisional rivals.