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Scouting the Seahawks: A look at their offense

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Seattle’s offense produced 41 touchdowns and 33 field goals

The Seattle offense, overshadowed by the Seahawks defense, isn’t considered a high-scoring unit. But a check of the numbers reveals that Seattle’s offense produced 41 touchdowns and 33 field goals during the regular season, comparable to the Saints’ 49 touchdowns and 24 field goals.

The Seahawks don’t pile up the yards (339 per game) but they’re efficient. The offense begins with running back Marshawn Lynch (1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns on 301 carries), but the Saints did a fantastic job of taking away Lynch in the December meeting between the two teams (Lynch had 45 yards on 16 carries).

The problem for New Orleans in that 34-7 loss was Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson (22 for 30 for 310 yards and three touchdowns, without an interception, and eight carries for a game-high 47 yards).

“He was going to be great, or he was going to die trying,” Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said, explaining why Seattle drafted Wilson.

Of all the mobile quarterbacks the Saints faced this season, Wilson easily was the most successful.

“We know that we can do it,” Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette said about slowing down a mobile quarterback. “We’ve done it. So, containing (Wilson) and keeping him in the pocket (is vital), making him a (one-dimensional) quarterback, where he’s not running around, playing like he’s in the back yard and we’re chasing him.”

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