SEATTLE — During most of Sunday’s 12-10 win over the Miami Dolphins, the story for the Seattle Seahawks was their inability to find a rhythm on offense.
On the team’s first 11 possessions, the Seahawks punted six times, had two turnovers, turned the ball over on downs and kicked a pair of field goals.
The Seahawks will take the victory, but they know they have plenty of work to do.
The game plan was obvious from the get-go: Compensate for questions on the offensive line by getting the ball out of Wilson’s hands quickly. But the Seahawks struggled to extend drives.
In the third quarter, Wilson was sacked by Ndamukong Suh and suffered an ankle injury. Trainers checked him out on the sideline but Wilson returned and didn’t miss any snaps. Wilson looked hobbled, though, and was clearly moving gingerly in the pocket.
The question this week will be: How worrisome is the injury? The Seahawks rely on Wilson to be a factor in the run game and use his athleticism in the passing game. If his mobility is limited, they will need to make significant changes before next week’s matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Seahawks were without right guard Germain Ifedi in this game. Justin Britt was making his first start at center. Left tackle Bradley Sowell was starting his first game since 2013. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he would cater the offense to the team’s personnel. And that’s a theme to keep an eye on going forward. The Seahawks didn’t hit on an explosive play until the fourth quarter, and Wilson averaged just 6.0 passing yards per attempt.
The Seahawks are used to slow starts. Last year, they began the season 0-2 before finishing 10-6.
It’s only one game and they escaped with a victory, but in a season that carries Super Bowl expectations, the offense needs to quickly come up with fixes.