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Sam’s Film Room: Analyzing the Seahawks poor run game against the Packers

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NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

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After another 4-0 preseason, I was expected the Seattle Seahawks to start hot versus the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, what we saw was an abomination of sorts mostly caused by the offensive line. After George Fant tore his ACL, I broke down Rees Odhiambo’s performance versus the Minnesota Vikings. While he did not have a good game, he played much better versus the Kansas City Chiefs the following week. In fact, much was made out of that performance as the line looked cohesive. It honestly seemed like the Seahawks’ offense was ready to take the next step.

In this video breakdown, I analyzed the root causes and trends of the poor run game against the Packers.

In my opinion, it’s a combination of three things that caused the issues:

  1. Packers’ front seven is underrated.
  2. Seahawks’ offensive line did not execute their blocks, especially double teams
  3. Running backs did not make plays

Overall, I think the key to fixing much of the problem is by play design and by working on double teams in practice. For the play design perspective, the Seahawks can use reverses with Tyler Lockett and they can also use the read-option to create lanes. For the double teams, the offensive lineman need to secure their first level blocks before they move on to the second. This should instantly relieve some of the pressure from good defensive fronts.

Caution: Some viewers may find this video disturbing. Viewer discretion (and beer) is definitely advised.