The Seattle Seahawks lost 33-31 to the Los Angeles Rams, but this was by far the most impressive performance by the offense all season. Seattle’s running game, famously moribund last season, has come alive over the past two games. Chris Carson had an impressive 116 yards on 19 carries, while Mike Davis chipped in 68 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. Even Tyler Lockett had a 6-yard carry on a pitch.
Notably absent from the running game box score? Russell Wilson.
Yes, for the first time in Wilson’s 113 games (101 regular season, 12 postseason) with the Seattle Seahawks, Wilson did not run the ball even once. Not by design — he absolutely had opportunities to keep on read-option plays but chose not to — and not through scrambles. Zero rushes, zero yards. Now there is an asterisk here in that he had two rushing attempts for -1 yard against the Dallas Cowboys, but one was a kneeldown and the other was the fumbled exchange with Rashaad Penny. This does however mark the official “0” in the stat sheet for #3.
Through five games, Wilson has just 11 attempts for 42 yards. He has been battling a hamstring injury, but he sure looked fine when running downfield to help block for his running backs. The season is still young, but it sure doesn’t look like the 2012-2014 era of Wilson running/scrambling is coming back any time soon, if ever.