After the Seahawks’ perplexing offensive performance against the New Orleans Saints last week, it’s time to assign blame for the terribleness of the points scorers in Seattle.
It’s official. The Seahawks this year are struggling on offense mightily. They managed only 13 points against one of the worst defenses in the league in New Orleans, in what I thought would be a good opportunity to show the efficiency we saw from Russell Wilson and company the second half of last year. Right now, according to Football Outsiders, the Seahawks have the 18th-most efficient offense in the NFL by Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA), a measure of a team’s offensive efficiency on a per-play basis.
Why is the offense struggling? There are many possibilities, from the offensive line to play-calling to slumping skill position performers. Let’s look at three of the most likely causes for the Seahawks’ below-average offensive performance through the first seven games of the season:
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