Carson is the engine that makes the offense purr
Seattle’s success on offense is becoming more and more apparent to hinge on Chris Carson‘s ability to stay on the field and be productive. His day started off with an impressive display on the first drive of the game. Unfortunately, it ended with him looking dejected on the sideline without his helmet and covered in ice.
Carson came into the game questionable with a re-aggravation of the hip injury he suffered in week three. Though he looked good and strong early, he wasn’t able to deliver the performance 12s have become accustomed to over the last month.
Mike Davis did an admirable job filling in after Carson was lost for the day, delivering 62 yards on 15 carries. Unfortunately, Davis lacks the elusiveness and balance that Carson seems to deliver on each and every carry.
While it wasn’t a horrible day for Davis, the offense simply didn’t look the same or as fluid without their bell cow back available. Rashaad Penny saw the field a bit more than normal but it still appears that he has not adjusted to the speed of the NFL. The rookie averaged a meager 2.8 yards-per-carry on four carries for 11 yards.
Carson is a key component of both the offenses and defenses success. Losing him for an extended period of time could be a devastating blow to Seattle’s playoff chances moving forward this season.