The Seattle Seahawks may be 5-2, but their 30-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens exposed a fatal flaw. They rely too much on quarterback Russell Wilson to seize victory, and if they lose him to an injury that keeps him out for even a few games, their season may be over.
Make no mistake. Wilson is the primary reason the Seahawks have won five games in the first seven weeks of the 2019 season. In addition to their two losses, both of which came at home, their only dominating win came against the Cardinals, with a 27-10 victory. Seattle won the other four by a combined eight points, largely on the back of Wilson and his heroics.
He is building a case for NFL MVP with 15 touchdown passes and one interception, tying him with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes for the league lead in TD-INT ratio. The running game has also been an important factor, particularly with Chris Carson, but it is clear that Wilson is the team’s most valuable player.
But what happens if Wilson has a bad or even subpar game? The team usually loses, as shown on Sunday. Wilson had his worst game of the season, completing only 48.8% of his passes and throwing perhaps the most egregious interception he has ever thrown, a pick-six to Marcus Peters that gave the Ravens a 13-10 lead and shifted the momentum in their favor.
The rest of the offense looks generally strong with the aforementioned Carson, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf each making a sizable impact overall thus far, but Seattle has proven that it cannot win if Wilson does not post an above-average performance in a game.
The pass rush has been largely invisible for the past seven weeks, Will Dissly’s season-ending injury leaves them perilously thin at tight end, and the secondary has been extremely porous at times. This roster is not constructed to win without their MVP-caliber quarterback playing at a high level.
There may be games down the road that demand other players to step up, and the Seahawks may need stronger performances from the majority of the roster and a lack of significant injuries (especially to Wilson) to compete in the NFC this year.