The Seattle Seahawks’ season was brought to a halt with a road loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round. Although they were down big late, Russell Wilson nearly pulled off one of his signature comebacks. But the Seahawks field general couldn’t do it all himself. He carried the Seahawks with his arm but also led the team in rushing yards.
Several running backs suffered season-ending injuries toward the end of the regular season, and that affected the Seahawks’ season. Seattle couldn’t overcome the emerging San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West this year and was forced to take a more difficult path in the playoffs because of it. The Seahawks have a couple areas they need to improve in to put themselves in a better situation next season.
Although Seattle acquired a premier pass rusher in Jadeveon Clowney early this year, its defense has struggled to get after the quarterback. Clowney’s sack total is the lowest it’s been since his rookie season, which was cut short by a string of injuries. According to Football Outsiders, the Seahawks’ defensive line had the second-lowest adjusted sack rate (5%) in the NFL. Only the Packers were worse. The offensive line hasn’t done well either though.
You wouldn’t think this is the case given that Russell Wilson was considered an MVP front runner for a significant chunk of this season, but Seattle’s offensive line has allowed the seventh-highest adjusted sack rate (8.6%) in the NFL. Having a mobile quarterback who can throw the ball from any angle can disguise this weakness, but the Seahawks can’t keep banking on that. They’ll need to protect their most valuable asset better moving forward.
The 2019 NFL season is coming to a close and while the playoffs are just arriving, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2020. We won’t know the full regular season schedule until April, but even with the 2019 season not finished, we know each team’s list of opponents. The NFL has a formula they use to determine opponents, with divisions and conferences rotating each year.
The Seahawks face their divisional opponents a total of six times. The NFC West faces the NFC East, which adds four more opponents. The NFC West faces the AFC East, which adds four more opponents. The final two opponents are the teams that finish in the same standing position in the NFC North and NFC South.