by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Through three games the Seattle Seahawks passing offense ranks as the worst in the National Football League.
QB Russell Wilson has averaged just 127.7 yards a game through the air, close to 20 yards fewer than even the next closest team - the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Yet the Seahawks still find themselves at 2-1 through three games and their defense is the best in the league in points per game. RB Marshawn Lynch leads the NFC and is fourth in the league is yards. Lynch has carried the ball 72 times through three games, second most in the league behind RB Arian Foster of the Houston Texans and his 79 carries.
The current formula is working, for now. But will it be able to continue with Lynch commanding such a workload? Will be able to stay healthy and productive?
Ultimately, the Seahawks will need to get more from their passing offense in order to challenge to be among the league's best.
Head coach Pete Carroll said that he's been careful in how much to put on Wilson's plate and they've been very conservative in the passing game.
"I really think that this is me holding the lid on it right now," Carroll said. "I’m overseeing all of that. What’s most important to me is that we take care of the football. What we’re concerned about is that we have to convert on third down. We did a poor job on third down"
The only interception Wilson has thrown through three games was a forced ball down the field at the end of the first half against the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener. In that regard, it's working for the Seahawks.
Carroll said he thinks Wilson has been a little too quick at times to escape the pocket instead of stepping up and continuing to look downfield.
"The protection was better than it felt at times for him, and he was real quick to get out," Carroll said. "He threw the ball well, but he did get out of the pocket a little bit quicker than he needed to at times."
There will be games this season where Seattle will need much more out of their passing game in order to win. A formula of stout defense and a good run game works when you can play from ahead. When trailing, Seattle will need to be able to throw the football. Whether they can make another step is still yet to be seen.
The team made changes to the practice squad Thursday, adding G Rishaw Johnson and RB Lonyae Miller, releasing TE Sean McGrath and placing LB Korey Toomer on the practice squad injured reserve list.
Also, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Mike Carey will be the head referee for Sunday's game in St. Louis.
St. Louis Rams
Did Not Participate
DT Matt Conrath (knee)
S Matt Daniels (hamstring)
RB Steven Jackson (groin)
T Rodger Saffold (knee)
DT Michael Brockers (ankle)
T Wayne Hunter (knee)
DE Eugene Sims (illness)
Did Not Participate
T Breno Giacomini (pectoral)
G John Moffitt (knee)
LB Leroy Hill (calf)
DT Jason Jones (knee)
DT Greg Scruggs (wrist)
DT Jaye Howard (foot)
WR Doug Baldwin (shoulder)
CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)