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The Film Don't Lie: Seahawks

A weekly look at what the Seattle Seahawks must fix:

Throughout their Super Bowl winning run last season and now continuing into this season, the Seahawks have managed to overcome their one weak link: the offensive line.

But the problems up front almost bit them Monday night in their 27-17 victory over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field if not for a record-setting effort by quarterback Russell Wilson.

As good as Wilson is (he ran for 122 yards, breaking a "Monday Night Football" record for rushing yards by a quarterback) his remarkable talent will not be enough in the long run unless the line shows major improvement over its performance against the Redskins.

The O-line had seven penalties and former Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung had three of them -- two holding calls and a false start. Center Max Unger also had two false starts.

Left guard James Carpenter was whistled for a holding call and a personal foul that caused two Percy Harvin touchdowns to be called back (Harvin also had another TD called back on his own false start).

The personal foul call on Carpenter for a late hit, in which he fell on top of a player, was questionable, but it doesn't change the fact that the offensive line had a horrible night overall, causing Wilson to constantly scramble from porous pass blocking. Wilson was sacked three times, but a quarterback lacking his mobility would have been sacked at least double that amount.

Of Wilson's 122 rushing yards, 85 came off scrambles. ESPN Stats & Information also showed Wilson was 6-of-8 for 95 yards and a touchdown on passes thrown under duress.

In other words, Wilson was successful despite the problems of his offensive line. But getting through the next 12 consecutive weeks healthy will not be easy unless the line corrects its mistakes and plays at a much higher level overall.