Russell Wilson, Seahawks may turn up tempo more often

ST. LOUIS -- With 1 minute, 49 seconds left in the second quarter on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks' three offensive possessions had resulted in two punts and an interception.

But looking to move quickly before halftime, they shifted to a no-huddle. Wilson went 5-for-6 for 49 yards on the drive, and the Seahawks kicked a field goal to tie the game. Coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell liked what they saw, so the offense went to the no-huddle more in the second half.

"The up-tempo, the no-huddle, just putting pressure on their defense and making plays, that was huge for us," Wilson said after Seattle's 34-31 overtime loss. "And it was something I think we’ve done extremely well for the past three years. ... It’s something we may have to consider trying to hop into that if we’re having a little bit of a lull."

According to Football Outsiders research, the Seahawks ran a play every 29.38 seconds last year, which was the second-slowest pace in the NFL. And while this was only one game, there's at least a chance that the 2015 team will have to score more points to be successful. To that end, tempo is a tool the offense might lean on more going forward.

"[It] helps just because it puts pressure on the defense," Wilson said. "It tires them down, especially when you’ve got a defensive line that can run that well, make plays. It wears ‘em down a little bit. Offense is such a rhythm game. Once you get in that rhythm, you continue to make plays."

Wilson finished 32-of-41 for 251 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran eight times for 31 yards.

The Seahawks' game plan was meant to account for the Rams' pass rush. Of Wilson's first 10 passes, only one gained more than 8 yards. The plan was to get rid of the ball quickly, but Wilson was still sacked six times. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Wilson has been sacked five times or more in his career on six occasions, and the Rams have been the opponent in three of those games.

"A little bit’s on me just to see if I can find a way to get the ball out a little bit quicker and just continue to work," Wilson said. "I think the offensive line did a tremendous job, especially in the second half."

In the fourth quarter, Wilson led a pair of scoring drives. His touchdown to Jimmy Graham was a beauty. Wilson knew the rush was coming, took a hit and still delivered on time.

"I thought he battled like crazy," Carroll said. "He was competing. He got us ahead. We were ahead in the game and had a chance to win the football game."

Added Wilson: "I love the way we fought back in the second half. That’s what it’s about, especially in the first game going against a very, very tough team, arguably one of the best teams we’re going to play all year, in our opinion, at least."

The offensive line has to be better, and to be fair, the Rams have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. Had the defense done its part down the stretch, the main storyline would be about the comeback win led by Wilson.

But next week brings a matchup against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' prolific offense. If the coaches determine that the Seahawks are going to need more from the offense in that game, tempo is a tool they could call on in Green Bay.