With an eye toward this coming Sunday's matchup against the New York Jets, here are some things that stood out after rewatching the offense's performance vs. the 49ers.
1. With Thomas Rawls (fibula) sidelined, Christine Michael is going to have to carry the load, and he looked more than capable against San Francisco. Michael carried 20 times for 106 yards, and the offensive line delivered perhaps its best run-blocking performance of the season. Michael gained 85 yards before contact, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That was second most among all NFL backs in Week 3. Michael showed tremendous burst throughout.
On Michael's 41-yard touchdown run in the first minute of the game, offensive linemen Justin Britt, Mark Glowinski and Bradley Sowell did a great job. And wide receiver Tanner McEvoy helped spring Michael at the second level.
The Seahawks now face a tough challenge against the Jets' defensive line and a unit that ranks sixth against the run so far this season.
2. With Tyler Lockett bothered by a knee injury, the Seahawks went with multiple tight ends on 36 of 65 snaps (55.4 percent), running for 97 yards and averaging 4.62 yards per carry out of two- and three-tight-end sets.
Luke Willson was used in an H-back-type role and was heavily involved in the run game.
"He did well," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He was comfortable with it. He’s really pumped up about anything that he gets to do to add to the team, so he was excited about the chance and he looked pretty comfortable. He’ll definitely improve in the next couple weeks. It’s a really good role for him, and it makes us a little versatile in that substitution. That’s a good positive thing for us."
We'll see in future weeks whether this was a game plan deal or something the Seahawks intend to use regularly. My hunch is they'll still be mostly an 11 personnel (one RB, one TE) team.
On the first series of the game, the Seahawks used a switch verticals concept to free Baldwin for a 34-yard gain. The 59-yarder later in the game came on double posts, as Baldwin separated from the defensive back and Wilson made a tremendous throw. And the touchdown from Trevone Boykin to Baldwin came on a snag/flat, a staple of the Seahawks' offense.
Baldwin has 276 receiving yards (ninth in the NFL) through three games and has caught 76.9 percent of his targets.
4. We got a glimpse of what the offense would look like with Boykin at quarterback. The rookie completed 7 of 9 passes for 65 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
With Boykin, the Seahawks used a lot of run-pass options, which he is familiar with from his days at TCU, and plenty of zone read.
The Seahawks' playbook would shrink if they had to play Boykin for a whole game, but they don't have to change the run game and can rely on some of the core concepts he's familiar with.
5. The Seahawks are hoping to get Germain Ifedi back at right guard this week. Ifedi suffered a high ankle sprain before the opener but had a strong summer. If healthy, he'll take over for J'Marcus Webb.
Wilson has been sacked on 6.2 percent of his dropbacks, which ranks 22nd in the league. After three games last season, that number was 9.4 percent (31st).
On average, Wilson is getting rid of the ball in 2.39 seconds (11th fastest). If he plays Sunday with the knee sprain, the game plan once again will call for Wilson to operate from the pocket and get rid of the ball quickly.