Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, middle, is sacked by Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb, proper, and defensive again Darian Stewart, left, in the course of the first half of an NFL soccer sport Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Denver.

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No group within the NFL has seen its quarterback sacked extra typically by means of the primary two weeks of the season than the Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. — Pete Carroll has a agency perception that the safety the Seattle Seahawks offensive line is offering Russell Wilson has improved from the place it was in recent times.


The statistics inform a far totally different story.

No group within the NFL has seen its quarterback sacked extra typically by means of the primary two weeks of the season than the Seahawks. It’s been a disastrous mixture of errors by the offensive line, Wilson holding the ball too lengthy at occasions, and going through a pair of elite move rushers that has led to the quarterback being sacked 12 occasions already.

Because the sack grew to become an official statistic in 1982, there have been 26 situations of a group permitting 12 or extra sacks within the first two weeks of the common season. However solely three of these — Jacksonville in 2014, Houston in 2017 and Seattle this yr — have come up to now 10 seasons. Jacksonville and Houston every allowed 13 sacks within the first two weeks, each on their solution to horrible seasons. The Jaguars went 3-13; the Texans 4-12. However neither of them had a longtime, top-tier quarterback like Wilson calling the photographs.

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All of which places the Seahawks within the sort of firm they’d relatively not be part of so early within the season.

“We’ve tried to make him extra assured within the safety. Though the sack numbers are there, our safety is extra stable than it’s been,” Carroll stated. “It was all through the pre-season and Russell is relying on that rhythm to assist him. He’s transferring within the pocket somewhat bit as a result of that’s what he’s had loads of occasions. However the different a part of it, the miscues and all are new. We’re lacking this, lacking that, and we will repair all of these issues.”

The competitors Seattle has confronted didn’t assist the scenario. The Seahawks opened the yr having to cope with Von Miller and Denver’s entrance, then adopted up in Week 2 going through Khalil Mack in his first house sport with Chicago. The ultimate end result was Wilson getting sacked six occasions in every sport, which compounded different errors which have left the Seahawks sitting at 0-2.

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Whereas coming house this week to face Dallas removes the problem of enjoying in a loud atmosphere, others have emerged. Beginning centre Justin Britt injured his shoulder late within the loss to Chicago whereas making an attempt to get on a fumble Wilson misplaced whereas being sacked.

Carroll stated Britt was sore and could be day-to-day, however he didn’t apply Wednesday. Additionally sitting out apply was left guard Ethan Pocic, who was thought of a candidate to doubtlessly substitute Britt at centre. Pocic has an ankle damage.

If Britt can’t play and Pocic is an unknown, Seattle might plug in backup Joey Hunt at centre and shift guard J.R. Sweezy. D.J. Fluker, who began at proper guard earlier than struggling a hamstring damage within the pre-season, is predicted to return this week after lacking the primary two video games.

“Now we have to be higher. The numbers aren’t solely on the offensive line however as a lineman you by no means wish to see your quarterback on the bottom,” left deal with Duane Brown stated. “Now we have to do every part we will to appropriate it. Now we have to win our particular person battles, talk protections higher, selecting up blitzes higher. We’ll get there fast.”

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The Cowboys are second within the NFL with 9 sacks by means of two video games and final season sacked Wilson thrice and restricted the Seahawks to 136 complete yards. However Dallas nonetheless watched Seattle come away with a 21-12 win.

“Lot of motion up entrance, line stunts, issues like that. They don’t like to sit down nonetheless. They like to maneuver round and throw your scheme off,” Brown stated.

NOTES: Carroll stated the group obtained indications from the league that LB Mychal Kendricks will be capable to play this week. Kendricks, who pleaded responsible to federal insider buying and selling expenses, made his debut with the Seahawks on Monday and had three tackles, together with a sack, in opposition to Chicago. … LB Bobby Wagner (groin) and CB Tre Flowers (hamstring) had been full members in apply Wednesday and are anticipated to play Sunday after lacking the loss to Chicago.



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