Heaps: 2 keys for the Seahawks’ offense against the Rams

Dec 17, 2021, 2:55 PM

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson...

Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks throws the ball during the second half against the Houston Texans. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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The Seahawks will look to win their third game in a row when they take on the Los Angeles Rams on the road on Tuesday (yes, Tuesday).

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A big reason for the Seahawks winning their last two games has been an uptick in offensive production. Seattle scored 63 combined points the last two weeks and the offense will look to put up some big numbers against a division rival that appears to be playoff bound.

What must the Seahawks do on offense in order to get the win on Tuesday? Former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps broke it down during Friday’s edition of Jake and Stacy on 710 ESPN Seattle.

“You’ve got to have a solid running game,” Heaps said. “In this one, Rashaad Penny has got to be successful.”

Penny had a breakout game last week against the Houston Texans, rushing 16 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Heaps would like to see the Seahawks have another strong rushing attack against the Rams on Tuesday. If that’s the case, the offensive line needs to have a big day.

“On the ground, your offensive line, we’re talking about this offensive line really struggling through the season,” he said. “This is a game where you are relying heavily on them to dictate the terms of how this game is going to be played. So if you’re Duane Brown, Damian Lewis, Ethan Pocic, Gabe Jackson and Jake Curhan who’s most likely going to be the starter at the right tackle position, this game is on you, boys. This is an opportunity to really muck it up and to get after it. And I think that is really, to me, the biggest key.”

The other key? A quicker passing attack.

“Make sure that Russell Wilson is getting the ball out of his hands quickly, and that you’re taking calculated shots,” Heaps said. “That doesn’t mean you’re fearful of that deep ball and that deep threat and all of that, because you still need to take your shots down the field and there’s opportunities for you to be successful downfield, but the ball has to come out of Russell Wilson’s hands (quickly).”

Heaps would like to see the Seahawks run the offense like they did two weeks ago against the San Francisco 49ers.

“You knew there was a mismatch against the defensive line in your pass protection, so Russell Wilson got the ball out of his hands on average 2.25 seconds per pass attempt,” Heaps said. “It’s got to be similar against this Rams group. I don’t care if Von Miller’s out, I don’t care if their backup pass rushers are out. They still have Leonard Floyd and Aaron Donald that can really really create a lot of havoc for a passing game.”

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