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Originally published September 26, 2011 at 9:03 PM | Page modified September 26, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Despite first win, Seahawks offense remains a big concern

Seattle has scored only 30 points this season, third-worst in the NFL.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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RENTON — The first victory in Pete Carroll's second season as Seahawks coach wasn't very pretty, and it was a long way from perfect.

Just don't call it ugly. There's no such thing for a coach with a defensive pedigree like Carroll, and he wasn't about to turn up his nose after his team's 13-10 victory over Arizona on Sunday.

"That was a hard-fought, tough win," Carroll said. "Sometimes you screw it up. We played pretty solid for the most part."

Well, the defense did, no doubt. It's the offense that remains a question mark, an uncertainty that hung over the Monday discussion of Seattle's first victory.

Seattle has scored 30 points so far this season, which is not only third-worst in the league, but the third fewest the Seahawks have ever had after three games in the franchise's history.

So while Carroll saw his progress on Sunday against Arizona, he wasn't about to pronounce his offense cured from the previous two weeks worth of ills.

"We had some balance," he said. "There was a little more rhythm, made a few more first downs and converted a little bit. It just felt better.

"We just have a long ways to go until we really get to feel like we're in full stride and really rolling."

Seattle rushed for 122 yards, which was more than the 95 it managed in the first two games combined. While the Seahawks allowed four sacks in the first half, a couple of those were coverage sacks as opposed to pass rushers on a jail break.

There is room for some optimism coming out of the game. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 73 yards, which isn't overwhelming, but is the fourth-highest total in his 15 regular-season games as a Seahawk.

Now, let's not get carried away with the praise.

This is a team that has gone two games without throwing for a touchdown and whose only rushing touchdown was scored by a quarterback diving headlong into a pair of defenders at the goal line.

Tight end Zach Miller has been more a factor as a blocker than a receiver, and Carroll spent a good chunk of Monday's news conference talking about getting receiver Mike Williams more involved. Williams not only finished without a reception in Sunday's game, but was not targeted by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson after the second play of the game.

But the Seahawks have also gone two games without losing a fumble, and Jackson's only two interceptions occurred on end-of-the-half heaves.

Seattle didn't beat itself on Sunday, and that was enough for a win over Arizona thanks to that steel-toed defense.

The only thing that was pretty was the result.

"When you score 13 points you better play well on defense or you're going to lose," Carroll said. "It was enough on this day."

Note

• Linebacker Matt McCoy left Sunday's game with a head injury, but he is OK and will be ready to return this week, Carroll said.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com

Not entirely pointless
Seattle has scored 30 points this season, which is more than either Jacksonville (29) or Kansas City (27), but the third-fewest in Seahawks franchise history after three games. The 1992 Seahawks won only two games under coach Tom Flores and managed just 140 points in the entire 16-game season. Seattle used three different quarterbacks in that low season.
Year Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Total points
1992 Seahawks 3 7 10 20
2001 Seahawks 9 3 14 26
2011 Seahawks 17 0 13 30
2002 Seahawks 17 13 6 36
1993 Seahawks 12 13 17 42

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