Seahawks fans frustrated by the lack of emphasis on the running game may want to take a look at these numbers. Pete Carroll continues to talk about how their offense is still built around running the ball, but their play-calling actions do not support his words. Seattle has shifted dramatically toward the pass so far this season. Only eight teams have changed their play-calling more towards the pass this season than the Seahawks.

Percentage of rushing plays drops precipitously

The Seahawks rank fifth in the NFL in the percentage of their plays that are runs. That sounds pretty good. But compare that to last year, and they have dropped their percentage of run plays by more than two-thirds of the league. 
The following table shows rush play percentage in 2014 and 2013 and the change. A positive change number means the team is running more. A negative number means they are running less.
Winning teams tend to run the ball more because they are ahead. Seattle has been leading in almost all their games, and has never been so far out of one that they had to resort entirely to passing to catch up. This is a conscious decision to change how they play offense. 
Rank Team 2014 2013 Change
1 Cleveland 51.09% 32.28% 18.81%
2 Dallas 49.88% 35.11% 14.77%
3 Houston 51.69% 38.02% 13.67%
4 NY Giants 46.73% 38.56% 8.17%
5 Miami 41.14% 34.87% 6.27%
6 Cincinnati 48.24% 43.03% 5.21%
7 Atlanta 35.42% 31.35% 4.07%
8 Baltimore 42.68% 38.81% 3.87%
9 Kansas City 46.23% 42.69% 3.54%
10 Pittsburgh 41.38% 38.51% 2.87%
11 New England 43.73% 42.02% 1.71%
12 Indianapolis 40.65% 38.94% 1.71%
13 San Diego 47.62% 46.66% 0.96%
14 Denver 40.12% 39.46% 0.66%
15 Detroit 40.86% 40.38% 0.48%
16 Minnesota 41.67% 41.76% -0.09%
17 New Orleans 36.65% 37.22% -0.57%
18 Arizona 39.55% 40.69% -1.14%
19 Green Bay 40.96% 43.17% -2.21%
20 Chicago 37.50% 39.88% -2.38%
21 Tennessee 41.97% 44.77% -2.80%
22 San Francisco 48.98% 52.23% -3.25%
23 Washington 37.60% 40.92% -3.32%
24 Seattle 48.29% 52.71% -4.42%
25 Jacksonville 32.24% 36.96% -4.72%
26 Philadelphia 40.53% 46.98% -6.45%
27 St Louis 37.43% 44.01% -6.58%
28 NY Jets 41.45% 48.33% -6.88%
29 Tampa Bay 35.53% 42.81% -7.28%
30 Buffalo 40.84% 48.92% -8.08%
31 Carolina 39.39% 48.15% -8.76%
32 Oakland 32.62% 43.66% -11.04%

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