If the Seahawks are the best team in the league after two games, just wait until you see them after six or eight games.
They have built a 2-0 record based on their dominating defense, which has helped them outscore Carolina and San Francisco 41-10.
Meanwhile, their offense has done just enough when it needed to. It has been the barely necessary sidekick -- the Robin to the defense's Batman.
"Kind of concerned in just the overall offense that we are just not as sharp as we need to be," coach Pete Carroll told reports Monday. "I think we addressed it today, in terms of details, and just doing things right. We are not as clean as we want to be and there’s a lot of potential there that we know that is still ready to be shown."
Slow starts by quarterback Russell Wilson and penalties have put the unit in the hole far too often. Against the 49ers, they seemingly were in third-and-13 all day -- eight of their 16 third downs required at least 10 yards and they converted just one while going 5 of 16 overall.
The offensive line has been a big part of the problem. After getting dominated by the Panthers' defensive front, the Hawks lost Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung on Sunday. Left guard Paul McQuistan moved to left tackle and had trouble blocking Aldon Smith, who got by him for two sacks.
On top of that, Max Unger and Breno Giacomini each committed two holding penalties, and J.R. Sweezy had one declined. All four flags put the Hawks in first-and-20 or longer, and they were able to overcome just one of those situations.
The line wasn't the only culprit for penalties. Doug Baldwin and new tight end Kellen Davis each committed false starts, Sidney Rice was called for holding and unsportsmanlike conduct when he spun the football near a down defender after a first down toward the end of the first half.
The Hawks had 10 penalties in the game, and eight were on the offense.
“We put ourselves in a hole just by setting ourselves back,” Baldwin told reporters. “It’s frustrating because we know how good we can be. We know how good we are. We’ve got to eliminate those penalties. Those self-detrimental things that keep coming up, we can’t have those.”
Coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday: "We have addressed it consistently and we are not seeing the results that we want. We’ve got some new ideas that were working out to see if we can get some cleaner execution and just get out of our own way right now.”
Meanwhile, Wilson has gotten off to slow starts in both games and rallied to finish strong. At Carolina, he completed one of his first five passes before hitting 24 of his last 28. Against the 49ers, he started 1 of 9 before getting it together to finish 7 of 10.
“Obviously you want to be 9 for 9,” Wilson told reporters. “I missed on a couple of throws I don’t normally miss on early for whatever reason. Obviously next time the goal is to hit every one of them.”
He also seemed to realize in the second quarter -- after Okung was injured -- that he needed to run more often to keep series alive. If Okung remains out for long -- as expected -- Wilson will have to run a lot more.
The Hawks ran the ball better against San Francisco overall. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 98 yards and had 135 of the team's 290 total yards. He scored three times, including a short pass early in the fourth quarter. He was a major catalyst for the offense, which otherwise struggled.
"I think that we can run the ball better and I think that we could be more consistent at it," Carroll said. "The production was good, but I think our efficiency is not where it wants to be. Too many negative plays (Sunday) and it hasn’t been as clean as I think it’s going to get.
"I am a little disappointed in that at this time because we thought that we came out of camp a little bit better off. But both defenses (Carolina and San Francisco) are pretty darn good and they did some good stuff against us. But it’s good. We need to keep working to get better.”