Sports Out West

Seattle Seahawks again play down to opponent in narrow win

Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin, left, scores a touchdown on a reception in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Another week, another lethargic effort from the Seattle Seahawks in a win over a team they should beat handily.

Week 8, it took a last second goal line stand to beat a St. Louis Rams team missing its starting quarterback. Last Sunday, all it took was the largest comeback in franchise history to beat the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime, at home no less.

The story has remained the same over the past two weeks, as the Seahawks were again dominated at the line of scrimmage. After the Rams’ struggling rushing attack gashed Seattle, the Buccaneers unheralded Mike James came in and ran for 158 yards. The Seahawks have now given up already 200 yards on the ground in consecutive games.

Russell Wilson wasn’t particularly sharp with 2 interceptions, but it was hard for him to get into a rhythm with all the pressure he was being put under, as the offense line struggled yet again. He wasn’t sacked, but Wilson pressured on a career-high 55 percent of his dropbacks during the game. Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung can’t return fast enough, and even when they do the unit will still have some question marks.

Apart from strengthening its position in the NFC, there were some positives for Seattle over the weekend. The Seahawks got back to running the ball, as Marshawn Lynch carried 21 times for 125 yards. When Lynch was banged up early in the game, Robert Turbin also got involved with 8 carries.

The Seahawks’ two punishing backs have the ability to wear down a defense, which paid off late in the game. Lynch ran the ball 6 times out of the 9 plays on Seattle’s game-winning drive in overtime.

Another thing that Seattle fans were keeping an eye on heading into the game was how Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse would respond in the absence of Sidney Rice. Both stepped up with touchdown catches. Baldwin was particularly impressive with 6 catches for 75 yards and the touchdown to tie the game with less than 2 minutes remaining.

Kearse made an impact receiving, but still has some problems with his hands, as he fumbled a kickoff return late in the first half that set up a Tampa Bay touchdown.

Needless to say, the Seahawks will have to play less sloppy against teams they should beat, or risk losing a critical game in a tight race for the NFC’s number one seed. They will get another chance Week 10 when they take on the Atlanta Falcons. 

Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

 


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Nathaniel Reeves

Nathaniel Reeves is a journalism student at the University of Washington, currently covering sports for The UW Daily in addition to Sports Out West. He has been closely following Seattle sports his entire life.