Seattle’s 17-14 debacle against Washington was easily the worst home loss of the Russell Wilson era — a ridiculous defeat to an undermanned team that the Seahawks couldn’t afford to take, not with the toughest part of their schedule about to begin.
This was just the seventh home loss in the Wilson era. But it came against a broken-down Washington offense and a defense giving up 25.7 points per game. In other words, it was completely unacceptable. Seattle could have — should have — won at least 22-17.
But, thanks to a record penalty day, three missed field goals and two interceptions, the Seahawks are just 5-3 midway through another disjointed season. They have struggled to stay above .500, with five wins against teams that are a combined 13-29. And it is about to get really hard. The winless 49ers are the only losing team in the final eight games, with the seven others a combined 32-17.
That’s not a good sign for a Seattle team that halfway through the season still has no running game and is now beating itself with record penalty counts and many other errors.
Continue reading That was the worst home loss in Wilson era; now it gets tougher
The league owners meetings next week are in Phoenix, which is apropos considering a couple of the proposed rule changes come right out of a game last season between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seahawks.
In that game, Bobby Wagner did his best Kam Chancellor imitation, leaping over the line to block a field goal. The teams ended up playing the full 15-minute overtime and finishing in a tie — the first of two NFL ties last season.
That game provided a lot of impetus for the NFL competition committee’s proposal to ban leaping and cut overtime to 10 minutes.
Continue reading Seahawks at heart of key rule proposals
Jon Ryan is off the injury report, meaning he figures to play vs. Arizona.
Michael Bennett and Seattle’s pass rush could have a good day vs. Arizona.
The Seahawks are aiming for the fourth perfect home season in their history.
What has happened to the Cardinals this season?
Bennett was fined for his “three pumps” dance.
Pete Carroll was surprised Richard Sherman showed no contrition publicly about his outburst last week.
What’s up with Sherman? Plus other Week 16 questions.
Cliff Avril made the Pro Bowl for the first time, alongside Bobby Wagner, Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman.
Sherman’s sideline rant from the last game is still a big topic, which Sherman doesn’t like.
Darrell Bevell said he and Sherman have talked and are in “a good place.”
Earl Thomas reiterates he has not ruled out retirement.
In 2014, the last time the Seahawks put together a Super Bowl run, their proving game came in Week 14 at the Philadelphia Eagles.
That game was more of a test for Seattle’s No. 1 defense, which had built its ranking on the backs of some bad offenses and faced a big test against the league’s fourth-ranked offense. The Hawks dominated Chip Kelly’s Eagles, winning 24-14, and did not lose again that season.
This Eagles game brought a different challenge: The league’s No. 3 scoring defense against Seattle’s rollercoaster offense.
The Seahawks were coming off two pretty decent offensive games against AFC East teams Buffalo and New England, but the Eagles’ front posed a much bigger challenge.
Just like the defense in 2014, the offense proved itself in fine fashion. The Hawks put up a season-high 439 yards in a 26-15 victory that featured a bevy of big plays, a fully healthy Russell Wilson, a much more explosive running game and a resilient offensive line.
Continue reading Just like 2014, Hawks pass test vs. Eagles
Russell Wilson talks fatherhood and playing through yet another injury.
Wilson, limited in practice for the first time ever, said he plans to play in New Orleans.
Looks like Kam Chancellor and Kevin Pierre-Louis will be out again this week. Chancellor has missed the past two games.
Sherman Smith basically called out Christine Michael for running out of bounds and not bringing the physical attitude the Seahawks prefer.
Tom Cable said Germain Ifedi made a “big jump” last week and Garry Gilliam needs to be more physical.
K.J. Wright says playing Madden made him a smarter player and he played his best game of the season at Arizona.
Bobby Wagner says hot yoga is part of his recovery routine and he is taking better care of his body than he ever has.
Pete Carroll spent a lot of his Monday press conference explaining Richard Sherman’s outburst during Seattle’s 26-24 win over Atlanta and breaking down the injury situation, but he offered some good analysis of his 4-1 football team as well.
Among the big points he made: Experience matters, and they missed Kam Chancellor; Kelcie McCray handled the criticism like a pro; Germain Ifedi had a rough game as he makes up for missed time; the pass protection is strong because of Russell Wilson’s development; and the running game just didn’t get the chances vs. Atlanta because the Seahawks had to rally in the fourth quarter.
Carroll said the 36-yard touchdown by Julio Jones that set Sherman off was a result of “just not being on the same page.”
“What was clear to me is that Kam is a big factor,” Carroll said. “We don’t see that stuff; I can’t remember another game when Kam was playing (where that happened). He has such a connection and skills at communicating and all that.
Continue reading Theme of the week: Experience matters