The Seattle Seahawk( 1-2) sent a united message before and after their 33 to 27 loss to the Tennessee Titans ( 2-1)in Nashville Sunday afternoon.
The Seahawks and Titan players stayed inside their respective locker rooms during the playing of the National Anthem. Seahawks Defensive lineman Michael Bennett said the players wanted to share a message of unity.
“At the end of the day it’s about coming together and collaborating and figuring out how to unite people together. I think as a team, we did that today. We showed that we have compassion for each other and we showed where we stand. We stand for equality. We stand for all that. So it was pretty exciting to be a part of something that was revolutionary as far as the whole NFL. It’s people coming together as one. It didn’t matter our race. It didn’t matter our politics. It didn’t matter religion. We came together and we united. We showed that we have power as people. And that’s what we were doing today and I think that was super impressive.”
As for the game, the Seahawks efforts were impressive but nowhere close to super. The defensive effort was there but the fatigue took it’s toll and finally wore down the defense. The Seahawks held the Titans to three first-half field goals and a 5 play 86 yard uptempo offense led to a touchdown drive that took 49 seconds and was capped by a four-yard pass play from Russell Wison to Dough Baldwin gave the Seahawks reason to believe when they went into the locker room down 9-7.
The Seahawks looked like they had found their offensive rhythm when they took the second half kickoff and drove 75 yards on nine plays and scored their second touchdown of the game on a ten-yard pass play from Wilson to Chris Carson .
The Titans answered with a four play 75 yard drive that was capped by a 55 yard pass play from Marcus Mariota to Rishard Mathews. A three and out offensive series by the Seahawks saw the Titans back on the field and another Mariota touchdown pass to Jonnu Smith for 24 yards.
The Seahawks next offensive series was no better than the last as they gained one first down and gave the ball back to the Titans and an already weary defense had to trot back on the field.
It took one play for the Titans to deliver the knockout blow. Demarcus Murray rambled for a 75 touchdown run on the Titans first play from scrimmage. Murrays run capped a 21 point third quarter scoring barrage by the Titans. The Seahawks made a late rally when Wilson passed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns 27 yarder to Luke Wilson and an eight-yarder to Paul Richardson but it was a matter of too little to late according to Wilson.
“Our defense was playing lights out. They were tough as nails in the first half and throughout the game really. So all we needed was to get something going. … What it showed was the testament of our team and we keep showing that. But I think that ultimately the courage that guys played with tonight was the most remarkable thing in terms of the courage that they played with. It wasn’t going to be easy, that is a great football team. Tennessee’s a great football team, they’re going to be really good all year long.”
While the season is no where from over the Seahawks will need to regroup and quickly right the ship. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll believes the fixes can and will be done.
“We have to get right. We’re not there yet. Hopefully, we have enough time to get going and we need to work together, play together so that it shows up where we’re connected. Right now it’s kind of spotty and not consistent enough. We’ve got a big challenge and we’ve got to get together.”