DOWN BUT NOT QUITE OUT
At the end of the day the Seahawks can say they still have all of their goals in front of them. After a 27-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in which they were bruised , battered and left bewildered the Seahawks have no choice but to move on. And move on they must in quick like fashion. The 11-4 Seahawks had a playoff berth secured before Sunday’s game with the Cardinals and were playing to keep pace with the San Francisco 49ers ( 12-3) in the race for the NFC West Division title and a possible # 1 seed in the NFC. The Seahawks can still claim the NFC West division title with a win over the San Francisco 49ers in next Sunday’s regular season finale.
The Seahawks started Sunday game with the services of starters Jadeveon Clowney, Shaquill Griffin, Duane Brown and Quandre Diggs. When the game ended the Seahawks added to the injury list with season ending injuries to running backs Chris Carson ( hip ) and C.J Prosise ( arm) to the list. Brown is schedule to have surgery and could return in two weeks. There is no doubt the Seahawks will be looking to make a move at running back with Travis Homer being the only healthy running back on the roster.
OFFENSIVE LINE WOES
Jamarco Jones filled in for Brown at left Tackle and Ethan Pocic saw significant game time filling in for Left Guard Mike Lupati who suffered a neck stinger but returned to finish the game. The make shift eft side of the line and the loss of the two running backs made it difficult for the offense to build any type of momentum . The Seahawks lone touchdown in the game came on the games opening drive. All the Seahawks could muster after that lone touchdown was two field goals. The Seahawks were 1-12 on third and finished with just 224 offensive yards, 91 rushing and 133 passing. Quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked five times and was hit seven times in a day he spend running for his life. Wilson was 16 of 31 for 169 yards and one touchdown toss to Nick Bellore.
DEFENSE HAD ITS FAULTS
The Seahawks defense play it’s part in Sunday’s debacle. The Cardinals rushed for 253 yards with an average gain of 6.3 yard per play. The Cardinals offense had a 34:53 to 25:03 time of possession advantage over the Seahawks. The Seahawks defense was unable to make the big play when it needed to be make. Part of the Seahawks inability to make the big stop was due to poor tackling.
“ I think execution and tackling. I feel like there was a couple of times where we could’ve made play and got off the field but it didn’t hapen. We have just to have put ourselves in positions to make those plays, Seahawks Bobby Wagner on the team’s poor defensive effort.
ALL STILL TO PLAY FOR
Despite the poor effort by the defense Wagner was quick to point out that the team still has everything to play for next Sunday
“ It was disappointing We didn’t come out with the energy that we needed to. We didn’t make the plays that we needed to. It’s a game where if you want to learn from it , we can. Which I think we cann. We just have to learn from it. And don’t dwell on it too much because we have a big game next weekend. The last thing that we need to be doing is thinking about what happened today , a week from now. We’ll watch the film, clean up the mistakes that we’ve made and get ready for a championship game.”