The Seahawks lost their second consecutive and as a result, dropped from first in the NFC West into third place. The Hawks 23-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams was hauntingly similar to last week’s 34-44 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Turnovers coupled with uncharacteristic mistakes have put the team in a must-win situation on Thursday Primetime game with the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks, Cardinals, and Rams have similar 6-3 records.
RUSSELL WILSON CANNOT WALK ON WATER
The Seahawk quarterback struggled for a second consecutive game throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble. In the last two games, Wilson has given up seven turnovers. The blame rest on Wilson and he will be the first one to admit that. The truth is that the Seahawks offensive line has given up six sacks in back to back games. The effect is a quarterback who is harassed, banged up, and running for his life every time he is stepping back to pass. The impact is hurried passes and poor decision making due to the pressure of being hit.
As a team leader Wilson says he is not shying away from the challenge of quickly getting the ship back on track. A process that begins with him.
DEFENSE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
The Seahawks defense took a step forward in Sunday’s loss to the Rams. The defense allowed the Rams six second-half points and forced three punts. Strong Safety Jamal Adams recorded a team-high two sacks and six tackles in his second game after missing five previous games due to a groin issue.
SEAHAWKS GROUND GAME MATTERS
With Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde scratched from the game Seahawks Pete Carroll went with a similar running style back in Alex Collins. Promoted from the practice squad for the second consecutive game Collins had 43 yards on 11 carries and 1 touchdown. The Seahawk’s inability to generate a ground game is allowed teams to disregard the play action and go after Wilson without hesitation.
The Seahawks should have Carson back for the Arizona game. While Carroll would not committee he did Carson playing on Thursday will go all the way to game time. The return of Shaquill Griffin and Quinton Dunbar would be a great boost to a defense that is slowly improving. Yes, their dark clouds above but the sky is not falling and the Seahawks have the talent to turn things around. A week’s worth of work with all the defensive players together will quickly turn the team’s defensive woes around. A healthy Chris Carson or Carlos Hyde would give Wilson the support he needs to run play action and freeze the linebackers so he can buy some time to throw the ball deep.