Rapid takes from Seahawks mistake-filled 27-7 loss to 49ers

What a difference a game makes. All the optimism and we are talking about the fan base here that was built up in the Hawks Week One over the Denver disappeared with a quickness Sunday afternoon at Levi Stadium. A dominant run game by the San Francisco  49ers and mistake-filled football left the Hawks with a 1-1 record after a 27-7 loss that left a mountain full of questions

NO RUN GAME

The Seahawk’s pass game is predicated on a good running game. When you run for a grand total of 36 yards on 14 carries and either punt or throw an interception on your team’s first four possessions in the first half your odds of winning the game are greatly diminished.

The inpetud continued in the second half. The Seahawks followed the first-half lackluster possession with three second-half possession that ends in another three punts you have a zero chance of winning the game.

Give credit to the Niners for creating a scheme that moved Nick  Bosa around the defensive line and the multiple stunts of linebackers Dre Greenlaw and Fred Warner. Rookie tackles Abe Lucas and Charlie  Cross’s baptism in the NFL continued. Guard Damien Lewis’s injury woes continued, and he saw minimal playing time adding more salt to injury literally speaking.

HURRIED AND UNDER MUCH DURESS

The inability to run the ball left the Hawks one-dimensional against one of the best defenses in the league.  Quarterback Geno Smith completed 24 of  30  passes for  197 yards was sacked twice and threw one interception. Smith was hit nine times and five of those were by Bosa.

PENALTIES

Another cardinal sin committed by the Seahawks was drive-sustaining penalties. The Hawks had six penalties that extended San Fran drives. The total number of penalties committed for the game was 10 for 106 yards. The Niners had just one penalty for 26 yards.

A FEW GOOD PLAYS


Hard to find good plays in  27-7 drubbing but the Seahawks had a few.One was the blocked field goal for a touchdown that momentarily gave hope to the Seahawks

Reigning  NFL West defensive play of the week Uchenna Nwosu had another outstanding game. Nwosu was disruptive in both the run and pass game and finished the game with four tackles ( 3 solos) and more impressive the former Charge had 3 quarterback hits and one pass defense.

Another bright spot was the play of Tyler Lockett who had nine receptions for 107 yards for an 11.9 average.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN

Unfortunately, this is who the Seahawks are. A team with some young talented players who are going to have some major growing pains.  Rookie tackles are learning each week and their progression will take longer. The injuries plaguing guard Damien Lewis are slowing the gelling of the offensive line. Center Austin Blythe has been a steadying influence and must continue to be the adult in the room. The rookie cornerbacks Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant continue to take their lumps each week but are growing. The same can be said of Michael Jackson. The NFL is a pass-heavy offense and two of the best passing offenses are the Broncos and 49ers. Can the youngsters pull it all together against the Falcons?  

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