By Cedric Williams
At the start of Week 12, Seattle had bounced back from a couple of sub-par performances against Arizona and New Orleans, with three straight winning efforts against Buffalo, New England and Philadelphia. At 7-2-1, Seattle was looking as dangerous a team as any in the league.
Since then though, Seattle has been the epitome of inconsistency, with a baffling loss in Tampa Bay two weeks ago in which the Seahawks didn’t even score a touchdown. That was followed by a blowout 40-7 victory over Carolina last week in a game where it seemed just about every Seahawk scored in some way, form or fashion.
But Sunday’s performance at hallowed Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers had to be the rock bottom performance of the season for the Seahawks. They may have out-gained the Packers 354 yards to 330, but Seattle also turned the ball over six times, didn’t force any turnovers of their own, and allowed Green Bay to score on six of its 13 possessions, two of which were end of the half possessions where the Packers simply took a knee to run out the clock.
With the Seahawks having such a bad day at the office, it should really be no surprise that we’ve got nothing but low marks for how they performed Sunday in Green Bay.
Following the game, quarterback Russell Wilson made a definitive statement, telling the world that “this game is on me.” And though not everything that went wrong on Sunday was his fault, Wilson is the one who was credited with five interceptions thrown, including three in the second half as the Seahawks tried to rally.
The one thing Seattle did seem to do well was run the ball, with the Seahawks using five different ballcarriers to accumulate 136 rushing yards and a 5.2 yards per carry average on 26 carries. Unfortunately, that wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the five Wilson interceptions and six Seahawks turnovers overall.
With all the turnovers committed by the offense, the Seattle defense was put behind the eight ball almost from the outset. But the Legion of Boom still had its own problems, allowing Green Bay to total 330 yards, while also averaging 5.9 yards for every play the Packers ran and 9.1 yards per every pass play they ran.
Turnovers or not, if your defense has that tough of a time controlling the opposing offense, you’re probably going home with a loss that day.
Special Teams: C
Sunday was an average day for Seattle’s special teams. Kicker Steven Hauschka made both kicks he attempted (one PAT and one field goal), while punter Jon Ryan averaged just 34.0 yards on four punts.
The one player who stood out on special teams was return man Tyler Lockett, who averaged 27.2 yards on five kickoff returns. But again, even a couple of exciting plays on special teams isn’t going to be enough to overcome the offense’s six turnovers, not to mention Aaron Rodgers’ three touchdown passes and 150 passer rating.
Maybe it was the weather. Maybe it was the adrenaline letdown following a game on Sunday Night Football. Or maybe it was simply Green Bay’s day to shine. But whatever it was, the Packers seemed to have the Seahawks’ number right from the kickoff, and they didn’t let up until the game was firmly in their grasp late in the fourth quarter.
Sunday was as bad a day for the Seahawks as any they’ve had all season.
Next Up: Seattle will host the Week 15 Thursday Night Football game of the week on Dec. 15 at CenturyLink Field against the (4-9) Los Angeles Rams.