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After a loss (that was larger than the final score indicated) to the New Orleans Saints at home, the Seattle Seahawks laid another egg on Sunday succumbing to a 30-16 loss to Baltimore. Dropping to 5-2, it is alarming that their 2 losses were colossal failures at home, against good teams. After feasting on lesser teams, it appears that the Seattle Seahawks have a lot to work on if they want to consider themselves a contender in this league.
The Baltimore Ravens did very little in disguising their offense. It was a one-dimensional attack that comprised of run-run-then run some more. The Ravens ran 35 times for 199 yards keeping their suspect passing game from having to win the game.
The Seahawks were plagued with an ineffective offense that squarely falls on the offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer and the quarterback Russell Wilson. Schottenheimer veered from his strategy of a run heavy offense and aired the ball out 42 times to just 26 rush attempts. On a sloppy rainy day, Schottenheimer panicked as the Hawks were down by 10 points, insisting on airing the ball out against the Ravens secondary.
Wilson had his worst game of the year with 20-41 passing and a costly pick-6. With just 5 minutes until halftime, the Hawks were marching, but Wilson floated a pass on an out pattern that was deftly picked up by former Washington Husky and LA Ram Marcus Peters who took it 67 yards for paydirt. Wilson’s 48% passing was the worst since 2013 when he went 8-19 in a home win versus San Francisco.
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Give some props to the Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, who turned the playbook back to 1965 running for 116 yards. His 9-20 passing wasn’t great, but he avoided sacks and turnovers which was the killer for the Hawks.
While Lamar Jackson was a handful, the defense actually played reasonably well allowing just 1 TD and 16 points. They held the Ravens to 5-13 on 3rd down and were only burned once on a deep pass. Of note, rookie Marquise Blair started at strong safety in place of Bradley McDougald in a showing that the defense is still under construction.