Even if Blair Walsh converted his last field goal attempt in the game played Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks (9-7) would still have missed the playoffs.
Putting your fortune in the hands of others is never the ideal way to make a living. Regardless the season is now over and there are many questions to be answered and potentially many changes to be made.
Ultimately Seattle was done-in by man-games lost to injury and by the season’s most disturbing trend with our Seahawks, slow starts and sporadically effective offense
Once again, Seattle couldn’t get anything going early in the game against the Cardinals (8-8).
By the end of the first half, the Seahawks trailed 20-7.
That seven, though of course, came from the legs of Tyler Lockett and his 99-yard kick-off return that evened the game after the Cardinals scored on their opening position.
And much like the game against the Cowboys a week ago, the second half saw the Seahawks rise-up as the offense came alive and Seattle made a game of it as the playoffs dangled just out of reach.
Unfortunately unlike the Cowboys last week, Seattle’s effort fell short.
Taking away the Seahawks’ first possession of the game that resulted in the kick return TD, Seattle held the ball for six more drives in the half and averaged three plays per drive. Their last last possession ended the half after two plays.
Seattle opened the second half strong putting together a 10-play, 80-yard drive that ended in a nice Wilson pass to Doug Baldwin for an 18 yard TD. After the Walsh extra point, Seattle trailed 20-14.
Third round pick, cornerback Shaquill Griffin then picked off Cardinals QB Drew Stanton’s on a deep pass but the Seahawks failed to take advantage.
Wilson completed 18 of 29 passes for 221 yards with two TDs.
Seattle ran the ball 22 times for 101 yards with Mike Davis getting the bulk of the work adding 10 carries and 48 yards.
Doug Baldwin was on the receiving end of both Russell Wilson TD throws in caught four passes for 90 yards on the day. Wilson’s second TD pass put the Seahawks ahead and completed a 2-play drive with a nice Baldwin 29-yard grab for score and 24-23 lead.
But the Cardinals would add one more score, a Phil Dawson 42-yard kick with 2:21 to go in the game.
Seattle countered with a 7-play, 45-yard drive that ended with a Blair Walsh 48-yard miss. And that would be all for the Seahawks in 2017.
The Seahawks committed 8 penalties for a negative 100 yards in the game. On multiple occasions their assessed fouls either extended Arizona drives or moved the Seahawks’ offense back.
Seattle needs to clean this part of their game up and work to eliminate the mistakes that set championship teams apart from the pretenders.
Getting players back healthy will go a long way towards returning to the top. New players will be brought in and from the looks of things, some current ones may be gone.
The team is getting older, but as a group, not in any position to blow things up or rebuild. Just a few modifications to be made and as long as Russell Wilson is under center, Seattle will always have a chance.