First it was nose tackle Brandon Mebane, the stabilizing force of the Seattle Seahawk’s stifling run defense, lost to a hamstring injury.
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Then it was center Max Unger being carted off the field after suffering from a high ankle sprain.
And then after the Kansas City game, Marshawn Lynch subtly blasted the Seahawks’ front office and reportedly has a deteriorating relationship with Seahawk head coach Pete Carroll.
And I haven’t even mentioned that the Seahawks dropped a 24-20 contest to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Yes, it was that kind of day.
In fact, it has been that kind of year for the Seattle Seahawks.
Injuries have been abundant, locker room problems have been aplenty (see Percy Harvin and now Marshawn Lynch), Russell Wilson hasn’t had that magic winning touch, and now the Seahawks sport a less-than-stellar record of 6-4.
All of the hype has finally caught up to the Seattle Seahawks.
Let’s face it. They are not winning a Super Bowl. Not this year.
There’s too many injuries and too many internal problems in the locker room and front office. I haven’t even mentioned the abundance of issues that the Seahawks have on both sides of the ball.
Seattle will be without Brandon Mebane, their run-stuffer, for the remainder of the 2014 season. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Without Mebane, the Seattle run defense looked like a field of pansies for Jamaal Charles to stomp all over for 159 yards. The Chiefs averaged 6.3 yards per carry and all three of their touchdowns came from Charles and backup running back Knile Davis.
And then there’s the Seattle offense. Russell Wilson is completing a career-low 62.5 percent of his passes while also registering a career low in passer-rating at 89.9. No Seahawk wide receiver has more than 500 receiving yards and even more concerning is that no Seahawk pass catcher has more than three touchdowns. The offensive line looks like it can’t stop anyone. Lynch is getting frustrated, getting more than 20 carries only four times this season.
Their motto? “Everything happened at exactly the wrong time.”
Now despite all this, the Seahawks are still one of the better teams in the NFL. But they’re not the Seattle Seahawks. With all the compounding of injuries, the Seahawks are just another good team in the NFL.
Next weekend’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, who boast an NFL-best 9-1 record, is a do-or-die situation.
Win, and the Seahawks still have a chance at playing some home games at CenturyLink, where they are nearly unbeatable.
Lose, and the Seahawks might as well throw in the towel. Good luck winning on the road against a red-hot Green Bay Packers or Detroit Lions squad.
And the Seahawks still have to hold off the San Francisco 49ers for that final wildcard spot (assuming Detroit or Green Bay gets the other one).
Call it bad luck. Call it misfortune. Call it “Why, god, why?”
But the Seahawks have fallen apart.
And nobody can fix them at this point.