5 takeaways from Seahawks loss to Packers

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 10: Kentrell Brice
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GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: Chris Carson  (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: Chris Carson  (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Chris Carson might be the starter for the Seahawks

What is the hesitation here? That Carson wasn’t expected to be the starter when he was drafted in the seventh round in this year’s draft? Well, guess what? Maybe Carson should be the starter. On Sunday, he was the best running back the Seahawks had.

Carson ran for only 39 yards but had just six carries. Still, that’s 6.5 yards-per. Or nearly four more yards per carry than any other Seahawk. Carson simply has an energy when he’s on the field. That might seem insignificant, but is anything but.

The NFL officials suck

Did the referees cost the Seahawks the game? No. But they came close. Defensive tackle Nazair Jones intercepted an early Aaron Rodgers pass and ran it back for a touchdown. Only he didn’t. The officials called two penalties on the play against Seattle. One was for a block in the back by Cliff Avril which was hardly a block. The other was for Jeremy Lane “punching” a Packers player. The officials totally blew that. Lane did not punch anyone. And the Green Bay player grabbed Lane’s facemask. Seattle should have had 7 points.

A ridiculous non-call was made when Jimmy Graham was clearly interfered with in the endzone. The referees, though, did their best Sargent Schultz and saw nothing, heard nothing and knew nothing. You can judge for yourself.

There were many reminders of 2016

The Seahawks have a great defense. But the defense also allows teams to pick up first downs on third downs many times. Seattle was not top-ten in 2016 on third down conversions. On Sunday, Green Bay was nine for 16 on third downs. Green Bay also held the ball for 39 minutes to Seattle’s 20. The Seahawks offense not staying on the field and Seattle’s defense not getting the offense back? This happened far too many times in 2016. It happened again on Sunday.

If the Seahawks win a Super Bowl for the 2017 season, this needs to be fixed. If not, an early playoff exit will happen again.

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Next up the Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle. The 49ers lost to the Carolina Panthers 23-3 on Sunday.