Seahawks lose to Chargers in no good and awful game
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks lost to the Chargers on Sunday 25-17. The game was filled with bad officiating and poor Russell Wilson throws. What’s next for Seattle?
The Seahawks lost to the Chargers on Sunday and fell to 4-4. Next week Seattle plays the Rams in Los Angeles. A win over the Chargers would have been important. It didn’t happen. And the blame is theirs and on the officiating.
Russell Wilson had a poor game and made bad throws on downs when he was’t under duress. On two important third downs, one in the second quarter and one in the fourth quarter, Wilson simply missed open receivers on third downs. If completed, both passes would have gone for a first down and extended drives.
Wilson also took two sacks when he simply held on to the ball too long. This is something that Wilson hasn’t been doing since the first couple of weeks of the year. He chose a poor game to fall back to taking bad sacks.
And Wilson threw an incredibly bad pick six to the Chargers in the second half. It was throw Wilson hardly ever makes. If the fix was in for the game, this play could be used as an example.
Still, this was also a game where Seattle had a chance to tie the game on the final play. After a pass interference against the Chargers, Seattle was called for motion and then had the ball first and goal at the six yard line. Wilson threw to David Moore but the ball was tipped and Moore couldn’t hold on to the batted ball.
There has to be mention of how bad the officiating was in this game. If anyone ever thought the NFL was fixed, and I am not saying the games are, this could be used as an example. Seattle has a bunch of questionable, if not simply bad, calls go against them.
Offensive lineman D.J. Fluker and Justin Britt were each called for unnecessary roughness on late hits when their running back was being tackled. Both calls were atrocious. Neither player did anything to hurt an opposing player nor was either hit late.
Both calls forced Seattle into long situations. And these were just two of several bad judgments against the officials.
Michael Dickson, at least, was amazing in week nine. Dickson averaged 52.5 yards per punt on six punts and pinned four inside the Chargers 20 yard line. The Seahawks may not make the playoffs, but Dickson is going to flip field for them for years to come.
He is a defensive weapon. Now if only the defense was good enough to keep the other team pinned back deep and force them to punt.
The Seahawks struggled with injuries as the game went on. Chris Carson was productive in the first half but hurt his thigh or groin or hip and missed the second half.
Fluker had a lower leg injury and had to leave the game. A lot of the Seahawks success will be based on if Fluker and Carson can come back healthy.
The Seahawks lost a game that they could have won. Seattle’s defense didn’t allow the Chargers a bunch in the second half. They played well enough to win. But due to Wilson’s taking bad sacks, making some key poor throws on third downs and the officiating being awful, Seattle lost.
And Chargers kicker Caleb Sturgis missed a field goal and two of the three of his extra point attempts. He kept Seattle in the game but the Seahawks could not take advantage.
Now Seattle will travel to the Rams who lost on Sunday. Los Angeles will be extra mitovated and have more talent than Seattle. The Seahawks could fall to 4-5. That means they could only lose at most two more games to make the playoffs. That isn’t a pleasant situation.