Seahawks fall in ugly fashion to Buffalo Bills in week 9
By Lee Vowell
Bills blowout Seahawks as Seattle falls to 6-2
This was not the game you want to play again for young Seahawks fans. Seattle played ugly, and even though they had somehow cut the score to 7 in the third quarter, the game never felt in doubt for Buffalo. The Bills won 44-34. Now Seattle is mathematically second in the NFC West.
If one didn’t catch the game and looked at some of the Seahawks statistics then that person would be misled. Seattle finished with 7 sacks, with Jarran Reed having 2.5 in his best game of the year before getting injured in the fourth quarter. But the defense was awful with a lot of blame going to two areas.
One is the secondary. Quinton Dunbar was terrible and Tre Flowers wasn’t much better. Quandre Diggs has been a huge disappointment this year. Jamal Adams played and got some decent pressure but struggled again in coverage. Shaquill Griffin was missed badly.
The other problem was coaching. After being ultra-aggressive in week 8 against the 49ers, Seattle reverted back to its previous form of laying off and allowing completions. Then Seattle couldn’t tackle once receivers caught the ball in front of them.
But time after time to start the game a Bills receiver would run a down and out and be open by 5 yards. Easy throw and catch after easy throw and catch. This was mostly due to coaching preparation and what the coaching staff wanted their defensive backs to do. Bad coaching.
Russell Wilson a bit off as well
Couple the defensive ineffectiveness with an off day from Russell Wilson and this led to a blowout that Seattle was never really in. Wilson fumbled twice and threw two bad interceptions and in two of Seattle’s last three games, Wilson has been anything but the MVP of the NFL.
One brilliant play by Wilson, however, turned out to be a 55-yard touchdown pass where Wilson threw the ball 63 yards in the air to David Moore in the Bills end zone.
Wilson was under lots of pressure – he was hit 16 times on Sunday, the most of any QB in any game this season – but he also held on to the ball too long several times and made bad reads on the interceptions.
Seattle missed Chris Carson and his ability to churn out yards. DeeJay Dallas simply doesn’t have the same ability to power through would-be tacklers.
Seattle gave up 425 total yards with 386 yards coming in the air from Bills quarterback Josh Allen (Allen threw for 415 but lost yards because of being sacked) who looked great for most of the game. Now Seattle has to lick its wounds and get ready for a Los Angeles Rams team that with a win over the Seahawks would move Seattle to 3rd place in the NFC West. Thankfully, Wilson is 33-8 in games following losses.