The Seattle Seahawks fell to 6-3 with a loss to the Los Angeles Rams in week 10.
First, I was wrong in my predictions. Jared Goff didn’t throw for 450 yards against a banged-up Seahawks secondary. In fact, he was far less with just 302 yards passing and no touchdowns. Neither quarterback threw touchdown passes for that matter in week 10. And that is a far greater issue for Russell Wilson than it was Goff.
Let’s be clear. Russell Wilson has no business being anywhere near the MVP conversation at this point. On Sunday, Wilson threw for 2 more interceptions (one a great play by Darious Williams and another to Williams that was just a bad throw by Wilson). But in the last four weeks, Wilson has thrown for 7 interceptions and 3 fumbles. He had another fumble against the Rams.
Defense not the issue
For once, the defense wasn’t the biggest issue for Seattle. The offense was. Wilson was sacked 6 times, hit 12 times (he has now been officially hit 23 times in the last two weeks). Heck, Aaron Donald was almost a non-factor and this makes things worse. The Rams all-world defensive tackle had no tackles and just two quarterback hits. Leonard Floyd had 3 sacks (5 quarterback hits) for the Rams. Terrell Lewis had 2.
Overall, though, the Rams were 9 of 15 on third downs and averaged 5/6 yards per play. Seattle was 7 of 14 on third downs and averaged 5.1 yards a play. That is not a huge difference. But Wilson missed on several throws and simply looked off again. He held on to the ball too long and took too many hits. Wilson also didn’t take a chance on throwing to D.K. Metcalf, targeting his blossoming second-year receiver just 4 times.
By the end of the game, Seattle’s MVP might have been kicker Jason Myers. He was 3 for 3 on field goals and made a 61-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Myers is having a Pro Bowl year. So was Wilson to begin the season but no longer.
When a Seattle team lacks its two starting cornerbacks, gives up only 389 yards of offense, 23 points and a season-low 283 yards passing, the reason for the loss isn’t on the defense/ The fault lies with Russell Wilson. Maybe he takes too much blame and too much praise, but that’s what a quarterback has to do. And on Sunday, the blame for the Seahawks loss falls on Wilson.