The Seahawks failed to cash in on key opportunities
The Seahawks trailed for the majority of this game. After their opening drive, they failed to put together another nice scoring drive. Before the half, K Jason Meyers drilled a 61-yard field goal that was extremely impressive. The Seahawks offense failed to establish a rhythm and failed to look like the best scoring offense in the NFL. Give credit to the Rams for putting together a nice game plan and executing it.
Each and every game has a couple of plays that you can look back on and wonder to yourself, “if we did this, would that have changed the outcome of this game?” For the Seahawks, there were two key plays in yesterday’s defeat that will keep some fans up at night.
Russell Wilson throws INT
Nearing the end of the first half, coming off a Jason Meyers field goal, the Seahawks trailed 17-10. Knowing they got the ball in the second half, the Seahawks were looking to double-dip. Get a stop defensively, score offensively and then get the ball back to start off the second half. Well, Jamal Adams and the defense did their part as they forced a huge turnover. Bringing a blitz, Jamal Adams got home, stripped the ball and gave the Seahawks the ball in great field position. With an opportunity to swing the momentum in the game, Wilson threw a bad interception.
This was a head-scratcher from Wilson. With nice pocket presence, he stepped up and had about 10-15 yards of running room in front of him. Instead, he decided to make a hard throw that resulted in an interception. Very uncharacteristic play by Wilson as he gave the Rams the ball right back after Adams forced the fumble.
If the Seahawks were able to score and tie the game, who knows what would have happened moving forward. But, we cannot live in the world of what-ifs. The Seahawks have to be better moving forward.
Pete Carroll decides not to go for it on 4th and inches.
Before half time, Meyers hits the field goal to make it 17-13. The Seahawks got the ball to start off the second half and were forced to punt after Coach Carroll decided to not go for it on 4th and inches. On 3rd and 4, Wilson stepped up and took off. Attempting to reach the first down marker, Wilson reached as he was going down and was ruled just inches short.
Seattle decided to challenge the spot of the ball and lost. It was 4th and inches at about the Seahawks 43 yard line. Rather than going for it, Coach Carroll decided to punt it. As a result, the Rams drove all the way down the field and scored a touchdown. I certainly understood the logic of Coach Carroll as P Michael Dickson has been great on the year. He was in fact, great on the punt as he pinned the Rams offense.
But, it’s hard not to go for that, especially in today’s NFL. I will say though, if Chris Carson is healthy, they probably give him the ball and he plows his way forward. Again, we cannot live in the world of what-ifs. The Seahawks just have to be better moving forward.