The Seahawks lost to the Rams in week 5 26-17 as the defense looked atrocious once again and the offense inept in the second half until Geno Smith entered. Yes, if you fell asleep at halftime, that last part is very true. Russell Wilson hit his hand on Aaron Donald in the third quarter and had to leave the game. Smith came in.
And for a game that was extremely frustrating and very strange at times (a double-punt by Michael Dickson on one play? Seriously.) and while, yes, Seattle is nowhere near a playoff team at this point, we learned as a positive that if Geno Smith has to play quarterback for Seattle for any length of time then things might be OK.
Except for that completely terrible and awful Seattle defense. The offense doesn’t really help the defense as it can’t sustain consistent drives. Then the opposing offense take over and keeps the ball and tires the Seattle defense and by the second half Seattle gets dominated. This has happened in every game but week 4. But week 4 versus the 49ers was a lie.
The odd thing when it comes to time of possession in week five versus the Rams is that even when Seattle looked OK overall in the first half, Los Angeles had double the time of possession. It wasn’t until the second half when Geno Smith was the quarterback that Seattle started eating clock.
Seahawks on the verge of lost season after Rams defeat Seattle in week 5
Smith did have an interception on Seattle’s last drive that might have resulted in a game-changing score but it wasn’t truly his fault. He threw to an area where Tyler Lockett should have been but Lockett fell down which let the Rams pick the ball off. Smith played great and he was one of the best parts of the game for Seattle.
D.K. Metcalf was very good as well who caught all 5 of his targets for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns. And Dickson was great as well with all four of his punts downed inside the Rams 20 with a long of 68 yards (that double-punt) and an average of 50.5.
But let’s be clear, this is verging on a lost season for the Seahawks. The defense simply isn’t good and the offense isn’t consistent. Nothing about this team says “playoffs.” Changes need to be made (Ken Norton, Jr. needs to be let go, for one) to make 2022 better. Otherwise, the Seahawks good run for a decade is over and other teams are catching up.