For the second time this season, the Seattle Seahawks have lost back-to-back games. With the odds stacked against them in hostile territory on national television, the Seahawks showed tremendous resiliency. Despite all the injuries and storylines surrounding their poor defensive play, the Seahawks went tooth and nail with the Steelers.
While many fans are disappointed with the heartbreaking loss, it is hard not to find yourself smiling at the overall performance given the circumstances. Coming into this matchup, the Seahawks players truly believed they could win the game. Their effort and belief in one another was on full display throughout the five quarters of football.
If you were to say that the Seattle Seahawks would go on the road to Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football with no Russell Wilson, Chris Carson and a struggling defense to lose in overtime off a Geno Smith fumble, most would probably think you are out of your mind.
Here are three takeaways from the Seahawks Sunday Night thriller in Week 6.
3 takeaways from Seahawks Week 6 loss versus Steelers
Hang forever and find a way
Coming into this game, it was no secret that the Seattle Seahawks would need a lot of help to win without Russell Wilson. I personally felt that the team that was able to win the turnover battle would ultimately end up winning the game. In fact, it felt the Seattle coaching staff concurred with their offensive play calling.
Throughout the first half, the Seahawks offense was stagnant. It was primarily a run-orientated offense and when they did throw, Geno looked like a backup. That is probably why it was a run-centric offense in the second half. Truthfully, it is hard to blame Shane Waldron for the game he called as Geno was tasked with going up against a furious Pittsburgh front. Cam Hayward is having arguably his best career year and T.J. Watt is playing like the $112 million dollar man that he is.
In spite of the all difficulties, Geno Smith was able to lead this team on a game-tying drive at the end of regulation to force overtime. In his post-game presser, Pete Carroll admitted that the game-plan was to hang forever and find a way. Carroll believed that his defense would be able to make a game-changing play, and they did…sort of? Tied at 17-17 in the 4th, Big Ben lost control of the ball and fumbled without being touched. Seattle was given the chance they had hoped for and failed to capitalize.
Despite the fact they fell short, the game-plan will most likely remain the same…unless Seattle where to go a different direction at quarterback. It was reported on Monday that the Seahawks and Cam Newton had mutual interest. In the short term at least, Newton can provide a different dimension to this Seattle Seahawks offense. I am not arguing against Geno Smith playing – as I thought he actually did a pretty solid job – I just feel the Seahawks will become to reliant on the defense early on in the game.
Essentially that means they will be facing more deficient – as they did against Pittsburgh – due to the lack of aggression on offense.