The Seahawks fell to 3-6 after a loss to the Packers in week 10. Green Bay won 17-0. The offense was hurt by a Russell Wilson who clearly should not have been playing. Wilson has never played well in Green Bay but he was awful on Sunday.
Wilson rushed back to play after having an initial diagnosis of missing 6-8 weeks yet Wilson seemed bent on proving how superhuman he was and making it back by week 10. He did. But the Seahawks were no better for it. In fact, the argument could be made that Geno Smith should have played another week.
Wilson finished with 2 interceptions and both were forced throws to the Packers endzone. But Wilson also overthrew several receivers on short out passes that showed his middle finger wasn’t healthy enough to give him accuracy and velocity. He was off in a way that we don’t normally see Wilson.
In a 3-0 game in the third quarter with Seattle driving and deep enough in Green Bay territory where Seattle at least should be able to kick a field goal and tie the game. Wilson tried to force a pass to D.K. Metcalf and it ended up being an easy interception for the Packers. Wilson threw his second pick when he forced a deep throw to Tyler Lockett who was double-covered. Just like the first pick, it was more the decision to throw the ball than the interception that was the issue.
Seahawks lose to Packers in week 10 17-0
Russell Wilson should not have been playing. Geno Smith may have led Seattle to 7 points, at least.
Not that it would have mattered. Seattle once again got dominated in time of possession 39:09 to 20:51. This is unacceptable. Once or twice in a season being completely dominated in this category is one thing. But the whole year? That’s bad coaching and preparation.
The defense for the fourth straight game was good enough to win the game. They didn’t give up 400 total yards and while they did allow Green Bay to keep the ball for 39 minutes it was because the offense gave them no help. Aaron Rodgers’ quarterback rating was just 75.5 and certainly didn’t have consistent time to throw the ball. He was hit 5 times. Green Bay hit Wilson 4 times.
It should be mentioned that the referees were awful. They helped set the tone early in the game. On Seattle’s first drive, Wilson appeared to run for a first down but the refs marked him short (oddly, Pete Carroll did not challenge, though he should have). Then in the second quarter, Aaron Rodgers fumbled and Darrell Taylor for the Seahawks seemed to clearly recover the ball but there was no review as the refs ruled Rodgers has recovered. Then Damien Lewis was called for a hold on a Seattle first down pass fairly deep in Packers territory and there was clearly no hold.
The NFL does appear to favor certain teams and players and it is also getting worse. This needs to be fixed.
But the Packers would have won either way on Sunday. Russell Wilson was terrible. The offensive play-calling was atrocious and now Seattle is 3-6 and seems to not be making the playoffs simply because they aren’t good enough.