The Seattle Seahawks are not a good team. If this wasn’t clear before they played a backup quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals in week 11 and still got thoroughly dominated then it is now. Not dominated, you say? Oh, but they were.
If not for a missed extra point and two missed field goals, Seattle losing 23-13 would have – should have – been 30-13. And 30-13 is how week 11 felt.
Seattle is so bad offensively and defensively that the Cardinals entrusted Colt McCoy to throw 44 times. Why do I say offensively as well as defensively? Because a team facing the Seahawks offense knows their team is going to get the ball back soon after Seattle has it and then keep it for a long time.
Arizona, like every team Seattle faces, had to know it was going to control time of possession and when a team knows that it gives that team a bit more freedom offensively. A play on third down doesn’t work? Don’t worry, we will punt and soon get the ball back and start over. This happens every week to the Seahawks and happened again against a banged-up Arizona team.
Seattle Seahawks lose badly to the Cardinals in week 11
There are several unacceptable things from week 11.
One is how Arizona (again, with a backup quarterback) dominated time of possession 40:22 to 19:38. This happens every week now so this is sadly not a surprise.
Two is that the Cardinals were 7 of 14 on third downs to Seattle’s 2 of 10.
Three is total yards which was 413 to 266 in favor of Arizona.
Seattle is a bad football team. The reason I say this is that not one part of the team can accept blame for the 3-7 start. In fact, every unit can take some blame for Seattle being four games under .500. The offense is much worse than last year. Seattle’s defense isn’t good enough to win football games on its own.
In fact, while Jordyn Brooks finished with 15 tackles and Bobby Wagner 14, the linebackers were to blame for the middle of the field being open all game long for the Cardinals passing game. Tight end Zach Ertz had 8 catches for 88 yards. A.J. Green had 4 catches for 78 yards. These two combined are 457 years old. But if you are playing the Seahawks and able to catch easy passes over the middle, you play like you are 18.
I am not sure Seattle can win any of the games it has remaining. Russell Wilson (who was 14 of 26 for 207 yards – 48 of which came on one play) looks lost. This whole team is lost and lots of changes need to take place. But just not Michael Dickson who punted five times for an average of 51.4 per and 3 were downed inside the Arizona 20. Dickson was good. But replace the rest of the team as needed.