The Seattle Seahawks fell to 5-10 with an ugly loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 16. The grades from Seattle’s latest loss are obviously not good.
Before the grades, though, here is a list of “firsts” for Seattle that aren’t good either. One, Seattle will finish last in its division for the first time since 1996. Two, Seattle will have its first losing season since Russell Wilson became the quarterback (and after Sunday’s loss, Seattle is just 4-8 so far when Wilson starts games this season). Three, this is the first double-digit loss season in the Pete Carroll era.
Will 2022 be better? It won’t be unless Seattle makes a bunch of changes. But the Seahawks have two games left this season before those changes can be made.
Here are the grades from Week 16’s loss to the Chicago Bears.
Seattle Seahawks grades: Another report card you don’t want to show your parents
Russell Wilson simply isn’t himself this season. His issues started before his thumb injury. Wilson’s raw numbers were really good before the Week 5 injury but he was missing throws even before and the offense was really inconsistent.
He can’t use the thumb as an excuse anymore for two reasons. One, he said his thumb is 100 percent so too late to use that reason. Secondly, Wilson was much better in weeks 13 and 14 before being not-good again in weeks 15 and 16.
Wilson took a terrible sack (not new for him; he’s done it his whole career) which pushed a field goal attempt back by 11 yards. Jason Myers then missed a 40-yarder in windy conditions. Possibly worse, Wilson missed a wide-open DK Metcalf on a short third down attempt early in the third quarter in Bears territory that would have extended a drive that could have resulted in points. Wilson is taking points off the board at this point sometimes.