Seahawks have worst-case scenario and get blown out by 49ers
By Lee Vowell
What a difference a week makes. The Seahawks beat Russell Wilson and the Broncos in Week 1 and then got dominated by the 49ers in Week 2.
The Seahawks offense was anemic. The defense was porous against the run, especially early, and special teams made mistakes. Oh, and the Seahawks were called for 10 penalties versus just 1 for the 49ers. Seattle’s loss was a total team effort and that includes the coaching.
The blame for Seattle’s 27-7 Week 2 debacle can’t be blamed on any one individual and that’s a big part of the issue in 2022. The overall team isn’t that good. Or they aren’t yet ready to be truly competitive.
The game never felt close. San Francisco did lose quarterback Trey Lance to an injury early in the game on a clean hit by Cody Barton but the Seahawks may have been better off had Lance stayed in the game. Jimmy Garoppolo took Lance’s spot and looked calm and collected and led an offense that controlled the clock if it didn’t exactly pile up points.
Seahawks look like a college team and lose to 49ers in Week 2
Seattle’s offense scored exactly zero points. While Seattle scored 7 points this was done on a blocked field goal by Tariq Woolen and then the ball was scooped up for a touchdown by Mike Jackson. That along with Tyler Lockett’s play and Al Woods’ excellence at defensive tackle were the highlights of the game for Seattle.
The 49ers had 373 total yards to 216 for Seattle. For most of the game, until Seattle’s last futile and meaningless drive, Seattle had fewer than 200 total yards and didn’t look capable of getting to 300 if they had played the 49ers for 16 more quarters. DK Metcalf was mostly invisible. San Francisco, both offensively and defensively, was faster and strong than Seattle.
When the Seahawks did manage to make it inside the 49ers red zone, offensive coordinator Shane Waldron called a play where running back DeeJay Dallas was basically the quarterback and tried to throw a pass towards DK Metcalf in the end zone. The throw was nowhere near Metcalf and turned into an interception. That drive was by far the closest Seattle would come to scoring any kind of offensive points.
Seattle has now gone 6 quarters without being productive offensively. There is no evidence that this will change soon. Geno Smith isn’t the problem. The overall talent of the team is. Had the Seahawks kept Russell Wilson, it is difficult to see this team being much better.
Next week Seattle will play the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta is not good and should be beatable. But based on what we saw Sunday, Seattle is really no better than Seattle. After looking after Week 1 like they could win 9 games, Seattle now appears so poor that it might win only 3.