Three and out: 3 takeaways from Seahawks Week 14 loss to Panthers

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A Geno hiccup

Geno Smith this season is nothing short of spectacular, and without him guiding the Seahawks’ offense, this team will not be in this position right now. However, in this game against the Panthers in which Geno has to deliver and put a win in the bag, he somehow missed the mark.

On the Seahawks’ first offensive drive after watching the Panthers march down the field and score a field goal, Geno Smith decided to chuck the ball to Tyler Lockett which was intercepted as Seattle turned the ball over on their very first possession. Thereafter, the Carolina Panthers were able to score a touchdown from a 13-yard pass from Sam Darnold to Shi Smith which puts the Panthers up 10-0 early.

A game manager like Geno Smith should have let everything settle down. Instead, he was overly eager to get the score back and it backfired on him. It might be knowing that their running back room is depleted, but even with a banged-up running game, Geno and the Seahawks should have established it first against these Panthers.

It was not all a bad game from Geno by any means as he still manages to throw for 264 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. However, the first interception was a killer, as the Seahawks found themselves chasing the game early. Knowing how horrendous their run defense is, they simply cannot let their opponents get ahead on the scoreboard against them.