For Pete's Sake: Critical observations from the Seahawks Week 1 loss vs the Rams

Seattle suffered a brutal loss to Los Angeles to begin the 2023 season.
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Are there any bright spots? Maybe, but there are far too many black holes

Let me save the good stuff for the end, so I can at least make a meager attempt to end on a positive note. So, the bad stuff. Let's start with the offensive line. From this game, it appears that neither Stone Forsythe nor Jake Curhan belong on an NFL roster. We know they're better than this, but good lord, did this team ever fall apart when Lucas and Cross left the game.

As I noted earlier, the secondary was atrocious. I'll give Artie Burns the first shout-out, as I really liked him last season, despite a few boneheaded penalties. After this performance, he'll be lucky to move back on the practice squad. He ran into Coby Bryant on one play, setting up a big first-down conversion for the Rams. He reached a brilliant Michael Dickson punt at the LA two-yard-line, then stumbled and pushed it into the end zone for a touchback. He reached another near the end zone, yet he miraculously failed to pick it up and hand it to a guy in a blue and yellow helmet. It's those little things that count.

The rest of the secondary was almost as bad. Remember how Tre Brown outplayed Michael Jackson in the preseason to win the starting gig? Turns out neither of them could play today. Even Riq Woolen was beaten for what would have been an easy touchdown, had Matthew Stafford not overthrown his receiver. I think he needs to add the "Ta" back at the front. Still, the rest of the secondary was terrible. Without Cooper Kupp, Matthew Stafford was 24 of 38 for 334 yards. I guess he isn't so old after all.

The Rams converted 11 of 17 third downs, and most of those missed conversions were in garbage time when the game was well in hand. At one point, Los Angeles had converted 8 of 11 chances. On the flip side, Seattle converted on just two of nine opportunities. Part of the defense's problem was that the offense couldn't do anything in the second half.

The Rams ran 32 plays in the first half, while the Hawks ran 35. Time of possession was won by Los Angeles, 15:31 to 14.29 for the half. Seattle held the ball - if you can call it that - for 5:06 in the second half. That's not one drive, 12s. That covers four drives - if you want to dignify those efforts with that term - plus the final play, which accounted for 11 seconds on its own. Other than that final play of the game, that's four possessions, 13 plays, and three yards. T H R E E, for Pete's sake.