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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Hey look! There were a few bright spots after all

Okay, I promised you I'd end on a positive note. I know it's hard to believe, but there were some positive points in this game. Although the Seahawks allowed three rushing touchdowns, they did a pretty good job overall agains the ground game. The Rams ran 40 times, but got 92 yards out of it. That's only 2.3 yards per attempt, a huge improvement over last season when they allowed more than double that, 4.9 yards per carry.

In addition, the Hawks own ground game was quite effective - at least when they bothered to run the ball. K-9 had those 64 yards on 12 carries, a 5.3-yard average. Gee, imagine if they'd actually let him run more than three times in the second half. Or let anyone run. I know that's asking a lot, trusting a guy who ran for over 1,000 yards in just 11 starts. But at some point, you have to take risks, right? Sorry, I'm being positive here.

I can say it was nice to see Bobby Wagner back, doing Bobby Wagner things. Yeah, he only had nine solo tackles and ten assists, no big deal. Jordyn Brooks seemed to appreciate having his old pal back, as he had 12 combined tackles himself. Neither Boy Mafe nor Uchenna Nwosu got to the quarterback, but at least they weren't absolute ciphers in run support.

Oh, and this could have been worse. The Hawks actually had a worse game in 1979, again a loss to the Rams. Although then, it was a 24-0 loss in which they managed to post minus 7 yards of offense. Jim Zorn went 2 of 17 and was sacked six times. Seattle went on to win five of their last six games after that, so take heart, 12s. For Pete's sake, this was still just one game.

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