By John Boyle
Well, you probably wouldn’t have been that surprised if before the season someone had told you that the Seahawks would be 2-2, but I’m guessing few people would have picked Seattle to lose to Arizona and St. Louis while beating Dallas and Green Bay.
The Seahawks came into Sunday’s game riding high after a dramatic and controversial win over the Packers on Monday Night Football, and opened the game with an impressive touchdown drive. Things got worse in a hurry for Seattle, however, and the mistakes piled up on the way to a 19-13 loss to the Rams.
Seattle lost this game for a lot of reasons. For starters, St. Louis kicker Greg Zuerlein played out of his mind, making field goals of 58 and 60 yards. But what really stood out from a Seahawks perspective is how many ways they found to cost themselves a game. Russell Wilson was intercepted three times, though one of those was a ball that went through Doug Baldwin’s hands, and the last one, which sealed the win for St. Louis, was the result of Anthony McCoy falling down. The Seahawks were the victims of a trick play that turned a field goal attempt into a touchdown, they tried an onside kick to open the half, which set up a Rams field goal, and they had three 15-yard personal foul penalties, and some poor clock management at the end of the first half led to a Rams field goal. The defense held St. Louis without an offensive touchdown, but again struggled mightily to get off the field on key third downs. Oh, and there was plenty of suspect play calling, in particular a quarterback draw in the red zone on third and two that led to Seattle settling for a field goal.
In other words, the Seahawks have only themselves to blame for this loss.