Seattle Seahawks: Good, Bad and Ugly in Week 4 Loss

Ross GottschalkContributor IOctober 1, 2012

Marshawn Lynch one of the few bright spots offensively for the Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch one of the few bright spots offensively for the SeahawksDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The Seahawks have traditionally struggled at the Edward Jones Dome, but yesterday's loss to the St. Louis Rams was an especially bitter pill to swallow.

Now sitting at 2-2, Seattle will travel to Carolina to face Cam Newton and the Panthers. But first, let's look at the good, bad and the ugly from last weekend.

The Good:

It's no surprise that the defense was the strong-point for Seattle in Week 4. The front four of Seattle got excellent pressure on Sam Bradford on first and second down, creating a lot of third-and-long opportunities. 

If there was a defensive area that needed improvement, it was on those third-and-longs. The Rams offensive line did a good job of allowing Bradford to go through his progressions on third down. Resulting in a lot of check-downs for big gains and conversions.

But regardless, Seattle was pretty stingy on the defensive side. All 19 of St. Louis' points came from the special teams. And the Rams got nine of those points off of 48, 58, and 60 yard field goals. 

The Bad:

It's obviously the passing game. Yesterday was an excellent example of why Seattle is the worst ranked passing attack in the league

Marshawn Lynch had an excellent game on the ground as he typically does. Which also led to Robert Turbin finding success whenever he spelled the veteran running back.

But the successful ground game couldn't do much to open things up for Russell Wilson and company. The Rams were unafraid to pin back their ears on obvious passing downs, and really disrupted Wilson in the pocket. 

Wilson's stat line reads: 17-of-25, 160 yards and 3 interceptions. There was an element of bad luck on all three of those picks. But what was more troubling was that Wilson had a hard time connecting with anybody over the middle of the field. Most of his success came on out-routes to the sideline.

Back-up, Matt Flynn is becoming more popular by the hour in Seattle.

The Ugly:

The fake field goal in the second quarter shouldn't have really fooled anyone. And Eric D. Williams, of The News Tribune, reported that Pete Carroll even tried to call a timeout before the snap.

Alas, there was no timeout and Danny Amendola was standing all alone in the end zone for what might be the easiest pass-and-catch all season. The play served as a huge momentum swing for the Rams, and it gave them the lead for good.

Carroll tried to pull off a little trick of his own at the start of the second half with an onside kick that was even more obvious than the Rams fake field goal. It was a decision that backfired and gave the Rams a short field at a time that the Seahawks' defense was playing well.

Next Week:

With the loss, the Seahawks are now at the bottom of the division, albeit at 2-2. Their work is cut out for them next Sunday when the travel to play an equally disappointed Panthers team. All eyes will be fixed on Carroll this week to see if he continues to back the rookie Russell or not.