Week 5 was eventful for the NFC West and the division-leading Seattle Seahawks. It's time to get you caught up on everything you need to know as the Seahawks gear up for the sixth week of the NFL season.
Week 5 saw the them suffer their first loss of the 2013 season. The 34-28 defeat on the road at the hands of quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts was the first regular-season loss for the Seahawks since Week 12 of last season.
They must now refocus on what helped them put that nine-game winning streak together and get ready to take on the Tennessee Titans this Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
Here is the weekly recap of all things pertaining to the Seahawks:
Despite the loss, the Seahawks remain in first place in the division. Unfortunately, all three other NFC West teams made up ground with wins.
The San Francisco 49ers blew out the Houston Texans 34-3 at home. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub looked skittish and indecisive, and the 49ers took full advantage. San Francisco collected four turnovers in this game and looked dominant on the defensive side of the ball.
Despite giving up an early lead to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, the St. Louis Rams ran away with an easy 34-20 win. Rams QB Sam Bradford put together a very solid 19-of-33, 222-yard, three-touchdown performance, which was his best game since the team's Week 1 win over the Cardinals.
Wide receiver Percy Harvin caused Twitter to get all excited by posting this:
League rules prohibit players on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to play this week. The first week that it is possible for Harvin to play is Week 7. Given that the Seahawks play on Thursday that week and that Harvin has yet to practice with the Seahawks this year, his playing then is extremely unlikely.
Per Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner sprained an ankle in the game against the Colts but returned to the field and finished the game. His full status is unknown, but he is expected to play.
Center Max Unger will practice this week and should be ready to go on this Sunday against the Titans, according to the Dave Softy Mahler Show's Twitter account.
The news on tight end Zach Miller is less encouraging, according to Mathews. Miller's hamstring injury hasn't progressed, and he is unlikely to play this Sunday.
The Seahawks have just finished what is arguably the most difficult stretch of their schedule this season. The first five games of the season saw them playing three road games in the dreaded 1 p.m. ET time slot.
The Seahawks have also played the teams that are currently first, third and fifth in total defense, as well as three teams that made the playoffs last season.
Seattle's schedule still has one other tough stretch, from Week 10 to Week 14. It starts off those weeks playing the Falcons in Atlanta and ends playing the 49ers in San Francisco. Between those games, the Seahawks have their bye week and play both the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints at home.
Which five-week stretch of the schedule do you think is the toughest for the Seahawks? Let your opinion be heard in the poll.
What Must Improve
After four weeks of mostly writing that the offensive line must improve, it finally did. The blocking wasn't perfect by any means, but it was better. With the Seahawks finally getting All-Pro center Max Unger back this week, it should continue to improve.
The biggest thing the Seahawks need to improve on from last Sunday's loss is the coverage by their secondary. Cornerback Richard Sherman and the rest of Seattle's corners struggled in coverage for the first time in over a year.
Indianapolis wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne faced little resistance, especially in the second half, and finished with a combined 11 receptions and 205 yards. Hilton also managed to get behind Sherman and cornerback Brandon Browner for a pair of long touchdowns.
The Seahawks cornerbacks are among the most talented in the NFL, so there's no reason to believe that they won't bounce back this week against the Titans. It is highly improbable that a secondary with three Pro Bowlers and a first-team All-Pro will play that poorly twice.
The Seahawks simply cannot have a repeat performance from what is usually the strongest unit on the team.