Week 12 is upon us, and the struggling Seahawks have yet to win a game on the road. Forget home and away games though; Seattle has only managed three wins all year!
Is there any good news? Actually, yes, Seattle is going on the road this week to play the Rams, one of the three teams they have managed to beat.
Seattle didn’t just beat St. Louis in the first game either; they shut them out, winning the game 28-0 at Qwest Field. Of course that would be a lot more impressive if the Rams had managed more than one win this season.
With the season going like it is, however, Seattle fans will take a victory in any way, shape, or form. Coming off a brutal loss to the Vikings, the Seahawks are in desperate need of a shot in the arm to finish out the season.
Coach Mora and the team still feel optimistic, but whether that optimism turns into wins is another story. They have been ‘optimistic’ all year long.
Granted, key injures have hurt quite a bit, but even then, the collapse over the last two years has been epic, and not just a sign of bad luck and injuries.
It is time to rebuild the offense, starting with the line. The line, which by NFL.com stats ranks 24th overall, is not getting it done this year.
Seattle is going into this game hoping to duplicate their last game against St. Louis, and finally get a win outside of the state of Washington.
Matt Hasselbeck had a solid game with 279 yards through the air. Julius Jones powered the run game with 117 yards on 19 carries.
The defense held Marc Bulger and the Rams' air attack to 191 yards, and dangerous running back Steven Jackson to only 67 yards.
Going into this game the Seahawks are the statistically better team. Ranking 22nd in offense and putting up 19 points a game. That would not be so bad if the defense wasn’t giving up 24 points a game and ranking 20th in the NFL.
That has been the problem; however, the defense has been unable to step up to make up for the offense's mishaps.
While the offense has been the trademark of the Seahawks during this decade, it was the defense that was supposed to step up this year and keep the Seahawks into games.
There have been a lot of draft picks and free agent invested into it, and with minimal results.
The offense was expected to be up and down this year, with the O-Line in its current shape, and a change in offense philosophy, that hasn’t always fit the personnel, has not helped matters either.
The Rams obviously share in the woes on both side of the ball with the Seahawks, but to an even more extreme extent.
With an offense only putting up 11 points a game, ranking 26th, and the defense giving up 27 points a game, it is no surprise the Rams are 1-9 going into this game.
With an overcast outlook to match the city they play in, Seattle has had a rough year. There have been some encouraging signs, but it has been hard to keep up the positives from week to week.
After an impressive rushing performance in a loss to Arizona, Seattle had their run game shut down by Minnesota. In the Hawks' defense, the Vikings do have the third-ranked rush defense in the league.
Look for Seattle to get the run game rolling again this weekend, and to be able to pass all over the Rams.
Despite having started Julius Jones out, Justin Forsett has shown signs of being able to carry a heavy load. He is also looking to bounce back after that rough game against the Vikings.
They should be able to establish balance on offense, and will try to duplicate the success on defense from the first game. I expect Seattle to come away with its first road win of the year, and build off of that.
The season is lost in terms of playoffs, but it is far from lost in terms of judging the current talent and assessing the needs of the team for the upcoming draft.
Seahawks 28, Rams 3