Seattle Seahawks Drop the Ball Against Oakland Raiders
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Frustration was the theme of last Sundays' Seahawks game in Oakland.
The Seahawks' defense started things off great, shutting down the Raiders' opening drive with force and efficiency. How frustrating must it have been, then, to watch Hasselbeck get sacked on his first and third pass attempts with an unsuccessful run by Lynch in between?
Things still looked salvageable in the first quarter when the defense took the field. Aaron Curry sacked Campbell, Red Bryant deflected a pass, and Tatupu shut down McFadden's first rush attempt.
But, the Seahawks' offense just couldn't (or wouldn't) move down the grid.
Lynch was unable to run for more than four or five yard gains—when he gained yardage at all—and the receivers didn't show up.
Williams didn't make his first catch until the fourth quarter, coming up short on runs and not beating the Raiders defense on the one on one—playing more like the bust he was than the miracle he's been lately.
John Carlson, a tight end, made the first significant play of the game for the Seahawks, earning their first first down of the game with just over two minutes left in the first half.
But, this was the only shining moment in the Seahawks' offensive play. Otherwise, all fans saw was pressure in the pocket, receivers not being able to break coverage, and a barrage of stupid penalties pulling back big plays (we're looking at you Golden Tate).
Deon Butler got the looks he (and many others in Seahawks nation) has been hoping for. A pass intended for him garnered a pass interference call and put the Seahawks at the 11 yard line, in position to score. Butler, though, dropped the next pass in the endzone, Lynch was held to the line of scrimmage, Williams missed a catch just outside the goal line, and Mare missed a field goal, keeping the Seahawks scoreless.
The turnovers were embarrassing.
The mistakes were embarrassing.
Almost every play showed Hasselbeck's head in his hands (sometimes almost literally—without Okung protecting the pocket, he was sacked eight times), perturbed that his passes didn't connect.
Hasselbeck was helpless. He played a good game, but was almost alone. Without the defense stalling, the Seahawks would have seen a loss like the Broncos did the week before. The difference is, the Broncos offense was able to fight back, somewhat.
Seattle's offense was content to hover around the line of scrimmage and had no interest in spending time in the redzone.
Hopeful Seahawks fans could point to Seattle's inability to win on the road. But, the same playmakers that failed to win in Oakland showed their capabilities on the road in Chicago just a few weeks before. Perhaps the Raiders defense was just that good? Maybe. Asomugha and Routt were always there whenever a pass was attempted. Lynch and Forsett never found holes in the line.
But, the receivers weren't running their routes. They weren't getting their hands on the ball; they weren't trying to shake their coverage; they just weren't trying.
And, the holes weren't there because Polumbus, Locklear, and the rest of the offensive line weren't putting them there.
Everything about last Sunday was frustrating to Seahawks fans, Pete Carroll, and the three or four players keeping the game from being a complete blowout.
Yes, the team is rebuilding but, in this case, the loss needs to be attributed to the receivers who have proven their worth playing worthless football.
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