Qwest Field, usually a threat to visiting teams, has been rendered nearly silent as Seattle fans start to lose faith in the home team. And after a game like Sunday's, who can blame them?
Early in the season when Seattle featured a new head coach, new management, one of the most impressive groups of draftees in the league and a healthy roster, fans couldn't help but feel hopeful. Even the naysayers and pessimists must have glimpsed light at the end of the tunnel.
After a strong 4-2 start with losses only coming on the road, Seattle has been sliding. They have had only one win in their last five games and two of those losses were at home.
A game against the Kansas City Chiefs at home should not have been the blow-out it was.
Granted, Kansas City is not the under .500 team they have been the last few seasons, boasting the best rushing duo in the league (as Jamaal Charles reminded us this weekend—173 yards, 1 TD) and high-powered receiver Dwayne Bowe—170 yards, 3 TDs. But, they are not yet a team that most cannot beat.
Mike Williams sat out this weekend with a foot injury and Hasselbeck felt it.
He was able to complete only 20-of-37 pass attempts—most of those going to Brandon Stokley and Ben Obomanu. The other receivers consistently dropped passes and had trouble breaking coverage. Hasselbeck even garnered a questionable intentional grounding call when two of his receivers collided on a pick play and were not where he expected them to be.
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Not that Hasselbeck himself is not partially to blame. Despite his respectable 282 yards (87 of which came from a mistake by a Kansas City safety and a great run by Obomanu) he also threw two interceptions and fumbled once.
Sure, he's playing with a brace on his left wrist, but he didn't have these problems in New Orleans.
Seattle's running game never got off the ground, either. Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett earned just 22 yards combined.
The only aspect of Sunday's Seattle team that had much success were the special teams. Throughout the season the Seahawks' special teams have held the team together, closing point gaps (Olindo Mare) and gaining yardage (Leon Washington). Sunday they were on fire blocking and recovering both a field goal and a punt (which was returned by Earl Thomas for a touchdown) and holding Kansas City to a combined 49 yards on kick and punt returns.
Unfortunately, since Seattle's defense seemed unable to keep Kansas City from completing drives and Seattle's offense couldn't hold on to the ball long enough to opt for a field goal, the Seahawks' special teams were rarely seen on the field.
On paper, Seattle is not this team. Their running back duo should be able to find open space and average more than two yards a carry. Their defense has the veteran knowledge and the eager rookie punch to be effective against most offenses. And, their starting quarterback is a repeat pro-bowler.
Leading a division despite a losing record is a hard thing for fans to take pride in. Especially when their team is making errors they shouldn't.
It is no wonder Qwest Field is so quiet.