Did the Seattle Seahawks stay home and send the “Pop Warner” squad out to Buffalo, this weekend? Because, basic fundamental football skills were not abundantly displayed by the birds, today. Dropped passes, missed tackles, and the absence of any kind of Quarterback protection absolutely did the Seahawks in from the very start of this game.
Tight End, Jeb Putzier single handedly dropped 3 passes and missed another pass just out of his reach. With even the smallest amount of effort, he could have easily made that his 4th dropped pass of the day. Nate Burleson dropped a pass in the end zone when he was so wide open, the new Virginia Mason Athletic Center could have fit in the same area not covered by the Bills defense. Courtney Taylor, Jordan Kent, and Logan Payne, rushed into service due to extensive Wide Out injuries, had several dropped passes and posed no threat to the Bills secondary. So disrespectful of the Seahawks passing game were the Bills that they often stacked the box with 9 or 10 players, triple-dog-daring Matt Hasselbeck and Coach Holmgren to throw. Even when presented with 1st and Goal, late in the 4th quarter, the Seahawks missed the opportunity to score due to the ineffectiveness of the Seahawks passing game.
Mo Morris finally got the running game going when he ripped off two big runs to start the second half. But, two illegal procedure penalties pushed the ‘Hawks back and quickly stalled any momentum the team was building. That put the Seahawks in an extra long 3rd and 31 situation that never had a chance of being converted, given the Seahawks complete ineptness at throwing anything except the game. Thus, the Seahawks were forced to punt for the 9th time in 10 possessions. And, to add injury to insult, Mo hurt his knee on the series and never returned to the game.
On the very next possession, the Seahawks offense continued to sputter and the team lost the only productive player of the day, as well as their last veteran receiver, when Nate Burleson planted to make a turn and tweaked his knee; forcing the Seahawks to kick a field goal. It would be the last time the Seahawks would score.
Special Teams Note: One fake play and a fumble by the Seahawks led to 14 Buffalo points inside 25 seconds and put the game away late in the third quarter. With the team’s three top receivers in the infirmary and a 24 point deficit to overcome, the Seahawks had zero chance of coming back. In fact, the only thing more ridiculous than the play of the Seahawks today was the AT&T commercials where some guy travels to the ends of the earth to “find the Internet.” Maybe the Seahawks should hire that guy to find them some players who can tackle, catch, and pass protect. Otherwise, we’re in for a very long season.
Hawk Injuries: Lofa Tatupu (Hand), Mo Morris (Knee), Nate Burleson (Knee)