Week 9: Seahawks Lay an Egg at Home

Thanks to three missed field goals, 16 penalties and two turn overs, the Seahawks came up short at home.

Redskins 17 Seahawks 14

The Seattle Seahawks were coming off an epic 38–31 victory at home against the Houston Texans. It seemed like the Seahawks were primed for their customary second half push as they were slated to play another home game against the 3–4 Washington Redskins. The offense came up lame while the defense allowed Redskins’ Kirk Cousins to drive down the field for the game-winning touchdown.

Key Factors

Blair Walsh — As mentioned earlier, the Seahawks’ kicker missed three field goals in the first half which completely changed the dynamic of this game. Those field goal attempts were all from decent distance as well at 43 yards, 39 yards, and 49 yards out. Since the Seahawks were unable to get those three goals in the first half, it forced the offense to change their game plan. The Seahawks made a late-game push with two touchdowns but were forced to go for two-point conversions; both attempts failed.

Lackluster Offense — After scoring 38 points the previous week, the Seahawks struggled to find any sort of rhythm against the Redskins. Quarterback Russell Wilson had two interceptions on slant routes, reminiscent to that of Patriots’ Malcolm Butler play in the Super Bowl. The Seahawks were penalized a season-high 16 times for 138 yards. The run game continues to be a non-factor as Seahawk running backs combined for 71 rushing yards on 18 carries.

That Final Drive — Up until the go-ahead Redskins touchdown, the Seahawks’ defense was excellent. Linebacker Bobby Wagner was highly productive with an 86.8 PFF grade which included a sack for a safety and finished with 12 tackles. In just his second game as a Seahawk, Dwight Freeney came through with two sacks with the team finishing with a season-high six sacks total. Yet it only took four plays and 70 yards for Cousins to move the Redskins down the field for a one-yard rushing touchdown by Rob Kelley.

Overall Thoughts

The Seahawks had no business losing this game and essentially shot themselves in the foot with penalties and mental mistakes. They can’t afford to drop games like this, not when the Rams are head-to-had with them in the NFC West.

Next Game

The Seattle Seahawks play at the Arizona Cardinals for Thursday Night Football.

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