3. Penalties – It wasn’t the number of penalties. No, once again it was when they occurred that caused the problems. A false start here, a holding there, every time something good happened for the Seahawks, a yellow handkerchief brought them back to earth.
4. Offensive Line – The O-Line was just plain offensive. The Raiders D-line is good but there is no way the Seahawks should have gotten pushed around like this. I don’t know how to fix it. Two sacks in the first three plays, eight sacks overall, less than 20 yards rushing, the numbers tell the whole story here. It’s the main problem with the Seahawks right now and this ride will be over quickly if something isn’t done.
The Raiders are in no way 30 points better than Seattle. Oakland did play well; they executed their game plan and, when execution let them down, the football gods blessed them with the lucky bounce. The Raiders got the treats while Seattle sucked down the tricks.
The question now is how the Seahawks respond to the beat down. The NY Giants are coming to town on Sunday. If Seattle is still showing the effects, this could get ugly fast. I believe Seattle will bounce back. It’s a question of cleaning up the mistakes and catching the damn ball more than players not performing. Except Mike Williams, of course. He had better get that chip off of his shoulder and prove that the games against Chicago and Arizona were not mirages. Otherwise, he’ll be out of the league again before he knows it.
I’m nervous about Sunday. I want to believe the Seahawks are getting better each week. I want to believe things will improve. Are they though? That’s a question that will only be answered on the field.