1. The number 17. That’s how many points Seattle gave up in the first quarter while making the Lions look like world beaters. It could have been worse too if Jason Hanson could have made that first kick.
2. Play calling. I’m leaning towards the play calling being at fault more than anything else. There were sparks there, such as the play that had Seneca Wallace line up as a wide receiver, take the hand off from Hasselbeck and then hit TJ Houshmandzadeh over the middle for a big gain, but they were too far, too few by a long shot.
3. Julian Peterson. I didn’t really care for the whole pointing at his name thing while he was in Seattle. It seemed petty and got him a taunting call in one game. Coming back to Seattle, it just turned the 12th man against him needlessly. Julian, the fans weren’t the ones that traded you.
Now sitting at 3-5, only a game back from the Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks have to ask themselves if they are really in a playoff hunt or just pretending. The results have been decidedly mixed due to injuries and very spotty play. There are still flashes of the great team there but they are getting harder to spot, especially when the Seahawks get down early.
Coming up, the Seahawks play their next three games on the road in Arizona, Minnesota and St Louis. How they return home after the road trip will say a lot about how far this team will go as well as who will be around next year. For the playoffs, Seattle must win at least two of these games.