The Seahawks returned from their bye week needing a win to maintain tempo with the Niners. The Raiders uncovered critical points on the staff. And there have been much more than three gamers accountable.
This recreation was anticipated to be a little bit of a breather. Clearly, it was something however that. Surrendering 576 yards actually wasn’t within the recreation plan. Since we’re getting throwback uniforms quickly, might we get a throwback protection too? LOB version solely, thanks. The Raiders got here into the competition averaging 342 yards per recreation on offense, permitting 371 yards on protection. Sure, the sport went to additional time, however they nonetheless rolled up 200 extra yards than the Hawks.
As we’ve seen too usually this season, the Seahawks largest challenge is the operating recreation. We’ve seen them wrestle to ascertain the run in just a few video games. A lot worse, they appear to be working turnstiles on protection. In Seattle’s six wins, they’ve averaged 151 yards speeding and allowed 108. Of their 5 losses, the Hawks have managed simply 81 yards per recreation and given up a ridiculous common of 209 yards on the bottom. The loss versus Las Vegas featured the worst performances but at 65 to 283. That’s abysmal.
The Seahawks wanted higher efforts from just about everybody
Let me begin with Geno Smith. He fumbled as soon as and threw an interception in a recreation the place the Hawks wanted each level they might muster. Sure, he additionally threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns. Take one other look, and he accomplished 73 p.c of his passes and wound up with a passer score of 106.6. That makes up for the errors, proper? The truth is, it does. I’m beginning with Geno to say that he’s not one of many principal architects of the Seahawks loss.
Sure, he threw a really expensive interception that the Raiders was a landing on their very subsequent play to go forward 20-13. However was it Geno’s fault? Not when Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf someway collided on their routes. Clearly, somebody received it mistaken; and it’s exhausting to say Smith was the one at fault.
Within the fourth quarter, Geno fumbled on an change with Kenneth Walker III deep in Las Vegas territory. That killed one other Seattle drive. Whereas the Raiders didn’t rating on their ensuing drive, it’s extraordinarily seemingly that the Hawks would have gotten no less than a Jason Myers subject aim out of the drive. And that might have been the successful margin. Once more, I’m not about to say that’s all – and even principally – on Smith’s shoulders.
I like Geno Smith, and what he brings to the Seahawks. That doesn’t imply I’ll ignore expensive errors. These have been two big miscues, however he was hardly the one one accountable for them. He did greater than sufficient for Seattle to win this one. I can’t say the identical for just a few different gamers.