5 Reasons the Seahawks Got Spanked by the Bengals

Pete & Special Teams Sucked!

Let me preface this blog post with what I said on Twitter at halftime of the Bengals vs. Seahawks game.

OFFICIALLY signing off of twitter for the rest of the game. I’m disgusted. #GoSeahawks.

Yes folks. I signed off of Twitter. If you know me well enough, you know how truly hard this is for me. I was so mad I didn’t want to type another word about the team I love. I digress…

The Seahawks fell to 2-5 on the season losing their 2nd straight game on Sunday falling to the Cincinnati Bengals at home.


The Seahawks’ offense struggled, yet again, and with 2 wins the playoffs seem like a major long shot this season.

Here are 5 reasons the Seahawks were spanked by the Bengals.

1. The Seahawks were horrid running the ball – For the game the Seahawks could get nothing going on the ground, as they rushed for a grand total of 61 yards.

61 Freakin yards!

The leading Seattle rusher in the game was RB Leon Washington, who rushed for 34 yards on only 2 carries, but one of the runs was for 28 yards.

Lead RB Marshawn Lynch had 24 yards on 16 carries for a less than stellar 1.5 yards per carry.

2. Special defense and QB flub –The Seahawks scored a TD in the 4th quarter to cut the lead to 17-12, but then mistakes killed Seattle.

Pete Carroll

What the hell were you thinking Pete?

With 3:22 left in the game Cincy’s Brandon Tate returned a punt for a TD and then with Seattle having to make a last ditch effort to come back Reggie Nelson intercepted a Tarvaris Jackson pass and ran it back 75 yards for a TD.

3. 3rd down efficiency – In the game the Seahawks only converted on 5 of 15 of their 3rd down conversions.

4. The Seattle offense could not get on track – The Seahawks could not score a TD until the 4th quarter even though QB Tarvaris Jackson passed for a career high 323 yards.

5. Head coaching mistakes – Seattle head coach Pete Carroll made a huge mistake at the end of the first half, which cost his team at least 3 points.

On a 4th and 2 at the Cincy 3-yard line with only 14 seconds left and with no timeouts Carroll opted to try one more play and even though Lynch picked up the first down the ball was not spotted and time ran out with the Seahawks at the Bengals’ 1-yard line.

14 seconds left with no timeouts and you decide to run the ball?


Let’s also not forget the QB decision before the game. I’m still pretty bitter about this one. (Long fantasy football story. Tarvaris Jackson was supposed to start, he was announced pre-game as the starter, then in last minute warmups Pete puts Charlie Whitehurst in.

Had I heard that in time I’d of flipped the Seahawks for Bengals DST in FF in a heartbeat. Cost me 20 points!)

Furthermore. If T-Jack was able to come in and throw for 300+ yards why the hell did you not start him? Why did I have to see CW come in and make 1 first down in his first 3 drives?

I know the O-line was horrible but after seeing Whitehurst play the last two games I’m not sure he should even be in the NFL let alone on the Seahawks.

Next Up: I would not bet on the Seahawks adding to their win total next week, as they face the Dallas Cowboys in Big D. Flying to Dallas for a 10am game is a Seahawks house of horrors waiting to happen.

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