This Isn’t A Happy Birthday!
So its my 39th birthday today, and if there’s anything I hate more than waking up on my birthday another year closer to 40 its the fact that I’m waking up having to see my beloved Seahawks only have 2 wins after week 9 of the NFL season.
This is a horrible feeling my friends!
On Sunday in Big D the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Dallas Cowboys and the loss was their 3rd in a row and at 2-6 the playoffs seem (obviously) like a major long shot.
I don’t really want to talk about that game any more but I guess I have to revisit and outline my 5 biggest reasons the Seahawks lost to the Cowboys.
1. The Seahawks had no answer for rookie RB DeMarco Murray
Murray rushed for 139 yards averaging a solid 6.3 yards per carry. In an interesting stat Murray’s yards per carry is the highest for a rookie since Bo Jackson.
Murray also had 47 receiving yards in the game.
I’m really sick of hearing about how great our Seahawks Run D is. If they were so great they would haven impacted this game.
The Cowboys could have given Murray 10 more carries in this game and the guy could have probably gone for 200 yards. Horrible defensive performance. Gus Bradley is looking like Nick Holt after this one. Clueless.
2. QB Tarvaris Jackson threw the ball to the guys with the stars on their helmet
The Seahawks were in the game only down 13-6 and they were driving, but Jackson was picked off. Then late in the 2nd quarter he misses a wide open Mike Williams on an out pattern, in position to pick up a first down.
What does he do?
Throws a pass 5 yards out of bounds to Sidney Rice at the back of the end zone. I’m getting sick of seeing him lock onto #18 ALL the Damn Time!
To make matters worse he was picked off in Seattle’s next possession and those 2 turnovers led to 10 Dallas points.
Jackson did pass for 221 yards, but had 3 picks, a QB rating of only 40.4, and after the game he stated, “I feel very sick about how I played today.”
That would sum it up nicely after a 3 INT 0 TD performance.
3. Blown Seattle coverages led to the Cowboys only TD’s
In the 3rd quarter Jason Witten was left wide open and ended up scoring a TD on an easy 33-yard reception. How can you leave one of the league’s better TE’s and Dallas’ leading receiver wide open? As I asked on Twitter at the time.
How does the slowest TE in the league get 10 yards of space, and 15 minutes to run 15 yards into the endzone and nobody touches him? Pathetic!
In the beginning of the 4th quarter the Cowboys had 3rd and goal from the 6-yard line and while the Seattle pass rush was pressuring Romo he scrambled and found a wide-open Laurent Robinson in the back of the end zone. Another clueless mistake by our secondary.
Cover Romo’s targets.
4. Marshawn Lynch got no help
Lynch had a solid game rushing for 135 yards with Seattle’s only TD and he averaged 5.9 yards per carry.
However, he was the only member of the Seahawks offense (Okay Doug Baldwin showed up (he always shows up)) that played well on Sunday.
In the 4th quarter after Dallas scored early on they had a 20-6 lead and Seattle had to go to the air to come back, which they obviously did not do.
5. The Seahawks could not take advantage of Dallas’ injuries
The struggling Hawks offense could not take advantage of the fact the Cowboys were without LB Sean Lee, who leads the team in tackles and INT’s, and starting CB Mike Jenkins.
Lee’s run defense was missed in this game, but Jenkins was not with the Dallas’ pass defense coming up with 3 picks.
Next Up: Don’t look for Seattle to add to their win total next week facing a Baltimore team that won on Sunday against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. 2-7 is highly probably folks! So is drafting USC QB Matt Barkley.