Where do I begin?
Heading into Sunday there was a chance. Yes, it was a slim chance, but there was a chance that we could see our Seattle Seahawks make a late season run at the post-season. That chance is gone.
So are the Seahawks 2011 NFL playoff hopes now thanks to that EPIC 4th quarter collapse on Sunday.
Seattle (4-7) and their slight playoff hopes took a big hit at home on Sunday, as they allowed the Redskins to make a MASSIVE comeback in the 4th to lose 23-17. It was in one word. DISGUSTING.
The loss snapped the Seahawks 2-game winning streak, and helped the Redskins snap their own 6-game losing streak.
Before I get to my FIVE main reasons the Seahawks lost this one please allow me a few moments for my weekly Seahawks RANT.
I have some people I’d like to throw under the bus in my new segment called, “Throw Them Under The Bus Monday!”
Did these 2 get the memo that there was a game on Sunday? Neither of Seattle’s starting WR’s caught a pass as Sidney Rice left after suffering a head injury in the third quarter and Mike Williams was limited by an injured shoulder in the second half. I may let the Sidney Rice injury slide. I’m not sure yet.
I know this though. Williams didn’t have an injured shoulder. He was benched for being pathetic in my opinion.
Mike Williams owes the Seahawks a lot of money. He’s a shadow of his former self, and I’m sure is still bitter about Matthew Hasselbeck leaving for Tennessee.
Where did our go to WR go to this year? Man oh man. Give me your $ back.
2. Pete Carroll and the Coaching Staff need to be thrown under the bus
The Seahawks were penalized 5 times for 41 yards in the first 3 quarters. The kicker. Seattle was penalized 4 times for 50 yards in the 4th qtr. Cornerback Brandon Browner, receiver Golden Tate and right tackle Breno Giacomini were all assessed 15-yard penalties.
This team is lacking discipline BADLY. Sometimes I really really miss Mike Holmgren. Today is one of those days. Pete Carroll you’re in my crosshairs!
3. Brandon Browner needs to be thrown under the bus.
I’ve been singing his praises for most of the year, but on Sunday Brandon was just Awful. Like Kelly Jennings awful. Really awful.
The Seahawks led by 10 points with 12 minutes to play. Did we really lose this game? Yes folks we did. I know we’re a young team, but this was a chance to show it was coming of age. Insert the FLOP picture.
“To have a game in our hands and have it just slip away, it hurts,” cornerback Roy Lewis said. “But we’re the ones to blame. It goes back to, it’s all about us.”
I agree Roy. It does go back to you. And you guys STUNK.
This far into the 2011 season, this Seahawks defense should have enough experience to win these games, and put the other teams away.
The best part of this team, the defense, that I have argued is better than our Super Bowl XL defense (that had an amazing offense to keep them off the field) has been this team’s “pick me up!” On Sunday they gave up 2 touchdowns in 3 minutes and 33 seconds, to give the Redskins a chance to end their 6 game skid.
I’m still bitter! I want my 3 hours back. I’ll get off my soapbox now.
Here are 5 BIGGEST reasons the Seahawks lost to the Redskins.
When: 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, November 27, 2011
Where: Century Link Field, Seattle, Washington
Head Official: Clete Blakeman
1. 4th quarter defense
The Seahawks were playing great defense in the game, as with 9:51 left in the game they only had given up 7 points and that came on a Washington TD pass in the middle of the first quarter.
A 17-7 lead in the final period, and they allow the Redskins to score 16 unanswered points. Enough said. I’m beating a dead horse here.
2. Run defense
The Redskins came into the game with a rushing offense that was one of the worst in the league. On Sunday the Seahawks allowed Redskins’ rookie Roy Helu to record his first ever 100 yard rushing game. Overall, Helu rushed for 108 yards with a TD and averaged 4.7 yards per carry. Roy Freaking Who? Unbelievable.
3. Big plays down the stretch
The Redskins not only scored the two 4th quarter TD’s, but they did so on big plays. Helu scored the first TD by hurdling a Seahawks’ defense to scamper 28 yards for a score. The TD, which gave Washington the lead for good was on a 3rd and 19 when Rex Grossman hit WR Anthony Armstrong on a 50-yard TD pass. This pass came against our previously talked about Brandon Browner who truly looked like a CFL cornerback on this play.
To throw just a little salt in the wound the long bomb was only Armstrong’s 6th catch on the season. I do have one question about this play though. Why was there NO safety help over the top on this play? Gus Bradley you need to do better!
4. 4th quarter mistakes
The defense not only gave up 16 points in the 4th quarter, but the Seahawks made several key mistakes that cost them. After the Redskins took the lead the Seattle offense sputtered and in consecutive 3 and outs the Seahawks made big penalties that moved them back.
On top of that they had a stupid unnecessary roughness flag when they got the ball back with only 2:42 left in the game.
5. Not coming through when it counted
In the game the Seahawks only converted 6 of 16 of their 3rd down conversions. On their only 4th down attempt late in the game Tarvaris Jackson was taken down hard by LaRon Landry and Brian Orakpo and that iced the game.
Memo to Tarvaris Jackson, if you see an all out blitz coming you have to call an audible and you have to get rid of the ball on 4th down.
You have to throw the ball. It’s 4th down. Throw the freaking ball!
Next Up: The Seahawks have a short week, as they play host to the Eagles on Thursday night.
Both Seattle and Philadelphia are sitting at 4-7. I didn’t see this game meaning a whole lot at the beginning of the year, but now I know it means a lot. Vince Young must be stopped.
If he’s not, and Seattle loses on a short week the wheels could come tumbling off, and Seattle could end up getting that Top 5 pick in the 2011 Draft.