Inexcusable. That is not the correct word.
Indefensible. This is more accurate.
This encapsulates the Seahawks’ 40-34 loss to the Raiders at Lumen Field on Sunday. This describes the overtime loss against a team that entered the game with a 3-7 record.
Fans are able to identify a number of plays that went awry. As quarterback Geno Smith stated, a large number of players can point their thumbs at themselves.
But Seattle’s loss on Sunday was primarily due to a defense that was at best mediocre and at worst nonexistent.
Quandre Diggs, a Seahawks safety, said of his team’s defense, which was the worst in the NFL through Seattle’s first five games, among the best through the next four, and ineffective over the past two: “I thought we fixed it.” “We temporarily fixed it, but it reared its ugly head again. We will be unable to accomplish anything if we don’t stop the run.”
The Seahawks (6-5) allowed the Raiders (283 rushing yards on 40 carries) after they ran the ball 40 times. On 33 carries, Josh Jacobs accounted for 229 of these yards.
It was the second consecutive game in which Seattle was dominated by its opponent’s ground attack. The Buccaneers, who entered the game as the NFL’s least productive running team, rushed for 161 yards in their victory two weeks earlier in Munich.
The Seahawks’ inability to stop the run did not account for their most recent loss. Sunday, Las Vegas gained a total of 576 yards, including 293 passing yards, which is the third most Seattle has allowed in franchise history.
Yes, 123 of those yards came in overtime, including Jacobs’ game-winning 86-yard touchdown run on first down. However, this does nothing to alleviate the Seahawks’ sinking feeling.
The Raiders raced to an upset victory and, for the time being, have eliminated Seattle from playoff contention. There is no way to predict whether the Seahawks can make a comeback.
Tyler Lockett, a receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, responded to a question about how the team regains its footing by stating, “I believe the most important thing is to make a decision.” “It’s unfortunate to see what just transpired, but we still have access to everything we desire. It will not be a simple undertaking.”
True. Despite the fact that the first few minutes of Sunday’s game suggested that it might be relatively simple.
Diggs intercepted Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on the first play from scrimmage, setting up a touchdown two plays later. Even when the Seahawks didn’t take over due to turnovers — which they did twice on Sunday — they faced little resistance moving downfield for the majority of the afternoon.
Smith completed the game with 328 yards on 27-of-37 passing, two touchdown passes, and a passer rating of 106.6. It was a stat line reflective of his storybook season, which has made him the front-runner for Comeback Player of the Year.
But there were also offensive blunders of monumental proportions. Midway through the second quarter, Raiders linebacker Denzel Perryman intercepted Smith on first down and returned the ball to the Seahawks’ 30 yard line, setting up a touchdown on the next play. The second occurred when Smith fumbled due to a miscommunication with running back Kenneth Walker III on second-and-four from the Vegas 23-yard line, denying Seattle at least three points when the game was tied in the fourth quarter.
If neither of these giveaways occurs, Smith will likely once again be hailed as the season’s savior. However, they did. Now we’re discussing the Seahawks’ porous defense, a running game that gained just 65 yards on 23 carries (compared to 39 yards on 14 carries in Germany), and Seattle’s inability to score on either of its last two possessions.
You can attribute the loss to football being a “game of inches,” but this wasn’t a game of inches. It came down to Josh Jacobs’ feet and nearly 600 yards for the Raiders.
Pete Carroll, coach of the Seahawks, stated, “They outplayed us and earned the victory.” “However, it’s extremely frustrating because the game could have been won.”
A team with playoff aspirations should not host the Raiders in a game that “was there to be won.” They should return them to Las Vegas ripped up like a sportsbook ticket.
Sunday’s outcome is unjustifiable. No defense whatsoever anywhere.