Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 26.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has his game story from Sunday’s 24-21 road loss to the Miami Dolphins, “Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 16 consecutive passes during the game, a record for NFL rookies. He threw for two touchdowns, he was not intercepted and running back Leon Washington returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The fact that Seattle still lost gives you an idea of just how sloppy it was the rest of the game. The Seahawks had as many penalties in the first half as points, logging seven of each, and they weren’t that far behind in punts with five. Seattle’s offense failed to gain a first down during the opening period. Then, after Seattle’s offense found its footing, the defense was savaged by a Miami offense that hadn’t exactly been competent. The Dolphins’ offense had 10 total points in its previous two games. They scored 17 in the final nine minutes. Miami hadn’t rushed for more than 100 yards as a team in any game since Week 3, but gained 189 yards on the ground Sunday. ‘Just undisciplined,’ safety Kam Chancellor said. ‘It all came down to discipline.’ “
O’Neil highlights the impressive play of Wilson in the road loss, “Wilson might have been the Seahawks’ biggest strength against the Dolphins on Sunday. ‘He did everything he could to keep us in this thing,’ coach Pete Carroll said. Wilson passed for two touchdowns, scrambled his way out of multiple sacks and rushed for 38 yards, including a 20-yard run in the third quarter that was his longest gain on the ground this season.”
O’Neil names Wilson, Dolphins running back Reggie Bush, and Seahawks return-man Leon Washington his players of the game in his 2-minute drill, “Seattle’s Leon Washington returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, the eighth time he has scored on a kickoff return in his career, matching Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs for most in NFL history.”
O’Neil also revisits Sunday’s keys to Seahawks victory, “1. Keep holiday giveaways to a minimum – Scouting report: The Seahawks have committed 11 turnovers in their five road games entering Sunday’s game, eight of those being interceptions. Results: Seattle finished a road game without committing a turnover for the first time this season. Bobby Wagner’s first-half interception gave Seattle an edge in turnover ratio yet the Seahawks still lost, which was surprising. It was only the third time under coach Pete Carroll that Seattle lost a game in which it forced more turnovers than it committed. Entering the game, he Seahawks were 13-2 under Carroll when they held an edge in turnover ratio.”
Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times says yesterday’s matchup with the Dolphins should have been an easy win for the ‘Hawks, “There almost was an inevitability about this game. No way the Seahawks could lose. They were going to beat the pants off the spread. You could have bet the mortgage on this win. And you would have lost. Penalties mounted like unpaid parking tickets. The Hawks were flagged for illegal substitutions and false starts. They committed six penalties in the first quarter alone. ‘We didn’t show up today,’ said fullback Michael Robinson, who caught a 4-yard touchdown pass that gave the Hawks a 14-7 third-quarter lead. ‘For whatever reason, we didn’t play our best football today and we got beaten up.’ “
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune details Washington’s NFL-record-tying kickoff return for a touchdown, “The Seattle Seahawks return man’s 98 yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Miami on Sunday gave him eight for his career, tying an NFL record with Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs. Washington had not returned a kickoff or punt for a touchdown since Dec. 12, 2010, a 92-yard kickoff return for a score in a 40-21 loss to San Francisco. But Washington had been close a few times this season, including an 83-yarder in the season opener at Arizona, and 69-yard kickoff return at St. Louis in Week 4. ‘There’s no consolation prize after a loss like that,’ Washington said. ‘But I’m just glad I was able to score on that play. My wife was in the stands saying I had to get it, so with her pushing me, I knew I had to go out and do it.’ “
Williams has reaction from free safety Earl Thomas after his roughing the passer penalty negated rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner’s second interception of the day yesterday, “Mike Pereira, former director of NFL officials who now works for Fox Sports, said via Twitter that he thought the call was ‘marginal at best but you error on the side of safety and he was hit in the head.’ And in a game of close plays, Thomas’ inability to defy the law of physics may have cost his team a win. ‘I definitely felt like the ball was still in his hands,’ said Thomas, when asked if he left the ground before or after Tannehill released the ball. ‘And I even tried to turn by body kind of over, not to even land on him. But when I’m going at my speed, I can’t just stop in midair like magic. So it’s just definitely frustrating, and that definitely changed the game.’ “
Mike Salk of 710Sports.com says that after yesterday’s loss it’s gut-check time for the Seahawks, “Carroll said after the game that he shouldered much of the blame himself. He wondered if he was too lenient with a young team in giving them a full bye-week off. Certainly, the 10 penalties and sloppy play lends credence to this assertion. But problems with discipline have now cost this team two games (Miami and St. Louis) and someone is going to have to stand up and say enough is enough.”
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com has several quick notes from Sunday’s three-point loss to the Dolphins, “Tate’s highlight de jour: Golden Tate’s spectacular catch deserves separate mention due to the degree of difficulty and the impact it had. In the second quarter, with the Seahawks trailing 7-0, Tate set up their first touchdown with a 32-yard reception up the sideline. The pass was thrown inside, but Tate jumped over a Dolphins cornerback to make a diving catch.”
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com recaps the Seahawks’ 24-21 setback, “Carroll’s passion for error-free ball is well-known, which is why this manner of defeat was most galling. He sounded baffled. ‘This game was a different style for us,’ he said. ‘We have been terrific with penalties this year and we had seven in the first quarter (for the game 10 for 59 yards). It’s so uncharacteristic of what what we were doing. When we’re doing that much wrong, it’s on me.’ One thing that went right was the play of QB Russell Wilson, who had his best game yet (22 for 27 passing, including 16 in a row, for 224 yards and no turnovers, as well as five rushes for 38 yards). Afterward, he was quick to diplomatically disagree with Carroll’s assessment of mishandling the time off. ‘I usually agree with coach 100 percent, but not on that one,’ Wilson said. ‘The break was good for us. We’d played 14 games straight. Coach Carroll has done a tremendous job.’ “
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his wrap-up following the Seahawks’ day in Miami, “What it means: The Seattle defense failed to hold a late-game lead on the road once again, same as the case was at Detroit. As a result, the Seahawks are 6-5 heading into a road game against Chicago in Week 13. Quarterback Russell Wilson was outstanding in this game, same as he was at Detroit and same as he has generally been since about Week 5. This isn’t the time to consider the bigger picture, however. Seattle has blown prime opportunities to improve its playoff chances in a competitive NFC. Conservative play calling on the Seahawks’ final possession backfired.”
A look at the NFL playoff picture shows the Seahawks still hold onto the No. 6 Wild Card slot with a 6-5 record, holding tiebreakers over the 6-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 6-5 Minnesota Vikings.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has his gamer from yesterday, and has his “Game at a glance” blog, where he names Wilson his player of the game, “Wilson completed 78 percent of his passes (21 of 27) for 224 yards, and went to routes less traveled in throwing two touchdown passes – a 3-yarder to tight end Anthony McCoy to tie the game in the second quarter and a 4-yarder to fullback Michael Robinson to give the Seahawks a 14-7 lead in the third quarter. It was McCoy’s second TD catch of the season and Robinson’s first. Put it all together and it made for a passer rating of 125.9. The completion percentage was a season high, while the completions and passer rating were his second-best totals.”
Tony Ventrella has his game recap video feature, catching postgame reaction from Carroll, Wilson, Lynch, Robinson, Leroy Hill, and Golden Tate.
And our team photographer Rod Mar has photos from yesterday’s game against the Dolphins available here.