Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Oct. 24:
Also at the Times, Danny O’Neil writes that it was stunning that the 6-3 game remained that close with the way the Seahawks offense played. Offers O’Neil: “That Seattle had a chance was amazing considering just how poorly its offense played — which was skid-row, searching-for-loose-change poor. The Seahawks defense allowed just six points despite being on the field for almost 43 minutes, defensive lineman Red Bryant blocked two Cleveland field-goal attempts, and the Browns never got the ball inside the Seattle 30 until the final five minutes of the game.”
Also from O’Neil, a closer look at Bryant’s big day. Says O’Neil: “Bryant is at the heart of that defense, the biggest player on a rough-and-tumble front that is allowing 3.2 yards per carry, fewest of any defense in the league. He had three solo tackles against the Browns, hit McCoy twice and shared a sack. He also became the first Seahawk ever to block two field-goal attempts.”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks the Seahawks’ offensive woes with four starters on the sideline against the Browns. Says Williams: “The Seattle Seahawks let a winnable game slip away in a gut-wrenching 6-3 loss to Cleveland at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday. The two teams combined for the fewest points in a game involving the Seahawks in team history.”
Williams also looks at Bryant’s contrasting afternoon, offering: “He’s one of the inspirational leaders of the defense and sets the tone for Seattle’s stingy defensive line. But on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, burly defensive end Red Bryant made his presence known in a different capacity. On special teams. The 6-foot-4, 323-pounder blocked Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson’s attempts from 48 and 24 yards, the last one giving Seattle one last chance in the fourth quarter to win the game.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at all the things in the loss to the Browns that will haunt the Seahawks. As Whitehurst put it: “It’s extremely disappointing. In the end, we lost a game that was there to take.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com has a wrap-up of the Seahawks’ loss. He’s what he liked: “Red Bryant blocked two field goal attempts. Leon Washington provided an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, negated only by a questionable penalty for an illegal block in the back. The plays from Bryant and Washington were precisely what Seattle needed to stay competitive despite the horrible showing on offense. Strong safety Kam Chancellor continued to add a physical presence in the secondary, blitzing effectively and making players pay for carrying the ball downfield. He lifted Montario Hardesty off the ground and planted him on his back late in the game as Seattle held the Browns to a field goal attempt. Linebacker David Hawthorne played his best game of the season, making big hits and collecting an interception in the red zone. Defensive end Chris Clemons was disruptive, pressuring Browns quarterback Colt McCoy and roughing him up.”
For a look at what happened around the league in Week 7, there’s John Clayton’s “Last Call” at ESPN.com; Pete King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com; and Clark Judge’s “Judgements” at CBSSports.com.