Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 7:
Jerry Brewer at the Seattle Times says the Seahawks are only halfway to learning some hard lessons after Sunday’s 23-13 loss to the Cowboys left then at 2-6: “Tarvaris Jackson stood in the front of a near-empty locker room. The equipment, the players and their excuses were all but gone, and the probing media questions had been asked, except for one throwaway query about how the Seahawks could turn around a season trending toward miserable. The quarterback was appropriately blunt. ‘We’ve got to score points and stop killing ourselves,’ Jackson said. Oh, is that all? If only producing points and eliminating self-abuse were as easy as acknowledging the problems. If only those were the only problems. The Seahawks know their issues, at least. It’s difficult to ignore leaks, especially the persistent and annoying ones that plague this team. But there are so many holes. Plug one leak, and another drips water on their foreheads. In that sense, the Seahawks’ 23-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys was a fitting conclusion to the first half of this rebuilding season. The Seahawks (2-6) finally plugged their running-game leak, only to be doused by the rest of their problems.”
Danny O’Neil of the Times says the size of the venue and state equaled the Seahawks’ shortcomings in this one: “Everything is supposed to be bigger in this state. Even the shortcomings. No, especially the shortcomings. Because Seattle’s imperfections became warts and their warts became sores in a 23-13 loss to Dallas. Yes, it was that ugly, a game that Seattle lost every bit as much as the Cowboys won. The Seahawks were flagged for 10 penalties, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was intercepted three times and, not to be left out, the defense completely neglected to cover Cowboys tight end Jason Witten on the touchdown that gave Dallas a second-half lead it never lost. ‘It started with the penalties,’ coach Pete Carroll said, “and the turnovers will be the story.’ ”
Eric Williams of the News Tribune says this wasn’t just another loss, it was humbling setback, especially for Tarvaris Jackson: “ ‘I feel very sick about how I played today,’ he said. ‘I just made some stupid mistakes. You can’t do it. I’ve been staying away from those mistakes the whole season, and it’s just one of those games where you just do something stupid.’ Jackson wasn’t the only culprit. Seattle’s defense let Dallas rookie running back DeMarco Murray run wild. The former Oklahoma player finished with 139 yards on 22 carries. The Seahawks gave up a season-high 163 yards on the ground.
Mike Sando at ESPN.com says he liked the Seahawks finally getting their running game going: “It’s critical for Seattle to show progress in that area over the second half of the season after investing considerable draft capital in the offensive line over the past two seasons. This game counts as a big step forward in that area. Marshawn Lynch topped 100 yards for the first time during the regular season since Seattle acquired him. He finished with 135. The Seahawks topped 150 yards rushing, another first this season. The Seahawks also did a good job avoiding sacks after entering the game having allowed 28 this season, most in the league. The Seahawks have rushed for at least 145 yards in their past two games with Jackson and Lynch in the starting lineup together. The Seahawks’ defense, though too pliable from a yardage standpoint, played tough around the goal line and forced turnovers to keep Seattle in the game past halftime.”
Christian Caple at PI.com has some postgame thoughts: “Tarvaris Jackson played his worst game as a Seahawk. The defense allowed its first 100-yard rusher of the season. And once the Cowboys pulled ahead 20-6 in the second half, no thought existed that Seattle was going to be able to pull this one out.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at how getting the running game going came on a day when the aspects of the Seahawks overall game that had been working didn’t: “A running game that has been missing all season finally showed up for the Seahawks on Sunday, but too many other elements of their collective game disappeared. So despite a season-high 135-yard rushing performance by Marshawn Lynch, which including a rushing touchdown in his fourth consecutive game, the end result was a 23-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys before a crowd of 81,510 at Cowboys Stadium. Coach Pete Carroll labeled the effort a classic, but not for the usual reasons associated with that tag. ‘This was classic game where a team goes out and plays really hard and then makes the mistakes that puts you in the loss column.’