The Seattle Seahawks fell to the Baltimore Ravens at home Week 7 and are now 5-2 on the year. With some good, some bad and some ugly – here are five takeways from the game.
This was perhaps the worst decision Wilson has made all season. He threw a pick-six to Baltimore’s recent trade acquisition and former Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, who jumped the route for an easy touchdown the other way. This was a momentum-killer for Seattle as the Seahawks had a 10-6 lead and lost it just like that. Wilson cannot afford to make decisions like this for the rest of the season.
The two quarterbacks conjured magic under pressure Sunday, but Jackson outshone Wilson on the road. Throwing for 143 yards and rushing for 116 yards, a touchdown and several key first downs, the Seahawks were unable to contain him and it cost them dearly. Jackson also had a touchdown pass to a wide-open Mark Andrews knocked out at the last second by K.J. Wright that should have added to his stat line. The Seahawks defense must perform better against quality signal-callers and simply cannot allow dominating performances like this.
This can be partially attributed to Jackson’s elusiveness and speed, but Jarran Reed’s return from his six-game suspension did not help at all. The Seahawks were unable to get any pressure on the quarterback and were thoroughly outmatched by Baltimore’s offensive line. Seattle continues to have one of the worst units in the league, and it does not show signs of improving any time soon.
The Seahawks offense was putrid after halftime, only managing a short field goal from Jason Myers, who missed a 53-yarder earlier in the game. Wilson was constantly under pressure, neither the running nor the passing game could get anything going, and D.K. Metcalf’s fumble that was recovered and returned for a touchdown by Marlon Humphrey all but sealed the victory for Baltimore. The Ravens defense outscored the Seahawks offense in the second half 7-3 and nearly outscored them in the entire game. This is not a recipe for success.
The Ravens thoroughly dominated the second half on both sides of the ball and the Seahawks could not overcome their mistakes. Their 14-point loss was the second-largest behind the 42-7 drubbing at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15 of 2017. This could be an anomaly, but a loss like this requires a significant amount of re-evaluation and determination to correct mistakes going forward.