Wed. Oct 21st, 2020

Russell Wilson’s pick-six, Lamar Jackson’s legs…

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Russell Wilson's pick-six, Lamar Jackson's legs...

SEATTLE — For the first time this year, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t have the most dangerous quarterback on the field.

Though Lamar Jackson looked like a player in a video game stuck in turbo mode, knifing his way through Seattle’s defense, Russell Wilson had the least spectacular outing of what’s been an MVP-caliber start to the season. It included an interception that Marcus Peters returned 67 yards for a touchdown.

You don’t often see mistakes like that from Wilson. Nor do you see fans heading to the CenturyLink Field exits as early as they did before the end of the Seahawks’ 30-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Jackson finished with 111 yards rushing and a touchdown on 10 carries — and he might have had more if his footing wasn’t a recurring issue on the wet turf.

To make matters worse for the Seahawks, everyone else in the NFC West won Sunday. That leaves Seattle (5-2) with two more losses than the 6-0 San Francisco 49ers and one game ahead of the Los Angeles Rams (4-3).

Pivotal play: With the Ravens facing a fourth-and-2 from the Seattle 8 in the third quarter, John Harbaugh called a timeout and put his offense back on the field, forgoing a short field-goal try. Jackson scored on a keeper to break a 13-13 tie. The Seahawks’ previous drive ended with a Jason Myers missed field goal from 53 yards out. They faced fourth-and-3 from the Baltimore 35, so they were in the territory that might have tempted coach Pete Carroll to go for it instead of trying a long field goal on a wet day. Those two fourth-down decisions loomed large.

QB breakdown: Wilson finished 20 of 41 for 241 yards, a touchdown and his first interception of the season. Jaron Brown, the intended target on his pick-six, could have helped Wilson out by coming back to the ball. But Wilson also could have gotten more on his throw had he not been flat-footed when he let it go. Wilson’s 65.2 passer rating is his first of the season under 100.

Troubling trend: Carroll made another ill-fated challenge that cost the Seahawks a timeout that they could have used at the end of the first half. He wanted defensive pass interference on a throw to DK Metcalf, but he didn’t seem to have much of a chance of winning that challenge based on how infrequently the NFL has called DPI upon review. The swiftness of the review suggests it wasn’t much of a question in the league’s eyes. That timeout would have come in handy on their final drive of the half, which ended with a field goal after a third-down throwaway from Wilson. Carroll’s optimism doesn’t seem to serve him well on PI challenges, although he did win one earlier this season.

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