During a four-game winning streak that propelled them to the top of the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks appeared to have solved their problems stopping the run.
SEATTLE (AP) — During a four-game winning streak that propelled them to the top of the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks appeared to have solved their problems stopping the run.
Maybe those games were just a mirage and nothing was really fixed.
Seattle’s defense was bowled over again on Sunday, giving up a franchise-record 283 yards in a 40-34 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Seattle was already struggling to slow Josh Jacobs before he almost untouched sprinted 86 yards in overtime for the game-winning touchdown.
There were clear problems for Seattle (6-5) on both sides of the ball as the Seahawks lost their second straight and fell a game behind leading San Francisco.
But nothing was a bigger problem than running defense.
“We gave up way too much in the running game. We didn’t play a damn run to get there,” said Seattle coach Pete Carroll. “We also didn’t rush the passers-by as well as we had to. That’s what happened in that game. I give them credit. They outplayed us and got their win. But it’s really frustrating because the game had to be won .” .”
Jacobs’ 229 rushing yards was the all-time best against Seattle, surpassing Bo Jackson’s 221 yards on November 30, 1987 at the old Kingdome. Jacobs’ game-winning TD brought back memories of Jackson tumbling down 91 yards for a TD and tunnel in the old concrete cave that was imploded to make room for the stadium where Jacobs set records on Sunday.
It’s not what Seattle envisioned, coming back from its bye week and starting what it hoped would be a playoff push with five of its last seven home games. Instead, the Seahawks have raised questions that seemed to have been answered not long ago.
“We have to fix it. Everyone will expose it if we don’t fix it,” said security Quandre Diggs. “We fixed it a bit. It showed its head today. At the end of the day, if we don’t stop the run, we won’t be able to do anything. It starts with everyone.”
The Seahawks considered what happened two weeks ago in Germany against Tampa Bay to be an aberration. Tampa Bay came in with a terrible running game but rushed 161 yards and benefited from an unexpected game plan and a slippery playing surface.
Obviously there was more to it. Las Vegas averaged 7.1 yards per carry. Even before Jacobs’ clinch run, the average was 5.1 yards.
During their four-game winning streak in October and early November, the Seahawks rushed a total of 347 yards and rushed 3.8 yards per attempt. In the last two games, Seattle has allowed 450 rushing yards and 5.4 yards per carry.
“We just have to play more physically. The boys have to come out of the blocks, do duels. You can’t miss duels. That’s basically it,” said linebacker Jordyn Brooks.
The Seahawks are no longer in position for an NFC wildcard and a Dec. 15 matchup with the 49ers is on the cards as San Francisco defeated Seattle in Week 2.
“I’m pissed but we’ve got six of these things left and we need to make them count,” said safety Ryan Neal. “That’s all the attitude is at the moment, we have to make that next six count.”
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