Seahawks takeaways: Defense struggles in tough loss to Saints

The Seahawks defense continues to have a hard time slowing anyone down as Geno Smith pulls off another impressive display.

NEW ORLEANS — The Seattle Seahawks’ offense has been firing on all cylinders over the past two weeks, averaging 80 points overall. Unfortunately for Pete Carroll and co., the defense conceded 84 points over the same period.

Unlike last week, the Seahawks couldn’t win a shootout in New Orleans on Sunday and lost 39-32 to the Saints in Caesars Superdome.

Despite another outstanding quarterback performance from Geno Smith, the Seahawks fell back to 2-3 with Sunday’s loss.

Here are four takeaways from the Big Easy’s high-scoring affair:

Don’t get defensive

After failing to do so in either of the team’s first two games, the Seahawks have surpassed 20 points in three straight weeks. However, the Seahawks are only 1-2 in that three-week span.

Seattle’s defense was hit by an offensive by the Saints on Sunday that was missing the top two wide receivers and the starting quarterback. Taysom Hill and Alvin Kamara both rushed for 100 yards as the Saints built nearly 40 points on the Seahawks.

The Seahawks’ defense was expected to be their forte earlier this season, but it seems Smith and offense are actually the bright spot on this team. New defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt needs to shape things if Seattle is to have any chance of winning games.

Kenneth Walker arrives

More promising news for Seattle fans is rookie running back Kenneth Walker, who hit the first of many long touchdown runs in his NFL career that Seahawks fans are hoping will be many. The 21-year-old went 69 yards and weaved his way through the Saints defense to earn his first career result as a pro.

Walker landed eight carries for 88 yards and the aforementioned touchdown and will likely be lining up for more carries in Week 6 after Rashaad Penny suffered what the team is calling a “severe” ankle injury on Sunday.

Lots of penalties

No team in the NFL has had as many penalty yards in five games as the Seahawks.

12 more penalties were awarded against Seattle on Sunday, and only Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos have as many as the Seahawks (44) so ​​far this season.

Rookies Tariq Woolen and Abe Lucas were punished the most, but the Seahawks need to play more disciplined football across the board if they hope to stay competitive.

Third down (lack of) efficiency

In tight games in the NFL, winning and losing often comes down to taking care of the little things. Converting on the third down is one of the most important of those little things, and the Seahawks just couldn’t execute on the penultimate down on Sunday.

Seattle converted just 1 of 9 attempts on the third Sunday while the Saints managed to convert 8 of 14 chances.

Similar to the nagging problems with penalties, failing to convert third down attempts becomes increasingly difficult to maintain drives and place points on the board. Seahawks takeaways: Defense struggles in tough loss to Saints

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