Here's what national media members had to say following the Seahawks' 17-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
There’s just something about Lambeau Field that doesn’t agree with the Seahawks.
On Sunday, Seattle’s troubles in Green Bay continued with a 17-9 loss that didn’t really feel that close. The defense mauled Aaron Rodgers for much of the afternoon, notching 4 first-half sacks and shutting down the Packers’ high-flying offense. But the offense couldn’t answer the bell, and eventually Green Bay capitalized on those missed opportunities.
Redemption storylines by damned, Seattle’s offensive line once again proved to be the weak link, as Russell Wilson faced heavy pressure all game. As a result, the offense sputtered, failing to find the end zone. Here’s how the team graded out, according to Bob Condotta.
The matchup was going to be difficult regardless. But is there reason for worry already in Seattle, or do the Seahawks just have a bad case of Lameau syndrome? Here’s national media members had to say:
Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post says the gap between Seattle’s offense and defense is apparent:
Seattle’s defense was just as frightening as expected. The addition of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, a late arrival in a trade with the Jets, enabled an even fiercer pass rush from Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Frank Clark. Seattle’s secondary held up even without Jeremy Lane, who was ejected for throwing a phantom punch. The Seahawks hounded Aaron Rodgers and limited the Packers to 17 points in Lambeau Field, seven of which were set up by Wilson’s fumble inside his own 5-yard line.
The Seahawks’ offense was a mess. They have not cleansed their offensive line woes from a year ago, and if anything their attempts at protecting Wilson and creating holes was worse. The Seahawks drafted two offensive lineman, neither of which cracked their starting lineup. They whiffed on a couple free agents, and they lost tackle George Fant to a season-ending injury. The result, for one game, was disaster.
Danny Kelly of The Ringer says Seattle’s offensive line problems run deep:
Sure, Seattle lost to a very tough opponent on the road and had a few bad calls go against them—including a questionable block in the back call that robbed Nazair Jones of a pick-six and a phantom punch that ejected starting corner Jeremy Lane—and yes, there’s still plenty of time to get things on track. But it’s tough to hand-wave Seattle’s ugly offensive performance at Lambeau against what was a below-average defense last year—and there’s no longer a built-in injury excuse to explain their struggles.
Brady Henderson of ESPN.com agrees, and says the O-line was mostly to blame for the loss.
Whatever improvement the Seahawks were expecting or hoping to see was nowhere to be found Sunday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay’s defense had its way with Seattle up front, leaving Russell Wilson running for his life and keeping the Seahawks’ passing game from ever really finding any consistent rhythm.
Sean Tomlinson of Bleacher Report says the O-line could derail Super Bowl aspirations:
We’ve seen this too many times before. Wilson can weave, twirl, duck and sprint to avoid pressure and make magic happen. But asking him to do it almost every snap isn’t exactly the ideal blueprint for success. It’s also a fine way to put your franchise cornerstone on the shelf with a more serious injury.
Coming into 2017, Wilson had been sacked 40-plus times in four straight seasons. Worse, he entered the league in 2012 and is one of only two quarterbacks (Miami’s Ryan Tannehill is the other) to be sacked 200-plus times over that five-year period, according to Pro Football Reference.
Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports says the Seahawks have a big problem:
It was a strange offseason for the Seahawks, though drama isn’t new for them. A big part of the issue was an ESPN story that described friction between offensive and defensive players. If that was the case, the chemistry won’t get better after Sunday. The Seahawks struggled early last season on offense too and then improved, but the early issues were mostly due to Wilson being injured. This was different. Wilson was healthy on Sunday, though he might not remain healthy for long if the line doesn’t get better.
Kevin Seifart of ESPN.com argues Jeremy Lane should not have been ejected:
Referee John Parry ejected Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane for what Perry said was “throwing a punch” during a 64-yard interception return by Nazair Jones. Replays showed Lane and Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams tangled up during the return, with Adams grabbing Lane’s face mask and Lane driving his forearm into Adams’ chest, but there was no evidence that Lane threw a punch.
Conor Orr of NFL.com notes the positives in Seattle’s loss:
A game where Aaron Rodgers is sacked four times, picked once and thoroughly flustered on a few occasions in the first half should not end in a loss. We’re so used to watching the magician quarterback wheel himself out of the pocket, survey the field and flick the ball on a rope to one of his receivers. That ended up happening, but not without relentless pressure from Seattle’s front seven and some excellent mixed coverages. Both teams are battling some porous spots on their offensive line, which also negated some of the positives the Seahawks were generating, but the weight on Pete Carroll’s defense seems to grow with each week. Russell Wilson finished with 158 passing yards and took three sacks for a loss of 23 yards. The team rushed for 90 total yards.