The offense rallied with a solid performance in the second half of a 33-27 loss to the Titans, earning a C.
NASHVILLE — Here are grades and some thoughts on the Seahawks’ 33-27 defeat Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
The second-half revival doesn’t negate that the Seahawks again got off to a slow start, punting after each of their first six possessions, at which point Seattle had 36 yards on 21 plays.
Going hurry-up and no-huddle again seemed to kick-start things. Russell Wilson also simply made some better throws as the game wore on — he admitted as much afterward, saying of the slow start “I put that on me.’’
Wilson ended up with solid overall numbers and a career-high 49 pass attempts. But it was definitely a tale of two halves — he was 7 for 16 for 110 yards in the first half and 22 of 33 for 263 in the second.
The bigger concern is that the running game again was not a huge factor — Seattle had just 69 yards on 22 carries with tailbacks Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise managing just 43 on 15 and no run of longer than 7 yards (with Thomas Rawls not getting a single carry and Eddie Lacy not even stepping on the field, none of which will quiet the questions about how the tailback spot is unfolding).
Seattle shook up the offensive line with Oday Aboushi starting at right guard for Mark Glowinski and the pass blocking at least seemed better — Wilson was sacked only once, though he threw it away a few times and had a costly grounding penalty late.
Another bright spot was Jimmy Graham, who shook off the ankle injury of last week to catch a season-high seven passes for 72 yards.
But Seattle has to figure out how to start more quickly — the Seahawks have just 16 first-half points this season and 32 in the second half.
Seattle also was just 4 for 14 on third-down conversions and simply didn’t have enough to keep up all day long.
When have we ever seen the Seattle defense run through like this when everyone was healthy?
The Titans had seven scoring drives, each of 47 yards or longer, and 420 total yards.
Among a litany of uncharacteristic numbers, DeMarco Murray’s 75-yard touchdown run was the longest run of any kind against Seattle in the Pete Carroll era.
Then there was the free-play touchdown that gave Tennessee the lead and seemed to turn the tide in the game coming after yet another offsides penalty — the Seahawks again are simply getting too many flags.
Seattle’s defense also just seemed to get gassed as the game wore on in the kind of performance that will leave many around the league beginning to wonder how the Titans exposed the Seahawks, or if age is beginning to creep up a little.
The Seahawks also have forced just two turnovers this season and Sunday didn’t have a sack and were not credited with a single quarterback hit.
The Seahawks might have gotten bailed out with a penalty that negated Tennessee’s 80-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Seattle also never had any short fields, beginning each of its possessions inside its own 35 with the return game yet to yield a whole lot this season.
And having 12 men on the field for the final punt was inexcusable.
Injuries also are taking a toll — Dewey McDonald appeared to suffer an ACL injury on the opening kickoff and the Seahawks already were without Neiko Thorpe and D.J. Alexander. That meant Seattle was without maybe its three best coverage guys.