It’s been self-inflicted wounds that have led to Seattle’s biggest problems
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Moving past the rest of the NFC West is not what the Seahawks are worried about after an 0-2 start.
There’s still plenty of time for all of that to sort itself out, they declared almost to a man after a 27-17 defeat Sunday against Green Bay made them one of just nine teams in the NFL still without a victory.
What they say is the real issue is getting past themselves.
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It’s the self-inflicted wounds they lamented again after the defeat against the Packers, just as they had after a 34-31 overtime setback against the Rams last Sunday.
“I think we are in our own way right now,’’ said defensive lineman Michael Bennett. “That’s a great way to put it. As good as that team is, we still had a chance to win the game with as many mistakes as we made.’’
Or, as Seattle coach Pete Carroll said: “It feels like we are not as clean as we need to be. We are going to start over again. Let’s go home and get started and get this thing rolling.’’
There were brief periods Sunday night when the Seahawks appeared on the verge of getting it rolling. After giving up a touchdown drive on Green Bay’s first series, they then held the Packers to just two field goals on their next seven possessions.
And after a frustrating first half of offense, the Seahawks went to their passing game in the second half and uncorked two touchdown drives to start the third quarter.
That turned a 13-3 halftime deficit into a 17-13 lead midway through the third quarter.
But then more mistakes came — a key penalty that helped set up Green Bay’s go-ahead touchdown and an interception by Russell Wilson on a screen pass that led to the Packers’ field goal that put the game away.
“Really disappointed in the finish,’’ Carroll said after the Seahawks lost by 10 or more points for the first time since 2011.
The interception was particularly vexing to Wilson, who otherwise had given the Seahawks most of their offense in the second half.
Wilson was trying to hit Marshawn Lynch on a screen with the Seahawks at the Green Bay 42 with 6:50 remaining in the game. Instead, Green Bay’s Jayrone Elliott stepped in front of it.
“I thought we had the screen there,’’ said Wilson, who wasn’t sure how Elliott got the ball. “I thought we had the big play.’’
Carroll protested later that Seattle right tackle Justin Britt came up with the ball after Elliott fumbled on his way to the turf.
“We had the football,’’ Carroll said. “So I don’t really understand that.’’
That the Packers came up with it seemed somewhat fitting, though, given the way the rest of the game went.
In front of a fired-up crowd ready to get some revenge on the Seahawks for the NFC title game defeat in Seattle last January, the Packers came out firing early, scoring the first two times they had the football.
They also took advantage of sloppy play by the Seahawks, typified by three offsides penalties on Bennett.
Rodgers, knowing he had a free play, turned one into a 52-yard gain when he threw downfield and drew a pass interference penalty on Richard Sherman.
“I just (expletive deleted) up,’’ Bennett said of the offsides penalties.
Others on the team could speak similarly of other mistakes, a collective blame-sharing they insisted will help them get their season back on track.
|Aaron Rodgers led the Packers on a touchdown drive on their opening possession and then rallied them back in the fourth quarter. How he fared throughout the game Sunday night:|
|Time frame||Completions-Pass attempts||Yards||Scoring output|
|Opening possession||4-7||71||7 points|
|Middle of the game (7 possessions)||12-17||87||9 points|
|Fourth quarter (2 possessions)||9-9||91||11 points|
They remember being 3-3 a year ago following the trade of Percy Harvin, portrayed at the time as a team in turmoil. They then clawed their way back to the Super Bowl. They also know they now have three of the next four games at home, starting with the game Sunday against Chicago (possibly without starting quarterback Jay Cutler).
“We have been in tough situations before,’’ said receiver Doug Baldwin, whose 13-yard touchdown catch put Seattle ahead in the third quarter. “We have dealt with adversity before. What has made us good in the past is being able to come out of that adversity better than we were before. We are going to approach it the same way that we have in the past.’’
Some will undoubtedly wonder if one thing the team will have to do is figure out a way to end the impasse with strong safety Kam Chancellor.
Seattle now has allowed 61 points in two games, and passer ratings of 116.9 to Rodgers and 115.8 to St. Louis’ Nick Foles. Seattle has allowed three touchdown passes and has no interceptions in two games and opposing quarterbacks are a combined 43-for-60 passing for 546 yards.
Bennett, though, said the Seahawks need to look no further than their own locker room for the answers to their problems.
“Everybody misses Kam, man,’’ he said. “But that’s not why we lost the game. I know that’s what everyone wants to point to, but we had multiple chances of winning both games the last two weeks.”