If you’re a fan of the Washington State Cougars, Seahawks, and Mariners, then this weekend was not a good one for you. Or me.
On a rainy Sunday in Seattle, the New Orleans Saints came to town and stunned the Seahawks with a final score of 33-27. The Saints got the first touchdown with their special teams. Deonte Harris returned a Michael Dickson punt 53 yards for a touchdown. The Seahawks came back on the next possession with Russell Wilson connecting with Tyler Lockett for an 8-yard touchdown. Alvin Kamara took it to the Seahawks today carrying the ball for 69 yards and a touchdown. He also was Teddy Bridgewater‘s top target today catching the ball for 92 yards and a touchdown. Michael Thomas had a quiet but productive game hauling in five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Wilson summed up the offense today. With his arm, he threw for a personal best 406 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, he rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns.
Chris Carson carried the ball 15 times for 53 yards. Carson again had issues securing the football, coughing it up leading to a scoop and six for New Orleans. He also was having issues finding traction on the ground to the point he swapped his shoes. He was replaced by CJ Prosise who played more of a receiver role. Tyler Lockett continues to shine as the top target for Wilson. He was targeted 14 times and hauled in 11 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. Will Dissly added 7 receptions for 62 yards and a garbage time touchdown.
Now comes the fun part: Ripping Pete Carroll. This is just a general observance, but I think most of you will agree: The play calling during critical situations, clock and timeout management, and challenge usage was poorly managed. Pete did take a football to the face during warm-ups so his judgement might have been altered. No. I refuse to accept that. This has been an ongoing issue during the Pete Carroll era and you can hear it in the stands. The Seahawks turned the ball over on downs three times this game, all three times in New Orleans territory, and twice in field goal range. Pete went to the locker room after the first half with two timeouts remaining. This is important because the Seahawks were moving the ball down the field and didn’t utilize a time out. With 29 seconds left Wilson connected with Nick Vannett and casually lined up without using a timeout. The next play, with 10 seconds left, Wilson bombed D.K. Metcalf for 54 yards and that was the end of the half. They were deep in Saints territory with momentum and 0:00 left on the clock.
The receiving core for the Seahawks continue to show prowess. The running back situation is getting to become cautionary. While Carson is an explosive back, he is having ball security problems and that will be exploited by upcoming defenses. The corners stepped up their game today by keeping Michael Thomas semi-quiet. Tackling (Kamara specifically) was an issue today. Hats off to Alvin, he is shifty. However, the Seattle defense needs to clean up their tackling after contact.
Looking ahead, the Seahawks have a divisional match up in Arizona next Sunday.