The Seattle Seahawks (5-2) fell flat against the Baltimore Ravens (5-2), losing 30-16 on a dreary Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
The Week 7 defeat marked Seattle's second home loss of the season. Lamar Jackson gashed Seattle's defense with his legs, and the Seahawks offense couldn't find any consistent momentum. Here are three immediate takeaways.
1. Russell Wilson, at least for one day, shows us he's human
Wilson's interception-less streak is no more as he threw an awful pick in the second quarter. Wilson floated a pass into the right flat toward Jaron Brown. Marcus Peters jumped the throw and ran 67 yards uncontested for an easy pick-six. Outside of a somewhat incredible, somewhat lucky 8-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett, Wilson and the entire offense struggled throughout. Wilson finished with 241 passing yards, one touchdown and one pick. He completed less than 50% of his passes (20-of-41). Chris Carson ran for just 65 yards on 21 carries.
Seattle was a garbage time field goal away from getting shutout in the second half.
2. Still no Seahawks pass rush
There's not a ton to say other than the Seahawks pass rush continues to struggle mightily. Seattle got a sack (Brandon Jackson) in the fourth quarter that was due to Jackson slipping on the CenturyLink Field turf. Other than that, the Seahawks were blanked. Seattle's defense now has just 11 sacks through seven games. The return of Jarran Reed didn't help much, either. Reed had just two tackles in his first game back from a six-game suspension.
3. Lamar Jackson showcases play-making ability
Jackson had two electrifying scrambles that highlighted his day: a 28-yard run on 3rd-and-8 and a 30-yarder on a separete 3rd-and-8 situation. The latter was a clutch pickup in the fourth quarter with the Ravens up by seven points. He didn't do much through the air -- just 143 yards -- as drops plauged the Ravens passing game. But Jackson went off as a runner with 119 yards and a score. He scored on an 8-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-2 to break a 13-13 tie. Jackson is one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL and was in total control of this game. Even when the Seahawks got pressure, Jackson calmly avoided any oncoming defenders and escaped with relative ease.
Odds and ends
- Pete Carroll had a few more curious decisions. He challenged a no call, trying to get defensive pass interference in the first half to no avail. It didn't end up costing the Seahawks, but it seemed like a fruitless challenge from the jump. Carroll later opted not to go for it on 4th-and-3 from the Ravens 35-yard line in the third quarter. Jason Myers missed the ensuing 53-yard field goal.
- DK Metcalf fumbled after making a short catch in the fourth quarter. Marlon Humphrey picked up the loose ball and ran it back 18 yards for a Ravens touchdown to put the game on ice.