SEATTLE - The Seattle Seahawks (2-1) were dreadful in pretty much every facet during their Week 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints (2-1), getting beat 33-27 at CenturyLink Field. The game wasn’t as close as the score indicates as New Orleans held a 33-14 lead late in the fourth quarter before two garbage time touchdowns by Seattle.
This is the third-straight game that Seattle has looked underwhelming, and they’re ultimately lucky this is its only loss to show for it.
Here are the immediate takeaways following the game.
1. Pass rush MIA
The Seahawks failed to sack Teddy Bridgewater once and only registered two quarterback hits (both by Quinton Jefferson). It was an underwhelming performance given this was the first time Ziggy Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney were on the field at the same time. This marked the second-straight game that Seattle’s pass rush has failed to make an impact.
Bridgewater took what was given to him for the most part without pushing the ball downfield much. He finished the game with 177 yards and two touchdowns.
2. Carson’s fumble issues continue
Chris Carson continues to have a problem holding onto the football. He coughed it up at the end of his 23-yard run in the second quarter, and the Saints scooped up the loose ball for a touchdown. Saints safety Vonn Bell was the one who ran it back 33 yards for the score.
Carson has lost a fumble in each of Seattle’s first three games. He finished the game with 53 yards on 15 carries while conceding snaps to C.J. Prosise for most of the second half. Prosise ended the game with just five yards on four carries, but he did catch all five of his targets for 38 yards. We may see less and less of Carson moving forward given his turnover issues.
3. Not so special teams
After Seattle’s offense went three-and-out to begin the game, Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris took the ensuing punt 53 yards to the house. Harris went relatively untouched as he sprinted for the end zone.
In the third quarter, Seattle was called for a costly penalty that negated a Saints missed field goal. Al Woods lined up over the center and was called for illegal formation, giving New Orleans an automatic first down. The Saints took advantage and ultimately scored a touchdown on a 1-yard pass to Michael Thomas.
- Alvin Kamara torched the Seahawks for 69 rushing yards, 92 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Seattle’s tackling was dreadful throughout as Kamara seemed to break double digit tackles all by himself. His first score, a 29-yard catch on a well-designed screen to the right, featured three missed tackles by the Seahawks.
- Bradley McDougald left the game with an ankle injury and did not return. Marquise Blair took over at free safety. Duane Brown left the game with an arm injury and did not return, either.
- Russell Wilson had a monster game from a statistical standpoint, throwing for 406 yards and two touchdowns. He added 51 rushing yards and two scores. Tyler Lockett caught a career high 11 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. Most of that production for both players came during garbage time.
- There were a few questionable decisions made by Seattle. The first was to not use a timeout after a first down play just before halftime. The clock expired after DK Metcalf’s 54-yard reception on the very next play, and Seattle went into the halftime locker room with two timeouts in its pocket. The other was a missed deep shot for Malik Turner on 4th-and-inches in the fourth quarter that resulted in a turnover on down.