By Tom McDonagh – Seattle Seahawks Writer
The Seattle Seahawks went into this game against the New Orleans Saints with hopes of going to three wins, as they faced a team that had lost their star quarterback. The hope was to establish themselves as legitimate contenders to win the NFC West, knowing the Rams and Niners were also unbeaten so far. During the warm-up Pete Carroll’s nose was broken by rookie linebacker Cody Barton accidentally throwing a ball towards him… It didn’t get much better after that, unfortunately.
With the Saints winning the coin toss they deferred to Seattle, only for the Seahawks to stall following an offensive holding call penalty which resulted in a three and out opening drive. Seahawks fans quickly got a taste of what was to come with a punt return for a touchdown by Deonte Harris.
This was the worst fears of all Seahawks fans coming to life and yet again another example of Seattle starting slow, and if not having to report this game, it could have been shut down a lot earlier. The game from the Seattle point of view was a masterclass in what not to do, more offensive holding calls on the first few drives, followed by three and outs. In the middle they allowed Deonte Harris to have a punt return for a touchdown with awful angles from the special teams unit and an excellent play by Harris that had Romo loving it.
Trailing for most of the first half, the Seahawks made questionable timeout choices including burning a time-out for 12 men on the field. A Nick Vannett catch behind the first marker with 30 seconds left didn’t help the clock issues, and left it whittling down until Russell Wilson decided enough was enough and went long to DK Metcalf, however they weren’t able to turn field position into afield goal from a near-certain opportunity as time had run out, with Pete Carroll still holding two time-outs.
Coming out after the half, the Saints then had their best drive of the day with a whole field surge that resulted in 4 and 1 touchdown throw from Teddy Bridgewater to Micheal Thomas, which made it 27-7 to New Orleans. The Saints had actually missed a 53-yard field goal on the drive, but another sickening Seahawks penalty, this time by Al Woods covering the Long Snapper, gave Saints new life. Seattle later got some much-needed luck, when New Orleans muffed up a punt and Seattle recovered, though yet again shot themselves in the foot when injured Tedric Thompson, dressed in street clothes, came sauntering on to the field of play. and Seattle were given a fifteen-yard penalty.
For a brief amount of time, there was hope for the 12’s when Wilson wound back the clock and reminded everyone he can still scramble and made a two-yard run to make the score 27-14. The Seattle D finally stepped up, forcing a three and out on New Orleans. Dubious play-calling and great Saints defense combined to leaveSeahawks needing Wilson or Carson to make a 4th down conversion. The run call was audible to a pass and Wilson threw to Malik Turner, despite Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf being on the field. Seattle complained of pass inference, and Pete Carroll challenged the ruling on the field more out of hope.
This was declined and the ruling on the field was announced to be correct. New Orleans later ended the game when Alvin Kamara topped off a truly MVP caliber game. scoring a touchdown to emphasize his importance to the Saints, sans Drew Brees.
Chris Carson did his best to make a case for no longer being the Seahawks starting running back anymore, by adding to his already poor start to the season. With fifteen carries for a return of 53 yards, another fumble to add to this season, no touchdowns and repeatedly falling over himself, with poor cleat choice being obvious.
Russell Wilson proved why he is one top quarterback in the NFL with by throwing for 406 yards and two touchdowns, adding to this by running for two more, although the fourth quarter massively inflated his stats.
The Seahawks failed in every part of the game, but give credit to a stout Saints defense, a game-changing Alvin Kamara and the unrivaled knowledge of Sean Payton. Seahawks travel to the desert in Week Four to take on the winless Arizona Cardinals, which already is a massive must-win game, and for all seahawks fans, the stadium that has claimed many Seahawks souls. Kam Chancellor, Cliff Avril, and Richard Sherman all falling to it, not to mention Super Bowl LIV!