The Seattle Seahawks’ season just got a lot more interesting, though not in the way anyone with the team really intended.
A squad that was on a good track to make a run at a Super Bowl repeat was thrown off course Sunday with a 30-23 home loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
More disconcerting than the loss itself was the manner in which it happened. Seattle was dominated throughout, with the Cowboys outgaining the Seahawks 401 yards to 206, including 162-80 on the ground.
“They played really well and they did a lot of cool stuff for their football team in all phases, and we were not right, really, in any phase of our game today,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We didn’t run the ball the way we want to, we didn’t protect as well as we like, we didn’t throw the ball very well, and on defense we didn’t stop the run, and they were 10 out of 17 on third down.”
That pretty much sums it up.
Seattle enjoyed some success running but got away from the ground game after falling behind at halftime. Running back Marshawn Lynch finished with just 10 carries for 61 yards.
Quarterback Russell Wilson, meanwhile, had one of his poorest days as a Seahawk, going 14-for-28 for 126 yards. His 47.6 passer rating was the third lowest of his career and his worst since midway through his rookie season in 2012.
“I could have played a lot better,” Wilson said. “I didn’t play my best game. I was a little off on some throws that I’m normally not. I felt just a little bit off, here and there, maybe an inch or two to the right or the left. Other than that, I think that’s what it comes down to. I know I can complete those balls, I know that I will, and I know that I’ll get it fixed.”
Defensively, Seattle kept Dallas running back DeMarco Murray in check for much of the game until he ripped off runs of 25 and 15 on a drive that put the Cowboys ahead for good in the final minutes. Those caries followed a miraculous third-and-20 completion from quarterback Tony Romo to wide receiver Terrance Williams that was the turning point of the game.
Seattle lost at home for the second time since 2011. The Seahawks (3-2) suddenly are looking up at the Arizona Cardinals (4-1) and the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) in the NFC West.
The loss also left Seattle feeling uncommon frustration for a team that had a pretty smooth path to a Super Bowl title in 2013.
Wilson, though, said it was just a bump in the road.
“I think everybody was a little frustrated,” he said. “It’s not just one guy or two guys or three guys or whatever. We’re so competitive and we all want to win. When things aren’t going the way that you practice them all the time, or the way that you’re used to or the way that you expect, sometimes you get a little frustrated.
“I felt like I let some people down, or whatever, so you just have to keep moving, keep moving forward. I think that as a team, the collective effort, in terms of leadership, that’s when leadership shows up, when there’s some adversity. I think that’s what we’ll have to do for this week coming up, and get excited about that rather than shy away from it.”
Seattle will try to get back on the winning track Sunday at St. Louis against the Rams.