Yesterday's 38-17 beatdown at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys brought some good news and bad news for the Seattle Seahawks.
The obvious bad news is that Sunday's loss was the third in a row for Jim Mora's squad and they currently sit in third place in the NFL West at 2-5. The good news is that the two teams ahead of Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona, are in no hurry to take possession of this division. With Arizona and San Francisco both losing yesterday, the Seahawks sit just two games back with nine to play, with three of those remaining nine being divisional showdowns.
As for Sunday's loss, the Cowboys did what they were expected to do. They took advantage of a battered Seahawk offensive line to the tune of three sacks on QB Matt Hasselbeck. On offense, they routinely torched a Seattle secondary that was slowly working CB Marcus Trufant back into the folt. Cowboys QB Tony Romo completed passes to 10 different receivers and finished the game with 253 yards and three touchdowns. Neither team got much from the running game, though Dallas RB Marion Barber was able to score from two yards out in the second quarter. Julius Jones, making his return to Dallas for the first time in three years, was only able to muster 56 yards on 15 carries as the Seahawks' running woes continue.
It wasn't all bad for the Seahawks though. Hasselbeck, despite lackluster protection, still threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns, one of which went to forgotten wideout Deion Branch. Middle linebacker Dave Hawthorne had the team's only two sacks and forced a fumble. Trufant had four tackles in his '09 debut, but committed three costly penalties that led to Cowboys touchdowns.
The question now becomes where do we go from here? The team is only two games out of first but has looked every bit as bad as their 2-5 record would indicate. The Seahawks draw the lowly Lions next week and then get a shot at gaining ground in the division the week after when they take on the Cardinals in Arizona. The biggest ally to a possible Seahawks division crown will be the Chicago Bears, who get Arizona next week and then San Fran the week after that. If both the Seahawks and Bears can go 2-0 during that stretch, Seattle will find themselves in a tie for first in the West. Unlikely? Sure. Impossible? Not exactly. Coach Mora has preached all season about the team's need to not give up hope. However, with losses like the one the team just suffered becoming more the norm as of late, Mora's words might be falling on deaf ears.
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Written by Dave Leonardis
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