Road loses in consecutive weeks have the Seattle Seahawks behind the eight ball and behind the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. One of the NFL‘s toughest teams to beat at home is back at CenturyLink Field for the first time in three weeks this Sunday. Nonetheless, a fourth quarter comeback by the Detroit Lions on Sunday has Seattle fans worried about a team that was once 4-2 and is now 4-4. Lets see what has Seattle reeling in these last two weeks.
The Seahawks struggles can be attributed to inefficiency on third down, especially on defense. Detroit offense was 12 of 16 one third downs and six of them 8 yards or longer. To stifle the Lions for two straight downs and be beat on third down takes the wind right out of any defenses sails. Moving on, in a game of momentum the Seahawks are shooting themselves in the foot by letting teams convert on third downs.
On offense, the Seahawks are becoming thin at wide receiver. Doug Baldwin is behind schedule and hoping to be back before the week eleven bye. In addition, Braylon Edwards was sidelined on Sunday with increased swelling and Ben Obomanu underwent an MRI on his right wrist on Monday leaving Seattle worried about their wide outs. In Russell Wilson’s rookie season, he will have an even tougher time throwing to inexperienced wide receivers.
All in all, after a promising 4-2 start the Seahawks can not afford a loss on Sunday when they take on the Minnesota Vikings at home. After that, Seattle stays at home in hopes to knock off Marc Sanchez and the New York Jets. Fortunatley, the Seahawks will be favorites in both of these games. Winning both contests would put Seattle at a comfortable 6-4 record. With a week 16 match up with the 49ers waiting in the wings, the reeling Seahawks can only hope that game will decide the NFC West division.