Here are three quick hitters from Seattle’s 20-13 win against Tennessee:
What happened: Seattle trailed for the first time at home this year, but the defense never gave Tennessee much breathing room and the offense proved just opportunistic enough. This wasn’t the thrashing some expected coming home after Seattle’s first loss of the season – and it certainly wasn’t a clean game – but it was enough.
The bad: Lots to choose from in this category. The Seahawks played perhaps their sloppiest game of the season. There was the most obvious choice: The botched short field goal attempt when backup holder Chris Maragos bobbled the snap for backup kicker (and starting punter) Jon Ryan, then made matters worse when he tried to throw the ball away and was stripped. Tennessee recovered the fumble and returned it for a touchdown with no time left in the half to take a 10-7 lead. But there were plenty of smaller missteps along the way. Marshawn Lynch fumbled inside the Tennessee 5-yard line. The Seahawks recovered that, but it forced them to settle for a field goal instead of potentially having a touchdown. There were drops and false starts, and the offense struggled through much of the game. Take your pick.
The good: The defense. The Seattle defense responded from last week’s loss at Indy well. The Seahawks picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick twice, including once by Richard Sherman on a deep ball in the fourth quarter that set up a Seattle touchdown. Titans running back Chris Johnson never had room to get going, and the secondary looked far more like the unit worthy of so much praise. Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman each have three interceptions so far this season.
The big picture: Something definitely felt off about the Seahawks for most of the day. Ill-timed penalties. Fumbles. Dropped passes. It just didn’t feel like they played very well. And in reality, they didn’t. But it’s also important to remember that it’s only mid-October, and there are plenty of teams around the league that would be dying to sit at 5-1. The Seahawks have issues they need to work out, and they need to get those corrected when they play better teams. But there is still a lot of season left to be played. The finished product isn’t supposed to be rolled out in October.