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October 13, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seahawks Second Thoughts

A few more notes and thoughts on a surprisingly lost Sunday at the CLink. …

— The 30 points scored by Dallas were the most in a home game against the Seahawks since a 34-12 loss to Cincinnati on Oct. 30, 20111. That was Richard Sherman’s first start as a Seahawk, and as such often regarded as the beginning of the Legion of Boom. Seattle never allowed more than 24, inexplicably scored by Tampa Bay, last season in any home game.

— The Seahawks are allowing a passer rating of 99.9 percent, which is higher than all but six other teams in the NFL. True, Seattle’s played some darn good quarterbacks. But Seattle played good QBs last year, too, and only allowed a passer rating higher than that twice the entire season, including the playoffs. The only two QBs to top that mark were Andrew Luck (104.0) and, again inexplicably, Mike Glennon of Tampa Bay (123.1).

— As some of you pointed out last night when I tweeted that stat, it’s fair to point out that the Seattle secondary doesn’t quite look at the moment like you figured it would, especially if Byron Maxwell is out for a while, which he well could  be. But that also makes the point. Seattle lost some depth in the off-season — not really their fault, just the way the NFL works that choices have to be made. No one anywhere could ever have predicted they’d have Marcus Burley and Steven Terrell playing key roles in a game like this. And it’s also fair to wonder about Kam Chancellor, who had hip surgery in the off-season and didn’t do much during the off-season and training camp, has an ankle that he considered having surgery on, and now is nursing an injury to his other hip. He’s gamely playing through it, and was the savior of the Denver game. But given all of his health issues, it’s worth wondering if we’re seeing the best of Kam Chancellor right now.

— Seattle also continues to have just two interceptions — the Seahawks had 11 in the last three regular season games of 2013 alone. Again, it’s worth noting Seattle’s played good QBs. But Seattle made good QBs look really bad last year (Eli Manning’s five interceptions, Carson Palmer’s four, etc.). Seattle won’t be the team it was a year ago without getting some more picks.

— Seattle was just 5-13 on third downs Sunday, 38 percent. FWIW, that’s the exact same percentage Seattle had coming into the game, having made 19-50 prior to Sunday.

— Seattle fell from first to sixth in rushing yards allowed, now at 82.2. And that’s just third in the NFC West behind Arizona (75.8) and San Francisco (77.2), meaning the tough NFC West we thought heading into the season we’d see — and that for a week or so we thought we wouldn’t see — may again be on the horizon.

— Worth noting that on all stats I’m throwing out here that are totals that Seattle has played just five games — only 10 teams have had their byes so far. Still. Seattle also has just seven sacks, tied for 25th in the NFL. Seattle had eight in one half alone in 2012 by this point in the season, and had 14 by this point last season. And Seattle had played some decent QBs in the first five games a year ago, including Luck, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton.

— One more sign of Dallas’ domination Sunday comes in the back of the official NFL stat sheet, which shows the 10 longest plays for each team. Dallas had 10 plays of 15 yards or longer — Seattle had just three. Seattle’s 10th longest play was a six-yard Marshawn Lynch run. Seattle ran 48 plays, so that means 38 were for five yards or fewer.  One play went for 53 yards, the Russell Wilson pass to Jermaine Kearse on the first series. The other 47 went for 153, an average of 3.2 per play. That’s lower than any game Seattle had played this year or last year. In fact, Seattle had averaged 5.1 yards per play or better in every game this season before Sunday.

— Finally, if you missed the Doug Baldwin-Russell Wilson sideline talk Sunday, here you go:



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