Report card

The Seahawks are 5-2 but missed a golden opportunity to go 6-1 for the first time in franchise history by losing to the Cincinnati Bengals 27 to 24. While the season is not lost and much football is still ahead the Seahawks find themselves searching for answers to questions that must be quickly answered. Here is a positional breakdown of the loss to the Bengals.

 

 

QUARTERBACK: Matt Hasselbeck had above average numbers in yards passing (347), touchdown (3) and interceptions (3). Hasselbeck moved the team efficiently (the team punted just twice), but could not overcome the three turnovers.

Grade C

 

RUNNING BACKS:  Shaun Alexander showed what he can do when give holes to run, when he accounted for 72 yards of a 72 yard drive that was capped off by a two yard reception from Hasselbeck. Maurice Morris had three carries for 24 yards and showed that he is an adequate complement to Alexander.

Grade B

 

WIDE RECEIVER:  Darrell Jackson had 6 receptions for 98 yards and was responsible for one of the Seahawks five turnovers. Koren Robinson had two receptions for 35 yards. Unacceptable for a big play receiver. Bobby Engram had 4 receptions for 73 yards.

Grade C

 

TIGHT ENDS: The Seahawks started with a three wide receiver set and finished with a two-receiver set due to the play of Ituli Mili. Mili had a career day, 5 receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

Grade A

 

OFFENSIVE LINE: The line gave up two sacks and had two false start penalties that where on Chris Gray. The left side of the line (LG Steve Hutchison, LT Walter Jones) is as good as any in the league. Right Chris Terry is beginning to play to his pre suspension form.

Grade C-

 

DEFENSIVE LINE: Norman Hand did not play and the line as a unit did not get much push off the ball or penetration on run and pass plays. The team gave up 421 total yards and Kitna was rarely uncomfortable in the pocket.

Grade D

 

LINEBACKERS: Chad Brown was inactive and Orland Huff subbing in for the injured Randell Godfrey (strained neck) was whistled for two holding penalties. D.D. Lewis and Anthony Simmons had seven tackles each. The unit did lose containment on several plays.

Grade C

 

SECONDARY: Ken Lucas did not play and his absence was evident. Nickel back Willie Williams was beaten numerous times by Chad Johnson and Peter Warrick. Marcus Trufant and Shawn Spring were nowhere to be found when it mattered most.

Grade D

SPECIAL TEAMS:  Josh Brown had 49-yard field goal blocked. Tom Rouen punted just twice. The punt team coverage was adequate and so were the kickoff and the kick return teams.

Grade C

 

 

COACHING: This is the second time the team has struggled on the road. If this team is to contend for a legitiment play off spot, they must win on the road and beat teams they are supposed to. Hard to blame the coaching staff if they are able to put players in a position to win the games and they don't. The overall blame still falls on the coaching staff.

Grade C


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