Red zone failure adds up to another loss

The Seattle Seahawks inability to execute in the red zone resulted in another bitter loss.



The Seattle Seahawks offense moved the ball but was unable to produce points in their 14 to 3 loss to the Redskins.

The Washington Redskins drew first blood in the game when quarterback Shane Mathews hit Darnerien McCants with an 11-yard pass to give the skins a 6-0 lead. Place Kicker James Tuthill converted the extra point try to give the redskins a 7-0 lead with 7:39 left in the first quarter.

Seattle answered the call to arms on its next possession with a 23-yard field from Ryan Lindell.

The Redskins answered Seattle's field goal with another pass play for a touchdown.Quarterback Shane Mathews hit wide receiver Rod Gardner from 19 yards out to give the Redskins a 14 to 3 lead.

After two stalled offensive possessions, Seattle looked like it might break out of its scoring slump on its next possession.Seattle started the last drive of the first half at it's own 45 yard line and moved the ball all the way to the Washington seven yard line with 1:56 seconds to go in the first half.

Seattle was looking at a favorable, first down and goal from the seven-yard line.

After throwing an incomplete pass on first down quarterback Matt Hasselback was flagged for intentional grounding.

The penalty moved the ball back to the Washington 18 yard line. After two short completions Seattle moved the ball to the Washington two-yard line with 36 seconds left in the half.

Rather than kick a field goal Seattle Head Coach Mike Holmgern decided to go for it on fourth and goal."We were down there, and I thought we had a couple of good plays to call in that situation." Holmgren said.

Washington Defensive End Bruce Smith sacked Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on the fourth down try.Washington took over on downs and ran out the clock to take a 14 to 3 half time lead.

The Seattle offense reached the Washington red zone twice in the second half and came away with zero points.

Seahawk Wide Receiver Koren Robinson says the teams must improve its red zone play, " It's frustrating being in the red zone and not getting in there. It's in the red zone where you get fired up and only have 20 yards to get in the end zone and we still have to make the plays and get in there."

Seattle's lone offensive highlight was the play of Wide Receiver Koren Robinson.

Robinson caught eight passes for 100 yards." You got to like it, but you got to win games. Those are just stat and they're fine and dandy but of you don't get the victory then it's worthless. We need to find a way to finish these games."  Robinson said.

Although they held the Redskins to just 14 points the Seattle defense could not contain Redskin running back Kenny Watson. Watson gained 110 yards on 23 carries filling in for the injured Stephen Davis.

The inability to stop the run, convert in the red zone, and execute on offense has left the Seahawks with a 2-6 record.

"We're playing close football games and we're losing them, for whatever reason," said Seahawk Head Coach Mike Holmgren  "The cumulative toll is starting to catch up with us."

Game Notes:

Seahawks linebacker Chad Brown will have surgery on Monday and will most likely miss the remainder of the season...Seattle wide receiver Darrell Jackson, who suffered a concussion last week against Dallas, did not play. Safety Marcus Robinson left the game with a concussion.

  Matt Hasselbeck was 28-of-44 passing for 264 yards in his second start of the year.

Shaun Alexander rushed for 67 yards on 19 carries.

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