4 Seahawks takeaways from Week 7 loss to Saints on Monday Night Football
The Seattle Seahawks put up a fight against the New Orleans Saints but ultimately fell in a 13-10 loss on Monday Night Football. With Russell Wilson still out due to a finger injury, the Seahawks will have to wait a little longer before they get to be competitive on the field again as they dropped to 2-5 with this loss. Here are some key takeaways from the Seahawks’ Week 7 loss to the Saints.
Seahawks takeaways from Monday Night Football loss to Saints
4. The Seahawks have a kicker problem
It could’ve been the weather on a rainy Monday night, but Seahawks kicker Jason Myers was largely ineffective against the Saints. He only made 1-of-3 field goal attempts and missed a 44-yard field goal to tie the score in the third quarter.
Looking back, the result could’ve been different for the Seahawks if Myers managed to nail all his attempts, given how close the score was throughout the game. Pete Carroll should definitely find a way to solve this problem or else they will be bound to lose more tight games in the future.
3. Their defense still has plenty of room for improvement
The Seahawks’ secondary did the work on Monday night, limiting the Saints’ receivers all game long. However, the pass-rushing unit still needs to put more effort. They missed the services of defensive end Darrell Taylor, who was out after suffering a scary injury the week before.
Certainly enough, the absence of the team’s current sack leader was felt by the defensive rotation. They failed to limit opposing quarterback Jamies Winston, who only absorbed four hits and two sacks throughout the game. They also fell short in stopping Alvin Kamara, who was explosive in his role as a pass catcher with 128 yards on 10 catches and a touchdown scored.
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The Seahawks could’ve given themselves a better chance of winning if the defense was able to do its job and contain the opposing playmakers like Winston and Kamara as much as possible.
2. Seattle’s running game couldn’t do anything
Without their RB1 in Chris Carson, the Seahawks currently have shallow depth in their running back room. Even the return of Alex Collins, who missed a couple of practices over the week, couldn’t save the Seahawks’ ground game in Week 7.
Collins already led the group with 35 yards and 16 carries, while Travis Homer added 14 yards on a single attempt for the team. The lack of talent in the room was evident as the team was handicapped without a rusher who can do damage against a capable defensive team like the Saints.
Without Carson, the Seahawks can expect that they will have to rely more on the passing game in the coming weeks, even amid the absence of their QB1 in Russell Wilson.
1. The Seahawks need Russell Wilson back ASAP
Everyone can admit that Seattle has become a completely different team without their starting quarterback in Russell Wilson. In two games with Geno Smith in the starting lineup, the Seahawks haven’t been able to maximize their offensive attack.
In Week 7, Smith produced 167 yards on 12-of-22 passing attempts to go with a touchdown against the Saints. The opposing pass rushers also ate him alive as he was sacked five times in the game. It was evident how Smith didn’t have the same running ability as Wilson, who can make his way out of the pocket if the play doesn’t materialize on the field.
For now, Pete Carroll can only hope that Geno Smith can hold his ground for the meantime as they await the return of Russell Wilson in the weeks to come. Carroll knows just how much Wilson means to this franchise.