Losing for only the second time in their last 20 home games, the Seattle Seahawks failed miserably in their attempt to overcome defeat against the Dallas Cowboys. Unable to stop the Cowboys’ running game, the Hawks allowed 162 yards rushing; accounting for 115 of those yards, RB Demarco Murray had another solid game and continues to lead the league in rushing. Without the solidification of a rushing defense, the door was opened for the Cowboys’ passing game, and with no clear answer to the opposition’s aerial threat, the Hawks had no way of stopping them. On the offensive side of the ball it wasn’t any better for the Hawks as they managed to produce only nine first downs and 206 yards on offense.
The inability to move the ball started when the Hawks coaching staff relentlessly attempted to get Harvin in space on first and second downs. Touching the ball six times yesterday and netting -1 yard, Harvin’s performance was abysmal, calling into question the predictability of runs around the edge and bubble screens involving Harvin. Regardless of Harvin’s lack of offensive output, the Hawks were collectively pathetic on offense. Russell Wilson had very little time to make anything happen and as a result completed only 50% of his passes for 126 yards no touchdowns and an interception.
Blocking a punt, recovering a muffed punt, and returning a kick for 46 yards, the lone bright spot for the Hawks was their performance on special teams. Down 0-3 the Cowboys were forced to punt after failing to convert on 3rd and three. In on special teams to block the gunner on the play, Doug Baldwin shifted over at the last second to attempt a punt block. His attempt was successful and Mike Morgan returned the blocked punt 25 yards for a touchdown. At that point in the game, it looked as if Doug Baldwin had given the Hawks the momentum they needed to carry out a marginal victory against the Cowboys, instead the Cowboys went on to score 17 unanswered points, leading 17-10 at halftime.
After such a valiant effort, it was no wonder Doug went off in the locker room after the game criticizing his own team for their lack of production. A reporter asked Doug if the significant difference in time of possession played a factor in the outcome of the game, Doug responded by saying, “We had plenty of time to make plays. We’ve got too much talent not to be moving the f—— ball.” Relatively blunt, Baldwin spoke the truth, and it was nice to see some recognition of their self-inflicted loss.
However, despite a majority of the game being “self-inflicted” there did seem to be a lack of penal equality when it came to pass defending. Following Sherman’s pass interference penalty (in which he merely placed a hand on WR Dez Bryant’s back) the officials failed to flag a crucial deep left pass from Wilson to Willson in which Cowboy’s defender Kyle Wilber failed to turn around whilst putting his hand on Luke Willson’s facemask. The negligence involved with the officiating wasn’t the primary reason for the loss though, and the only way the Hawks can bounce back is if they can get healthy in the secondary and return to their basic offensive strengths.