The Seahawks fell to 5-2 with a 30-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, a game that saw Baltimore’s defense score twice off Seahawks turnovers. Here are five rapid reactions to Sunday’s loss:
1. Turnovers were incredibly costly.
Russell Wilson has had an amazing start to the 2019 season, and has rightly found himself right in the middle of the MVP conversation, but after starting the season with 15 touchdown passes without an interception—including Sunday’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett, Wilson finally was intercepted, and it turned out to be one of the biggest plays of the game. Marcus Peters, who was traded to the Ravens from the Los Angeles Rams earlier this week, read a pass intended for Jaron Brown and jumped the route, returning the pick 67 yards for a touchdown. Prior to that play, it looked like the Seahawks were on their way to potentially adding to a 10-6 lead late in the first half, but instead the Ravens took a 13-10 lead. The Seahawks did respond with a nice drive to tie the game before halftime, but in a game that was tight most of the way, that swing late in the half loomed large.
Then late in the game, any hopes of a Seahawks touchdown were lost when DK Metcalf fumbled after making a catch, and Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey picked up the loose ball and returned it 18 yards for a score.
2. Lamar Jackson is a handful.
The Seahawks for the most part kept Baltimore’s passing game in check, but that didn’t mean Lamar Jackson wasn’t able to find ways to hurt Seattle’s defense. While Jackson completed only 9 of 20 passes for 143 yards, he made a few very impressive throws, including a 50-yard gain while rolling to his right that set up a field goal, and a nice 33-yard touch pass that set up another. More significantly, Jackson was incredibly dangerous with his legs, rushing for 116 yards on 14 carries. On a third-quarter drive that gave the Ravens the lead, Jackson rushed for 13 yards on third-and-15, leading to the Ravens deciding to go for it on fourth down, and on fourth-and-2, Jackson scored on an 8-yard run. On another key play, Jackson had a 30-yard run on third-and-8 with the Ravens backed up deep in their own territory.
3. Wilson to Lockett remains a very effective combination.
While it ultimately came in a losing effort, Tyler Lockett came through with another big game, catching 5 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Lockett came through with yet another spectacular catch, a diving 8-yard touchdown grab despite being held on the route. He also had a 33-yard catch to covert on third down.
4. Bobby Wagner is closing in on Seahawks history.
With a team-high 13 tackles, Wagner is close to a very significant milestone. Wagner now has 983 tackles in his eight year career, just one behind Eugene Robinson’s franchise leading total of 984.
K.J. Wright, who had eight tackles, is also close to moving up on that list with 774 tackles, trailing Joe Nash by five tackles for fourth place on the team’s all-time list.
5. Marquise Blair made his first career start.
With two safeties sidelined by injury, second-round pick Marquise Blair made his first career start, and recorded six tackles, which was third on the team behind Wagner and Wright. Blair also had a third-down pass breakup to help the Seahawks get a stop.