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Monday Round-Up: Media Reactions To Seahawks' 39-32 Loss to the New Orleans Saints

Local and national media react to the Seattle Seahawks’ 39-32 defeat to the New Orleans Saints in Week 5.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, October 10 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Media Reacts To Seahawks Week 5 Loss To Saints

The Seattle Seahawks fell 39-32 to the New Orleans Saints to end their two-game road trip, falling to 2-3. In another offensive shootout, the two teams combined for 71 points and 834 yards of total offense. For the Seahawks, injuries, penalties and defensive struggles proved to be a recipe for disaster on the road.

Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith delivered another standout performance on the road, completing 16-25 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Smith also ran the ball three times for 13 yards. Two of those touchdowns went to wideout Tyler Lockett, who recorded five receptions for 104 yards. 

Per Pro Football Focus, Seahawks wideout Tyler Lockett has not dropped a target through five weeks.

Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll weighed in on the loss after the game."This game hurts all of us because we know we had a chance to win the football game," said Carroll. "I would never take anything away from the Saints. They did a great job, a lot of cool things in this game to win it. We had our chances and had all kinds of opportunities to get it done. There were too many things that went wrong. We gave them another opportunity here and there. We made it too easy on them. These games are so hard. They're so difficult to win. If you screw it up or give them something, you're fighting against it the whole time. I know you want to know about the punt. That was a rollout punt. You might have to run something if the kick is not there. We were supposed to kick the ball there. All in all, really Taysom Hill had a great football game against us. We did not stop him, and our plan for the Wildcat did not work. He ran for over 100 yards on the day. That was truly the difference for them, I thought, in a lot of crucial situations he came through in a big way for them. It wasn't new. They had done it. The things we tried to do, we couldn't get it done."

Tariq Woolen: Defensive Rookie Of The Year Discussions

Another week - more Tariq. Seahawks rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen recorded his third-consecutive interception against New Orleans. In five games, Woolen has rallied supporters inside and out of the team, earning mentorship from Seahawks Legend Richard Sherman.

It may be time to start up the Defensive Rookie of the Year discussions.

Prayers For Penny

Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny suffered an unfortunate ankle injury against the Saints in the midst of another dominant performance. Penny was averaging over six yards per carry (54 yards) when he left the field. Penny currently sits at 346 yards on 57 carries for 2 touchdowns (6.1 yards per carry).

While Seattle will miss Penny's production, the bigger concern is his physical and mental health at the moment.

Kenneth Walker III: Right On Time

It took four games for Seahawks rookie running back Kenneth Walker III to record his first-career touchdown - but it came at the perfect time. The 2021 Doak Walker and Walter Camp Award winner showed what Michigan State fans got to experience for two seasons - the Kenneth Walker show. 

Offseason injuries have caused Seattle to slowly unleash Walker, but he made all 8 of his carries count against New Orleans Sunday.

Following Penny going down with a serious ankle injury, Walker III put Seattle back in the lead in the fourth quarter. When defenders closed holes to his left, Walker cut back right and up the sideline for a 69-yard touchdown to put Seattle up 32-31.

Walker III will subsequently get more carries while Penny rehabs. Sunday's performance may be a metaphor of what's to come as Walker III continues to get adjusted.

Here's what Pacific Northwest and national media had to say following the game:

Seahawks Legend Richard Sherman says the Seattle Seahawks ‘Must keep Geno Smith.’

Social Post Of The Day

Per Doug Farrar of USA Today, Seahawks rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen looks like a dynamite draft pick.

The Seahawks face the Saints in New Orleans for Week 5 of the season at Caesars Superdome on October 9, 2022. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.

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