Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, September 11 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks started the season with a loss at home, falling 30-13 to the Los Angeles Rams after being outscored 23-0 in the second half. The Seahawks are 0-1 with that disappointing loss, and Seattle looks to iron out the issues before traveling for the Week 2 matchup against the Detroit Lions.
After holding a 13-7 lead at halftime in front of a packed crowd of 12s at Lumen Field, Seattle gave up 23 unanswered points in the second half as the Rams took control of the game. The Rams (39:23) dominated on the time of possession clock compared to Seattle (20:37), making the most of third-down opportunities (11-17). The return of linebacker Bobby Wagner after a season away with the Rams was spoiled, despite the 12-year veteran leading both teams in tackles (19 combined). Fellow linebacker Jordyn Brooks returned in record-time from last season's Week 17 ACL injury against the New York Jets, and rookie wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba caught three passes in his debut just weeks after wrist surgery. Quarterback Geno Smith challenged himself and his teammates to remain hungry and use the defeat as a steppingstone for improvement for the weeks to come.
"That's something we've got to get better at," Smith said. "We've got to understand we have to go earn it every play, every down, every single game. Like I said, it's the NFL. I know we have a lot of young guys who for their first time are playing regular season football and might not know how hard you have to play to go out there and get wins. They don't come easy, and so I think this is going to be a great learning experience for us. I think we can look at these moments later in the season and say that we gained from it. Obviously it stinks today and it sucks. Really does. I hate losing. I don't like losing. But the one thing I do know about this team and myself is that we're going to get back to work and come tomorrow, really starting tonight, I'm going to get back to work and fix things and figure out how to be better for next week."
Smith continued with his thoughts on owning the loss as a "wake-up call" and moving forward as a team.
"You know, we don't lose at home. We can't do that. Let alone in this fashion. So for a lot of guys around here, including myself, we've got to look ourselves in the mirror, point the finger, and figure out how to get better."
Check out what local and national media had to say about the loss, as the Seahawks focus on bouncing back on the road in Week 2:
Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times: Why it’s not time to panic after Seahawks’ deflating opening loss.
Seattle Times Sports Staff: Seahawks Instant Reaction: What’s to make of troubling loss to Rams?
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: Seahawks look improved vs run, but pass D bullied by Rams.
Stacy Rost of Seattle Sports 710AM: Rost: What went wrong for Seahawks in shocking Week 1 loss?
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic: Dreaming big, Seahawks’ opener turns into a nightmare: ‘Got punched in the chin.’
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune: Pete Carroll seeks answers by Detroit for Seahawks’ 2nd half from hell against Los Angeles.
Brady Henderson of ESPN's NFL Nation: Geno Smith says Rams 'wanted it more' after opening loss.
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