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Rapid Reaction: Tough Day On Offense And Trouble Stopping League's Top Rushing Attack

Takeaways from the Seahawks’ Week 9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. 


BALTIMORE—The Seahawks traveled to Baltimore knowing they were facing a tough test against one of the league's best and most well-rounded teams.

And while there is a ton of season left for the Seahawks to improve and make Sunday's game a distant memory, what they discovered in this game is that they still have plenty of work to do, struggling on offense and defense as the home team rolled to a convincing 37-3 win.

Here are five rapid reactions to Sunday's loss to the Ravens:

1. It was a very tough day for the Seahawks offense.

Facing a top defense from the AFC North a week ago, the Seahawks scored 17 first-half points, struggled for a while, then put together the game-winning drive to cap off what was an up-and-down, yet still productive day against Cleveland.

A week later another great AFC North defense, however, the Seahawks started slow and never got going as the Ravens made life very difficult for Geno Smith and the entire offense. Seattle went three-and-out to open the game, the first of three straight drives to end in a punt, a streak that was broken by a Geno Smith interception.

A 50-yard completion to DK Metcalf late in the first half set up a field goal, but that was about the extent of the damage Seattle's offense could do, as the Ravens were equally stingy against the run and the pass, all game long, limiting Seattle to three points, 151 yards and a one for 12 conversion rate on third down.

2. Usually stingy run defense couldn't contain one of the league's top rushing attacks.

A big reason Seattle's defense has been improved in 2023 is how much better the Seahawks have been against the run compared to a year ago. Through seven games, Seattle's opponents were averaging just 3.6 yards per carry, the third lowest mark in the NFL. On Sunday, however, the Ravens running game got the best of the Seahawks defense, gaining 298 yards on 41 carries, an average of 7.3 yards per carry.

3. Turnovers continue to be a problem for the Seahawks.

Through four games, the Seahawks had just one turnover, the fewest in the NFL at the time. Since then, however, ball security has been an issue for the offense, and for Smith in particular. In addition to throwing an interception on a throw on which he and Tyler Lockett didn't appear to be on the same page, Smith also lost a fumble on one of Baltimore's four sacks.

With those two turnovers, the Seahawks have now committed multiple turnovers in four consecutive games, the first time since the 2013 season they've had four straight games with two or more turnovers.

4. Boye Mafe keeps getting sacks.

There weren't a lot of bright spots for the Seahawks in this game, but one positive moment for Seattle came from a player who just keeps doing good things for the defense.

Boye Mafe, who has taken a big leap in his second season, had a sack on which he forced a fumble and recovered the ball. The sack was Mafe's sixth of the season, having recorded one sack in each of the last six games.

With a sack in six consecutive games, Mafe tied a franchise record held by Michael Sinclair, who went six straight games with a sack in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

5. Jaxon Smith-Njigba continues to show up.

Another encouraging sign on an otherwise dismal day for the Seahawks was the play of Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who caught six passes, a career-high, for 63 yards, leading the team in both categories Sunday.

Check out some of the best action shots from Week 9 at the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 5, 2023. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.

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