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Seahawks Offense Still Seeking Consistency Following Week 12 Loss To 49ers

Seattle’s offense struggled to get going in the team’s 31-13 loss to the 49ers.


Plenty of numbers tell the story of what was a pretty poor first half for the Seahawks offense on Thursday night.

Or there was the way Seahawks coach Pete Carroll summed it up better than any numbers could, saying, "We got nothing done on offense in the first half."

Indeed, it was a struggle for the Seahawks offense, which managed just three first downs and 56 yards in the first half of an eventual 31-13 loss, and while there were some better moments in the second half, it wasn't enough. Thursday's loss was the latest game in which an offense capable of putting up big numbers struggled to live up to its standard, with 10 possessions resulting in only two field goals, five punts, an interception, a missed field goal and a turnover on downs.

"We have to find our consistency," Carroll said. "We're just not moving the ball steadily and have to find a way to do that. It's mixing the stuff we have and using the guys we have better than we have so far… We need to help (Geno Smith) be effective. That's what this is, that is by running the football and catching the football and making our plays and converting on third downs. We have to help them in every way we can."

The Seahawks were without leading rusher Kenneth Walker III, who was out with an oblique injury, and Smith was playing despite a contusion on this throwing arm that limited him in practice this week, but both Smith and Carroll said the injury wasn't an issue.

"It was good enough to play, so wasn't thinking about it," said Smith. "Just trying to go out there and win.

Asked if the injury affected him in the game, Smith said, "No, not at all."

Added Carroll, "Had nothing to do with it. I think he was fine."

Getting the offense back on track will require a team effort, Smith said.

"I think kind of starts with every guy individually really just looking at his own film, his own tape, kind of looking himself in the mirror and say, what can I do to help the team?" he said. "How can I be more consistent? How can I be more effective on a down-to-down basis and play better so that we can score more points than we are right now? It directly starts with me. But as you know, we're all connected out there, all 11, so every single guy has to look himself in the mirror, starting with me. We get time reflect on this. It's tough. We get the time to reflect on it, figure out ways to get better."

And while the offensive numbers haven't been great as of late, there is still plenty of confidence in the locker room that things will turn around on that side of the ball.

"I still believe in the guys that we have," Smith said. "Still believe in our coaches. Still believe in the players. I think it's been a tough stretch for us, but I believe things will turn around. What we have to do is continue to work with hard, if not work harder. There is no excuse for it. There are no words that I can say that will make it better. What needs to be done is we need to work harder. We need to find a way. We got a lot of talent. We got a lot of good players on this offense. We got the right coaches. So we got to believe, continue to stay consistent in our work, and then we just got to work harder and find a way."

MLB pitcher and Seattle native Blake Snell was chosen to raise the 12 Flag prior to kickoff of the Thanksgiving night contest versus the 49ers.

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