Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Tuesday, Nov. 16 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
The Athletic: 'Not Quite' Ready To Bury The Seahawks
There's no doubt that the 2021 season hasn't gone according to plan for the Seahawks.
Seattle lost three straight after a 2-2 start, hindered without Russell Wilson -- who missed the first games of his career due to a finger injury. Backup quarterback Geno Smith got them back on track before the bye week with a big win over the Jaguars, but Wilson and the offense struggled in their latest loss to the Packers.
Now sitting at 3-6, the expectation remains the same: make the postseason. It's not as daunting as it may seem, especially with a 17th game on the schedule this season and an extra playoff spot available (which was added last year). Seattle is just a game behind the No. 8-ranked Vikings and 1.5 games back of the Panthers, who currently hold the final wild-card spot.
The Athletic's Sheil Kapadia wrote about the Seahawks on Tuesday in his weekly NFL takeaways. While losing four of five doesn't exactly give Seattle momentum, Kapadia is still not ready to give up on the team. Kapadia cited a tight battle in the standings, Wilson's expected improvement and a suddenly formidable defense as reasons for optimism.
"On one hand, the only NFC team with fewer wins than the Seahawks is the Detroit Lions. On the other hand, the Seahawks are only 1.5 games out of the final wild-card spot and still have eight games to play.
"Against the Packers, Wilson looked very much like a quarterback who was adjusting to playing with an injury. It's reasonable to think we might get a different version of him going forward. The defense is up to 19th in EPA per drive and 10th in points allowed.
"If you're convinced that everything is about to come crashing down, that's a perfectly valid viewpoint. It's entirely possible. But I'm not quite there yet with Seattle. Let's see how the next couple weeks go."
Social Post Of The Day
Russell Wilson kept things positive on social media following Seattle's Week 10 loss:
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle with five takeaways from Pete Carroll's Monday press conference.
Also at Seahawks.com, Boyle has details on Seattle's latest roster moves as of Monday.
Bob Condotta and Adam Jude of the Seattle Times answered four questions in their weekly Four Downs column.
John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle on why the Seahawks can't afford a loss this week against the Cardinals.
Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated wrote about Russell Wilson accepting the blame for Sunday's loss.
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seattle Seahawks' 17-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers on November 14, 2021 at Lambeau Field. Eye On The Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.