It has taken all the positivity Russell Wilson can muster to maintain an air of positivity in the Seahawks locker room, and it can be argued that he hasn’t succeeded to the extent that he hoped.
The Seattle Seahawks were beaten 30-24 by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. And Wilson seems to understand the importance of quickly moving past that defeat. The Team Odds to Win NFC West are not as terrible as some fans thought shortly after Seattle’s defeat.
And Wilson is working hard to keep his team focused on the prize. The athlete did what he could to raise the spirits of Earl Thomas and Michael Bennett. Quinton Jefferson, on the other hand, was too busy shooing away nosy reporters that seemed all too intent on reminding his team of their devastating defeat.
Even after the EverBank Field loss, Wilson seemed certain that the team had what it took to take the lead in the NFC West. Seattle will be playing the Los Angeles Rams next week.
The team has two games left after that, the result of the head-to-head tiebreaker. If they can beat Los Angeles, then the Seahawks can take the NFC West Lead, a feat that isn’t that unimaginable seeing as Seattle already has one win against the Rams.
The Rams stand at 9-4 while Seattle fell to 8-5 on Sunday. Thomas told reporters that the Seahawks would require all the willpower that can be mustered to overcome the Sunday loss.
He admitted what everyone else saw, the fact that the Jaguars out-executed them despite having an inferior quarterback like Blake Bortles. Thomas said that the most hurtful aspect of that loss was Seattle’s inability to take advantage of Jacksonville’s QB problem.
The team’s defense seemed to crumble at some stages during the game. The three interceptions Wilson threw showed an uncharacteristic amount of imprudence. His actions were only compounded by the penalties Right Tackle Germain Ifedi committed.
The Seahawks have been here before. They have shown a penchant for starting off slow in previous seasons. They have also struggled to contend with Blair Walsh’s accuracy issues in earlier games.
All those issues and more seemed to surface again in the first half of the Sunday game. And it could be argued that Seattle is finally suffering under the pressure of losing Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman to season-ending injuries.
Strangely enough, Seattle performed admirably in the team’s first two games without Chancellor and Sherman. Whatever allowed them to keep their opponents under two hundred passing yards in prior weeks failed to work this time.
By the second quarter in the Sunday game, the Jaguars had racked up 262 yards. It is worth noting the absence of Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright in the Sunday game. By the third quarter, it was clear that Seattle was crumbling and they couldn’t do anything about it.
The Jaguars proved that the Seattle defense was vulnerable. The Seahawks must think of new contingencies before facing the Ram's offense. In a way, the Los Angeles game came at the wrong time for Seattle.
After all, the game will determine the team’s future this season, specifically when it comes to their ability to take the NFC West Lead. And that isn’t the sort of game you want to approach after a defeat.
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