Good morning. I’m headed out of the Motor City and to Seattle later this morning. We’ll have our regular Monday Morning QB chat at 11 a.m. today.
But for now, let’s take a look at some reaction from Seattle’s 28-24 loss to Detroit on Sunday.
Here’s my game story from Sunday. The Seahawks have given up over 400 yards of offense in two of their past three contests. “I think the offense played great – good enough for us to win the game,” Seattle safety Earl Thomas said. “If somebody would’ve told me that the offense was going to give us 24 points, I would have taken it all day long. So I think this game is more on us, especially being in the back end (of the defense). We gave up some explosive plays, everybody across the board. But now we need to move on to the Vikings (Seattle’s next opponent at home Nov. 4).”
John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that it’s time to delete the elite tag from Seattle’s defense. McGrath: “An elite defense doesn’t enable Titus Young to collect statistics that suggest he’ll develop into a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. An elite defense doesn’t afford Matthew Stafford the option – and it always was there –of dumping off an unchallenged outlet pass that moves the first-down chains.”
While the anticipated battle between Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and Seattle’s Richard Sherman never really materialized, Johnson’s teammates benefitted from all the attention he received. “I mean, you see his numbers – they speak for themselves,” Sherman said. “He was a non-factor. So, you know, that’s how that went.”
Russell Wilson threw a season-high 35 times, as the Seahawks were effective passing the ball against a banged-up Detroit secondary. “The thing I’m most excited about is that last drive we had,” Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice said. “We went down and drove the ball. We ran the ball. We made the plays that needed to be made. And I feel like we’re capable of doing that every single time we’re out there as an offense.”
Steve Kelly of The Seattle Times writes that that this time Seattle’s defense was to blame. Kelly: “That final Lions drive didn’t define the Seahawks’ defense, but it did define how much work is ahead. On the last drive, as it was for much of the frustrating afternoon, the Seahawks couldn’t get off the field. The Lions exposed the middle of the field where the defense was vulnerable.”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says that this was the most puzzling loss of the year for the Seahawks. O’Neil: “The defense had not allowed more than two touchdowns in any game this season. Not only did Detroit score four on Sunday, the Lions converted 12 of their 16 third downs, the highest percentage by any Seahawks opponent since December 2004.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com notes that Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was at his best on third downs, completing 14 of 15 passes for 111 yards and two TDs.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that the Seattle’s defense continued a trend of struggling in third and long situations.
Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle believes it’s time to focus on Seattle’s struggles on the defensive side of the ball. Salk: “The defense allowed this team to jump out to a 4-2 start while the quarterback was learning the ropes in the NFL. But a funny thing happened along the way. The quarterback play has been stellar for three straight weeks while the defense has slipped.”
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post writes that Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner was beat because he gave up an inside release to Titus Young on the slant route for the winning score.
Will Brinson of CBS Sports gives Seattle a C+ grade for its effort against the Lions. Brinson: “Excellent effort from Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson had a very good game as well. Surprisingly, this loss is on the defense — they picked Matt Stafford once and sacked him twice, but they also gave up three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown to the Lions quarterback. Thrilling end to the game, but Seattle wasted a good offensive effort on the road.”