It appears that the Seattle Seahawks still have not recovered from Head Coach Pete Carroll’s infamous bonehead call in Super Bowl XLIX to throw for the touchdown from the two-yard line instead of giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch. Or maybe Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is still trying to figure out why it took so long to negotiate a contract. Whatever the issue, the team that has appeared in the last two super bowls and winning one seems to be in a funk.
Their season isn’t over, far from it. However, the swagger isn’t there.
In week five they lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in a game they think they should have won.
In the middle of the third quarter they went up 17 points after scoring on a defensive touchdown. Yet they lost the game in overtime and now they sit 2-3.
Instead of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson taking command at the end of the game, it was Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton. He engineered three straight scores –- two touchdowns and a field goal to force overtime and finally a win.
It looked as though the Seahawks would coast to an easy victory after scoring two touchdowns in two-minutes in the third quarter. Undrafted rookie running back Thomas Rawls dashed 69-yards for a score and later linebacker Bobby Wagner scooped up a fumble and ran it 23-yards for another TD to make the score 24-7.
However, in the fourth quarter Dalton threw a touchdown pass, ran for another score and then led the Bengals on a 69-yard drive with no timeouts that resulted in a 31-yard field goal on the last play of regulation. Including the fourth quarter and the overtime period he completed 13 passes on 15 attempts for 135 yards. He now leads the NFL in fourth-quarter passer rating.
The Seahawks had their chance in overtime. However, they had to punt twice and ultimately gave Bengals’ kicker Mike Nugent the opportunity to kick a 42-yard field goal that ended the game. The kick actually bounced off the left upright before going through.
This game marks the third time in Seahawks history that they blew a 17-point lead. It happened against Baltimore in 2003 and against St. Louis in 2004.
Dalton finished with 30 completions on 44 attempts for 331 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He was also sacked four times.
Russell Wilson completed 15 passes on 23 attempts for 213 yards, a touchdown, and one interception. He was also sacked four times.
A.J. Green caught six passes for 78 yards. BENGALS 27 SEAHAWKS 24
The Seahawks misfortune so far this season is providing an opening for the Arizona Cardinals. They beat the troubled Detroit Lions, the league’s only team without a win.
Cardinals’ QB Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes –- one for 14-yards to Darren Fells, one for 18-yards to John Brown, and one for two-yards to Larry Fitzgerald. He finished with 11 completions on 14 attempts for 161 yards. His passer rating is now 154.2.
Meanwhile, Lions’ QB Matt Stafford threw three interceptions and was benched. He ended his day with 20 completions on 32 attempts for 188 yards. He threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick.
Dan Orlovsky replaced Stafford. The last time he threw a pass in a regular season game was 2012 and this game marked the first time he even took a snap from center in almost two years.
Lions’ fans remember him for running out of the back of the end zone for a safety while trying to pass in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings in 2008, the year the team went 0-16. He completed 21 passes out of 38 attempts for 191 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
There were a few interesting coincidences that tied this game to the Lions’ winless season of 2008. Cardinals’ defensive end Cory Redding, who was a member of the Lions’ roster during that infamous year, contributed an interception that he almost ran in for a score and Cardinals’ backup quarterback Drew Stanton finished up for Palmer. Stanton was a back up QB for the Lions in 2008.
Stafford’s and Orlovsky’s performance got them into the NFL record book as they combined for 70 pass attempts in a regulation game. The new mark supplanted Vinny Testaverde’s 69 pass attempts when he played with the New York Jets in a 2000 loss to Baltimore. CARDINALS 42 LIONS 17
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had a sensational game as he achieved 41 completions, a career-best, on 54 attempts for 441 yards and became the winningest quarterback in Giants history with 102 as the Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers.
Giants’ receiver Odell Beckham Jr. seems to torment every team he plays against and that was no less so for the 49ers. His speed and moves were too much to handle for the 49ers defense. He set up the Giants’ first touchdown on a 31-yard reception and a 15-yard catch set up a 17-yard score. However, he had to leave the game as a result of a hamstring injury. He finished with seven catches for 121 yards.
San Francisco’s receiver Anquan Boldin caught eight passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Both teams were able to sustain long drives. In the first half the Giants had possessions of 76, 81, and 66 yards and the 49ers had a 76-yard series. However, each drive ended with a field goal except for Giants’ running back Shane Vereen’s touchdown reception of two-yards in the second quarter. Josh Brown made field goals for the Giants of 22 and 41 yards and Phil Dawson made kicks of 43 and 22 yards for the 49ers.
San Francisco’s QB Colin Kaepernick did well completing 23 passes on 35 attempts for 262 yards and two touchdowns. He earned a quarterback rating of 107.1 for his performance. He engineered a seven- play, 80-yard drive that ended with a Carlos Hyde 2-yard touchdown plunge with one minute, 50 seconds remaining and gave the 49ers a four-point lead.
Manning then engineered the winning drive that culminated in a 12-yard touchdown pass to Larry Donnell. It was the 49ers’ fourth straight loss. GIANTS 30 49ERS 27
The defense gave the St. Louis Rams an opportunity to beat the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay as they forced Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers to give up three turnovers — two interceptions and fumble. But the Rams offense could not turn those takeaways into points.
To make matters worse for the Rams, quarterback Nick Foles gave up four interceptions, including one in the end zone. He ended his day completing 11 passes on 30 attempts for 141 yards and a touchdown. Tavon Austin caught the TD pass, which gives him three TD receptions in two weeks and five in five games.
Packers’ rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and picked off another with 23 seconds remaining in the game. Packers’ safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted the pass in the end zone. Only Rams running back Todd Gurley was affective rushing for 159 yards on 30 carries.
Foles was pressured several times during the game and that resulted in some poor decisions and throws and when he was on target, his receivers dropped the ball. PACKERS 24 RAMS 10
NFC WEST STANDINGS
ARIZONA CARDINALS 4-1
ST. LOUIS RAMS 2-3
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 2-3
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1-4
NFC WEST SCHEDULE
CARDINALS @ STEELERS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015
PANTHERS @ SEAHAWKS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015
RAVENS @ 49ERS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015
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