For the fifth straight regular season – and the seventh time overall since 2012 – Green Bay and Seattle will meet again on Thursday night, but this time it’s positioning in a jumbled NFC playoff picture at stake.
For most of his career, the fourth quarter is where Russell Wilson has thrived. His late game heroics of leading comebacks in the fourth quarter or overtime to win games take up nearly an entire page of Seattle’s weekly game notes.
The idea the Seattle Seahawks would score 31 points and lose used to be unfathomable with Pete Carroll in charge.
Brandin Cooks rushed for a 9-yard touchdown with 5:49 to play on the first snap after Dante Fowler forced and recovered a fumble by Russell Wilson, and the Los Angeles Rams bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Rams head into their meeting with Seattle this weekend with a chance to essentially end the NFC West race with seven weeks to go. The Rams are returning from their first loss of the season in New Orleans last week. Their win in Seattle five weeks ago left the Seahawks frustrated with their inability to finish strong against their division rivals.
It’s easy to see why No. 3 might be taken for granted sometimes. But Sunday’s loss to the Chargers was a reminder of what has been true for a few years: If Russell Wilson doesn’t play well, Seattle doesn’t win.
The Seattle Seahawks successfully reset their roster and figured out a style and method for winning in the first half of the season. That made what happened in losing to the Los Angeles Chargers a major step backward. The team that found a winning formula by running the ball, avoiding costly mistakes on offense and stopping the run on defense showed how easy it is to get off track.
On a micro level, the Seahawks’ 25-17 loss to the Chargers on Sunday at CenturyLink Field felt to them like one that got away. Or, more accurately, like one they let get away through misplays, penalties, too many chunk plays allowed, a missed field-goal attempt and a huge pick-six interception thrown by Russell Wilson.
The Seattle Seahawks came up just short in their latest comeback attempt, losing 25-17 to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday at Safeco Field in Seattle.
The disruptions that marked the previous few years have been conspicuously absent. Russell Wilson is thriving, Carroll appears rejuvenated, and the Seahawks are trending in the right direction.
Wide receiver Tyler Lockett is back to full strength and producing more than ever for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks have won four of five – including a victory in London – and the game against the Chargers starts a stretch with six of the final nine games at home for Seattle. Chargers QB Philip Rivers will play in his 200th consecutive game, facing an improving Seattle defense.