Unfortunately, for Baltimore, the Ravens (6-3) could not pull off another 4th quarter comeback win as they traveled to Seattle (3-6) and were upset by the Seahawks 22-17.
Seattle’s offense only got in the end zone once, a Marshawn Lynch 1-yard run, but that’s all that was needed to pull-off the upset against the Ravens. Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka tied a franchise record of 5 field goals, as he was accountable for 16 of the teams 22 points.
After coming off of a 3 interception game, Tarvaris Jackson was able to be turnover free and manage the game. The lack of turnovers allowed the Seahawks to run the ball effectively. Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 32 times racking up 109-yards on the ground. Lynch also had 58-yards through the air.
Seattle’s ability to stay turnover free also allowed them to stay on the field much longer than there previous games. Seattle controlled the time of possession, holding the ball about 10 minutes longer than the Ravens, and that is the recipe for success. Seattle didn’t do anything too flashy, they went at the Baltimore defense and made sure that they took advantage of their chances by putting points on the board.
The problems continued for the Ravens offense, as they struggled to make anything happen against the Seattle defense. Give credit to the Seattle defense, as the secondary did a great job of not giving up the big play down-field. Flacco had another ruff day at the office, only getting 255-yards on a career high 52 pass attempts. Flacco completed 55% of his passes, but the majority of them were short passes that the Seattle defense had under control.
Ray Rice had a better game as a quarterback than he did on the ground. Rice threw a touchdown pass to Ed Dickson at the Seahawks 1-yard line. That was really the only spark that Rice brought to this game. He only had 5 carries for 27-yards and once again the Ravens shied away from their best offensive player. He did have 8 catches for 54-yards, but if the Ravens are going to be successful they need rice to be a factor on the ground.
Ed Dickson had a career game as he caught 10 of Flacco’s 29 completions for 79-yards and 2 touchdowns. Dickson and Rice were the only players that Flacco was able to find some type of chemistry with.
Ravens kick returner David Reed fumbled not once, but twice. Seattle took advantage of the Ravens gifts and turned those turnovers into 6 points.
Baltimore has now suffered two of their three losses to teams with losing records, Jacksonville and Seattle.
Seattle did exactly what they had to do to win this game. The formula for success is limited turnovers and ball control. Tarvaris Jackson managed the game very well and did not try to do too much. Marshawn Lynch was definitely the x-factor in this game. He ran extremely hard, put the team on his back, and treated the Ravens defense like little boys.