Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora called Minnesota the most complete team the Seahawks have faced so far this season. And he said offensively, Seattle didn’t give itself a chance with the defense playing well early on.
“The first quarter defensively we played well,” Mora said. “We needed to get something going on offense to give ourselves a little energy, a little juice to support what the defense was doing, and we weren’t able to do that.”
The Seahawks have now lost six straight on the road dating back to last season, and are 5-16 on the road dating back to the beginning of the 2007 season.
So what gives?
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“We’ve tried everything,” Mora said about his team’s struggles on the road. “We went to the blue pants. We’re going to keep searching. We’re not going to throw up our hands and give up. We’re going to keep working and fighting and searching, and we’ll get it done eventually.”
On Seattle’s struggles getting the running game going, which included a franchise-worst four yards on the ground, Mora had this to say:
“They don’t have a weakness on their football team quite frankly,” Mora said. “They’re just good all round. They’re big and they’re physical, and they’re fast. And there’s just a lot of good football players on that football team.
“We just that we could get a block made and spring something, and they didn’t let us. They just didn’t let us.”
Mora said his team has to continue to practice and prepare hard each week in order to break out of a season-long funk, particularly on the road.
“That’s the only thing I know that helps you dig out of one of these things,” Mora said. “And I believe if we do those things, as bad as it seems right now, as awful as we feel right now, because we do feel awful … We’ll get over the hump. But if we don’t do those things then it’s going to be difficult.”
Asked if he felt the team took a step back, Mora had this to say:
“It never feels like a step back to me. You’re always moving forward, it just doesn’t feel like it after the game We’re going to find positives in that game, just like we’re going to find negatives
“This team will continue to fight hard. I don’t question their effort. But effort is not going to be enough. We’re going to need to execute better.”
* Seattle’s effort to establish the zone blocking scheme took a huge step back again today. After rushing for 164 yards last week, Seattle rushed for a franchise-worst 4 yards on 13 carries, breaking the franchise mark of 14 yards set earlier this year in the first game against Arizona.
* Seattle finished 1 of 10 on third down conversions on the game, had just 70 yards of offense in the first half and did not cross the 50 yard line in the first half.
* Favre finished 22 of 25 for 213 yards and four touchdown catches for a 141.7 passer rating ,the second highest of his career. Favre’s 88 percent completion percentage was the highest in his career.
* The Seahawks finished with 10 penalties for 64 yards.
* The Vikings held a 42:11 to 17:49 advantage in time of possession.
* Seattle finished with 212 total yards.
* Linebacker David Hawthorne led Seattle again in tackles with 11 solo and 4 assisted for a total of 15. Seattle finished with two sacks, one by Darryl Tapp and Cory Redding. That was Redding’s first sack of the season.
* John Carlson was shut out in his homecoming. The Litchfield, Minn., native did not have a catch and was targeted four times.
* Nate Burleson fared better playing against his former team, finishing with eight catches for 100 yards, including a long of 36 yards on a one-handed catch that set up an Olindo Mare field goal.
* Justin Forsett struggled in the running game, finishing with nine yards on nine carries. But he also added 80 yards of receiving on a catches, and scored the team’s only touchdown on a 1-yard plunge.