Seahawks Try to Recover Again

Seahawks Try to Recover Again

Once again, the Seahawks will try to pick up the pieces, this time after being completely overwhelmed by the Houston Texans 34-7 on Sunday. Seattle had won two straight, and thought they had turned the corner after struggling to find an identity on offense and defense.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said his team's performance was reminiscent of the Dallas game, where the Seahawks came in prepared to answer questions about the team's struggles on the road, but failed to match the Cowboys' intensity and lost 38-17

"We came out feeling pretty good, knowing it was a challenge, knowing we had to play well and trying to sort of answer the issues that we had playing on the road," Hasselbeck said. "And we just fell flat on our face, didn't do it at all. Not even close."

Seahawks offensive tackle Sean Locklear the offensive line has to go back to the drawing board, which once again struggled to protect Hasselbeck in a game on the road. "We just need to get this loss out of our system, watch film and get ready to game plan on Wednesday," Locklear said.

Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who finished with four receptions for 52 yards, said he has an idea of why Seattle is struggling on offense -- but he isn't telling. "I have my thoughts, but I will keep them to myself," said Houshmandzadeh. "What I think doesn't really matter much."

NOTES, QUOTES

--QB Matt Hasselbeck backed center Chris Spencer after the game on Sunday after Jim Mora questioned the legitimacy of the starting center's hand injury. Spencer has a broken right thumb and can't squeeze the ball with the injured hand, so he's been snapping the ball the past month with his left hand. The Seahawks botched three snaps against Houston.

"He's been doing a great job of sucking it up and trying to snap left handed," Hasselbeck said. "I can't really describe what happened on the fumbled exchanges, but clearly that's not good. And that's not just on him, it's on the quarterback just as much, so I responsibility for my part in it."

--In his second game back from a bruised lung injury, running back Julius Jones finished with 39 yards on 10 carries, including a long of 24 yards. Jones also had one catch for 11 yards. Like most of his teammates, Jones was frustrated with how the game turned out.

"We just didn't get it done in all aspects of the game," Jones said. "Everybody has to look at themselves -- everybody. I'm the first to look at myself. I think everybody in this entire locker room that was out on the field with us, everybody needs to look at themselves, every last person."

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

--LB David Hawthorne led Seattle in tackles with 10 and also recovered a fumble given up by Houston running back Ryan Moats.

--TE John Carlson finally got more involved in the offense, finishing with three catches for 24 yards, including a four-yard reception for a score.

--RB Justin Forsett finished with 162 all-purpose yards, including a 41-yard kickoff return against Houston.

--OG Max Unger could be Seattle's new center if head coach Jim Mora follows through and benches the injured Chris Spencer. Unger, a rookie out of the University of Oregon, played center in college and believes that is his best position in the pros.

REPORT CARD VS. TEXANS

PASSING OFFENSE: D -- Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was sacked three times and hit another six times, as head coach Jim Mora called out the offensive line after the game. Hasselbeck finished 24-of-35 for 247 yards and a touchdown.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus -- The Seahawks finished with just 62 yards on 24 carries for a 2.6 yards-per-carry average, as Seattle had to abandon the running game because they fell behind 24-7 in the first half.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- Seattle had no answer for Houston quarterback Matt Schaub and receiver Andre Johnson. Schaub finished 29 of 39 for 365 yards and two touchdowns, good enough for a 109.5 passer rating. Johnson finished with a season-high 11 receptions for 193 yards and two touchdowns.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-minus -- The Seahawks held the Texans to 85 yards on 28 carries, but Houston didn't have to run the ball because of the Texans ability to move the ball through the air.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Seattle had a punt blocked by ex-Hawk Kevin Bentley. But defensive tackle Craig Terrill also blocked a 26-yard field goal attempt by Houston's Kris Brown. Punter Jon Ryan continues to play at a high level. He finished with seven punts for a 49-yard average.

COACHING: F -- Seattle head coach Jim Mora could not get his players motivated to compete on the road against at Houston, a disturbing trend that has continued all season long. And for the second time this season Mora called out an individual player, questioning the legitimacy of center Chris Spencer's injured right thumb. Spencer has been snapping with his left hand for about a month because he can't squeeze the ball with his right hand. Earlier this season, Mora called kicker Olindo Mare's performance unacceptable after he missed two field goals in a 25-19 loss to Chicago.

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