SEATTLE — For the first time this year, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t have the most dangerous quarterback on the field.
Though Lamar Jackson looked like a player in a video game stuck in turbo mode, knifing his way through Seattle’s defense, Russell Wilson had the least spectacular outing of what’s been an MVP-caliber start to the season. It included an interception that Marcus Peters returned 67 yards for a touchdown.
Jackson finished with 111 yards rushing and a touchdown on 10 carries — and he might have had more if his footing wasn’t a recurring issue on the wet turf.
To make matters worse for the Seahawks, everyone else in the NFC West won Sunday. That leaves Seattle (5-2) with two more losses than the 6-0 San Francisco 49ers and one game ahead of the Los Angeles Rams (4-3).
Pivotal play: With the Ravens facing a fourth-and-2 from the Seattle 8 in the third quarter, John Harbaugh called a timeout and put his offense back on the field, forgoing a short field-goal try. Jackson scored on a keeper to break a 13-13 tie. The Seahawks’ previous drive ended with a Jason Myers missed field goal from 53 yards out. They faced fourth-and-3 from the Baltimore 35, so they were in the territory that might have tempted coach Pete Carroll to go for it instead of trying a long field goal on a wet day. Those two fourth-down decisions loomed large.
QB breakdown: Wilson finished 20 of 41 for 241 yards, a touchdown and his first interception of the season. Jaron Brown, the intended target on his pick-six, could have helped Wilson out by coming back to the ball. But Wilson also could have gotten more on his throw had he not been flat-footed when he let it go. Wilson’s 65.2 passer rating is his first of the season under 100.
Troubling trend: Carroll made another ill-fated challenge that cost the Seahawks a timeout that they could have used at the end of the first half. He wanted defensive pass interference on a throw to DK Metcalf, but he didn’t seem to have much of a chance of winning that challenge based on how infrequently the NFL has called DPI upon review. The swiftness of the review suggests it wasn’t much of a question in the league’s eyes. That timeout would have come in handy on their final drive of the half, which ended with a field goal after a third-down throwaway from Wilson. Carroll’s optimism doesn’t seem to serve him well on PI challenges, although he did win one earlier this season.