Rapid Reaction: Packers 27, Seahawks 17

October, 12, 2008
10/12/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks have 11 games remaining, which means there's plenty of time for improvement, but also a sense that things might get worse.

Losing at home to the Packers made official the Seahawks' decline into a below-average team in almost every sense. The one improved area this season -- the running game -- isn't going to matter when Seattle can't score enough points to offset recurring problems on defense.

When coach Mike Holmgren announced his intention to step away from coaching the Seahawks after this season, he never figured his team would take a sabbatical as well.

Injuries at receiver and now quarterback largely explain the issues on offense. Those issues are naturally affecting other aspects of the team. But they can't account for the full extent of Seattle's problems on defense.

This division is the Cardinals' to lose. Seattle still plays Arizona twice. That's the good news and the bad news for a team that can't get a break or make any of its own.

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