What it means: The Seahawks have fallen apart in their last two games and it's increasingly apparent they're lacking in the talent department after losing multiple key players to injuries. Seattle lost sole possession of first place in the NFC West even though the Arizona Cardinals lost at Minnesota. The Seahawks and idle St. Louis Rams are both 4-4, one game better than Arizona. But the Rams defeated Seattle, 20-3, at the Edward Jones Dome earlier this season.
What I liked: Seattle's pass protection was better than anticipated given the injury situation on the offensive line. Charlie Whitehurstsuffered no sacks as Seattle used two or more tight ends frequently. That was about it. Sensing a dark day for the NFC West, I put personal gain above the best interests of the division by starting the Giants' Hakeem Nicks, the Vikings' Ryan Longwell and the Giants' defense in the ESPN.com Blog Network Gridiron Challenge fantasy league. Sure, the blog is better off when NFC West teams fare well. But if teams in the division are going to lose -- and it was clear heading into Sunday that they probably would -- why let fantasy points go to waste?
What I didn't like: Forget problems directly associated with the Seahawks' obvious talent disadvantage. Seattle had trouble executing snaps between quarterback and center. Whitehurst, making his first NFL start, too often threw inaccurately or at least ineffectively even when he had time. The pass protection was better than anticipated, in fact. The defense committed penalties in third-and-long situations early in the game, ceding momentum unnecessarily. Even dynamic return specialist Leon Washington lost a fumble early in the game.
No QB controversy: A stronger showing from Whitehurst might have generated conversation about whether he should remain in the lineup. Matt Hasselbeck, ruled out Sunday after suffering a concussion last week, remains the obvious choice once doctors clear him. The team expects Hasselbeck to return this week, but stricter guidelines for concussions could come into play.
Trending: Seattle has been outscored 74-10 in their last two games.
What's next: The Seahawks visit the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 10.