Monday, October 14, 2013
Seahawks still struggling in the red zone
By Terry Blount
SEATTLE -- It's becoming a theme for the Seattle Seahawks: They make a lot of mistakes and play without discipline at key points of the game, but have enough talent and make plays at the right moment to usually come out with the victory.
That's what happened Sunday in a 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans. In addition to fumbling the ball five times (including twice on one play), the Seahawks were hurt by red-zone woes. Seattle made it inside the Tennessee 20 -yard line five times Sunday, scoring all five times, but three of those scores were field goals. And that doesn’t include reaching the Titans' 25 on a Russell Wilson scramble in the first quarter, only to have the play called back for holding by left guard James Carpenter. That drive resulted in no points.
"The red zone is still kicking our [tails]," said center Max Unger, who was back in the starting lineup Sunday after missing the previous two games with a triceps injury. "We need to get it done there. I don’t have an answer for it right now. We [will watch] the film and come up with something."
The Seahawks had 404 yards of offense and averaged 6.1 yards per play, but came up a little short when they moved into the red zone. Still, Wilson was more optimistic about it than Unger.
“I’m not concerned about our offense at all,” he said. “Before this week, we had a lot of guys out. We were 2 for 5 in the red zone. But the offense made some big plays when we needed to. After the second or third series, we were really rolling.”