Almost to a man and woman, the reviews are in: "Ugly" has been the keyword written to describe Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns.
The Associated Press: "The Browns kicked their way to an ugly win and .500"
The Seattle Times: "Browns win ugly battle, 6-3 over Seahawks"
The Seattle Post Intelligencer: "an ugly, ugly football game."
Charlie Whitehurst clearly played a poor game.
Whitehurst finished with a 40-percent completion percentage, 12-of-30 for 97 yards with an interception. His QB rating for the game was 35.0 as the no-huddle offense didn't work as planned.
Without running back Marshawn Lynch, who was a "late scratch" with a bad back, the Seattle run game managed only 65 yards on 17 carries. Pete Carroll said that Lynch's injury was something that has been ongoing since the Seahawks signed him and that the running back "couldn't get loose"
Center Max Unger also missed the game because of foot injury, and tight end Zach Miller did not play because of a concussion suffered against the Giants October 9.
With Miller out, tight end Anthony McCoy was targeted four times in the game, dropped a pass, and caught two for 10 yards.
The Seahawks were 2-for-12 on third-down and were called for 8 penalties, including a very questionable illegal block in the back call on Kennard Cox in the third quarter which nullified an 81-yard touchdown punt return by Leon Washington. Carroll was careful in his words regarding the penalty in the post-game press conference, but you can imagine the league will be reviewing the play.
Washington tweeted after the game, "On Flight Headed back to Seattle #12Man "Almost isn't Good Enough"."
Defensively the Seahawks played very well especially considering the fact they spent 43 minutes of the game on the field. They kept the Browns out of the end-zone and limited the guys in Orange to 12-for-24 on third down. Though Carroll said after the game that he felt they probably could have won if they had just stopped the Browns a few times on 3rd down.
Thurmond out for the season
Cornerback Walter Thurmond won't play again this season after suffering a broken leg (fibula) in the game. Thurmound was starting in place of Marcus Trufant who was placed on IR last week. Rookie Richard Sherman, the Seahawk's fifth-round pick, came into the game when Thurmond left.
Red Bryant, considered by many as the emotional leader of the team was ejected in the final minutes of the game after head-butting Alex Smith of the Browns. After the game Bryant said it was a dumb move on his part. But the visible frustration does demonstrate his role as a leader and that certain members of the team aren't satisfied with the results.
"A very difficult game today. We though we could do more than this, particularly on on offense. It could have been that day when the special teams wins the football game. Great punt return, and two blocked field goals, that would have been the difference for us."
"It's just disappointing for sure. We definitely had a chance to win the football game and we didn't do it. Offensively we couldn't get in a rhythm. We couldn't convert. I couldn't hit some guys that were open when they were."
At 2-4 the Seahawks return home next Sunday for a game against the 4-2 Cincinnati Bengals.
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