16 is the number of unanswered points the Seahawks defense gave up in the 4th quarter, (out of character) which the Seahawks offense was not able to match in leading to a 23-17 loss Sunday to the Washington Redskins.
A game which the Seahawks thought they could have won, and should have won.
It's hard to blame a defense which has carried this team so far this season, but Sunday was one of the unit's worst games of the year.
The Seahawks secondary intercepted Rex Grossman twice but got burned on enough plays to surrender 314 passing yards and allowed 26 of 35 completions to the hot-and-cold QB. It was a season high for Grossman.
Redskins rookie running back Roy Helu carried the ball 23 times for 108 yards, a career high.
Tarvaris Jackson completed 14 of 30 passes for 144 yards with TDs and the interception late.
Jackson said after the game, "with nine minutes to go up by 10 we expect to win the game, and for them to come in and score two touchdowns and for us to stall on offense, that's disappointing. I don't know what we've got to do better."
Jackson added, "They had more pressure than we could block at times, and [we had] miscommunication as far as the routes go. We've got to complete more passes."
Marshawn Lynch did great work running for 111 yards on 24 carries and including the key 20 yard touchdown reception which converted the Redskins turnover into instant points.
"We're just a young bunch of guys," Carroll said. "There were too many things that happened at the end of the game that shouldn't happen. There's decision, choices and penalties that just distract the heck out of the flow of the game. It ain't going away yet. In this game it made a difference, a week ago we won in that situation. But it's not good enough."
Red Bryant said after the game, "We pride ourselves on finishing. For whatever reason we we're always a play behind. We let one slip, you don't get a lot of opportunities like this , but you have to credit the Redskins because they did what they had to do to get the win."
Doug Baldwin said that this team can't use youth as an excuse anymore, regarding the penalties and the miscommunication.
The Seahawks were penalized 9 times for 91 yards in this game.
Pete Carroll said that he would consider benching players who consistently make mistakes. It's hard to imagine exactly where they have room to make changes, but that is what the coach said after the frustrating lost.
Carroll said, "Sometimes you just have to put other guys in the game. Same guys keep making mistakes, you have to put other guys in."
Seattle drops to 4-7 on the season and have a home date with the Eagles Thursday evening.
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