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Sloppy Seahawks lose another home game, Ravens win 30-16

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens (5-2) rained on the Seattle Seahawks’ (5-2) parade.

A sloppy showing by Seattle saw Russell Wilson have his worst game of the season, the defense get destroyed on the ground by the brilliance of Lamar Jackson, and two defensive TDs aided Baltimore in a 30-16 road win. Earl Thomas’ return to Seattle was a successful one, as the Ravens defense harassed Wilson into a 20/41 day for 241 yards, a TD, and a pick-six.

The Seahawks running game sputtered, as Chris Carson only had 65 yards on 21 carries, while Jackson personally had 116 himself, including the go-ahead rushing TD in the 3rd quarter.

This was the second-largest loss at CenturyLink Field in the Russell Wilson era, and it was thoroughly deserved. They were bad.

1st Half

Baltimore got on the scoreboard first thanks to an 8-play, 77-yard drive that included a 50-yard pass from Lamar Jackson to Miles Boykin (who beat Tedric Thompson). A Jadeveon Clowney stop on a 3rd and 2 rush by Justice Hill led to Justin Tucker kicking a chipshot field goal. 3-0 Ravens.

After the teams traded punts, Seattle got its offense going with Chris Carson pounding the Ravens defense with punishing runs, while Russell Wilson had two spectacular third down passes. His first one to DK Metcalf gained 37 yards on 3rd and 11, then after Jaron Brown dropped a 2nd and 3 touchdown, Wilson found Tyler Lockett for an actual touchdown. 7-3 Seahawks.

Lamar Jackson showed off his incredible skills, scrambling for 28 yards on a 3rd and 10 to extend the drive. A deep pass to Mark Andrews beat K.J. Wright for a gain of 33 yards, but the Seahawks red zone defense tightened up and held them to another field goal. 7-6 Seahawks.

A pass-heavy 9-play, 59-yard drive saw Wilson convert a 3rd down throw to Malik Turner for 24 yards. Seattle would fail to convert their red zone trip into a touchdown, and Pete Carroll squandered his last timeout with a stupid DPI challenge on a throw to DK Metcalf. 10-6 Seahawks.

Seattle’s next offensive possession was a disaster. Marcus Peters’ debut with the Ravens couldn’t have been any brighter, as he picked off a dreadful Wilson throw for a touchdown. 13-10 Ravens.

Seattle did even the score at halftime thanks to a 14-play, 79-yard drive that included this ridiculous catch by Tyler Lockett in the face of a Cover-0 blitz. 13-13.

2nd Half

After intermission, the Seahawks continued to rely on the passing game over the running game, with mixed results. They punted the ball back to the Ravens, who hadn’t been on offense since about six minutes left in the 2nd quarter, but the defense held them to a three-and-out.

It looked like the Seahawks would take the lead again when they marched into Baltimore territory, but the drive stalled at the Ravens 36 and Pete Carroll opted to kick a 53-yard field goal in the rain and Jason Myers missed it. 4th and 3 seemed like a good down to go for it, but I’m not a coach.

This ill-fated decision turned into a touchdown for the Ravens, as Lamar Jackson led Baltimore to an 11-play, 67-yard drive that saw them eschew kicking another chipshot field goal and instead sending Jackson back out there to score a rushing TD on 4th and 2. 20-13 Ravens.

After another Seahawks punt, Lamar Jackson destroyed Seattle’s defense with a dazzling display of open-field running. Baltimore’s running backs were also gashing the defensive line. It was a dispiriting drive that lasted several hours (not really, but close enough) and led to a field goal. 23-13 Ravens.

DK Metcalf had the nail in the coffin with a catch, unforced fumble, and Marlon Humphrey scooped and scored. 30-13 Ravens.

For god knows what reason, Pete Carroll settled for a field goal when their garbage time drive stalled out. 30-16 Ravens.

Seahawks injury report

None from what I recall.

Next week’s opponent

The Seahawks play the woeful Atlanta Falcons (1-6) on the road, in what could be Dan Quinn’s final game as head coach in Atlanta. Kickoff time is 10 AM PT on FOX.