When you lead 24-9 at home, at half-time, and lose the game — it’s a problem.
When you play the way Seattle did in the second half, it’s a disaster.
We saw the worst of 2020 brought together in one horrible half, dumping a great big reality check on this team in the process.
The early-season 2020 wet-paper defense combined with the stuttering and stalling offense of the late season, to produce a defeat memorable for all the wrong reasons.
The Seahawks were hammered in the second half and the stats paint a depressing picture:
— Tennessee had 33 first downs compared to Seattle’s 17
— Seattle was 4/12 on third down
— The Titans recorded 532 total yards and ran for 212
— The Titans had over 20 more minutes of possession
Let’s just be honest here. The reason this game even went to overtime in the first place was down to Tennessee’s own mistakes. Horrendous blown coverages gifted the Seahawks points.
And while it wasn’t all horrible — Seattle ended the first half superbly with a fantastic late drive that hinted at real positivity — that second half is a gut-punch that exposed problems that have existed for years and a lot of people refuse to acknowledge or discuss.
You can’t blow a 24-9 lead at home. You can’t be outscored 24-6 after the second quarter.
The Titans’ coaches made adjustments at half-time and changed the game. The Seahawks staff had no response. They had no answers on offense when drive after drive became a painful toil. There was no resistance on defense.
The Seahawks have players who are capable of making individual highlight plays on defense but I don’t believe they have the difference makers to warrant attention and simply impact games with their presence.
When you need someone to step up and make a play at a vital moment at the end of that game, who’s going to do it?
Nobody could. Nobody was able to produce that moment of magic.
And why, still, is the offense so easily knocked off track with seemingly no return? Whose fault is that? The quarterback? The coordinator? Pete Carroll? The O-line? All of them?
The kicker missing an extra point, the 10 penalties (some painful and avoidable), Tre Flowers continuing to play for this team, the total inability to get the tight ends involved.
Being absolutely whipped up front, at home, again. Isn’t this supposed to be a team built to win up front?
We’ve all been here before.
This was simply more of the same.
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