Sea­hawks hope loss was just one of those days


Times Colonist - - Sports - BOB CONDOTTA

SEAT­TLE — The Seat­tle Sea­hawks left Green Bay last Sun­day sur­prised, not so much that they lost — no one fig­ured a win at Lam­beau would come eas­ily — but in the way the de­feat hap­pened.

An of­fence that led the NFL in the pre­sea­son in to­tal yards — stand­ing in the top four in both rush­ing and pass­ing — was held to its fewest yards in a reg­u­larsea­son game in al­most three years (225) and just three field goals as the Pack­ers pulled away late for a 17-9 win.

“You could not have con­vinced me go­ing into that game that that was the way we were go­ing to per­form,” of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor Dar­rell Bev­ell said.

“We per­formed well in the pre­sea­son. So I was con­vinced that we were go­ing to go out and have a real solid game. But it was one of those first games and we made some mis­takes.”

The hope is that it was just one of those days against a good team on the road.

“I have no doubts that we will be bet­ter, that we will im­prove and we will get bet­ter in all the ar­eas,” Bev­ell said. “Usu­ally the sec­ond game, you cor­rect a lot of things. I have no doubts that we will be able to do that.”

If that doesn’t hap­pen to­day, when the Sea­hawks take on the San Fran­cisco 49ers, the doubts about this team and sea­son will not only in­crease in in­ten­sity, but take on added va­lid­ity.

Strug­gles at Green Bay are one thing. But the 49ers, once Seat­tle’s most heated ri­val, have in­stead been the Sea­hawks’ biggest punch­ing bag in the past few years. Seat­tle has won its last six reg­u­lar-sea­son games against the 49ers by a com­bined 147-67, and the last four have come the week af­ter a Sea­hawks loss.

San Fran­cisco has its fourth head coach in four years. Kyle Shana­han is in­stalling the of­fen­sive sys­tem he co-or­di­nated in lead­ing At­lanta to the Su­per Bowl last sea­son. He hired for­mer Sea­hawks as­sis­tant coach Robert Saleh to bring in a de­fence sim­i­lar to Seat­tle’s. But the 49ers still ap­pear as beat­able as any team on the Sea­hawks’ sched­ule.

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