Shaky, inconsistent quarterback play should come as no surprise for the Seattle Seahawks given how little they've invested in the position.
The bigger surprise following their 23-13 defeat to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9: They've now allowed at least 412 yards in half of their games during a 2-6 start to the 2011 season. That included allowing 442 yards to the Cowboys.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks had no answer for Cowboys rookie running back DeMarco Murray. Safety Earl Thomas: "He's a cut-back guy. He's patient. He's turning out to be the star on the Cowboys. He had a good game, but I think we could have held him more than what we did today. It was just a lot of misfits, and he found the right hole and stuck with his game plan." Noted: Seattle had not allowed more than 3.5 yards per carry during a game this season before Sunday. The Cowboys averaged 5.6.
Also from O'Neil: Tarvaris Jackson feels "sick" following a rough performance against Dallas.
More from O'Neil: Penalties weren't the only problem for Seattle, but they were near the top of the list.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times sees the Seahawks' performance as one befitting a rebuilding team. Brewer: "The Seahawks will tell you that they're a few little things away from being a solid team. But leaks are leaks. They have a lot of messes to clean up before they can even play competent football, let alone compete consistently against good teams. This season is about development, and as the second half begins, the pressure is on to see tangible progress, particularly on offense."
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com offers postgame notes, including one about the team reporting no injuries of significance.
Also from Farnsworth: Marshawn Lynch rushed for 135 yards, but it wasn't nearly enough for the Seahawks.