Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Seahawks combined inept offense with an often pedestrian defense to fall further from relevance in the NFC West. They are 1-5 heading into a Week 8 matchup at San Francisco, a game featuring teams that have suffered a combined seven defeats in a row.
Seattle lost more than the game against Tampa Bay. Pro Bowl middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, already suffering through a subpar season by his standards, did not return after suffering an unspecified injury of unknown severity.
Injured quarterback Matt Hasselbeck may or may not return in the next week or two, but the Seahawks shouldn't fool themselves into thinking everything will be fine if and when Hasselbeck returns to the lineup. The Seahawks' season was spiraling downward before a recurring back issue sidelined Hasselbeck indefinitely.
Seattle converted only twice on third down. The Bucs converted 10 of 18 times. The Seahawks' defense still kept the score close enough for a team with a competent offense to challenge. But the Seattle passing offense poses virtually no threat in its current state. The situation at receiver remains disjointed at best. The offensive line isn't meeting expectations.
The running game and special teams were problematic for Seattle last season. Those areas were relatively strong against the Bucs, no consolation after a third consecutive defeat.