Upon Further Review: Seahawks Week 8

A review of four hot issues from the Seattle Seahawks’ 14-9 victory against the St. Louis Rams:

A disaster up front on offense: Russell Wilson was sacked seven times Monday night, the most in his career. Wilson has been sacked 19 times in the past five games, which still doesn’t tell the story of how often he gets hit and how much he is under siege. The Seahawks coaches try to portray this in a positive light, saying it will get better, but it isn’t getting better. Playing backups at both tackle spots is only part of the problem. No one on the line is playing well. Something needs to change now. The team can’t just wait around for starters Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini to return from injuries.

Lynch unhappy: Marshawn Lynch had only eight carries Monday night for 23 yards, and it was clear on the sideline near the end of the game that he wasn’t very happy about it. Neither was coach Pete Carroll. "He’s a competitor and he wants the ball," Carroll said of Lynch. "He didn’t have a chance tonight because we didn’t get him the football enough. He was frustrated and I was, too." Everything revolves around the power running game for the Seattle offense, so it's miraculous that the team won when it had only 44 yards rushing on 15 carries. It was a bit of a surprise that returning fullback Michael Robinson didn’t have more of an impact.

Tate good and bad: Seattle wouldn’t have won this game without wide receiver Golden Tate, who scored both touchdowns for the Seahawks, including a stellar 80-yard catch and run when he out-fought the defender for the ball, then set sail for the end zone. But he also made a classless gesture of taunting the safety who was chasing him for the last 20 yards of the run. Tate later apologized, saying he let the emotions of the moment get the best of him. "I’ve got to represent the team a little better than that," Tate said. "I have to act like I’ve been there before. And it hurt our special teams [with the 15-yard penalty on the kickoff]. It won't happen again. It was a lesson learned."

Defense tough in the red zone: The Seattle defense had a rare bad game against the run, giving up 200 yards rushing to a Rams team that was struggling previously at running the football. But the defense got it done when it counted the most. St. Louis was 0-for-4 inside the red zone, settling for field goals the first three trips before a goal-line stand by Seattle at the end of the game preserved the victory. Linebacker Bruce Irvin had an outstanding game with nine tackles, including one sack, and an interception on a deep sideline pass, a spot where Irvin wasn’t asked to cover anyone in the past.