SEATTLE -- For the first time this year, the Seattle Seahawks didn't have the most dangerous quarterback on the field.
While Lamar Jackson looked like a player in a video game stuck in turbo mode, knifing his way through Seattle's defense, Russell Wilson had the least spectacular outing of what's been an MVP-caliber start to the season. It included an interception that Marcus Peters returned 67 yards for a touchdown.
Jackson finished with 116 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 carries -- and he might have had more if his footing wasn't a recurring issue on the wet turf.
To make matters worse for the Seahawks, everyone else in the NFC West won Sunday. That leaves Seattle (5-2) with two more losses than the 6-0 San Francisco 49ers and one game ahead of the Los Angeles Rams (4-3).
Pivotal play: With the Ravens facing a fourth-and-2 from the Seattle 8 in the third quarter, John Harbaugh called a timeout and put his offense back on the field, forgoing a short field-goal try. Jackson scored on a keeper to break a 13-13 tie. The Seahawks' previous drive ended with a Jason Myers missed field goal from 53 yards out, which gave the Ravens a short field. They faced fourth-and-3 from the Baltimore 35, so they were in the territory that might have tempted coach Pete Carroll to go for it instead of trying a long field goal on a wet day. Those two fourth-down decisions loomed large.
QB breakdown: Wilson finished 20 of 41 for 241 yards, a touchdown and his first interception of the season. Jaron Brown, the intended target on his pick-six, could have helped Wilson out by coming back to the ball. But Wilson also could have gotten more on his pass had he squared up to Brown and stepped into his throw. Wilson's 65.2 passer rating is his first of the season under 100.
Troubling trend: Carroll made another ill-fated challenge that cost the Seahawks a timeout that they could have used at the end of the first half. He wanted defensive pass interference on a throw to DK Metcalf, but he didn't seem to have much of a chance of winning that challenge based on how infrequently the NFL has called DPI upon review. The swiftness of the review suggests it wasn't much of a question in the league's eyes. That timeout would have come in handy on their final drive of the half, which ended with a field goal after a third-down throwaway from Wilson. Carroll's optimism doesn't seem to serve him well on PI challenges, although he did win one earlier this season.
Troubling trend, Part II: The Seahawks didn't have a sack in their past two games and finished with one Sunday. Branden Jackson's sack was their only official hit on Jackson, and it was aided by one of the quarterback's slips. He said trying to bring down Baltimore's QB is "like playing Madden against Michael Vick. Extremely difficult."
Lamar Jackson's mobility is certainly an extenuating circumstance -- Jadeveon Clowney said Seattle couldn't be as aggressive in its pass rush with the increased emphasis on keeping him contained -- as is the fact that Ezekiel Ansah didn't play because of his ankle injury. But the Seahawks need to get to the quarterback more than they are.