The Seahawks started out eerily the same way the Huskies did last night, quickly falling behind 10-0. But that’s the extent of the similarities. Unlike the Huskies, the Seahawks couldn’t gain control of the game.
Charlie Whitehurst got the start with Tarvaris Jackson nursing a pectoral injury he suffered in New York. But Whitehurst struggled from the get go and Tarvaris entered the game with the Hawks down 10-3 early in the second quarter. With time running out in the first half Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll decided to run the ball on 4th and 2 at the Cincinnati 3-yard line. Marshawn Lynch was unable to reach the goal line and the Hawks went to the locker room down 17-3.
The Seattle defense came out strong to start the second half with a sack by Anthony Hargrove and an interception by Richard Sherman. The Seahawks stayed in the game with Steven Hauschka’s 25-yard field goal and Marshawn Lynch’s 2-yard run cutting the deficit to 17-12. Ben Obomanu couldn’t hold onto the two-point conversion, but it wouldn’t be the difference in the game. Later in the fourth quarter the Bengals would put the game out of reach with Brandon Tate’s 56-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Tarvaris Jackson was injured in fourth quarter on an incomplete pass but returned to the game for the Seahawk’s final possession. He finished with 323 yards and an interception. His counterpart Andy Dalton threw for 168 yards with a pair of touchdowns and interceptions. The rookie outdueled both of Seattle’s quarterbacks leaving the Seahawks at 2-5.