The Seattle Seahawks are going to be a little baffled at how they were blown out on Sunday afternoon by the Cincinnati Bengals. After a slow start with Charlie Whitehurst on the field, Seattle was able to move the ball with Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback, and mounted drives of 64, 84 and 79 yards to try and get back in the football game. But they could only manage ten points (including getting embarrassingly stopped one yard short of the end zone as time expired at the end of the first half) off those opportunities.
That wasn't enough to overcome the poor play by Seattle's special teams.
Adam "Pacman" Jones came in and returned a punt 63 yards to set up Cincinnati for a brief touchdown drive, and Brandon Tate came in for two big returns late: One for 45 yards after the last Seattle score, setting up a brief Bengals drive and a Mike Nugent 48 yard field goal to put Cincinnati up 20-12, and then a 56 yard punt return for a touchdown to put the game on ice.
Those 17 points made all the difference in a game that could have been very tight otherwise, but Seattle could not nail down all three facets of the game, losing despite outgaining Cincy by 160 yards.
To discuss the game with Seahawks fans, head to Field Gulls. To discuss the game with Bengals fans, head to Cincy Jungle.