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Can wounded Seahawks stop their bleeding?

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By Dan Arkush

So much for home cooking.

For the first time this season at Qwest Field, the Seahawks got eaten alive. With their offense unable to score in the first three quarters for a second straight week, and their defense surrendering touchdowns on five straight first-half possessions, Seattle looked clueless in a 41-7 thumping by the Giants that does not bode well at all for the team’s future.

It’s possible the team’s fortunes might improve in Arizona this Sunday with the likely returns of QB Matt Hasselbeck and OLT Russell Okung from a slight concussion and an ankle injury, respectively. But it won’t matter one bit if the team continues to look as uninspired as it has the last two games in extremely lopsided losses to the Raiders and Giants.

In his first pro start in place of Hasselbeck, Charlie Whitehurst couldn’t have been more overmatched in Week Nine, throwing for only 113 yards while registering an anemic 44.3 passer rating with a pair of interceptions inside the red zone in the first half. As for the defense, which was missing three-quarters of its defensive line due to injuries, it has suddenly allowed 74 points and over 1,000 total yards the last two games.

The PFW spin

Is there any hope for Pete Carroll’s troops heading into the second half of the season? Because they play in a terrible division that looks weaker than ever, maybe it’s possible the Seahawks can get their act together. But for that to happen, they need to get a lot healthier in a hurry.

While they really miss Okung, it is worth noting that their patchwork offensive line did somehow manage to keep Whitehurst from getting sacked by the Giants after allowing eight sacks by the Raiders one week earlier. A bigger key would appear to be a healthy Hasselbeck, who is a much more proven commodity than Whitehurst, with the necessary moxie to take advantage of a Cardinals defense that imploded against another savvy veteran last week by the name of Brett Favre.

While neither unit is in good shape at the moment, Seattle's offense would appear to be a bigger problem than its defense, which has been overextended to the max by the offense’s jaw-dropping shortcomings. Somehow, some way, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates needs to get more out of RB Marshawn Lynch, who at least on one run against the Giants showed the grit necessary to trigger a reversal in form, and TE John Carlson (22 catches, one TD), who has been grossly underutilized in the first eight games.

Realistically, though, the Seahawks really look like a team headed in the wrong direction at the moment.

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