Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 22, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
The recent struggles of the offense have come more to the forefront after the Seahawks 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Seattle converted two of their first four third down chances against Arizona but failed to convert another the rest of the game. The inability to move the chains on third down led to seven three-and-outs and just two drives the entire game that lasted longer than four plays.
QB Russell Wilson was just 11 of 27 for 108 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The four yards per pass attempt was the worst mark of his career with the Seahawks.
Wilson said his accuracy suffered at times against the Cardinals.
"Sometimes you just have a bad day," Wilson said. "Sometimes your days are great, sometimes they’re good, and sometimes you have one or two bad days in there and hopefully you can get rid of those days."
The third down struggles are now are a focal point for Seattle's offensive issues. The offense hasn't found a groove since a 34-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 2.
Wilson puts the blame for the lack of third down consistency squarely on his shoulders.
"We just got to execute and I just got to be better. That’s what it really comes down to it," Wilson said.
"We’ll get it right. I know at one point, we were the best in the National Football League for seven-eight weeks on third downs. So it’s not like we haven’t done it before."
Seattle needs a victory Sunday against the the St. Louis Rams or a loss from the San Francisco 49ers in order to secure the NFC West crown and home field advantage throughout the postseason.
The Seahawks offense struggled in the first meeting with the Rams in October. Seattle was just 2 for 11 on third downs against St. Louis and posted just 135 yards of total offense. Wilson was sacked seven times as backups G Paul McQuistan and T Michael Bowie struggled to block Rams' pass rushers DE Robert Quinn and DE Chris Long.
Seattle's offense will have to be better for the Seahawks to reach their ultimate goal. Wilson still has faith that they'll get where they need to be and doesn't intend to stop working any time soon.
"The biggest thing for me is just continue to do what I’ve done all year, continue to try to be consistent and be clutch when we need it, and be the calm in the storm. I’m not going to waiver, I never will. I never have, never will," Wilson said.
St. Louis Rams
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WR Tavon Austin (ankle)
RB Daryl Richardson (thigh)
S T.J. McDonald (illness)
DE Chris Long (thigh)
LB K.J. Wright (foot)
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WR Percy Harvin (hip)
WR Jermaine Kearse (ankle)
DE Red Bryant (knee)
G J.R. Sweezy (concussion)
FB Derrick Coleman (shoulder)
T Russell Okung (toe)
LB Malcolm Smith (ankle)
CB Richard Sherman (hip)
RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury)
S Earl Thomas (thigh)