The Seattle Seahawks fell back to .500 with a 25-17 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Chargers. Here are our takeaways from a dismal game against an old AFC West Divisional foe on Sunday.
In perhaps their stiffest test since facing a stout Rams team, the Seattle Seahawks squared off against one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Los Angeles came into the game riding a four-game winning streak and were victorious in five of their last six contests. Unfortunately, the Hawks suffered a tough loss 25-17 to yet another California team at Centurylink.
What game are they watching?
The officiating was, perplexing and truly questionable. Multiple calls left not only fans, coaches and players scratching their heads, but also the announcers and even head referee, Gene Steratore. Flags seemed to come at critical moments. While Seattle is good, they aren’t good enough yet to overcome these types of calls and quality opponents.
Among the calls that left many puzzled, was a pass interference call for a textbook “pick” route that led to a missed FG and a possible TD. There was a reviewed touchdown where it appeared L.A.’s Mike Williams stepped out of bounds two or three times.
Let’s not forget two unnecessary roughness penalties, the first on Germain Ifedi for grazing a defensive player, derailed one drive. Another was called on center Justin Britt, on a play that hadn’t been blown dead, and where Doug Baldwin was still getting hit by a Los Angeles player. I truly believe the flag was thrown prior to the whistle. The call crippled another promising drive.