It’s hard to win a game in the NFL. It’s harder to win a game on the road. It’s even more difficult to win a game away from home in a place like Seattle. It’s impossible to win on the road in Seattle if you make mistakes.
The problems started early for New Orleans on Saturday when its first series culminated with a punt that barely went anywhere. The Saints added to their difficulties with an unnecessary roughness penalty that kept a drive alive that ended with a field goal for Seattle.
Down 3-0, the Saints had a chance to tie, but Shayne Graham’s field goal attempt was wide, perhaps partially due to him kicking the ball that was held with the laces out.
The Seahawks grabbed a 6-0 lead and after the Saints got the ball back, Mark Ingram proceeded to fumble deep in his own territory. A few plays later, Skittles came flying out of the crowd as Marshawn Lynch scored on a run to put the Seahawks up by 13 early in the second quarter.
On the next series, Drew Brees threw back-to-back-to-back inaccurate passes forcing the Saints to punt and after getting the ball back, Brees was unable to complete a fourth-down pass in Seattle territory.
The Seahawks extended their lead to 16-0 on Steven Hauschka’s third field goal of the first half.
The good news for the Saints is that through it all, they're still within two scores of magically tying it up. Sean Payton is going to have to figure something out at halftime as his defense has bended but not broken, while his high-profile offense has struggled to move the ball through the air.
Through six quarters of play in Seattle this season, the Saints have been outscored 50-7.