Charlie Whitehurst started the game, but only lasted two series as Jackson replaced him. Jackson didn’t fair too well as he completed just over half of his passes for no scores and an INT. He did manage over 300 yards, while Rice and Obomanu both managed over 100 yards receiving. The running game continued to disappoint as Marshawn Lynch managed only 24 yards on 16 carries.
The Seahawks kept the game close for 3 quarters, getting as close to 5 points in the 4th quarter before the Bengals defense and special teams took over late in the quarter. A late punt was returned 56 yards by Brandon Tate to the house to give the Bengals a 15 point lead with just over 3 minutes in the game. Another late score was added by Reggie Nelson’s 75 yard INT return.
Seattle’s defense continued to play fairly solid, causing 2 turnovers on rookie Andy Dalton and keeping the running game in check. Cincy was without starting tailback, Cedric Benson, who was serving a one game suspension. Bernard Scott took the bulk of the carries and finished with 22 carries and 76 yards. A key I spoke of last week was stopping rookie sensation AJ Green. The Seahawks did a decent job at that by keeping him to 4 catches on 10 targets for 63 yards. Unfortunately that included a 43 yard score that ultimately was enough to give the Bengals the lead for good.
Seattle now falls to 2-5 on the year after falling to two straight AFC North squads. They get a break from the conference next week as they go into Dallas to square off vs the 3-4 Cowboys.