Seahawks get picked apart by Ravens
A frustrating day for the Seattle Seahawks ended with two big mistakes and one home loss.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pick-six and receiver DK Metcalf had a fumble returned for a touchdown as the Hawks fell 30-16 to the Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens.
Jackson, the Ravens' second-year QB, out-Wilson'ed Wilson with his 116 yards rushing on 14 carries and 143 yards passing. He didn't throw a touchdown, or an interception, and was only 9 for 20, but that was enough on a day in which Baltimore battled Seattle evenly and then got the upper hand with its two big touchdown plays.
The Ravens (5-2) opened up a three-game lead over Cleveland and Pittsburgh, both 2-4, in the AFC North Division.
The Seahawks slipped to 5-2, still good for second in the NFC West but trailing 6-0 San Francisco and with the 4-3 Los Angeles Rams right behind them.
Wilson completed 20 of 41 passes for 241 yards with the one interception and one touchdown. He ran three times for 27 yards.
Chris Carson paced Seattle on the ground, gaining 65 yards on 21 attempts.
Tyler Lockett caught five Wilson passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Metcalf had four receptions for 53 yards.
Seattle led in total offense, 347 yars to 340, and in first downs, 20-14.
But Baltimore took the lead for good at 20-13 on Jackson's 8-yard run with 1:20 left in the third quarter.
Justin Tucker's third field goal boosted the lead to 23-13 with 3:47 left in the game.
Metcalf's fumble of a pass near the sideline came moments after that, and Marlon Humphrey scooped it up and returned the ball 18 yards for the score that put the Ravens in front 30-13.
Seattle got a late field goal from Jason Myers, but that wasn't enough to keep Baltimore safety Earl Thomas, who spent nine years with the Seahawks, from being able to gloat about the win over his former team.
Thomas finished with five tackles.
The Ravens led 3-0 after one quarter.
Seattle got on the board 14 seconds into the second quarter on an 8-yard Wilson-to-Lockett pass. That capped an 11-play, 83-yard drive that took six minutes in the rain.
Baltimore kicked a field goal, and Myers made one from 34 yards a few minutes later, giving the Hawks a 10-6 edge.
The Ravens gained a 13-10 lead with five minutes left in the first half as cornerback Marcus Peters, a former University of Washington standout, jumped into the path of a weakly thrown sideline pass by Wilson, interecepted and returned it 67 yards.
Late in the half, Wilson passed 24 yards to Jaron Brown and ran 11 yards to the Baltimore 13 to set up the 31-yard field goal by Myers that made the halftime score 13-13.
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