Winning can’t mask that the Seahawks have issues

It’s not often you chide a team that just won an NFL game, but in this case, Seattle deserves it. The Seahawks ground out a victory vs. a divisional foe, but cast more doubt on their abilities in the process.

Fact: The Seahawks beat San Francisco by a score of 12-9 Sunday.

Fact: The Seahawks improved to 1-1 thanks to a fourth-quarter touchdown drive.

Fact: The Seahawks have now topped the 49ers in their past eight meetings (including one postseason win).

Friendly foe

7 straight

Seattle has won seven straight regular-season games against the 49ers. The Seahawks have not lost at home to the 49ers since late in the 2011 season. Seattle also extended its win streak in home openers to nine. The Seahawks haven’t lost their first home game since 2008.

Source: AP

Fact: The Seahawks are in big trouble.

It’s not often you chide a team that just won an NFL game, but in this case, Seattle deserves it. The Seahawks ground out a victory against a divisional foe but cast more doubt on their abilities in the process.

Twelve points against the Niners? Fifty rushing yards through the first three quarters?

They may have bettered their opponent Sunday — but their offense isn’t getting better.

“Ugly as hell,” said Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin when asked about the O. “Very ugly. But we did enough.”

Yes, the Seahawks did enough against a team that went 2-14 last year and finished last in total defense. They squeaked out a victory against a two-touchdown underdog listed at 300-1 to win the Super Bowl.

But that wouldn’t have been nearly enough against a playoff-caliber team playing its “C” game or better. And at this point, you have to wonder if this scoring problem will ever truly vanish.

It’s not that off games are uncommon among NFL teams. Even the Patriots — the league’s model of sustained excellence — find themselves out of sync from time to time.

But this wasn’t an abnormality the Seahawks can shrug off with a smile. This was the perpetuation of a trend that sunk them last season.

Seattle has now scored 12 points or fewer in seven of its past 18 regular-season games — including the past two. There were three losses last year where a mere 15 points would have been enough to win.

Yes, most of the salary-cap money goes toward the defensive side of the ball — which has been outstanding for the past two weeks. But that doesn’t justify the offensive embarrassment the Seahawks displayed…

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