That was a brutal sucker-punch of a loss, punctuated by the injuries to Payne and Wallace. Like a buddy of mine said, this game felt like something from the pre-Holmgren era.... Just the despair and blackness that come from the Hawks somehow, someway finding a way to lose a game they should have won.
The running game was vastly improved, and while the defense made some plays, they also had some key breakdowns. At 0-2, the Hawks are not out of it, but absolutely need to win at home next week against STL. Despite this embarassing defeat, I have no doubt Seattle will win next Sunday. However, it is pretty depressing that my expectations have tumbled from a Super Bowl trip to scratching and clawing our way back to the top of the NFC West, and then hoping for the best in January.
The bright side is that a lot of other pretty damn good teams are 0-2, from SD to JAX to Minnesota. I don't think any of them are dead and buried yet.
The dirt is being shoveled onto this Seattle season though... Next week these guys need to go all Beatrix Kiddo and start digging out of this early grave.