Seattle hopes to solve road struggles in Chicago

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012
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This season, being competitive isn't enough. The Seahawks have been in every game to the final moments, yet their only win was a 16-12 victory at Carolina.

There was a dropped fourth-down pass at the goal line in the final seconds of the season opener at Arizona. There was Russell Wilson's intended receiver falling down, which turned into an interception late at St. Louis. Against San Francisco, the Seahawks defense was gashed by inside runs. In Detroit, the Seahawks defense couldn't stop the Lions on third down and Matthew Stafford's TD pass with 20 seconds left had Seattle smarting after a 28-24 loss.

Then came last week in Miami, where the Seahawks defense gave up 17 fourth-quarter points, capped by rookie Ryan Tannehill leading the Dolphins 65 yards in the final 92 seconds and Dan Carpenter's game-winning field goal at the gun.

Five losses by a combined 24 points that could be the reason Seattle doesn't reach the postseason.

"I can't imagine if anybody has been in more close games on the road than we've been in," Carroll said. "... We're close enough and we know the things are there for us, and we have to make it happen."

Seattle is one of three teams in playoff contention in the NFC with a losing record on the road, and along with Minnesota the only one with just one road victory. The flip side is Seattle is one of three teams undefeated at home, joining Baltimore and Atlanta.

If Seattle stumbles in Chicago the Seahawks will get one more shot at road success in two weeks against Buffalo in Toronto. Getting one of the two road games seems like a must if the Seahawks are going to make the playoffs.

"We're so close in every game, it comes down to one or two plays basically," Wilson said.

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