Heaps: The good and the bad from Seahawks’ 13-10 loss to Saints

Oct 28, 2021, 11:15 AM

The Seahawks’ most recent loss to the Saints saw Seattle have one of its worst offensive performances in recent memory against a tough New Orleans defense.

Overall, the Seahawks scored just 10 points and 219 total yards while averaging barely 3 yards per carry on the ground.

Former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps of 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake and Stacy dove into the tape from Monday’s loss and broke down a few plays from the contest.

The first play was far and away the best of the day for the Seahawks, with backup quarterback Geno Smith finding DK Metcalf for an 84-yard touchdown. On the play, Metcalf beat cornerback Marshon Lattimore, one of the NFL’s best defensive backs, to make the catch before making safety Marcus Williams miss and running to the end zone.

Heaps breaks down how Metcalf made the play, why the throw from Smith happened the way it did and more.

Next up, Heaps breaks down what he felt was one of the bigger plays for the Seahawks that turned out to really hurt them.

In the fourth quarter with just under 8 minutes remaining, the Seahawks faced a third-and-11 while at the Saints’ 24-yard line while tied 10-10. Even if Seattle failed to get a first down and Smith threw an incomplete pass, kicker Jason Myers would have an opportunity to give the Seahawks the lead from roughly 40 yards out.

What happened instead was Saints defensive tackle Tanoh Kpassagnon wound up sacking Smith for a big loss and Myers missed a 53-yard field goal.

How’d it happen?

Heaps breaks down what the Saints presented in terms of a blitz and what running back Travis Homer’s responsibility on the play was. That’s important because center Kyle Fuller, instead of blocking to the left side of the line and allowing Homer to take blitzing middle linebacker Demario Davis, takes a step towards Davis before then going to his left to block Kpassagnon. By then it’s too late and Kpassagnon has the sack despite everyone on the line aside from Fuller blocking their man. Kpassagnon caused immediate pressure on Smith, who Heaps said had relatively no shot at getting the ball out of his hands quick enough to make it a shorter field goal attempt for Myers.

Watch the full breakdown at this link or in the video player at the top of this story.

For more video breakdowns from this Seahawks season, click either of the links here:

• Dave Wyman’s Football 101
• Jake Heaps’ Chalk Talk

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