For Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, the math is simple.
The difference in Sunday's 30-16 loss to Baltimore, for him, came to the Seahawks two turnovers, leading directly to 14 points for the Corporals. And when you lose by 14 points, yes, yes, the math is really quite simple.
"It was a game that had a chance to go down to the nub, but it didn't because we gave them two big points," Carroll said. “When you lose sales, you have problems. If you lose the turnover rate and they score with them, then it is almost impossible. "
The Seahawks defense had four takeaways last week in a win at Cleveland and had no Sunday against the corporations. Seattle is now plus-two on the season in turnover margin.
OK, some grades from Sunday:
Russell Wilson is deadly.
That more than anything is the biggest takeaway from Sunday's loss. Wilson completed 20 of 41
He came into the game leading the NFL with a passing rating of 124.7 through the first six games. Sunday was his first match with a score below 100 this season.
Wilson also threw his first interception of the season – which ex-Husky Marcus Peters returned 67 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
"Of course just made a bad game," Wilson said. “Just disappointing. Good player over there and he played well. "
Wilson got a spectacular touchdown throw to Tyler Lockett – edit: another spectacular touchdown throw to Tyler Lockett – but he was far from the near-perfect QB he had shown during the first six weeks of the season, and with as good as Lamar Jackson was for Baltimore, the Seahawks needed that version of Wilson to hang close.
Rating: C +
Running back  Hard when they tried, the Seahawks could never come up with Chris Carson.
Carson had 21 cars, but netted just 65 yards on those runs, matching his low season with a 3.1-yard-per-carry average. He also had three catches of 9 yards.
Rashaad Penny was active after working his way back from a hamstring injury but he had no berries or goals. CJ Prosise got 17 turns on his only carry.
The bad ones outweighed the good for the receivers.
DK Metcalf was targeted nine times – and had a nice 37-yard grip on the left sideline while also being held by the defender – but had only four catches on the nine goals. He also fumbled for the first time in his career, late in the fourth quarter, as Baltimore's Marlon Humphrey shot up and returned for a touchdown.
"I was just trying to change the ball (to his left hand) and it came out. I just have to do better on my end, "Metcalf said.
Lockett was a regular spot, as usual, with two fantastic catches – the TD grip in the first half and a catch over the shoulders in the middle of the field.
Jaron Brown had a catch of 48 yards (that's fine), but also dropped a safe touchdown at the finish line on a sweet crossfield throw from Wilson (that's bad).
Will Dissly's absence in the red zone was felt especially during the first half, when the Seahawks had to settle for two field goals.
As Carroll suggested last week, the Seahawks expect to be active next week or so to
Joey Hunt was used as an extra blocking tight end a few times on Sunday, the first game since he lost Dissly to a season-ending Achilles injury. Jacob Hollister, on the two-week training squad then, had its first three catches of the season, in 20 yards; Luke Willson was targeted once and had no receptions.
Rating: C +
Baltimore is the NFL's most aggressive defense – getting up to 60% of that time coming in on Sunday – and that pressure will always be present some unique problems for a Seattle offensive line that is missing veteran left tackle Duane Brown.
The Ravens were credited with a sack and eight hits on Wilson, who never seemed to get completely comfortable in his pocket.
"They did absolutely everything in their books, which we thought they would do," Justin Britt said. “So we were prepared. We didn't really do it the way we wanted to.
"Of course," he added, "Russ met pretty much today, and he climbed. So I think we did OK. I don't think we did well."
George Fant started at Brown's place for others straight week, and Jamarco Jones made his second start at right guard despite DJ Fluker (hamstring) being active.
Last week Carroll said he hoped to get Brown back before this week's trip to Atlanta.
The return of Jarran Reed from a six-player suspension did not quite have the domino effect the Seahawks had hoped it would cross the line of defense.
But probably the challenges try to contain a quarterback like Lamar Jackson, who may have been the fastest player on the pitch, the Seahawks had just one sack – and that was credited to Branden Jackson after Lamar Jackson slipped on the grass in the backfield – but d it's not like the Corporals are a typical drop-back team, so the "press" talk will be a bit oblique
Jadeveon Clowney was as active as he has been all season and he had an early tackle for loss. Ziggy Ansah tested his injured ankle before the match but did not play.
The Ravens came into the game with the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense and No 2 scoring offense, averaging just over 30 points per game. The Seahawks' red zone defense was strong early, holding the Ravens to two field goals in the first half.
But this game finally came to the ability or inability of the Seahawks center-line defender to bring down Lamar Jackson. When it was most important, they couldn't do it.
However, it should not raise any alarm bells. Jackson was just as good, and as Bobby Wagner (13 tackles) said afterwards, sometimes you just have to tip the lid to a good performance.
Bradley McDougald's stretch of 31 consecutive starts ended when he left with back spasms. And Lano Hill missed his first game with an elbow injury.
In McDougald's place, rookie Marquise Blair made his first start – and made a pretty good first impression. The Seahawks believe the Utah freshman is a long-term solution in safety and he did nothing to change that thinking.
Free safety Tedric Thompson continued to struggle with the deep ball – he was beaten on a 50-yard pass game on the game's opening drive. Otherwise it felt like at least a solid performance from a thin secondary, and a nice step forward for the right corner Tre Flowers, who had a big hit and a breakdown of diving passes.
A decent day for the special teams. Jason Myers scored both of his field goals in the first half, from 34 and 31 yards, and another from 35 yards in the dump. However, he missed from 53 in the third quarter.
Michael Dickson, after a slow start to the season, averaged 51.3 yards on his three points.