SEATTLE -- After having dipped their toes in the fire a few times but emerging unscathed the first two games of the season, the Seahawks apparently decided to up the difficulty ratio in Week 3 against the Saints and see what would happen if they just fully immolated themselves.
One of the more embarrassing home losses in recent Seahawks history, 33-27, against the a Saints team playing without future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.
Seattle committed a penalty on the first play of the game, setting the stage for one of the most mistake-filled days in recent team history.
The Seahawks allowed a punt return for a touchdown, a fumble return for a touchdown, twice had to call time out because they had 12 men on the field, committed seven penalties that all seem to come at the wrong time, and in general just seemed a disorganized unit throughout in losing a home game in September for the first time under coach Pete Carroll. Seattle had been 15-0 at home in September before Sunday.
The Seahawks are now 2-1, failing in their attempt to become only the seventh team since the franchise began in 1976 to start out 3-0.
They'd won the first two games by a combined three points, each time surviving a few key turnovers and penalties to pull out wins.
But the hail of mistakes was too much this time.
Maybe most disturbing from a long-range standpoint was a lost fumble by running back Chris Carson that was returned 33 yards by Vonn Bell for a touchdown in the second quarter that put the Saints up 13-7.
It was the third lost fumble this year by Carson -- one in each game. He was part of another last week at Pittsburgh that was officially credited to quarterback Russell Wilson.