Richard Sherman: Seahawks needed a wake-up call

The Seattle Seahawks got walloped on the road in a 38-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Despite turning the ball over six times and allowing Aaron Rodgers to toss the pigskin all over the yard, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks aren't panicking. Instead, they are taking the long view: In the end, the kick in the pants could help.

"Sometimes you need stuff like this," Sherman said before elaborating: "Everybody needs to get a wake-up call. It's cool. They played a good game, and you have to give them credit. But we appreciate the wake up."

It's been an up-and-down season for Seattle. The Seahawks scored just five points in Week 12, then blasted the Panthers last week before Sunday's shellacking.

"We just took an 'L' on the chin," Cliff Avril said, via the Seattle Times. "There's no other way to put it. We just got our behinds kicked, all around. Gave up points, turnovers, didn't play well, special teams -- just all around we got our butts kicked." He held up a finger. "But, the good thing is we know how good we can be. We just have to be more consistent."

It's easier to keep a level head when, despite the loss, Seattle can clinch the NFC West with a win Thursday versus the Los Angeles Rams. The loss dropped the Seahawks from bye-positioning, but with an easier slate down the stretch than the Lions, Falcons, Bucs and Packers, Seattle is still sitting pretty to get one of the top two spots in the NFC.

Overcoming the loss of Earl Thomas and a bad offensive line isn't easy, but no one in the Seahawks locker room is panicking.

"Heck no because I know our potential," Avril added. "We definitely can't start panicking, that's for sure. We still have a lot of football ahead of us. These next three games, we have to go out there and dominate these and then everybody will chill out."

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