Commanders key numbers: Defense falters late at the Seahawks in Week 10

Another strong Sam Howell performance gone to waste...

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What were the key numbers from the Washington Commanders' last-second loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10?

When your quarterback throws for over 300 yards with three touchdowns and your running game averages just shy of five yards per carry, you'd expect a win, right?

When the opposing team receives a penalty on 4th-and-1 in the red zone - not once but twice - having to settle for field goals, you'd think fate was on your side, right?

How about when the opposing quarterback throws it into the ground instead of taking a sack late in the first half? What could have been another field goal ends up being a 10-second run-off and another missed opportunity.

Even all those mental mistakes and the Seattle Seahawks shooting themselves in the foot over and over again weren't enough for the Washington Commanders to pick up the win.

This defense is broken. No, Montez Sweat and Chase Young aren't the pieces that would have kept it together. Geno Smith had far too much time in the pocket and eventually, he was able to take advantage.

Benjamin St-Juste, who is supposed to be one of our young building blocks in the secondary, had his hands all over this loss. Especially on the final two defensive drives.

After the Seahawks decided to go for it on 4th-and-5 instead of kicking a field goal - already showing their lack of respect for this defense - St-Juste gifted them with a free first down on a pass interference call. Three plays later, he had an unnecessary roughness penalty on a tackle, before getting beaten by Tyler Lockett on a five-yard touchdown reception.

After Sam Howell led a 10-play, 71-yard drive to tie the game with under a minute to go, the defense once again faltered. And there was D.K. Metcalf, once again, mocking St-Juste with his trademark celebration.

This loss doesn't fall on just St-Juste's shoulders, but the defense's propensity to give up big play after big play every week is an issue that neither Ron Rivera nor Jack Del Rio has a solution for. And therein lies the problem.

Let's get into the key numbers from the Commanders' frustrating loss to the Seahawks.