Here’s a telling stat I ran across in preparing my advance story for the Green Bay game Monday night: The Seahawks have thrown two or more interceptions in four of their last seven games. Opponents averaged 193 yards rushing in those games. Seattle did not throw an interception in the other three games. Opponents rushed for 77 yards on average in those games. In most cases, the interceptions helped the opposing team jump to an early lead, putting the opponent in position to stick with its running game (while putting Seattle’s undersized defense on the field more).
This speaks to the point we raised earlier in the week: Seattle’s defense depends heavily on its offense. A dominant, smash-mouth defense can carry a careless offense sometimes. Seattle does not have that type of defense. Seattle has a small, fast defense that could really use three things: better tackling, more disciplined play and a certain 330-pound tackle eating up blockers in the middle.
The chart breaks down the last seven games. Turnovers were less of a factor in the first three games, which are listed in lighter typeface. Seattle was already leading the Giants, 35-3, when Matt Hasselbeck tossed a couple of late interceptions; the Giants were not in position to run the ball. There were also two interceptions against the Cardinals, but Seattle was already leading 14-0 before the first interception.