My story today focuses on the Seattle defense’s inability to get off the field on third down this season, which was particularly bad against Detroit last week.
Seattle’s vaunted defense is No. 3 in the league in points allowed, giving up just 16.8 points a contest. And Seattle is No. 5 in total defense, allowing just 312 yards a contest.
But the Seahawks are 27th in the league on third downs, with opponents converting nearly 45 percent of their chances into first downs. The league average for third-down defense is 33 percent.
Even more troubling for Carroll was Seattle’s inability to get off the field in third-and-long situations.
According to STATS Inc., Seattle’s defense allows 43.2 percent (16 of 37) third-down plays from 10 yards and longer to be converted into first downs, worst in the league. No other team in the NFL has allowed more than nine such conversions.
Check out in the table below how Seattle’s defense compares to other top defenses in the league on third down.
|Team||Points allowed||Total defense||3rd down pct. (NFL rank)|
|1. San Francisco||12.9 (1)||271.4 (1)||31.78 (3)|
|2. Chicago||14.3 (2)||316.0 (7)||34.07 (6)|
|3. Seattle||16.8 (3)||312.0 (5)||43.93 (27)|
|4. Arizona||17.8 (4)||312.8 (6)||32.73 (5)|
|5. Miami||18.0 (5)||363.0 (22)||26.42 (1)|
Dave Boling of The News Tribune gives the Seahawks a C grade at the midpoint of this season. Boling: “The Seahawks’ record is an obvious reflection of mixed results in many areas; so much better than last season’s 2-6 start, but projecting a sense of disappointment as two consecutive road losses dulled the rush of a 4-2 beginning.”
Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes that Seattle would be wise to go after Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe via trade. King: “If I were Seattle GM John Schneider, I’d call Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, and ask if there’s any way he’d dump Dwayne Bowe for a fourth-round pick. And if he would, which I doubt, I’d be a buyer. You might say that Bowe could be a free agent after the season, and why would the Seahawks spend a fourth- on a guy they could lose after the season? Simple. They’d franchise him if they couldn’t reach a long-term deal, and that would give Seattle one season of a quality receiver (plus one-half of a shaky season this year, depending how quickly he could pick up at least some of the Seahawks offense) for, say, the 115th player in the draft. I’d do it.”
Speaking to 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard and Mike Salk, Pete Carroll said that his team could be 8-0 this season had a few breaks gone their way. Carroll: “Look at these games. After eight games — we could easily be 8-0. We could be 8-0 right now. And I think — I hate to think of it this way — but if you go ahead and you look at us a year ahead from now, when these guys have been through all of this, then all of these edges that we need — these little edges that you need — if they fall in our favor then we have a great football team.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com notes that Marshawn Lynch’s 77-yard touchdown run tied for fourth longest in franchise history.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports moves Seattle down to No. 14 on his NFL power rankings.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that San Francisco seized control of the division by manhandling Arizona at home 24-3. At 6-2, the 49ers now have a two game lead over Seattle (4-4) and the Cardinals (4-4) as they head into the bye week. “This is a big game for us, especially in the division, going into the bye week with a two-game lead,” San Francisco offensive lineman Joe Staley said. “We’re really in control of our destiny.”