The focus of my story today is the Seahawks struggles defending the run the last, few weeks.
Two of the past three weeks, the Seahawks have allowed a 100-yard rusher. They allowed a 100-yard rusher twice in the 22 games before that.
The runners to top 100 yards recently are two of the most talented backs in the NFL, San Francisco’s Frank Gore and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson.
Still, at the midpoint of this season, the Seahawks were considered one of the top defenses in the league. But that moniker is now being questioned because Seattle’s defense has given up an average of 167.3 rushing yards a contest over the past three games.
The Seahawks had been holding teams to an average of 70 rushing yards entering the Week 7 game in San Francisco, good for No. 2 in the league.
“It wasn’t similar style of runs,” Carroll said about his defense’s struggles against San Francisco and Minnesota. “But it was similar in that we made errors. So the good part for us is that they’re really easily corrected.”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says that Seattle’s defense is on the decline. O’Neil: “But after Peterson did everything but leave skid marks as he sped around Seattle’s defense during the first half Sunday, it was evident that this was more than just an aberration. Seattle has some issues, and the question is not whether Seattle has an elite defense, but whether it can be fixed.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com notes that it was next man up for Seattle against Minnesota, as John Moffitt, Mike Morgan and Lemuel Jeanpierre all had to jump into the starting line up because of injuries last Sunday.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Russell Wilson is on pace with New Orleans’ Drew Brees in terms of his production through the first nine games of his career. Sando: “Brees completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 1,663 yards (6.4 per attempt) with 10 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and 11 sacks during his first nine starts, made with San Diego in 2002. His team posted a 6-3 record.
“Wilson has completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,639 yards (7.0 per attempt) with 13 touchdowns, eight interceptions and 15 sacks through nine starts. Seattle has a 5-4 record.”
Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus takes a statistical look back at the Seahawks-Vikings matchup. Interesting note on Marcus Trufant. Elsayed: “He gave up a penalty, but after that Marcus Trufant allowed only three of four passes into his coverage, for 9 yards.”
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk interviewed Russell Wilson on Monday, which you can check out here.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said his team is working on some changes in preparation for Sunday’s game against Seattle. “We will be doing some different things,” Ryan said. “Again, I don’t want to get into the specifics of it. I hope you understand that if there’s an advantage to be gained, I want to gain that advantage without letting our opponent know. We’ll be looking at a lot. There are several things to improve and I’m excited about trying to implement some of these things.”
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranks the Seahawks No. 12, up two spots, in his latest power rankings. Prisco: “Russell Wilson is much better at home than on the road. At 5-4, they are in the thick of the playoff race.”