Seattle Seahawks Win Despite Defensive Breakdowns

By Jake Coburn
Seattle Seahawks - Richard Sherman
Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Seattle Seahawks escaped with a win over the Chicago Bears despite a struggling defense that almost cost the Seahawks the game.

With less than 30 seconds left in the game the Seahawks scored on a phenomenal touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to wide receiver Golden Tate. With a 17-14 lead, Seattle’s defense broke again allowing a deep catch by Brandon Marshall to put the Bears in field goal position to send the game into overtime.

The Seahawks would eventually win off a touchdown pass to Sidney Rice in overtime but Seattle needs to find a way to correct their defense and fast.

Seattle allowed 226 passing yards along with 132-yards on the ground. The Seahawks secondary failed in stopping Marshall who totaled 165-yards on 10 receptions.

Chicago’s success passing the ball may have had something to do with the Seahawks defensive line being unable to put pressure on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Seattle failed to consistently knock Cutler out of a rhythm recording only one sack during the game.

It is apparent that the Seahawks have a continuous need to fix issues on the defensive side of the ball. Last week, Seattle lost the game after allowing 17 points in the fourth quarter to lose to the Miami Dolphins. Although the Seahawks were able to come away with a win, the defense still allowed the Bears to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Seattle’s defense has fallen apart as the season has gone on and they will need to correct it soon if they want to take a wild card spot in the postseason.

Defense was not the only issue the Seahawks faced Sunday versus the Bears. Penalties continued to plague Seattle who totaled eight penalties for 55-yards including one that gave Chicago a first down which led to their first score.

Another penalty gave the Bears a first down after they would have stopped them deep in their own territory. These penalties constantly hurt Seattle and gave an advantage to Chicago.

If the Seahawks can focus on fundamentals to keep the penalties at a minimum as well as execute defensively, they could find themselves once again in the playoffs.

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