Seattle Seahawks' Defense Will Soon Be Even Better Than They Were vs. San Francisco 49ers

By Todd Pheifer
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The Seattle Seahawks have a pretty good defense, but we already knew that. In a game that had some interesting calls and an unusual lightning delay, the ‘Hawks showed why their defense is so well-regarded in the NFL. In a word, the defense dominated.

After scoring 34 points in Week 1, the San Francisco 49ers were held to a grand total of three points. Yes, that is not a typo. Three. After pulling in 13 balls for 208 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, Anquan Boldin was held to one catch for seven yards. That is also not a typo. One catch. Boldin was only targeted four times, and was held in check by the stifling defense of Richard Sherman. Dominance.

On the offensive side of the ball, the much-hyped showdown between Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick did not exactly come to fruition. Kaepernick had some nice runs, but he was harassed all night long by an aggressive Seattle defense. The Seattle defense caused Kaepernick to finish the game with a 20.1 quarterback rating.

Do you think Pete Carroll wanted to beat Jim Harbaugh again? Probably a good guess.

Admittedly, Wilson was not exactly dominant either, but Marshawn Lynch was very effective on the ground. Beast Mode was in full effect and the Seattle defense did the rest. Did I mention dominance? What is the ceiling for this defense? They are certainly off to a good start — only 10 points surrendered in two weeks.

Think about the fact that Brandon Browner did not play again. Jordan Hill is out a few more weeks. Chris Clemons is still not back to full health. Bruce Irvin will be suspended for two more games.

How good will this defense be when all of those guys return? Scary good.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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