The Seattle Seahawks are a team that will contend for 1st place in the NFC West throughout the entire regular season with the San Francisco 49ers, and will even be Super Bowl contenders all without having a offense that would wow you.
Yes, the Seahawks have Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, but with a lack of depth at wide receiver, the Seahawks’ offense would definitely not be considered one of the best in the league and is certainly not why they are contenders. The Seahawks’ defense is the biggest reason why this team has a shot to beat any opponent week in and week out.
In three games this year, the Seahawks defense have only allowed 27 points (11 fewer points than the New York Giants gave up just this Sunday) and have racked up seven sacks and five interception on the year as well.
The most impressive performance for the Seahawks out of the three thus far has to be Week 2 against the 49ers, where the Seahawks’ defense completely dominated and shut down the high-powered 49ers offense led by Colin Kaepernick in a convincing 29-3 win.
In that game, the Seahawks’ defense put on a clinic and held the 49ers (who are favorites over Seattle, by the way) to only 207 total yards of offense plus forced five turnovers, including picking Kaepernick off three times.
The Seahawks’ defense thrived on creating turnovers last year and they have continued to do so this season, living up to their nickname “The Legion of Boom.” What makes them so special is that they are not filled with popular household names in the football world as of yet, but they all play as a unit and do not depend on just one or two star defenders to get the job done.
Everyone pitches in from Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Brandon Mebane and Kam Chancellor to Clinton McDonald, and the list goes on and on.
This Seattle team is very for real and even in a pass-happy, offense-driven NFL that fans are now seeing, I’d say that most of the time it is still the great defense that comes out on top when matched up against a great offense. This defense is truly a force to be reckoned with.