Seattle Seahawks Have the Definition of a Dominant Defense

By Todd Pheifer
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks have a truly dominant defense. Some would call it “swarming.” Others would call it “scary.” The point is that Richard Sherman and company are getting it done on the defensive side of the ball.

The reputation grows.

Some aspects of a defense can be measured statistically, while other elements are just about the atmosphere that the defense creates. For example, if Sherman is truly a shutdown corner, opposing quarterbacks will not throw his way very often. This may result in Sherman not showing up much in the box score, but if you watch the game you can see the impact that he has on opposing defenses. Maybe there should be a stat that captures how many times a cornerback stifles or inhibits a receiver at the line of scrimmage.

Regardless, there are a few numbers that show the dominance of this defense thus far this season. Here is a small sampling:

Total yards allowed: 725, first in the NFL. The Washington Redskins have given up over double that number.

Total points allowed: 27, first in the NFL. The New York Giants have given up 115.

Passing yards allowed: 440, first in the NFL. The San Diego Chargers have surrendered 1,022.

Takeaways: 10, tied for second in the NFL. The Chicago Bears have 11 and the San Francisco 49ers are tied with the St. Louis Rams for last in the league with three apiece.

Obviously the Seahawks are not leading the league in every defensive category. However, some of the numbers put up by the Jacksonville Jaguars are a bit deceiving since that game was essentially done by halftime.

The point is that this defense is just plain oppressive. If this squad can stay healthy, the defense could be the catalyst for a very deep playoff run.

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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