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Prior to the game, I pointed to the Seahawks needing to apply pressure from their front four while forcing a pair of turnovers. Fans should be pleased with Seattle's ability to do both of those.
The starters surrendered just seven points on a very good second-quarter drive by the Chiefs. The second unit managed to shut down the Chief starters for two possessions.
The reserves yielded too many yards on the ground in a game that had long been decided. However, players battling for roster spots can't lean on the "game being over" argument.
The front four should have been more effective with Jaye Howard and Pierre Allen. Both of these players hurt themselves in their push to make the team.
Seattle hadn't forced a turnover yet, coming up short on the two I had projected prior to the game. They caught up quickly in the second half.
Corderro Law forced a fumble on a sack of Matt Cassel on the Chiefs opening possession, recovered by Jeron Johnson.
Earl Thomas intercepted a Cassel pass on their next possession and returned it for a touchdown.
If that wasn't enough, their second-team took the field and kept the Chief starters from moving the ball.
The Seahawks opened up a lead with their first touchdown in the game but the defense couldn't keep the Chiefs from answering. Cassel engineered a solid drive, utilizing a hurried offense and short passing game.
The biggest concern with the Seahawks defense is a hurry up offense, as it doesn't allow them to get their specialists on the field.
The defensive front has been dominant for the Seahawks. They continue to shut out one of the best runners in the NFL in Jamaal Charles.
Richard Sherman in particular has been stellar in the secondary.
While they allowed a few gains in the first quarter, the defense has been stout. The linemen in particular have been menacing, shutting down the ground game and applying ample pressure on Matt Cassel.
The secondary has knocked a pair of receptions out of the hands of Chiefs receivers, but Brandon Browner is back to making costly mistakes with penalties.