Seattle Has Arguably the Best Defense in the NFL, and More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterSeptember 26, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09:  (L-R) Cornerback Brandon Browner #39 and strong safety Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks walk out onto the field before the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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For the sake of everyone's health, it's nice to hear that the Monday Night Football controversy is starting to wind down.

Maybe now we can focus on what should be the biggest storyline for the Seahawks from here on out, their defense. It has taken head coach Pete Carroll over two years to build this team to his liking. Long gone are the days of overpaid, underachieving veterans. This team is full of young, talented youth that has been found in a few of the most surprising places.

Seattle's leading pass rusher was an undrafted free agent out of Georgia, their best cover corner was a fifth-round draft selection just a year ago and their linebacking corp is led by a fourth-round strong-side linebacker who makes all the defensive calls. Surely an interesting background that goes to show, you don't have to be a first-round pick to make an immediate impact.

According to Pro Football Focus, the Seahawks have graded out as the best defense in the NFL after the first three weeks. Currently, they are sporting a 64.1 grade, 17 points higher than the next closest defense. As a unit they have 11 sacks, 12 quarterback hits and 45 quarterback hurries. Sixty-eight total quarterback pressures as they head into Week 4 is almost unheard of. 

The only full-time defensive back that has a negative coverage grade in 2012 is Earl Thomas. When opposing quarterbacks throw at Sherman and Brandon Browner, their quarterback rating is a measly 66.45. As you can see both cornerbacks have faired very well considering they have squared off against three strong groups of wideouts three weeks in a row. 

Let's take a look at the rest of the news around the NFC West as we are just one day away from getting Week 4 kicked off.


Arizona Cardinals

The Associated Press on takes a look at how the Cardinals are flying high because of their success on defense.

Cooper Allen of Bleacher Report breaks down whose stock is on the way up and whose stock is on the way down.


San Francisco 49ers

Dave Belli of the documents the 49ers free fall from the top spot in the AP Power Rankings.

If you missed it, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report breaks down Jim Harbaugh's blueprint for success.


Seattle Seahawks

Dave Boling of the Bellingham Herald says commissioner Roger Goodell should get a flag for Monday night's controversy.  

Chris Roling of Bleacher Report explores whether Bruce Irvin is or is not the NFL's best rookie pass-rusher.


St. Louis Rams

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch studies the Rams' defense and says they are making progress, even in defeat. 

Travis Wakeman of Bleacher Report takes on the tough task of forecasting the Rams next three games. '