The pass rush has been a bright spot for the Seahawks this season.
As we hit the quarter mark of the regular season, the Seahawks have had quite a roller coaster in their journey to a .500 record.
Ups and downs have defined their season that has included a controversial prime time call, an eight sack first half and allowing zero touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers—and that was just one game. So here are the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the First 4 Games of the Seattle Seahawks Season.
Good: Front Seven
The secondary has been doing just as well, don't get me wrong, but the biggest surprise has been the front seven who have done what no one expected. The rush defense, led by Red Bryant, has allowed the second least amount of rush yards this year and has only let opposing rushers reach the end zone twice.
But the real reason they have been the bright spot is the ferocious pass rush which has shocked the nation. One of the weakest units last year has already gotten 12 sacks with Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons leading the way. Irvin, in particular, has shocked many as he goes from bust first round pick to star line backer. If this unit continues this play, it will hard to not consider this one of the best defenses in the league.
Honestly, no other word can describe Russell Wilson's play better than just plain bad. Sure he has controlled the game by not turning the ball over too much, but he still comes in with the lowest yards per game of any starting quarterback in the league.
This description is directly the effect of Wilson's dreadful game against a decent defense in the Rams. He had a minimal 160 yards, but his zero touchdowns and three interceptions stuck out as the reason he is being thrown back into a battle for his starting spot. If he isn't able to pick things up, don't expect this bite-size rookie to make much of an impact on the field the rest of the year.
What do you think has been the bright spot this season?
Ugly: Endings to the games.
This is excluding the Cowboys game, which didn't really have a dramatic ending opportunity. But the rest of the games have come down to the wire and they were a refs call away from losing all of the close ones.
It started with the Cardinals who displayed Russell Wilson's inability to make a clutch play. He had numerous opportunities to put the ball in the end zone while inside the red zone, yet the team seemed to fall apart before our eyes.
I would explain the dramatic ending of the MNF game, but I believe that all of us have heard enough about it. So I will go the Rams game where Wilson and the offense were given another chance at the end where the passing game would have to win the game. After a few good plays, a miscommunication and a falling receiver led to an easy interception to end the game.
A championship team is defined by their ability to overcome adversity and win games in the bitter end. If the Seahawks can't win games when given a handful of opportunities to score, this season could go downhill very quickly.