Seahawks' No. 1 D Takes on the Patriots' No. 1 O, and More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterOctober 9, 2012

August 18 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (54)  in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

It has been a long time coming for the Seattle Seahawks to tout the No. 1 defense in the NFL.

The best defensive season this franchise has ever had was in 1984, when Chuck Knox was the coach. The team finished No. 6 overall that year. But head coach Pete Carroll has sent out a warning by reiterating that it's still very early, and it means nothing.

Per the team's website, Carroll said, “But does it mean anything? Not really. What are we going to do this week is what counts.” 

With the New England Patriots coming to town this weekend, Seattle could easily drop out of that No. 1 spot. The Patriots sport the league's best offense, and in weeks past, no one has been able to slow them in their tracks. Over the past two weeks, they've piled up 1,024 yards of total offense, and quarterback Tom Brady has scored six touchdowns. 

But Seattle might have the edge when it comes to Brady.

He has never started a game at CenturyLink Field in his 13-year career. His only opportunity would have been in 2008, but that was the year he was out with a torn ACL. Matt Cassel was leading the charge in Brady's absence, and they barely snuck out a 24-21 victory over the 2-11 'Hawks.

So, what will give this week?

Will the Seahawks' strong pass rush and tight coverage exploit Brady, or will No. 12 carve up Gus Bradley's defense like minced meat? We will have to wait and see, but one thing I can say is Russell Wilson and the offense will need to provide the defense with adequate support if the Seahawks plan on winning. 

With that, let's take a look at the rest of the news from around the NFC West.


Arizona Cardinals

Scott Bordow of examines Ryan Williams' shoulder injury that will require him to go on injured reserve. 

Travis Wakeman of Bleacher Report mulls over Arizona's options at running back. 


San Francisco 49ers

Antonio Gonzalez of says the 49ers' offense is finally catching up with the defense. 

Art Wellersdick of Bleacher Report breaks down San Francisco's rushing attack and says it can revolutionize the NFL.


St. Louis Rams

Ryan Van Bibber of looks at the Rams defense in depth. He concludes it's living proof that defense rules the NFC West.

David Heeb of Bleacher Report says Sam Bradford should envy Andrew Luck. Do you agree?