Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
There was a time not too long ago when this group looked like they could become one of the league's top units.
Yet, in each game over the past four weeks something new has popped up to cast a fair amount of doubt upon the once-vaunted 'Hawks defense. Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson torched them for well over 100+ yards on the ground, while Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford each threw for more than 350+ yards in their respective games.
In fairness, these are some of the league's best offensive talents, and the 'Hawks could have won each game, but they just as easily could have lost each as well.
In some ways the situation surrounding the defense reminds me of how we expect perfection each time Felix Hernandez steps on the mound for the Mariners, regardless of who he is facing, while knowing the offense remains a big question mark.
Truth is, it's not always easy to deliver each and every time out, even when the offense spots you a lead like the case in Detroit.
Can this group rebound?
Having the New York Jets in town this Sunday could be the perfect tonic for this unit to regain it's swagger.
Right now, this group looks a bit lost, as evidenced by Earl Thomas' response to stopping Adrian Peterson following another big gain this past Sunday. Peterson is quoted as saying,
I was surprised. I got up, and he was celebrating like he had just won the lottery for something. I was shocked. I was just looking at him like, what are you celebrating for? Maybe because you made the tackle and got me down? That was funny. But he’s a good guy, though.
Trash-talking and celebrating is all in good fun, but there comes a time when you need to act like you've been there before and let your plays do the talking.
In short, the Seahawks' collective bite needs to improve, otherwise its bark will be the subject of ridicule from their opponents.