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Run defense
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:54 am
  • Seeing the Vikings run all over us at will was disheartening. It got me wondering, does it invalidate our run defense performance in the other weeks? Do we have a bad run defense? Maybe, but not necessarily.

    I know our defense is nowhere near what it was in 2012-2014, and I am not comparing this defense to those ones. However, even great defenses have some bad days against some of the best rushing offenses. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the competition. Here is a look back at our worst run defense performances from 2012-2014.

    2012 week 7 at SF, allowed 175 rushing yards.
    2012 week 9 vs MIN, allowed 243 rushing yards.
    2012 week 12 at MIA, allowed 189 rushing yards.

    2013 week 4 at HOU, allowed 151 rushing yards.
    2013 week 8 at STL, allowed 200 rushing yards.
    2013 week 9 vs TB, allowed 205 rushing yards.
    2013 week 14 at SF, allowed 163 rushing yards.

    2014 week 6 vs DAL, allowed 162 rushing yards.
    2014 week 11 at KC, allowed 190 rushing yards.

    In 2013, we got gashed on the ground in a full one quarter of our games. My point is, yes that performance on Sunday night was concerning. No, it doesn't necessarily mean our run defense sucks. So far it's the outlier, not the norm. And remember, the Vikings do have one of the best rushing attacks in the league.

    The important thing is for the Seahawks to understand why they got beat on the ground and fix it. Hopefully Snacks will help.
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Re: Run defense
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:12 am
  • Excellent post!

    In 2013 the defense also let the Mike Glennon Bucs go up 21 - 7 in the first half. But a lot of that, like the stats this year, do not matter. It's the overall performance game in and game out, and most importantly, points allowed, and turnovers.

    Teams can rack up all the yards in the world, but if they don't score (Miami 5 FGs), and turn it over, none of that matters.
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Re: Run defense
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:03 am
  • We're usually good against the run (on 1st and 2nd downs) because we stack more on the line than other teams usually do. That's also part of the reason we suck against the pass.
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