On the Seahawks' pass-rushing prospects

August, 19, 2011
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Regular ESPN.com contributor K.C. Joyner has shared a few NFC West notes from his 2011 fantasy football guide, including this one for the Seattle Seahawks:

Joyner: "The Seahawks posted 37 sacks last year, a total that ranked a respectable 13th in the league, but there is a strong reason to think they will improve on that mark in 2011. The guide looks at how many sacks each team’s opponents allowed in the previous season, the idea being that a high total here is an indicator that a team will have lots of favorable pass rush opportunities. The Seahawks' opponents allowed 624 sacks last year, a total that was the most of any team in the NFL. Getting the sack total over 40 should be the low-end goal for this defense."

My thoughts: Seattle surprisingly collected 22 of its 37 sacks last season away from home. That included six against the Mike Martz-coordinated Chicago Bears, five against the quarterback-challenged Arizona Cardinals and four against St. Louis Rams rookie Sam Bradford. The Seahawks need to crank up their sack production at home while replacing the 5.5 sacks they got from veteran defensive backs Lawyer Milloy (4.0) and Jordan Babineaux (1.5). Side note: Seven of the Seahawks' 16 games come against teams with new head coaches and/or new starting quarterbacks. This includes games against San Francisco (twice), Arizona (twice), Denver, Oakland and Carolina.

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