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Where they rank on defense: Week 3

9/28/2010

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

From a purely statistical standpoint, the Seahawks are closer than usual to fielding the top 10 defense they have coveted despite a few critical breakdowns this season.

They rank 11th in yards allowed per game. They rank tied for fourth in points per game allowed thanks largely to a Week 1 shutout against the Rams. A visit to the Colts in Week 4 should help even things out.

NFC West teams are playing good red zone defense to this point.

Where NFC West defenses finished in yards allowed last season: San Francisco 13, Arizona 19, St. Louis 28, Seattle 30.