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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Which defenses have improved, regressed

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The Seattle Seahawks lost nine games last season, none by fewer than 15 points. When they lost, they lost big -- by an average of 21 points per regular-season defeat.

Their four defeats this season have been by an average of 11.3 points. Their most recent two defeats, to Atlanta and Cleveland, were by a combined 5 points.

Defensive improvement accounts for the increased competitiveness, in my view. Defensive ends Chris Clemons and Red Bryant are playing at a high level, as are safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

After charting how much NFC West offenses have changed from last season, I've crunched the numbers for defenses and made them available in the table below.

A few highlights:
On to the chart (stats marked with red text and underlines stood out to me when putting it together) ...

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