Monday, November 5, 2012
Around the NFC West: Seahawks' rush D
By Mike Sando
The Seattle Seahawks have allowed an NFL-high 502 yards rushing over the past three weeks.
They have allowed 6.2 yards per carry over that span, easily the highest figure in the league (Oakland is second at 5.4).
This comes as a surprise.
Seattle allowed only 420 yards rushing and 3.3 yards per attempt over its first six games.
Only Tampa Bay, which had a bye in Week 5, allowed fewer total rushing yards (375) or yards per attempt (3.1) than the Seahawks allowed through Week 6.
San Francisco's Frank Gore (131 yards in Week 7) and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (182 yards Sunday) accounted for much of the damage. Both are outstanding players. Peterson is running like an all-time great.
Seattle lost only narrowly to the 49ers, 13-6. The Seahawks defeated the Vikings, 30-20. The defensive rushing stats don't seem quite so alarming in that context.
This is still a trend the Seahawks need to reverse.
The New York Jets are next on the schedule. They're averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Their leading rusher, Shonn Greene, has 509 yards and a 3.7-yard average.
The Seahawks should fare better against him.