Upon Further Review: Seahawks Week 2

September, 16, 2013
9/16/13
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SEATTLE -- An examination of four hot issues from the Seattle Seahawks' 29-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers:

[+] EnlargeCliff Avril
AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonOffseason acquisition Cliff Avril forced a fumble, leading a dominant defensive showing by Seattle.
Dominant defense: The Seahawks shut down one of the best offenses in the NFL, keeping the 49ers out of the end zone and holding San Francisco to 207 yards of offense. After a career-best 412-yard effort in Week 1 against Green Bay, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was held to 127 yards passing and threw three interceptions. And the Seahawks did it without three of their best defensive players: defensive end Chris Clemons, cornerback Brandon Browner (out with injuries) and defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin (suspended for the first four games). Defensive end Cliff Avril, the Seahawks' top offseason acquisition on defense, finally got on the field and showed his worth by forcing a Kaepernick fumble on a sack. The Seattle defense has allowed one touchdown in the first two games.

Okung and the offensive line: The Seahawks lost Pro Bowl offensive tackle Russell Okung to a foot injury in the first half. His status for Week 3 is unknown, but this is one of the few areas where Seattle doesn’t have much quality depth. The Seahawks had to move left guard Paul McQuistan to Okung’s left tackle spot because the backup tackles -- rookies Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey -- were inactive. McQuistan, who hasn’t lined up at tackle all summer, settled in and did OK in the second half after getting burned a couple of times by 49ers speed-rusher Aldon Smith. However, the offensive line played much better overall than in the season opener against Carolina. The line opened some nice holes for running back Marshawn Lynch, who rushed for 98 yards and scored three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving.

Slow starts for Wilson: For the second week in a row, quarterback Russell Wilson got off to a horrible start. He was 0-for-6 passing in the first quarter and completed one of his first nine throws. Wilson improved as the game progressed, completing 7 of his last 10 passes. But he admitted he missed some throws early that he normally makes. Wilson always seems to find a way to get it done, but the Seahawks need him to start games the way he finishes them. Maybe a shower will help. During the one-hour lightning delay Sunday night, Wilson took a shower in the locker room, saying he wanted to start fresh after the break. Hey, whatever works.

Avoiding a letdown: The Seahawks are coming off an emotional home opener against their division rival in a game many people viewed as a battle for NFC supremacy. Now Seattle will face one of the worst teams in the NFL in the Jacksonville Jaguars. It would be easy to look past Jacksonville and start thinking about a road game against the Houston Texans one week later.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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