Something to chew on during the game.
Most people don’t associate the 2010 Seahawks with being a good defensive team, but at the beginning of the year they really were just that. After 6 weeks, the Seahawks help the #2 rush defense, and was a top 10 defense overall. After week 6 though, things really fell apart.
The reason things fell apart defensively at that point was because of injuries. DE Red Bryant was lost for the year, both DTs Colin Cole and Brandon Mebane missed games, and MLB Lofa Tatupu’s became increasing slowed by injuries that ultimately resulted in him needing surgeries by both knees.
Although Tatupu and Cole are now gone, they have been replaced adequately. Bryant and Mebane are fully healthy again. It isn’t a too much of a logical leap to expect Seattle’s run defense this week to at least be close to what it was like early in 2010.
This is an important factor as the Seahawks enter a game in which they should expect to see a steady diet of rushing plays by Frank Gore.