The Seahawks defense could actually be getting better.
We all saw it, 12s. It wasn’t a dream. The way the Seahawks defense looked through the first three quarters of a victory over the 49ers in week 8 looked, well…miraculous. Seattle’s defense so far in 2020 has been bad. Historically bad. But then week 8 happened and Seattle looked like a Super Bowl team.
But wait because there is more. Against the Buffalo Bills this coming Sunday, Seattle’s defense actually might have to be the reason the Seahawks win. And the defense might just be good enough to do just that. Why? Because Seattle looked like they figured something out in week 8 and that was with a banged-up defense.
Just imagine this for a minute. Seattle’s defensive line against the Bills at some point could be Carlos Dunlap, Damon Harrison, Jarran Reed and Benson Mayowa. The linebackers should be Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright and Jordyn Brooks. The secondary, and I am not joking here, could and should be Quinton Dunbar, Shaquill Griffin, Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs.
The Seahawks backups could include Poona Ford (who has mostly been pretty good), Ryan Neal (again, in place of Adams, has been pretty decent) and Alton Robinson (who seems to be getting a bit better each week). Rasheem Green might be back too and he led Seattle in sacks last year.
Seahawks versus the Bills
The Bills have a good defense. This is the biggest reason they are 6-2. Buffalo’s front seven might be a menace to Russell Wilson. Buffalo’s secondary is really good. Wilson will probably get hit a lot as the Bills can supply pressure.
But Seattle’s offensive line is better this year. If they can help get Seattle to 24 points, Seattle should win. The reason is that the Seahawks defense – and I promise I haven’t been drinking – is going to be good.
My biggest worry about Seattle’s defense is Ken Norton, Jr. Norton, Jr. had his best game-plan of the year going into the 49ers game. But when San Francisco was forced to adjust because of trailing so bad and putting in a new quarterback, Norton, Jr. didn’t really do the same. If Buffalo adjusts early can Norton, Jr. respond in kind? That may be the biggest question of the game.
Or, Seattle might just have a whole lot more talent on the field than they have had at any point in 2020 and simply be a good unit. If they are, Seattle will win and win by 10 points. Because now Seattle is built for a deep playoff run and showing how good the defense can really be starts this Sunday.