Back-to-back second half shutouts
Over the last two months or so, this Seattle Seahawks defense has been amongst the best in the league. After a real rocky start, they found their footing and haven’t looked back. For the second straight week, they pitched a second-half shutout. Again, the Houston Texans aren’t the best in the world and this defense won’t receive national recognition, but it boosts their confidence. Which, is really all that matters.
DT Al Woods was causing havoc all day in Houston. He ended the day with 5 total tackles, including 1 for loss. Al was exceptional in the run game, as was much of this Seattle defense. Houston finished with 63 total rushing yards. Bobby Wagner had himself another monstrous game with 15 total tackles. He now leads the league in tackles, with over 150. His running mate, Jordyn Brooks finished the game with 10 total tackles.
Darrell Taylor started to become disruptive in the second half, he finished the game with another sack. I know Houston had quite the opening drive. But, we must remember the opening drive is always scripted. What truly matters most is the adjustments made at halftime. Entering the second half, it was only a 3-point game. But, the consistent defensive stops gave the Seahawks offense more opportunities, which eventually turned into more touchdowns.
After the Week 14 win, the Seattle Seahawks now hold the 5th best scoring defense in the NFL. Over the last couple of years, what has hindered this team has been the lack of complementary football. When the offense is hot, the defense is cold. When the defense is hot, the offense is cold. As of late, the Seahawks have played more complementary footballs and it has resulted in back-to-back wins. In a huge game next week against the Rams, we are going to need another fluid game from both sides of the ball.