For Pete's Sake: 5 observations from the Seahawks' Christmas win for the 12s

  • The receivers come alive!
  • Run defense is still soft
  • Defensive line comes up big when it mattered most

Seattle Seahawks v Tennessee Titans
Seattle Seahawks v Tennessee Titans / Andy Lyons/GettyImages
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Defensive line made Ryan Tannehill's day very uncomfortable

Following up a forgettable performance against Jalen Hurts last week, the Seahawks' defensive line brought the heat to Ryan Tannehill all game long. Although they made the task at hand more uncomfortable for the quarterback, the pressure didn't lead to any interceptions, which certainly would've been the cherry on top of a very good performance from the defense.

But what they were able to do was bring him to the ground with eight quarterback hits and totaled six sacks for a loss of 39 yards. Considering they couldn't get anywhere near Hurts in Week 15, it was a significant improvement and a much-needed accomplishment.

With guys like Kenny Pickett/Mason Rudolph/Mitch Trubisky, and Kyler Murray left on the schedule, it would be great to see this effort to disrupt the quarterback to remain a big part of the defensive effort, especially against a player with a skill set of Murray's.

The inconsistency of the run game continues to be a concern

It's been a very up-and-down season for the Seattle running backs, with an injury to Kenneth Walker III playing a role in the roller coaster ride. Although they're not a team that needs to rely on the run game because of the talent they have at receiver, inconsistent production from the running backs makes game planning a bit more challenging to figure out.

In this game against the Titans, Walker was the leading rusher, totaling 16 carries for 54 yards. Is the player just behind him on the stat sheet? Geno Smith had one rush for two yards. This made the average yards per carry a measly 2.9, which will not help you win football games in the long run.

Last week with the Eagles in town, it was a much better showing from Walker and Zach Charbonnet, as they recorded 23 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown.

The game before that against the 49ers was similar, but the unreliability of consistency could become a more significant issue in the postseason, and that's when you need to have a stable run game the most.