The good, the bad and the ugly in Seattle Seahawks vs. LA Rams in Week 1

  • The Seahawks run defense was OK
  • Seattle's secondary struggled
  • Seattle's offense was inefficient
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Improvement on the Seattle Seahawks run defense

In the wake of the Seattle Seahawks' disappointing performance last Sunday, it's admittedly a challenging task to find positives to highlight. However, in the spirit of resilience and optimism that defines the NFL, let's take a closer look at a glimmer of hope that emerged amidst the chaos.

The Seahawks' run defense has been a glaring Achilles' heel last season, often leaving fans frustrated as opposing running backs tore through their defensive ranks with ease. Last season, the team's run defense was, to put it bluntly, abysmal. Seattle's defense frequently found itself on the wrong side of highlight-reel rushes, leading to many a nail-biting game for the Emerald City faithful.

Fast forward to Week 1 of the 2023 season, and while the overall outcome was far from ideal, there is a silver lining worth acknowledging. The Seahawks defense may have surrendered three rushing touchdowns, but there are signs of improvement that should not go unnoticed.

One of the most encouraging takeaways was the performance against Kyren Williams and Cam Akers. Williams carried the ball 15 times for 52 yards, averaging 3.5 yards per carry, while Akers managed just 29 yards on 22 carries, a meager 1.3 yards per carry. When viewed in the context of Seattle's run defense struggles in the past, this represents a marked improvement.