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November 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Seahawks defense truly rounding into 2013 form, and a few other notes

A common theme in the locker room afterward was that the defense played Sunday the most similarly to 2013 as at any time this season.

And the stats backed that up as Seattle allowed just 204 yards, a season low.

With that effort, Seattle also regained standing as the top defense in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game, at 296.8.

It’s the first time this season Seattle has been the No. 1-ranked defense in the NFL and the first time this year that the Seahawks have been allowing under 300 yards per game since the opening week, when Seattle allowed 255 to Green Bay.

San Diego gained 377 the following week starting a string of four straight weeks in which the Seahawks allowed 300 or more yards, including a season-high 401 against Dallas.

But since the St. Louis game the following week, Seattle has allowed under 300 yards in five of six games (the Giants got 324) gradually bringing down the average to more of a 2013 level.

Seattle led the NFL a year ago allowing 273.6 yards per game, also the best mark in team history.

Here, also, are a couple quick notes from coach Pete Carroll’s radio show this morning on 710 ESPN Seattle:

— Carroll said one reason for Russell Wilson’s improved play was resisting the urge to bail out of the pocket quite as quickly.

— Carroll said Marshawn Lynch appeared to make it through the game fine physically and should be good to go against the 49ers Thursday. He said again Lynch was simply sick to his stomach during the time he sat out.

— Carroll cited Cliff Avril and Kevin Williams for keying the play up front, calling it maybe Avril’s best game of the season.

— Carroll also said he is growing frustrated with Seattle’s penalty situation — the Seahawks were called for seven while Arizona had just three — and said “I’ve had it about up to here with the penalty situation” adding that “they won’t call it on the other guys.”

 

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