The Seahawks made a much better statement this Sunday as compared to last Sunday with a 40-3 blowout win against the New York Jets.
The offense, lead by quarterback Russell Wilson, showed out today after a disappointing outing last week and threw for four touchdowns on 206 yards passing.
Running back Chris Carson rushed for 76 yards and scored himself a touchdown as well.
But what needs to be looked at more for the Seahawks is their defensive performance over the last few weeks.
Yes, the Seahawks faced the New York Jets- who now have lost 13 straight games this season- but it's still fair to point out the improvements on that side of the ball when necessary.
The defense held the Jets to just 185 yards of total offense and just three points. They also forced a turnover, recorded three sacks, dropped three could-have-been interceptions but were able to keep Sam Darnold and the Jets offense out of the end zone all game long.
When you look to the first of the season for the Seahawks, that was one of their biggest issues being pointed out.
“I'm just really fired up at this time of the year we are playing our best football,” Carroll said after the game. “It’s going to make a difference and we’re going to have a chance to do something special, and it’s going to be because the defense has really turned it around and put us in this kind of position.”
Since Week 10 in the loss against the Los Angeles Rams, the defense started to emphsize more on accountably on when mistakes are made.
Over the span of the last four games, the defense has allowed an average of just 14.5 points a game.
That is a huge difference in just trying to win each game by shootout and hanging on to the lead in the last minutes of the 4th quarter like how they were doing in the beginning of the year.
Linebacker K.J. Wright said after the game that he has seen the improvements on the defense in these last few weeks and is enjoying the ride of it all.
“These last few weeks have been excellent, we just are playing really good team ball,” Wright said. “The communication is on point, eliminating explosive plays have been on point and we’re just really playing together.”
The Seahaws seem to have picked up their stride again on offense, and with the defense finally picking up the slack with three games left on the scdule, this team could be heading into the playoffs with their confidence levels at an all time high.
The caliber of team matters of course, but the defense during this stretch of weak games is more than capable to making adjustments on how they can improve before the regular season comes to a close.
With everyone coming back healthy in the secondary, and DE Carlos Dunalp hopeful to make his way back next week, things could be looking on the up for the defense after they have been criticized all season long for their play. The beginning half of the season was a disaster for the defense.
Now? It looks like they have finally picked things up and are improving before the playoffs get going.
“Consistent teams tend to separate themselves in December, so we have to keep it going,” Wright said. “This team is full of great leadership, this team is hungry. We clicking at the right time, perfect timing, we just have to make sure we keep it going into the playoffs.”
The Seahawks (9-4) are now on top of the NFC West, and their next opponent is the Washington Football Team (6-7) at Washington, in a game that should also boost the confidence of the defense, but the team should not take this game lightly.
If the offense can get back to their ways of playing how they were in the first half of the season, and the defense can continue to play they are right now, the Seahawks are going to be a big threat when the playoffs get going.