Grow up Fast
By now the 12th man and the entire league know how inexperienced the Seattle Seahawks are on defense. Denver quarterback Case Keenum made both Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin and cornerback Tre Flowers look bad defending the pass. Missed assignments and poor coverage can be expected from first-time starters, but not that often.
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The bigger concern is that Seattle couldn’t handle a pair of rookie running backs. 2018 third-round pick Royce Freeman and, undrafted free agent, Phillip Lindsay each had 71 yards on 15 carries. Additionally, Lindsay had two receptions, one of which was a 29-yard screen pass and run for a touchdown. On that play, Griffin got crossed up and left Lindsay uncovered in the flat.
Up front, Seattle’s defensive line not only couldn’t stop the run, they didn’t get very much pressure on passing plays. Keenum had the time in the pocket Wilson didn’t and threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns. The only reason the Broncos didn’t have more yards through the air was due to three combined interceptions by veterans Bradley McDougald and Earl Thomas.
If the Seahawks defense doesn’t play both more aggressive and intelligent, again they will be exposed to the rest of the NFL. The word will be out that you can run on Seattle’s front seven until you decide to pick on their inexperienced corner and outside linebacker.
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