The Seattle Seahawks only have 13 sacks at the midpoint of the season, tied third-worst in the league. While the Seattle has been stout against the run, one of things they give up in having a heavy front is generating consistent pressure on the passer.
Also, the Seahawks have not been ahead very much this season, so teams have not been forced to pass.
Carroll: “We should be getting two or three a game if we’re doing just average, so we’ve got to get to the quarterback more.
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“We need to do all of the things – we need to pressure better and more effectively, we need our guys to rush, we’ve got to cover and hope they hold it more – so it’s a combination of things. We’ve got to get ahead in games too, so they’ll have to throw the ball more, and when we’re dictating situations that’ll help quite a bit.”
According to J.J. Cooper of Football Outsiders, Seahawks rookie tackle James Carpenter has given up six sacks so far this year, tied for fourth-most in the league.
ESPN’s Mike Sando reports that Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner is tied for second in the league with six defensive coverage penalties. Antonio Cromartie tops the list with seven.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. breaks down the Seattle-Baltimore game here. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Williamson says the Ravens have to be careful of a letdown after Baltimore’s big win over Pittsburgh last week. He likes the Ravens over Seattle 17-10.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com reports that John Carlson was named Seahawks man of the year for his work in the community.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks will get a good look at at a talented Ravens’ defense, something they hope to become in the future.
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle takes a closer look at some good predictors of winning teams – third down percentage, turnovers, sacks and penalties. Not surprisingly the Seattle Seahawks are at the bottom of the list for all of those.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports breaks down the Seattle-Baltimore game here.
Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun writes that Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka has no extra motivation going up against the Ravens, who released him midway through his first season in Baltimore in 2009.
Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun provides five matchups to watch on Sunday.
Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times writes that even though he hasn’t broken out this season, the Ravens are still taking a cautious approach with Seattle kick returner Leon Washington.