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Monday Round-Up: Seahawks Defense Predicted To Have Best Season Since 2016

The Seahawks defense could be regaining its old form and rejoining the league’s elite after a flurry of recent additions.

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Good morning, 12s. Happy Labor Day, and happy game week! Here's a look at what's happening today – Monday, Sept. 7 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

2020 Seahawks Defense Expected To Be Best Of Last Four Years

We're just six days away from the first Seahawks game of the season. This year, look out for the defense to be much improved. From 2012 to 2015, the Seahawks defense allowed the fewest points each year and the team went a combined 46-18. After a few years of not playing up to their standards, the defense is expected to be back near the top in 2020.

Late last week, The Athletic released a series of bold, or not so bold, predictions for the 2020 season. For the Seahawks, writer Sheil Kapadia forecasted that Seattle would have its best defense since 2016. That year, they finished third in scoring defense and fifth in total defense.

"The Seahawks had an incredible run from 2012 to 2016 when they finished in the top five in defensive efficiency every season," Kapadia wrote. "Since 2016, they've gotten worse every year – going from fifth to 13th to 14th to 18th. It feels like a rebound is coming. Seattle acquired Quandre Diggs during last season and traded for Jamal Adams and corner Quinton Dunbar earlier this offseason. They have Shaquill Griffin at the other corner spot and are still strong at linebacker. The defensive line is a big question mark, but if the Seahawks can develop their young players or scheme things up, they have a chance to be a top-10 defense."

When you lay it all out, the Seahawks really are deep at most spots on their defense. Starting with the secondary, Seattle has added the aforementioned Diggs, Dunbar and Adams – all within the past year. Diggs had three interceptions (one returned for a TD) in his five games as a Seahawk last season. Dunbar had a career-best four picks in just 11 games for the Washington Football Team in 2019.

As for Adams, what more needs to be said? Now entering Year 4, Adams made Second-Team All-Pro in his second season, then rose to First-Team All-Pro in his third. He also had a career-high 6.5 sacks in 2019, which could add another dimension to the secondary unit.

Looking at the linebacker group, it's a unit that is considered by some to be the best in the NFL. Bobby Wagner brings the experience from past dominant Seahawks defenses and combines it with the new age talent. The same can be said for K.J. Wright, who has been in Seattle since 2011. Then, there's rookie first-rounder Jordyn Brooks ready to learn and develop from the veteran stars. Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven are both second-year players who showed promise as rookies.

Lastly, the defensive line is still looking solid, too. The group is going to rely on young players like Jarran Reed, Rasheem Green and Benson Mayowa to continue getting better. Reed had a career-high 10.5 sacks in 2018. Green, who is entering Year 3, had a breakout season in 2019, totaling four sacks and three forced fumbles while starting just eight of 16 games. 

Mayowa started his career in Seattle in 2013 and in 2019, he had his best season yet, picking up 7.0 sacks and three forced fumbles. This unit is the most underrated part of the defense, but could become the unsung hero if everything falls right. Poona Ford and L.J. Collier are also expected to contribute on the D-line.

We'll get our first look at the defense in action this Sunday, September 13, as the Seahawks head to Atlanta to battle the Falcons at 10 a.m. PDT.

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