RENTON, Wash. – The lesson came swiftly in the first half against Houston.
To that point in the season, Seattle’s secondary had yet to be pushed. But in the first half against Houston, the “Legion of Boom” got blitzed. The Texans hung 20 points on Seattle before halftime, and the secondary leaked a number of big plays.
It was a hard reminder heading into Sunday’s game against Indianapolis of what can happen if focus slips, even for a group so talented.
“If we lock in and guys don’t make stuff up, we’re hard to beat,” safety Earl Thomas said. “But when we’re doing other stuff, we look average.”
In the first half against Houston, the Seahawks allowed 17 plays of 10 yards or more. In their first three games combined they allowed just 26.
In fact, the Seahawks gave up only seven plays of more than 10 yards against San Francisco. They gave up nine in the first quarter to Houston. The Texans passed for 226 first-half yards, the second-most passing yards the Seahawks had surrendered in a game this season.
Not all those plays were the secondary’s fault, but in their eyes there’s no worse crime than giving up a big play. As defensive backs coach Kris Richard put it, “That’s our sole focus. That’s one of the axioms of our group.”
Seattle allowed only eight plays of 10 or more yards in the second half and OT.