— The Seattle Seahawks have been the biggest disappointment of the NFL’s offseason, a team that seemed poised to dominate the AFC West for years.
It has been that way all season long.
The Seattle defense is the biggest reason the Seahawks lost their first game this season.
They were forced to play without key players from last year, including All-Pro safety Earl Thomas.
Seattle lost defensive tackle K.J. Wright to a torn Achilles, linebacker Jordan Hill to a shoulder injury, defensive end K.Y. Hilton to a foot injury and cornerback Richard Sherman to a knee injury.
It’s the Seahawks’ worst start to a season since 2009.
They went 6-9 last year and 5-11 last season.
The defense has been a huge reason why.
They allowed the fewest points per game (35.8) in the league.
They have allowed more than 500 points in six of the past seven games.
Their pass defense has also been one of the league’s worst, allowing the NFL record of 12 touchdowns in Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints.
They had two turnovers on Sunday and had a sack in the first quarter, but they never scored again.
The Seahawks have struggled all season, losing seven of their past eight games.
They’ll need to rebound Sunday night against the Seahawks to avoid a fifth straight loss.
The last time the Seahawks played Seattle was in Week 4 of last season, when they lost 20-14.
It was the only time they lost to Seattle.
The team has lost four straight games, with three in Seattle and two in San Francisco.
Seattle is 5-6 in its past six games against Seattle.
That’s a stretch that includes the last time Seattle played in Seattle.
In Week 4, Seattle was blown out 23-10.
It ended the Seahawks season.
Now, the Seahawks are on the road again.
They are 5-3-1 against the 49ers this season and 1-5-0 against the Patriots.
They’ve won their past two games against San Francisco by a combined score of 41-14, including the 49er game in Week 2.
The 49ers have a 3-4 record against the Seattle defense, including a 3