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Around the NFC West: Seattle defense key

The Seattle Seahawks' last two opponents, Baltimore and St. Louis, abandoned their running games.

Those teams' strategies reflected game situations only to a degree. Both also realized they weren't going to push around a powerful Seahawks front featuring Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, Alan Branch and Chris Clemons.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times summed up Seattle's performance at St. Louis this way: "The Seahawks won exactly the way they're built to win, resting their forearm on the opponent's neck and flashing a sadistic smile all the while. This rugged, oversized yet agile, young defense turned boorish against the offensively challenged Rams. The result was a 24-7 victory and a clear understanding that though the Seahawks are far from a juggernaut, they're a different kind of bad than the Rams are."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Clemons realized in watching game video that Rams quarterback Sam Bradford held the ball too low, particularly after leaving the pocket.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com passes along Clemons' stat line -- three sacks, three additional quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and a tipped pass -- in addition to this quote from Bryant: "I feel like we brought our big-boy pads today."

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune thought Seattle's backup right tackle, Breno Giacomini, fared well against the Rams' Chris Long, part of an effort by the line that generally exceeded expectations.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks gave little ground to Rams running back Steven Jackson.

Also from Williams: Seattle has its first two-game winning streak of the season.

Dave Wyman of 710ESPN Seattle says Bryant made two spectacular, pivotal plays against the Rams. Wyman: "The fact that he beat a double team and dropped Rams quarterback Sam Bradford for a 9-yard sack was enough. But the way he did it is what makes him such an exciting player to watch. With offensive tackle Adam Goldberg pushing him past the pocket, Bryant stuck one of his 45-pound "mitts" out and swatted Bradford so hard across the chest it spun Bradford around 180 degrees."