Interceptions way down for Seahawks defense

RENTON Wash. -- Why are the Seattle Seahawks 3-3? Here’s yet another reason: The defense isn’t forcing turnovers, especially interceptions, the way it did last season.

Seattle’s defense had 28 interceptions last season. It has two in the first six games this year, which puts the Seahawks on pace for only five after 16 games. And it’s not just one area of the field. All three areas are way down.

The Seahawks had 13 interceptions on the left third of the field in 2013 but have only one this season. They had nine picks on the right third of the field last season and have only one this year (Kam Chancellor’s pick vs. Denver is borderline between the middle and the right side of the field). And the defense had six interceptions in the middle of the field last year but don’t have any so far this season.

Richard Sherman had eight picks last season but doesn’t have any in the first six games this year, partially because some opposing quarterbacks have avoided throwing his way.

Free safety Earl Thomas had five interceptions in 2013 but is still looking for his first this year.

The only picks this year were by Chancellor (which may have saved the game against Denver) and one by cornerback Byron Maxwell in the season opener against Green Bay.

So Seattle has no interceptions in the last three games and only one in the last five games.