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How much did Seahawks' defense miss Earl Thomas?

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Thomas' leadership void clear for Seahawks (1:38)

Ryan Clark says while Russell Wilson's turnovers didn't help, not having Earl Thomas played a pivotal role in the Seahawks' loss to the Packers. (1:38)

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was asked Sunday how much safety Earl Thomas could have helped the Seattle defense in the team’s 38-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

"It wouldn’t have impacted it much," Sherman said. "I mean, you turn the ball over six times; he can’t play both sides. So we’ve just got to clean things up and continue to push forward."

Given the Seahawks entered Sunday’s game allowing a league-low 16.17 points per game, it would be easy to connect the dots and conclude that the absence of Thomas (fractured left tibia) was the reason the Seattle defense got picked apart by Aaron Rodgers.

But that really wasn’t the case.

"It had no impact," coach Pete Carroll said. "Steven Terrell didn’t have a play to make all night long. The ball never even went near him."

Thomas is a great player, and the fact that he is out for remainder of the season very well could affect the Seahawks down the stretch and into the postseason.

But Thomas patrols (for the most part) the deep middle of the field, and that’s not where the Packers attacked on Sunday.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Rodgers was 13-for-16 for 196 yards and three touchdowns outside the numbers. Big plays came against cornerbacks Jeremy Lane and DeShawn Shead, as well as the linebackers.

When asked about why Seattle's defense struggled to contain Rodgers, Carroll pointed to the pass rush.

"We really disappointed in rushing the passer," Carroll said. "He was back there all night long.

"That was very frustrating to just watch him have so much ease throwing and completing balls on us."

The Seahawks finished with just one sack and three quarterback hits. Rodgers completed 18 of 23 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns, without an interception.

His passer rating of 150.3 was the highest of any opposing quarterback since Carroll became the Seahawks' head coach in 2010.

"They were holding," said defensive end Michael Bennett. "It’s hard to get off when -- of course, you guys only look at the statistics at the end. If you watch the game, there were a whole bunch of plays where guys are trying to get off, but they had the top of their shoulders. You look at people’s jerseys, they were torn up.

"There were definitely some missed calls out there versus them, but overall, the Packers played a good game. They’re a great organization, great quarterback. They’re just a good team."

With Bennett, Cliff Avril and Frank Clark, the Seahawks have the talent to generate one of the league’s better pass rushes. But the Packers won their share of battles up front on Sunday.

Rodgers’ brilliance, combined with the lack of pass rush from the Seahawks, was what led to Seattle's struggles on defense.

Thomas' absence had very little to do with it.