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Simple schemes working for 'Hawks

Seattle's defense isn't as dominant as it looked through 15 quarters. Nor is it as weak as it looked late last Sunday.

Updated: August 1, 2005, 6:02 PM ET
By Michael Smith | ESPN.com

Up until it self-destructed in about the time it takes per day to perfect one's abdominal muscles, Seattle's defense was simply the best. Better than all the rest. Better than anyone … .

OK, enough. Seriously, this time last week Seattle's D was ranked first in total defense and scoring defense, having allowed a meager 13 points in three games, including the first shutout of the 49ers in a league-record 420 contests.

Then came the final eight minutes and ...

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