Americans consumed, on average, 5000-6000 calories during their Thanksgiving meal this week. Turkey, Ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, pecan pies and pumpkin pies are just a few of the tasty treats enjoyed by many. Seahawks defenders have been feasting on opponent turnovers long before Thanksgiving came and went, and we're not talking about apple or cherry here. These are the kind that taste even sweeter and may even cause the average fan to burn a few calories jumping for joy. Over the past six games, dating back to the New York Giants game before the bye week, only one team in the NFL has forced more turnovers than the 15 Seattle's defense has caused.
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The turnovers are coming both on the ground and through the air. It is that balance that is leading to the recent surge. Seattle's seven fumble recoveries is tied for 8th in the NFL, while their 10 interceptions rank 16th. Contributions are coming from all across the defense. Kam Chancellor leads the team with four turnovers (3 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery). He also has a forced fumble. David Hawthorne has two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Chris Clemons has forced three fumbles. Roy Lewis has already recovered two fumbles in his short return from the PUP. Everyone else has no more than one forced fumble, interception or fumble recovery.
Earl Thomas continues to be a player that could pop for more turnovers at any time. He has underachieved with one interception and one fumble recovery, but faces a Rex Grossman-led Redskins team this week that has thrown more interceptions than all but two teams. The Redskins total of 23 turnovers is only one behind the worst in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles own that throne, and the Arizona Cardinals are not far behind with 20. Seattle's defense could potentially gain steam in the turnover department as they play these teams the next few weeks.