Got to get the ball

It’s not Turnover Thursday, but Coach Pete Carroll is making an early push for the football as his team begins preparations for Sunday’s do-or-die matchup against the Rams.

The Seahawks are coming off a turnover-free performance on Sunday in Tampa, but they gave up eight combined turnovers in the two previous games. The defense has been struggling on the turnover front, too, as it has recorded just one takeaway in the last three games and the last time the team has posted more than one takeaway in a game was six weeks ago against New Orleans. Because of those stats, Carroll’s calling on the defense to step up the ball-hawking skills.

“I’m not talking about what we give away, I’m talking about what we get,” Carroll said during this morning’s team meeting. “We need that ball.”

Good news for the Seahawks is that Qwest Field is very conducive for defensive takeaways, as they have 16 of their 21 total takeaways through seven games at home this year.

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