(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) Eight sacks in a single half may even be more than Pete Carroll envisioned for his young, explosive defense.
But Monday night's dominating performance against the high-octane Green Bay Packers offense showed the Seattle Seahawks defense may be among the league's best.
Seattle's secondary was already thought to be one of the best units in the league with three starters making trips to the Pro Bowl last season. But the prospect of coupling a hard-hitting, ball-hawking secondary with a pass rush that could give offensive linemen fits is what Seattle's coaches knew was needed for the whole group to take another step forward.
A breakthrough performance from first-round pick Bruce Irvin on Monday night may have been the final piece necessary for the Seahawks defense to take that step.
Irvin sacked Aaron Rodgers twice in the first quarter and helped free up the rest of the Seahawks to tee off on the quarterback.
Irvin proved too much for Pa...