Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/6/12
These teams have strong defenses.In a division won by the 49ers last year because of defense, this should come as no surprise. Teams often wind up mimicking their divisional rivals (the Ravens are built around defense, power running, and a developing quarterback with a big arm and big body, just like the Steelers), and the NFC West is no exception.Both teams have considerable continuity on defense, so last year's stats should still prove helpful.Last year, the Seahawks ranked ninth with 332.2 yards allowed per game, and were part of a four-way tie for sixth with only 5.1 yards allowed per play.The Cardinals were worse in yards allowed per game (18th with 355.1 per) because their defense faced the most plays from scrimmage in the league, but were alone in 10th with only 5.2 yards allowed per play.However, each team has a weakness. Both of these teams were tied for 10th, along with the 49ers, in yards allowed per passing attempt (at 6.9 yards per).  For the Seahawks, this ranking is a...
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