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Wyman’s Football 101: How Seahawks had trouble defending trap play

The Seahawks’ defense may have held the Los Angeles Chargers’ offense to 19 points in last Sunday’s 25-17 loss, but it also allowed the Chargers to rack up a total of 11 explosive plays. One of those plays was a 21-yard run by running back Melvin Gordon from Los Angeles’ own 5-yard line in the third quarter.

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That run was a trap play, and considering how the Seahawks defended it, they can expect to see more plays like it from their upcoming opponents.

In this week’s Football 101 video, former NFL linebacker and current Seahawks radio color commentator Dave Wyman breaks down what a trap play is, how the play gave Seattle trouble on Sunday, and why it personally brings back some bad memories for him.

For more play breakdowns from this Seahawks season, click any of the links below:

Week 8

Heaps: Ed Dickson’s immediate impact for Seahawks
Wyman: Punter Michael Dickson’s decision to run instead of take a safety
Huard: Tyler Lockett’s TD catch in Seahawks’ win over Lions

Bye week

Heaps: The state of the Seahawks’ offense after 6 games

Week 6

Huard: Seahawks’ 1st opening-drive TD in over 2 years
Heaps: What Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin proved in London

Week 5

Wyman: Using Frank Clark’s stop to show how to defend fly sweep
Huard: How Seahawks’ Lockett got so open for 39-yard TD
Heaps: Seahawks take advantage of weakness in Rams’ secondary

Week 4

Heaps: Why play-action pass is major key for Seahawks
Wyman: CB Tre Flowers has been one of the Seahawks’ surprises

Week 3

Wyman: Why Bradley McDougald is Seahawks’ best player right now
Huard: Tempo leads to Seahawks’ 1st TD vs Cowboys
Heaps: Seahawks’ offense won a crucial chess match

Week 2

Wyman: How Shaquill Griffin, Mingo stepped up for Seahawks’ D
Heaps: How Russell Wilson improvised TD pass to Tyler Lockett

Week 1

Wyman: Where was Seahawks’ breakdown on Sanders’ 43-yard TD?