The Seattle Seahawks have been to two Super Bowls in the last three years, winning one, losing the other, but always “playing tough.” That toughness was mostly apparent in this team’s very solid and dependable defense.
The squad from the Pacific Northwest relied heavily on a strong defensive front and a “shutdown” secondary that seemed to challenge every downfield pass from an opposing quarterback.
It is clear that the team’s front office management and its on-field coaches understood the importance of a dominant defense in the National Football League (NFL). They recognized that offense excites fans and puts points on the board, but defense wins games, especially in the playoffs.
So it was no surprise three years ago when the Seahawks began their run as a “top-tier” team and it remains no surprise today in the 2015-2016 Season that Seattle relies on its dynamic defense to topple its opposition and remain relevant in the league.
In fact, at the midway point of the current season, the Seahawks, a squad that plays in the West Division of the National Football Conference (NFC), find themselves in third place with a Won-Loss record of 4-4, just two games behind the first place Arizona Cardinals.
While it may be true that the team’s record is mediocre at this point and seems to indicate that Seattle’s defense and offense, for that matter, have been subpar, the truth is that this powerful team got off to an unexpected slow start and is only now “kicking into gear.”
The fearsome defense that features “The Legion of Boom” has intimidated opponents over the past few seasons has been “rounding into form” and Seattle is once again playing with determination and focus. Key defensive leaders for the Seahawks include Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, and Richard Sherman. And winning games more easily than it did in September.
A quick look at this squad’s defensive statistics tells all you need to know and clearly underscores why the Seahawks have become dangerous and hard to beat. For openers, Seattle is ranked Number Three among all NFL teams in points allowed per game. Opposing offenses are only able to score 17.50 points every four quarters against the Seahawks’ smothering defense.
Equally important is the fact that running backs on teams that line up against the Seahawks are averaging just 98.50 yards per game, a number that stands out “like a beacon” and means that most teams are forced to become one-dimensional when playing the squad from the state of Washington and rely too heavily on passing in order to score.
When you consider that the Seahawks also force turnovers at the rate of 1.12 per game and give up an average of just 4.84 yards per play to opponents (one of the top figures in the entire league) it is easy to see and to understand why the Seattle Seahawks are now a team to be respected and feared.
This squad has eight games remaining to be played. It would surprise no one if it caught and passed division-leading Arizona. The reality is that the Seattle Seahawks have the ability to overcome any opponent.
Courtesy of the Huffington Post