January 22nd, 2014
Riding the wave of their amazing home field advantage, the Seattle Seahawks began this season with their best start in franchise history (11-1). They finished with an impressive 13-3 record and the NFC West crown.
With poise and skill usually seen only in long-time NFL veterans, second-year QB Russell Wilson (26 TDs, 3,334 yards passing) runs a remarkably efficient Seahawks offense. He can beat you with his arm or his legs, and he rarely makes mistakes.
More power to any defense that can figure out how to stop Wilson, because once they do, Seattle laughs and unleashes the beast. That would be RB Marshawn “ Beast Mode” Lynch who ran for 1,257 yards 12 TDs this season. In short, the Seahawks control the ball and can score at will.
And when you force the Seahawks offense off the field, what reward do you get for your efforts? Why, you get the #1 defense in the league! The Seahawks dominating defense starts with big-time pressure on opposing QBs. DEs Michael Bennett (8.5 sacks) and Cliff Avril (8 sacks) apply the heat, along with sure-tackling LB Bobby Wagner (120 tackles). The last word from the Seahawks defense comes from their ‘Legion of Boom” backfield, led by CB Richard Sherman (8 INTs), S Earl Thomas (105 tackles, 5 INTs), and S Kam Chancellor (99 tackles, 3 INTs).