The season isn’t over yet, but the Seahawks have already met and exceeded their expectations for 2013-14, playoffs included. Russell Wilson at mid-season was a top candidate for the MVP award next to Peyton Manning and Nick Foles, and he’s led the team to the playoffs for his second straight year in the NFL. His regular season stats were 27 touchdowns to only 9 interceptions for 3,357 yards and a passer rating of 101.2. Marshawn Lynch had his 3rd straight 1,000 yard season in Seattle with 12 touchdowns and only one lost fumble. The receiving corps has taken some damage as Sidney Rice was lost for the season due to a torn ACL and Percy Harvin has played has played a total of two games, but Doug Baldwin has stepped up, hauling in 50 receptions for 778 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The defense led the league in four categories this season: yards allowed per game (277), points allowed per game (14.4), interceptions (28), and total takeaways (39). The Legion of Boom, as the secondary is called, is hard-hitting, physical, lockdown, and the best in the NFL. Free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman were both the best at their positions this season, and both are in the discussion for defensive player of the year. Sherman had a league leading total of 8 interceptions, yet was the least targeted starting CB in the league! Thomas had 116 tackles and led all free safeties with 5 interceptions.
Not everything went perfectly, however. The offense has been a rollercoaster. The run defense started to clean up at the end of the season, but still needs some work. One thing that could almost be guaranteed this coming offseason, according to league sources, is the departure of CB Brandon Browner. Browner was injured, then received an indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Luckily, with 6th round pick Byron Maxwell quickly developing into a great starting corner and Walter Thurmond back from a four game suspension, the front office won’t have to worry about giving a big contract to a free agent to replace Browner.
This Sunday, the Seahawks take on the 49ers in the NFC championship game, and from Instagram to Twitter there has been nothing but trash talking between these two fan bases. If you are betting on the Seahawks to win the Super Bowl, in the past two seasons, the games between these two teams in Seattle have gone in favor of the Hawks. The two scores were 42-13 and 29-3, which means they outscored the ‘9ers by a total of 71-16.
Should the Seahawks win this weekend, they will travel to New York for the Super Bowl on February 2nd, where they will take on the winner of the Manning Brady bowl. If they lose, they will still have high hopes and every chance that they will return to play in the championship game next year. Remember, GO HAWKS!