We are nearly three months into the 2017 fiscal year for the National Football League. It’s safe to say we have seen plenty of player movement via free agency and trades. And in late April, a total of 253 players were selected in the NFL draft. So as teams get ready for mini-camps and OTAs, we figured it was a good time to have some fun looking (and learning) at the significant numbers – both in regards to the past and the present – for each of the 32 franchises. You can play catch-up by clicking here. Now it’s time to check out the Seattle Seahawks.
Nope. For the final time, we’re not doing the jersey number thing here. This past season, the Seattle Seahawks got off to a 7-2-1 start. That included a victory over the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at Foxborough. But down the stretch, due to some injuries on defense and an ineffective ground attack, the eventual NFC West champions went 3-3 down the stretch. That included a 38-10 loss at Lambeau Field to the Green Bay Packers (Week 14), as well as 34-31 home setback to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16.
The ‘Hawks would split their two postseason games, beating the Detroit Lions and losing to the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. All told, a pretty ordinary run of football for a team that usually saves his best for late in the year.
In 2016, only seven teams in the NFL gained fewer yards on the ground than the Seahawks. They went through a slew of running backs, who didn’t get much support from a problem-plagued offensive line. It was quite a falloff for the 25th-ranked Seattle running game. From 2012-15, the team finished third, fourth, first and third in the league in this vital department. In ’16, the ‘Hawks ran for 1,591 yards as a team (99.4 average) – 40 yards less than Dallas Cowboys’ rookie Ezekiel Elliott (1,631).
Despite the team’s success, it was rough year for quarterback Russell Wilson. In 2015, he completed 68.1 percent of his passes while throwing for 34 scores and just eight interceptions. This past season, the Seattle Seahawks’ signal-caller saw his accuracy drop a bit in terms of completion percentage (64.1). Meanwhile, he would throw just 21 TD passes and was picked off 11 times. He also fumbles on eight occasions and lost two of those bobbles. Of course, being sacked 41 times during the regular season didn’t help.