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Tuesday in Hawkville: Seahawks’ defense rises to the top
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 3, when the players had their “off” day and the coaches were compiling the game plan for Sunday’s matchup against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park:
WORD OF THE DAY: ONE
That’s where the Seahawks’ defense finds itself – ranked No. 1 in total defense and also passing defense.
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“A bunch of guys played well, but he jumped out.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, during his weekly day-after appearance on 710 ESPN, on the efforts of linebacker K.J. Wright in Monday night’s win.
That’s not what you would expect following a game where the Seahawks faced Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints and everything that offense can throw at you. But in Monday night’s 34-7 victory at CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks held the Saints to 188 total yards and Brees to 147 passing yards.
So their per-game averages dropped to 284.5 yards and 177.3 passing yards, which allowed the Seahawks to replace the Houston Texans atop both categories after they ranked No. 2 last week.
“The defense, to hold that quarterback, that coach and that team to that kind of a production night, that’s an incredible night for our guys,” coach Pete Carroll said. “The really cool thing is that we didn’t do anything special. We did what we like doing and the way we want to play.”
AIR RAID: RUSSELL WILSON NOMINATED FOR WEEKLY HONOR
Russell Wilson put up some impressive numbers against the Saints: a 139.6 passer rating, the second-highest of his career; 22 completions, to nine receivers, in 30 attempts for 310 yards; three TD passes.
The effort has earned the second-year quarterback a nomination for FedEx Air Player of the Week. Also nominated are the Broncos’ Peyton Manning and Patriots’ Tom Brady. You can vote here for Wilson.
STATS ’N STUFF: NO. 3 IS NO. 3 IN PASSER RATING
By putting together the top passer-rating games of this career in the past two games, Wilson has jumped to No. 3 in the league with a 108.5 rating. He trails the Eagles’ Nick Foles (125.2) and Broncos’ Peyton Manning (115.3). Wilson also is No. 6 in third-down passer rating (98.8).
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Marshawn Lynch did not score a touchdown Monday night, after scoring three times in the pre-bye week win over the Vikings on Nov. 17. But the Seahawks’ Beast Mode back remains the NFL’s December/January leader in touchdowns since 2008. Here’s a look at who’s chasing Lynch:
Steven Hauschka is No. 2 in the league in scoring (114 points), while Marshawn Lynch is tied for third among non-kickers (66 points). Lynch also is sixth in rushing yards (970) and first downs (62) and No. 10 in total yards (1,204). Hauschka is fifth in touchbacks (41).
The Seahawks continue to lead the league in takeaways (27) and are tied for second in turnover differential (plus-12) and interceptions (16). The offense ranks No. 3 in average rushing yards (146.2), No. 11 in average yards (364.3) and No. 22 in average passing yards (218.2).
UP NEXT: TWO DAYS IN ONE
Because of the Monday night game, Wednesday will feature the usual day-after review of the last game as well as the usual first-day-of-the-work-week activities, including the “Competition Wednesday” practice.