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Tuesday in Hawkville: Seahawks’ defense rises to the top

Posted Dec 3, 2013

The Seahawks emerged from Monday night’s matchup against a potent Saints offense and a prolific passer in Drew Brees as the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense in average yards and passing yards allowed.


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.

YOU DON'T SAY

“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).

STAT DU JOUR: ’TIS THE MARSHAWN LYNCH SEASON

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:

Player, teams TDs 
Marshawn Lynch, Bills/Seahawks 19
Adrian Peterson, Vikings 18
Darren Sproles, Chargers/Saints 17
Marques Colston, Saints 16
Chris Johnson, Titans 16

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 All-Pro tandem of free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman are tied for fourth in interceptions with four each.

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.