Thursday Round-Up: 2013 Seahawks Ranked Among Top 5 Defenses of All-Time

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, Feb. 18 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Seattle's Super Bowl-Winning 'D' Among All-Time Best

With the Denver Broncos riding a red-hot defense to a 24-10 victory in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers, the NFL's highest-scoring offensive club this past year, NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt wanted to take a look at where that unit ranks among the League's all-time best.

In a feature at NFL.com, Brandt, the former vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, ranks the best five defenses in NFL history, and Seattle's 2013 defense that helped the Seahawks capture their first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history comes in at No. 4 on his list.

The Seahawks rank behind the 1985 Chicago Bears (No. 1), 2000 Baltimore Ravens (No. 2), and 2015 Broncos (No. 3), while the 1986 New York Giants come in at No. 5. 

Here's what Brandt had to say about Seattle's defense that dominated the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII two seasons ago:

4.) 2013 Seattle Seahawks

Yards allowed: 273.6 per game (first). Points allowed: 14.4 per game (first).

This team ranks this highly because of the degree of difficulty in being a dominant defense in the current era. The Seahawks gave up a league-low 231 points in the regular season, finishing 2013 with the NFL's best overall and passing defense. They racked up 28 interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns, and 44 sacks. Seattle didn't blitz very much; rather, the Seahawks relied on outstanding linebackers (Bobby Wagner) and defensive backs (Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas against the run; Thomas and Richard Sherman against the pass) to shut everyone down.

Seattle truly made its mark in the playoffs, where the defense simply dazzled. The sign of a great defense is an ability to make critical stops, and like the 2015 Broncos, the Seahawks knew how to stop 'em when they had to, squashing late comeback attempts by the Saints in the Divisional Round and the 49ers in the NFC title game. And, of course, Seattle completely dominated the Broncos -- who, like the Panthers in 2015, were the NFL's highest-scoring offense in 2013 -- in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks linebacker Brock Coyle, who encourages his followers to check out ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary on the No. 1 club on Brandt's all-time defense list mentioned above - the 1985 Chicago Bears. 

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle recaps wide receiver Jermaine Kearse's recent appearances in the local community

A couple current and former Seahawks recently had golden footballs delivered to their high school alma maters as part of the NFL's Super Bowl High School Honor Roll campaign. 

Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com says Seattle's Doug Baldwin was the NFL's most productive slot wide receiver in 2015

KC Joyner at ESPN.com (Insider) explains what the Seahawks will look like without running back Marshawn Lynch.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times answers questions about Pete Carroll's contract, wide receiver Paul Richardson's future, and the 2016 NFL Draft in his latest Twitter mailbag with fans.

Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com discussed what the Seahawks might do at center in 2016 in his latest "Hawk Talk" chat.

And Brock Huard at 710Sports.com shares thoughts on who the Seahawks' backup quarterback might be next season.

The 15 to 1: Jermaine Kearse Foundation sponsored 20 Gold Star family members, which are survivors of fallen American service men and women, to participate in tours of the Washington Capitol campus in Olympia and meet Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers. 

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