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Thursday Round-Up: 2013 Super Bowl Champion Seahawks Rank No.5 Team Of 21st Century

Bryan DeArdo of CBS Sports gives his Top-10 list of the best NFL teams of the century, with the 2013 Seattle Seahawks coming in at No.5.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today – Thursday, June 23 – about your Seattle Seahawks.

Super Bowl Champion 2013 Seahawks Among The 21st Century's Top Teams

The 2013 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks will forever go down in Emerald City history for bringing home the city's first NFL title. The 13-3 Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. CBS Sportswriter Bryan DeArdo unveiled his best teams of the 21st century list, featuring the 2013 Seahawks at No.5.

The criteria set for measuring the Top-10 choices and honorable mentions was as follows:

  • Overall record
  • League rankings
  • Roster talent
  • Postseason success

The 2013 Seahawks roster boasted three All-Pro players; safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, along with cornerback Richard Sherman. Along with cornerback Brandon Browner, the quartet made up the Legion of Boom, the Seahawks hard-hitting secondary that wreaked havoc on the league throughout the last decade. The trio also received Pro Bowl nominations, along with running back Marshawn Lynch, center Max Unger and quarterback Russell Wilson. DeArdo broke down the Seahawks selection and their impact on the league.

5. 2013 Seahawks

  • Super Bowl LVIII champions
  • Held final eight opponents to an average of 11.5 points per game
  • Finished 4th in NFL in rushing and 1st in pass defense

An extremely balanced team, Seattle dominated a talented Broncos team on football's biggest stage. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch led an offense that was top 10 in most major categories. The Seahawks' defense, regarded as one of the league's best since the start of the millennium, was led by a dominant secondary that featured Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor.

In the playoffs, Seattle's defense held a Drew Brees-led offense to a mere 15 points. They then held the defending NFC champion 49ers to just 17 points in the conference title game. But those performances paled in comparison to what they did in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks' defense scored as many touchdowns as Denver's record-setting offense and didn't allow a Broncos' score until the game was well out of hand. Appropriately, a member of Seattle's defense, linebacker Malcolm Smith, was named Super Bowl MVP.

Read more on DeArdo's list here.

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