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Thursday Round-Up: Seahawks Ranked Third In Rick Gosselin's Annual Special Teams Rankings 

The Seahawks make Gosselin’s top three for the second consecutive season after finishing second in 2020.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, January 20 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks Ranked Third In Rick Gosselin's Annual Special Teams Rankings

For more than four decades, football writer Rick Gosselin has compiled a detailed, comprehensive list of the NFL's top special teams units using a criteria of more than 20 categories like kickoff and punt return yardage, field goal percentages, opponent starting field position, and much, much more. Teams are assigned points for their standing in each category — one for best, 32 for worst.

Quality special teams play has always been an emphasis of Pete Carroll-coached football teams — the Seahawks actually finished second in Gosselin’s 2020 rankings. And as one of four teams to not suffer any "negative plays" on special teams in 2021, according to Gosselin — meaning no blocked kicks, turnovers, or return touchdowns — the Seahawks finished the season with the third-ranked special teams unit in the league, behind the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts. Across the 22 special teams categories, the Seahawks compiled a total of 276 points (Baltimore 241.5, Indianapolis 272). The Green Bay Packers finished worst in the league with a total of 482.5.

One category that helped push the Seahawks toward the top of the rankings was number of punts inside the 20-yard line, in which the Seahawks' Michael Dickson ranked first with 40 (Houston's Cameron Johnston finished second with 37). The Seahawks also ranked number one with an average kickoff starting point at the 26.8-yard line.

The Seahawks' 14 points scored on special teams — in the form of a Travis Homer onside kick recovery for a score, a Travis Homer touchdown run on a fake punt, and Rasheem Green's blocked PAT return for two points — was good for third in the league, with Dallas and Indianapolis tied for the top spot with 18.

The Seahawks also finished tied for number one in special teams takeaways with three along with Buffalo, Indianapolis, and San Francisco.

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