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Tuesday Round-Up: Seahawks Were DVOA Dynasty In 2010s

Using Football Outsiders’ DVOA, ESPN.com ranks the top teams of the past decade, and the Seahawks are well represented on the list. 

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's out there for today – Tuesday, June 16 – about your Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks Were DVOA Kings Of 2010s

The Seahawks were one of the best teams of the past decade by just about any measure, making the playoffs eight times in 10 years under Pete Carroll and John Schneider, advancing to the Divisional Round seven times. The Seahawks, who won Super Bowl XLVIII, are also the only team other than New England to play in consecutive Super Bowls this century. 

For another measure of how good Seattle's last decade was, consider Football Outsider's metric of DVOA, an efficiency rating that compares success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent. (You can learn more about DVOA here).

Writing for ESPN.com, Football Outsiders' Aaron Schatz lists the top ten teams of the decade, and four Seattle teams—the 2012-2015 squads—crack the top ten, including the Super Bowl-winning 2013 team that is No. 1 on the list. This is an insider story, so you need a subscription to read the whole thing, but here's what Schatz says about that 2013 team: 

"The 2013 Seahawks featured the No. 10 best defense in DVOA history (including playoffs). They also ranked seventh on offense and fifth on special teams for the regular season. Seattle's three losses all came by a touchdown or less, and their 43-8 Super Bowl blowout of Denver ranks as one of the 20 best single-game performances in DVOA history."

And lest you think DVOA is just some obscure metric for football nerds and, as the website's title suggests, outsiders, know that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and his staff are aware of DVOA and were proud to finish tops in the NFL in that metric for four straight seasons. 

"We do know it," Carroll said after Seattle clinched another DVOA "title" following the 2015 regular season. "We've been aware of it. It's an interesting stat because it's so comprehensive, and it does take into account all three phases in great detail. I don't know how the structure of it, how accurate it is to tell you what kind of team you are, but it's pretty cool because it does involve everything you're doing. And they measure it against I think the average of what's going on in the league. That's a good sign of consistency is what it is."

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Social Post Of The Day

Today's social post comes from the twitter account for EA Sports Madden 21, which put out a trailer for the latest version of the game, one that includes brief clips of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner.

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