Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, Jan. 5 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Brian Billick: Fear The Seahawks
With the 2015 regular season in the books, former NFL head coach Brian Billick turned media analyst at NFL.com shares his thoughts on the playoff teams in each conference, outlining which clubs he expects to be favorites, which teams no one wants to play, and which teams are most likely to go one-and-done this postseason.
In the NFC, Billick thinks the NFC West champion and No. 2-seeded Arizona Cardinals (13-3) are the favorite, but labels the wild-card and No.6-seeded Seahawks (10-6), who have won six of their last seven games, as the team that no one wants to face.
Here's Billick's reasoning as to why Seattle could make a run at Super Bowl 50, despite needing to play three games on the road to get there.
Russell Wilson is in the middle of a seven-game stretch like no other QB hot streak we've seen in NFL history. Only Steve Young has enjoyed a comparable run -- in 1994 -- and even that doesn't truly compare to Wilson's 24 touchdown passes against just one interception in those seven games. (And it should be noted that Young had Jerry Rice, while Wilson has Doug Baldwin -- not exactly the same.)
I've long believed that Wilson has the ability to win from the pocket, but I wanted to see him do it during a 500-throw season. While he fell 17 attempts shy of that benchmark with 483 pass attempts, he had 31 more throws -- basically, an entire game's worth -- than his previous single-season high. Even with the increased workload, he posted career bests in completion percentage (68.1), passing yards per game (251.5) and touchdown passes (34). Let's not forget that he also carried the ball more than 100 times this season for the second time in his career. In the previous two Super Bowl appearances, this was a team carried by Marshawn Lynch and the "Legion of Boom," but this year, it is clearly Russell Wilson's team. He has proven to be worth every penny of the large extension he signed just five months ago.
But just because the team turned over the reins to Wilson, it doesn't mean that the defense rode off into the sunset. The unit still led the NFL in scoring defense -- for the fourth straight season -- giving up just 17.3 points per game. And the defense has been even better than that in the past five games, yielding just 11 points per game -- with two of those five contests coming against playoff teams in which they didn't allow double-digit points.
Sometimes it's all about timing. Just like the Giants in 2012 and the Packers in 2011, the Seahawks are firing on all cylinders at the perfect time.
Billick believes the NFC North champion and No. 3-seeded Vikings (11-5), who the Seahawks face this Sunday at University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, are the NFC team most likely to go one-and-done.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas, who shares a look at his mindset as the Seahawks finish the regular season.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle details how Seattle head coach Pete Carroll found his "greatest inspiration", breaks down the Seahawks' snaps counts from Sunday's game at Arizona, and recaps some of what Carroll had to say on his Monday morning radio show.
Running back Marshawn Lynch is back with the team after rehabbing from abdomen surgery and if he makes it through the week of practice the Seahawks anticipate he'll start Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Vikings.
Here's how the Seahawks reacted on social media to Sunday's win over the Cardinals.
Wideout Tyler Lockett is up for Rookie of the Week at NFL.com for his performance in Week 17 at Arizona.
Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com shares three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after Sunday's Seahawks win.
At the Seattle Times, former NFL quarterback Hugh Millen analyzes how the Seahawks defense was able to force quarterback Carson Palmer into bad decisions during Sunday's win at Arizona.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times has his first look at the Vikings, Seattle's opponent this weekend.
Jayson Jenks at the Seattle Times talks to Marshawn Lynch's teammates about what "Beast Mode" brings to the table.
Dan Pompei at BleacherReport.com explains how Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made the leap from Super Bowl star to superstar.
Neil Paine at FiveThirtyEight.com details the strength of this year's wild-card road playoff teams.
And Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com lists five things to know about Sunday's Seahawks-Vikings matchup.
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