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Wednesday Round-Up: The Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses of Each NFC Playoff Team

A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks


Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, Jan. 6 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

What Are Seattle's Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses?

Heading into the postseason, former NFL defensive back turned media analyst Bucky Brooks took time to break down the strengths and weaknesses of each playoff team.

His assessment of the NFC obviously includes a look at the Seahawks (10-6), who hold the No. 6 and final seed in the conference and will face the NFC North champion and No. 3-seeded Vikings (11-5) in a wild-card matchup this Sunday at Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.

Here's what Brooks had to say about Seattle as it readies for its first road playoff game since 2012:

Biggest strengths: For all of the questions regarding the Seahawks' defense in the middle of the season, the unit remains the stingiest in the NFL. The Seahawks not only have the top scoring defense (17.3 points allowed per game), but they have the top run defense (81.5 rushing yards allowed per game) and the second-ranked pass defense (210.2 passing yards allowed per game). While the numbers certainly jump off the stat sheet, it has been the complementary play of the front seven and secondary that makes the Seahawks' defense a destructive force heading into the playoffs. From Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Bruce Irvin wreaking havoc off the edges to Bobby Wagner pummeling opponents venturing over the middle to the "Legion of Boom" suffocating pass catchers down the field, the Seahawks trot out a dynamic defense that ranks as the best in the NFL.

Biggest weaknesses: Offensive line coach Tom Cable has worked miracles reshaping the Seahawks' line on the fly, but the unit remains a weakness on a team loaded with all-stars. The front line has struggled creating a consistent push on the ground, and its inconsistent pass protection has forced quarterback Russell Wilson to run around like a madman on the perimeter. Although the unit has shown significant improvement down the stretch, the Seahawks will have to work around the front line's flaws to make a sustained run in the postseason.

You can find Brooks' thoughts on the rest of the NFC right here and click here for his thoughts on the AFC playoff picture.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Vulcan, Inc., which shares a memorable - and entertaining - moment in Seahawks history on what was #NationalBirdDay in the social-media world.

More From Around The Web

Wideout Tyler Lockett has been named NFC Special Teams Player of Week 17 for what he did in the Seahawks' 36-6 win over the Cardinals.

It's been a busy week around the rest of the NFC West, with the Rams filing for relocation and the 49ers searching for a new head coach while the Cardinals enjoy a first-round playoff bye.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times details the relationship between Doug Baldwin and Seahawks Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent. Condotta also previews Sunday's wild-card matchup with Vikings reporter Mark Craig, who covers the team for the Star Tribune in Minnesota.

Matt Calkins at the Seattle Times comments on how Seattle got back to playing "Seahawks football" after a slow start.

Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune outlines what to know about the Vikings, Seattle's opponent this Sunday.

Brady Henderson at highlights the play of offensive guard Mark Glowinski and tight end Chase Coffman, backups who each saw extended playing time in this past Sunday's win over Arizona while subbing for injured starters.

The Seahawks play their 11th wild-card game in franchise history this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. This gallery throws you back to each of the Seahawks' previous 10 wild-card games, including their first-ever playoff game in 1983 facing the Denver Broncos and their most recent in 2012 versus the Washington Redskins. 

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