By Matthew Asher
With eight games completed in the 2013 NFL season, the Seattle Seahawks have had a great first half going 7-1 for the first time in team history. But there’s always room for improvement. So with half the season completed for the ‘Hawks, it’s time to see their first half studs and duds.
Seattle’s stingy score-preventing defense
Anytime your defense wins you a game with a goal-line stand as time expires, they’ve done their job. But it wasn’t just the game against St. Louis where the Seahawks defense has performed well. They’ve done a marvelous job of limiting opponent scoring.
Giving up 125 total points through their first eight games is the fourth lowest amount in the league. Only the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers have allowed fewer points. It’s even better than that because the Saints and Panthers have only played seven games apiece so really only the undefeated Chiefs are ahead of the Seahawks regarding points allowed.
Marshawn Lynch is still a force
Gone are the days of the “three yards and a cloud of dust” run-heavy offense. That doesn’t mean running backs are no longer necessary by a long shot. With more than 600 yards on the ground, Beast Mode (Marshawn Lynch) has the fourth most rushing yards in the entire NFL, even ahead of last year’s MVP Adrian Peterson.
He’s also done a good job of scoring on the ground. Lynch’s six rushing touchdowns are third only to Denver’s Knowshon Moreno and San Francisco’s Frank Gore. The only real complaint about Lynch’s season so far is that he has just one 100-plus rushing yard game. However, with only six players (including Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor) having more than one game over the century mark, it’s not something to worry about.
Seattle’s lowly passing yards
This isn’t a shot at Russell Wilson as a player, just his stats when he airs out the ball. Wilson has done a decent job of completing throws, averaging 61 percent, good enough for 16th best in the league and the 13 touchdowns are the 10th most. He’s also done a good job of limiting interceptions with four. Only two other quarterbacks have thrown for more touchdowns than Wilson while limiting their interceptions to just four as well.
The problem has been the lack of total throws he has made. Throwing fewer than 1,650 yards through eight games is only the 20th most in the league. This means he’s barely averaging 200 passing yards each game. The reason for so few yards is because he’s only completed 125 passes, the 24th most.
Seattle’s poor pass protection
This is the other reason for Seattle’s lack of passing yards. With 27 sacks allowed so far, only Miami’s Ryan Tannehill and New York’s Geno Smith have been sacked more and neither of their two teams currently have a winning record.
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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.