Seattle’s Studs Through Week 12
By Matthew Asher
With the season nearly three-quarters over for the Seahawks, it’s time to look back at who’s been on a roll. While this kind of article typically covers both players who have exceeded or failed to meet expectations, with Seattle having the best record in the NFL right now, there isn’t much to complain about. Therefore, this will focus on the studs from the three areas of the game.
His numbers aren’t gaudy like Peyton Manning’s, but Wilson has been very consistent over the entire season. He’s currently on pace to throw for more than 3,400 yards, 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions for a quarterback rating of 105.1.
Wilson has also been very effective on the ground. He’s currently on pace for almost 600 yards on the ground, meaning he’s on pace to gain more than 4,000 yards of total offense. Every one of those statistics is an improvement over his rookie campaign when Wilson had a legitimate shot at winning Rookie of the Year.
Beast Mode has definitely put in the work this season. His 925 rushing yards currently rank him second only to Philly’s LeSean McCoy and Lynch’s nine rushing touchdowns are tied for the best in the league with last year’s MVP Adrian Peterson.
He’s also added 200-plus receiving yards and two receiving TD’s to his numbers for the season. At this pace, he’ll finish with more than 1,600 total yards of offense and 16 touchdowns, averaging 100-plus yards of offense and one touchdown a game. Not a bad season at all.
Sherman is currently tied for third in the league with four interceptions, just like his teammate Earl Thomas. Unlike Thomas, Sherman was able to turn one of his interceptions into a pick-six for the game-winning score against the Houston Texans early in the season. He also ranks second in the league in interception return yards with 124.
Avril may only have 15 total tackles, but he’s responsible for 20 percent of his team’s sacks with 6.5 just like teammate Michael Bennett. In addition to the sacks, Avril leads the team with three forced fumbles.
Special Teams Stud
He’s tied with New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski for most made field goals (24) and best field goal percentage (96.0%). His one miss was actually a blocked kick, so you can’t fault him for that one. Hauschka has also kicked six more PATs than Gostkowski and currently leads the league in scoring with 104 points.
The Seahawks continue to rest up during their Bye Week. With their Week 13 opponent, the New Orleans Saints, already playing their Week 12 game, Seattle has a few extra days to go over game footage which will hopefully go a long way towards ending next week with an 11-1 record and giving them a firm grasp on the top seed in the NFC standings.
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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.