The path toward stardom in sports is an arduous path for many. It does not come easily, and it should not be taken for granted when a team reaches notoriety in sports.
This season, the Seattle Seahawks have lived up to expectations presented before them. Wait, scratch that.
The Seahawks have exceeded expectations this year. They’ve only lost once this season and that was to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
Tyson Langland, the NFC West Lead Writer for Bleacher Report, expected the Seahawks to finish with a respectable record of 12-4. Eleven weeks into the season, the Seahawks are already 10-1.
But how did they get to this point?
It all starts with the quarterback position. As cliché as that sounds, Russell Wilson has been paving the way for Seattle’s success. Even though Wilson ranks 16th in the league in passing yards (2,362), and he is sixth in the NFL in touchdowns (19). Even though Wilson has been beating teams through the air, he doesn’t have to solely rely on his arm because of the Seahawks’ strong running game.
Marshawn Lynch has been tearing it up for the Seahawks this season, even in his seventh year in the league. No matter, Lynch has ravaged opponents on the ground this season and ranks first in rushing touchdowns (nine). Only Adrian Peterson is tied with Lynch in rushing touchdowns.
That’s saying something.
It was only a matter of time before Lynch broke out of his shell this season. In Week 2 against a stingy San Francisco 49ers‘ defense, Lynch rushed for 98 yards and scored twice. Things only got better for Lynch, as he averaged six yards a carry against the lowly Atlanta Falcons’ defense.
That’s the definition of “Beast Mode.”
While Seattle’s offense has garnered much attention for their explosiveness and creativity, their defense has stood steadfast against opposing offenses. Over the course of this season, it can be argued that Seattle has one of the best secondaries in the NFL.
The Seahawks are one of only three NFL teams this year to allow an average of less than 300 yards per game. The “Legion of Boom” has lived up to its hype by intercepting 16 passes this year, tied for most in the NFL. Even without Brandon Browner, the Seahawks’ defense is frustrating quarterbacks.
One of the best cornerbacks in the league, Richard Sherman, has backed up his trash talk by what he does on the field. Leading the team in interceptions with four, Sherman is a force to be reckoned with. Don’t forget about safety Earl Thomas, who also has four picks on the year.
It is because of these two players, and Kam Chancellor, that the Seahawks have held opposing air attacks at bay. The Seahawks are not allowing many free passes this year. CenturyLink Field is a no-fly zone, as the Seahawks have racked up nine of their 16 interceptions at home.
The Seahawks have been cruising along this year. They are picking up wins by the bundle and look like a team with Super Bowl capability. If the Seahawks can obtain home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, no NFC team looks like they will have the talent to stop Seattle.
The 12th Man always wins.