NFC Championship: Seattle Seahawks

Published: Jan 17, 2014 11:15am EST
By JLangley4, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 17, 2014 @ 02:08pm EST

 

In a league where stout defense seems to be a dying breed, the Seattle Seahawks bring one of the toughest, and mouthiest, defenses in the league.

Led by their All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, the Seahawks boast a big secondary, which plays to their advantage. Sherman is listed at 6'3, 195 pounds, making it so he can match p with the biggest wide receivers in the league. Before the suspension of Brandon Browner, his counterpart across the field, the tandem was the biggest, most physical corners around. Combine that with two hard-hitting safeties in Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, and the secondary is lethal.

The defense in totality ranks first against the pass, and seventh against the run, making it tough to move the ball down the field. It is no secret that points are a premium against the Seahawks, so every point counts. With pass rushers Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, it seems unfair at times matching up.

The Seahawks finished their regular season 13-3, and the key to defeating them was laid out in two of the three losses. Holding their offense down with great defense and scoring at opportune times is the key to success. In losses to San Francisco and Arizona during the season, the Seahawks scored a combined 27 points while giving up only 36 points. For those at home that don't feel like doing simple math, that is just 18 points given up per game on average in those two games, something that should result in a victory. The difference in those games was the defense of the opponents. They held the Seahawks offense down, and were able to squeak out close victories with each team not being able to crack 20 points.

The Seahawks offense isn't what many would call "unstoppable" and can be shut down if defended correctly. They like to run the ball and pass in a timely fashion. In the divisional round game against the New Orleans Saints, a game in which the Seahawks won 23-15, quarterback Russell Wilson only threw the ball 18 times for 103 yards. This may have been dictated by the weather, but the point is simple. If the Seahawks can run all over you, they aren't going to re-invent the wheel. They will continue to pound the rock until you prove you can stop it.

Runningback Marshawn Lynch is the catalyst for the team. He carried the ball 301 times in the regular season, amassing 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the playoff game against the Saints, he carried the ball 28 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Playing off of that, Russell Wilson will get into the action with his legs. He carried the ball 96 times during the regular season for 539 yards and a touchdown.

It is obvious how the Seahawks play football. They play strong defense, and pound the ball down your throat. They control the clock and take advantage of field position when it is handed to them. They can win a game in a blow-out if presented or grind out games in a close fashion. The Seahawks are one of the toughest opponents to face in the league, but luckily for San Francisco, they match-up well. Expect a low-scoring, gut-wrenching game on Sunday.


 

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