Are the Seahawks back to championship form? It certainly seems like it after the last couple of weeks.
Over their past two divisional rivalry games the Seahawks have allowed just six points (giving up one field goal to Arizona, and one to San Francisco), just six.
In allowing those six points they exposed the Arizona Cardinals, and they completely humiliated their hated rival, the San Francisco 49ers at home. Overall, the team seems to have regained the "bully" status they had last year in their Superbowl run.
In-depth look at the Seahawks
Defensively, the Seahawks have regained their rightful spot as the top defense in the NFL, and Russell Wilson and co are playing sound football.
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The Seahawks defense ranks as follows:
- Number one in total defense
- Number one in yards allowed (285.8)
- Allowing 199.4 passing yards a game (ranked number 2 in the NFL behind the KC Chiefs)
- Allowing only 86.3 rushing yards a game (ranked number 5 in the NFL)
All that has combined to help the Seahawks over recent weeks - achieving complete domination against what were thought to be (and still are, to many people) elite teams. The Seahawks have regained their swagger and are looking to become one of the scariest teams in the NFC, if not the whole league. That being said, they're not one of the best teams overall quite yet.
The Seahawks are the league's best-rushing attack and have been so for the past few seasons (they've already eclipsed 2000 team rushing yards). However, the passing game still isn't amazing, in fact they're almost dead last in average passing yards at just 192 yards per game (ranked 30 out of 31 teams). Over the past two games, the Seahawks could rarely seal the deal in the end zone, having to settle for field goals a majority of the time.
It's quite possible that's just one of the downsides of facing elite defenses that AZ and SF both have. But going down the stretch the Seahawks would much rather be scoring touchdowns than constantly having to settle for three each time. The bright side is, the Seahawks do have one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history so at least the field goal is virtually automatic.
Wilson hit one of his worst slumps earlier in the year but he seems to be over the hump. In the last three weeks, he's gradually coming back to his normal self - completing a total of 69 percent of his passes, for a total of 625 yards, 4 touchdowns, and finally having an average passer rating of 113.
Ultimately then the Hawks are getting hot at the right time and are gearing up for a deep run in playoffs, and possibly, a trip to the Superbowl.