Super Bowl XLVIII Spotlight: Seattle Seahawks Defense


If the old adage, “Defense wins Championships” holds any bit of truth, then the Seattle Seahawks must be on cloud nine, heading into the Super Bowl. Seattle boasts the league’s number one defense both in terms of total yardage and points allowed. If there is one defense this season that has a chance at stopping the Denver Broncos offense, this would be it.

Seattle Defense vs. League Average

Total YDS/Game Allowed Pass YDS/Game Allowed Rush YDS/Game Allowed Points/Game Allowed
Seahawks 273.6 172.0 101.6 14.4
League Avg. 348.5 235.6 112.9 23.4
% Difference -21.5% -27.0% -10.0% -38.5%

Seahawks Pass Defense

Seattle’s defense is particularly skilled at shutting down the passing game of their opponents.  Granted, they have yet to face an offense with the weapons that the Denver Broncos boast, but you have to like their chances.  Seattle’s defensive backs are big, physical and built to completely blanket receivers.  Few corners have size and speed to cover any receiver in the league, but the corners who can somehow ended up in Seattle. Mix in their freakishly large safeties and you can see why the Seahawks allowed less than 175 passing yards per game – 27% below league average.

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Seahawks Rush Defense

You would think that when teams realized that they could not get their offense going through the air, that they would turn to the ground – and that may have been the case, but the truth stands that Seattle allowed 10% fewer rushing yards than league average.  While not as impressive as their pass defense, it is very rare that a defensive unit is strong against both the run and pass.  Much of the credit goes again to the corners and safeties, who really play like athletic linebackers. Seattle’s defensive backfield is not scared to come up and make a hit, limiting the yardage of opposing running backs.

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Seahawks Scoring Defense

Perhaps even more impressive than the microscopic yardage numbers this defense allows, is the ability of the defense to keep opponents off the scoreboard. It makes sense that the fewer yards you allow, the fewer points you give up, but to be nearly 39% below league average in points allowed in today’s NFL, that is truly impressive. Seattle gives up a little more than 2 touchdowns per game, making life pretty easy for their offense.  If Seattle wants any chance at winning the Super Bowl, they must hold the Broncos to well below their season points average – a task this defensive unit is more than ready for.

About Aaron Garcia

Aaron is an avid sports fan who passionately follows the NFL, NBA and MLB, in addition to NCAA Sports. He is an Arizona State University grad who loves the Dodgers and the Patriots.