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In spite of being picked to win the NFC by ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons, not many folks predicted the Seahawks to be much of a force in 2012.
After an up-and-down 2011 season where the team lost its final two games to finish at 7-9, most did not think the Seahawks were ready to compete with the 49ers atop the NFC West in 2012. However, the Seahawks have been a pleasant surprise to their faithful fans so far this season. At 4-3, they only trail the Niners by a game. All three of their losses have come by seven points or less and with better fourth-quarter play, they could actually be 7-0.
The Seahawks' success has come through a steady dose of power running by Marshawn Lynch, who has averaged 21 carries per game and 4.4 yards per carry. Complementing Lynch has been rookie QB Russell Wilson, who seems to make just enough plays through the air each game to help the team win.
However, the true backbone of this team is their defense, which ranks third in fewest points allowed and fifth in fewest yards allowed. Leading the charge on the defensive side of the ball is Bruce Irvin, who has registered 4.5 sacks so far, and Richard Sherman, who already has three interceptions on the year.
With matchups against likely division and wild-card threatening opponents like the Lions, Vikings, Cardinals, Rams and 49ers still on their schedule, the Seahawks' fate is in their own hands.