4 Things You Need to Know About Seattle Seahawks' Dominant December Run

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IDecember 24, 2012

4 Things You Need to Know About Seattle Seahawks' Dominant December Run

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    The Seattle Seahawks are the hottest team in the NFC and have won three straight games in dominating fashion during December. 

    Russell Wilson is being talked about as much as (if not more than) Robert Griffin III, Marshawn Lynch is in full-fledged "Beast Mode" and the defense is as stingy as ever. 

    Here are four things you need to know about the Seahawks' stellar play over the last month.

Russell Wilson Has Gone Bananas

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    When Russell Wilson lost to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football in Week 7, the rookie quarterback was completing less than 60 percent of his passes and had a relatively pedestrian nine touchdowns to eight interceptions. 

    After a loss to the Detroit Lions the following week, Wilson began to turn things around. 

    In December, his play has been truly amazing and exceptionally efficient.

    He has completed nearly 63 percent of his passes while accounting for 11 touchdowns with only two interceptions. 

    During that span, he posted three games with a QB rating over 104, and the other game was the 58-0 demolition of the Arizona Cardinals

    The 99.3 QBR he posted in a convincing win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 15 was the highest single-game rating any signal-caller has posted in 2012. 

    Currently, Wilson's traditional QB rating is only three-tenths of a point lower than Tom Brady's. 

Marshawn Lynch Has Gone Bananas Too

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    Marshawn Lynch has averaged 6.65 yards per carry in four December games, the highest YPC average in any four-game stretch in his entire NFL career. 

    Much of that has had to do with the way Seattle's read-option has put opposing defenses on their heels and Russell Wilson's deceptive effectiveness as a runner himself. 

    Though the rookie quarterback is deservedly snagging on the headlines, Seattle's feature back is running as efficiently as he ever has at the perfect time. 

Seahawks' Three-Game Stretch Outscoring the Chiefs

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    The Seahawks have scored 150 points in their last three games. 

    The Chiefs have scored 140 in their last 12. 


The Defense Has Tightened

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    Over their last three games, all absolute blowouts, the Seahawks defense has allowed a shade over 266 total yards per game. 

    That average is the best of any three-game stretch this season. 

    During that span, they have a plus-11 turnover ratio that is the best in the NFL over that time frame. 

    Think the Seahawks are sizzling? 

    I do.