5 Fun and Relevant Facts About the Seahawks Heading into Week 11

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5 Fun and Relevant Facts About the Seahawks Heading into Week 11
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The Seattle Seahawks are coming out of a week with a blowout win, and they are just days away from their bye week.

Weeks like this with less to analyze are yet another reason to dig through websites like Pro Football Reference and pull out some random and fun facts about this year's Seahawks team and the history of the franchise.

Here are five random, fun and mostly relevant facts about the 2013 Seahawks as they head into Week 11:

 

Jon Ryan Is Having a (Almost) Record-Setting Season

Ryan has 39 punts on the season. Those punts have been returned for a total of 15 yards, which is an average of only 0.38 return yards per punt. That number isn't official, though, since the NFL doesn't count punts that go out of bounds, end in a touchback or fair catch when determining the average.

According to NFL.com, the record for the lowest average of yards allowed per punt return is 1.2 yards, set by the 1954 Chicago Cardinals. The NFL has changed how it calculates return yardage since then, so it is unclear if Ryan's season is on pace to break that record.

Officially, Ryan has had just 11 punts that were returned for an average of 1.36 yards per return. 

Ryan's 15 punt return yards in 10 games puts him on pace to give up just 24 punt-return yards this season. The record for fewest punt return yards allowed in a season is 22, set by the Green Bay Packers back in 1967. That team played in only 14 games, whereas Ryan and this year's Seahawks will play in 16. Ryan would then have the better return-yards-per-game average, but the NFL doesn't seem to account for such things. 

So Ryan isn't on pace to break either record, but he could still challenge both as the season progresses. Even if he doesn't end up setting either record, that shouldn't diminish the year he is having. Ryan is having a season punting the football like the NFL hasn't seen in over 50 years. 

 

Ryan's Season vs. Golden Tate's Punt Return Average

Seattle's punt returner Golden Tate averages 13.7 yards per punt return. That is an impressive statistic, but it is only good enough for sixth in the NFL this season. What makes that number significant is comparing it to the punt return yards surrendered by the Seahawks this season:

Tate averages almost as many yards per punt return as Ryan and the Seahawks have allowed all season. 

That is an impressive accomplishment for Seattle's special teams, and it paints a fairly clear picture of just how good those units have been for the Seahawks. 

 

Russell Wilson's Season Passing Numbers Are Similar to Hasselbeck's Super Bowl Season

Through 10 games, quarterback Russell Wilson has 2,131 passing yards, putting him on pace for 3,409 at the end of the season. That would be the eighth-best passing season in franchise history. 

It also puts Wilson's season close to that of Matt Hasselbeck's 2005 season, when the Seahawks went to the Super Bowl. That year, Hasselbeck passed for 3,459 yards, just 50 more than Wilson is on pace for. 

Wilson's passing numbers have improved over the last two games and should continue to do so with wide receiver Percy Harvin and both the team's starting offensive tackles returning to the field soon. 

It is likely that Wilson's passing numbers this year will finish close to Hasselbeck's 2005 season totals. The Seahawks are hoping that this year's team can also make it to the Super Bowl, though they are also hoping for a better result in the big game. 

Seahawks Single-Season Passing Leaders
Rank Player Year Yards
1 Matt Hasselbeck 2007 3966
2 Matt Hasselbeck 2003 3841
3 Warren Moon 1997 3678
4 Dave Krieg 1984 3671
5 Jim Zorn 1979 3661
6 Dave Krieg 1985 3602
7 Matt Hasselbeck 2005 3459
8 Russell Wilson 2013 3409*
9 Matt Hasselbeck 2004 3382
10 Jon Kitna 1999 3346
15 Russell Wilson 2012 3118

Pro Football Reference

 

The Seahawks Force a Lot of Missed Tackles

According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required) running back Marshawn Lynch leads the NFL with 51 broken tackles. Minnesota's Adrian Peterson is second with 40.

The effect of all those missed tackles show up in his other statistics as well, as 518 of his 869 rushing yards have come after contact. That means that 59.6 percent of Lynch's rushing yards have come after being hit by a defender. 

Lynch isn't the only player on the Seahawks who is good at breaking tackles. Golden Tate leads all NFL wide receivers with 13 broken tackles. Percy Harvin led all wide receivers in broken tackles last year with 22, despite playing in only nine of his team's 16 games. 

Clearly, the Seahawks have stacked their team with guys who are tough to tackle and good at getting extra yards.

 

Russell Wilson Likely to Break Record For Wins in First Two Seasons

The "QB wins" statistic isn't as meaningful as some people would have you believe, but that doesn't stop some NFL analysts from referencing it whenever QB evaluations are being made. Russell Wilson is about to put his stamp on the record books for that statistic. 

The NFL record for QB wins in their first two seasons is 22, held by Pittsburgh's Ben RoethlisbergerWilson is third on the list with 20 in his first two seasons, with six games left to play this year. 

Even if the Seahawks finish a disappointing 3-3 in their final six games in 2013, Wilson will still own the record for most wins by a QB in his first two seasons in the NFL.

Most Wins in First Two Seasons
Rank Player From To Team Wins
1 Ben Roethlisberger 2004 2005 PIT 22
2 Dan Marino 1983 1984 MIA 21
3t Joe Flacco 2008 2009 BAL 20
3t Matt Ryan 2008 2009 ATL 20
3t Russell Wilson 2012 2013 SEA 20
6 Andy Dalton 2011 2012 CIN 19
7t Marc Bulger 2002 2003 STL 18
7t Mark Sanchez 2009 2010 NYJ 18
9 Bernie Kosar 1985 1986 CLE 17
9t Andrew Luck 2012 2013 IND 17

Pro Football Reference

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