The Top NFL Teams From The Seahawk’s Perspective

 

Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

This is an odd week with Seattle playing on Thursday Night Football and not playing again until next Monday night (that, in and of itself, is a telling statement of how far the Seahawks have come in the last two years).

Hum…I could talk about Percy Harvin‘s imminent return to the gridiron…no, I don’t think so. I could talk about the fact that we have played over half of our games on the road and are 6-1, a worthy topic but not today.

Okay I’ve got it…numbers. Numbers are an interesting thing, you can manipulate them to prove or disprove an argument, hypothesis or comparative analysis. They can tell a story, but not necessarily the complete story.  I believe this last statement applies to the Seattle Seahawks and I will try to analyze some numbers to prove my point.

Today I looked up each of the top six NFL team’s offensive and defensive rankings just for fun and then realized that this is a good topic to discuss.  I must admit that when somebody says my Seahawks are ranked as the top defensive team in the NFL I get a bit giddy and start to fist-pump in all directions (fair warning to stay away from me when I receive this information). This is my innate reaction so I make no excuses nor apologies (unless you are the unintended recipient of an errant fist). So what did I find out…

Kansas City, although the only undefeated team still remaining, maybe the most undeserving of this title. Looking back on the games that they have already played, compared to the other top five teams, shows that they have played the easiest schedule by far with their opponents having a .310 winning rate. Now combine this with the fact that they have played four games at home and three on the road, shows that they still have an uphill battle, especially when you consider two games against Denver.

Their rankings look like this: Passing Offense-26th, Rushing Offense-12th, Passing Defense-3rd, Rushing Defense-20th. Only one category in the top 10, against the easiest schedule of the top six teams, with relatively few injuries and more than half of their games still on the road? I hope you have enjoyed your couple of weeks in the limelight.

San Francisco definitely got off to a rough start this year, but they have turned things around and are suddenly looking like a team ready to make some noise. They will be getting their top two wide receivers back, in Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree, which will help their passing offense (see ranking below). To this point their opponents have put together the toughest win/loss percentage of the six teams, coming in at a .56 winning rate, best of the six teams. They also enjoy the fact that they have played one more game at home to this point.

Their rankings are as follows: Passing Offense-31st, Rushing Offense-3rd, Passing Defense-6th, Rushing Defense-18th. Overall I would expect their rushing defense to be better than a pedestrian 18th, but with Aldon Smith coming back that will help to clog the middle. They seem to be gaining some traction and I expect them to be in the mix at the end.

Denver was a team on fire to start the season, and to be honest, although they may not be a wildfire out of control any longer, they are still at least a two-alarm fire. Denver has enjoyed the second easiest opponent schedule, registering a .40 winning percentage. And as the previous two teams already mentioned, have played four out of the first seven games at home. Denver has some really good rankings, as would be expected, but they have one stat that prevents them from winning handily over an above average team.

Denver’s rankings are: Passing Offense-1st, Rushing Offense-16th, Passing Defense-32nd, Rushing Defense-1st. So any smart team would steer away from running the ball and go strictly with a passing approach. Because of this discrepancy on their defense it really sets the other team up with a blueprint on how to win. With Von Miller coming back this stat should see some improvement. I would be surprised if they aren’t vying for the AFC Championship come January 19th.

New Orleans has surprised many with their rapid rise back to prominence (having a severe case of amnesia in forgetting last season hasn’t hurt either). Drew Brees continues his brilliance on the field, but we expect that. It has been their defense that has made the difference for this team. They have played six games, three at home and three away, to this point. Their opponents have brought in a .44 winning percentage, which is middle of the road for the top six teams.

Here are their rankings: Passing Offense-2nd, Rushing Offense-22nd, Passing Defense-9th, Rushing Defense-22nd. We would expect their passing to be the staple of their offensive possessions, which this shows. The surprise is the stout passing defense that they bring to the table. What the Saints have achieved this year is applaudable, but mind you they have not suffered many major injuries this season. If they do eventually succumb to the injury bug like most of the top six teams then we can expect their numbers to take a hit…including their record.

Indianapolis is probably the most intriguing of the bunch. There were expectations that they would be good this season, but after an early loss to Miami I felt like they were going to be an above average team that wouldn’t make much overall noise…um, yeah…I was wrong. I believe this team to be a very formidable team, heck they have beaten San Francisco, Seattle and Denver, if that doesn’t bolster your resume then I don’t know what will. They have played four out of their seven games at home, playing opponents with a .55 winning rate, second highest.

Their rankings go like this: Passing Offense-23rd, Rushing Offense-8th, Passing Defense-12th, Rushing Defense-27th. You can see they definitely have some room for improvement. Their passing offense comes in at a paltry 23rd overall, and what makes matters worse is they just found out that Reggie Wayne is out for the season with a torn ACL. Even though they show a rushing offense that is ranked 8th, remember that this includes a very mobile Andrew Luck that doesn’t mind running the ball when needed. If they can get Trent Richardson to lace up his shoes correctly then we may suddenly find them in the thick of things at the very end.

And last but not least, the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle is the only team of the six to play more games on the road than at home, four out of seven. They have played three games with 10am starts (Seattle time), which has plagued them in the past. They tie New Orleans, with opponents having a .44 winning rate to this point, and as of last week Seattle has the fourth easiest remaining schedule of all NFL teams with the majority of them being in the confines of CenturyLink Field.

Their overall rankings are impressive: Passing Offense-25th, Rushing Offense-2nd, Passing Defense-2nd, Rushing Defense-6th. Obviously the only glaring mark is our passing offense, which I would agree leaves something to be desired at this point. All I can say is that our offensive line is getting healthier and we expect Mr. Harvin to make his long awaited debut in the next couple of weeks. Our passing stat should see a dramatic rise very soon. We still have tough games against San Francisco and New Orleans, but even if we split with them we should be sitting at 14-2 at season’s end. I’ll take it. Go Hawks!

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Topics: Defensive Rankings, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Offensive Rankings, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Top 6 NFL Teams

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  • chiefridgy

    Don’t hate on us just cause we brought home the world record y’all tried to steal.

    • http://emaraldcityswagger.com/ Paul Novak

      You would have had to of owned it in the first place for us to steal it! You guys are loud as heel though and I figured you guys might break it. I used to live in KC and I know how much you guys love your Chiefs.

      But I do think we’ll take back that record here on MNF.

  • Dustin Matz

    Seattle is very rapidly climbing on my top 3 most hated teams in the league list

    • http://emaraldcityswagger.com/ Paul Novak

      Seattle is like any other fanbase. 99% of fans are great, but sometimes that 1% is so vocal it soils an entire teams reputation.

      Just remember this is a Seattle sports blog so of course we cater to our local fans.

      • Tony Harris

        Very classy fan Paul. Its nice to see you make points without being completley biased and disrespectful. I feel the Seatle D and Chiefs D are in a class of thier own. Thats a superbowl I’d love to see.

  • Roc

    Hate on the #1 scoring D all ya like Rob, the record doesn’t lie

  • Blake Molina

    You know what else the chiefs are top 10 ranked in? PPG allowed, sacks, and interceptions/passes defended. Wait, not only are they top 10, but they are #1 in all three categories

    • Jordan

      Guy sounds pretty bitter doesn’t he?

      • Blake Molina

        I mean wouldn’t you like your team to lead the league in even one of those categories? Considering this was a 2-14 team just a year ago, that’s pretty impressive

        • Jordan

          I’m a chiefs fan I was agreeing with you

    • http://emaraldcityswagger.com/ Paul Novak

      No disputing they have an awesome defense. I look forward to them playing Peyton Manning twice in the next few weeks.

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    You can point to strength of schedule all you want. What that number fails to tell you is most of the teams that make up that number have the losses due to playing the AFC West this year.

    I have a better number for you to crunch 7-0.
    IT’S THE ONLY NUMBER THAT MATTERS RIGHT NOW!

    GO CHIEFS!!!!

    • Wallace Ordoyne

      When a team is 7-0 and the only team at 7-0, you have to respect that, unless it’s the Falcons. Just kidding, I’m a member of the Who Dat nation. Keep going Chiefs, would love to see you in the SB……

  • RUPeopleCrazy

    I think your research on the Saints’ defensive injuries is lacking. “What the
    Saints have achieved this year is applaudable, but mind you they have not
    suffered many major injuries this season”

    Let me list the projected defensive starters for the Saints who are on IR or
    PUP. Victor Butler, Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, & Kenyon Colman.

    By my simple public school education standards, that is over 1/3rd of the
    Saints projected defensive starters who are hurt and will not or have yet to
    take the field. That was 3/4th of the starting linebacker crew

    Now add games missed by startes Brodrick Bunkley (4) Roman Harper (4). And games
    missed by significant contributors Martez Wilson (2), Tank Johnson (2), Tyrunn
    Walker (3), Isa Abdul-Quddus (3) Chris Cass (3), Glenn Foster (2). I would say that considering last years numbers and the number of starters injuries, what the Saints D has done is better than applaudable. Its pretty freaking amazing.

    • Tony Harris

      I’m a Chiefs fan and I agree 100% with you. The Saints have lost a lot of key players on defense and yet their defense looks pretty stout. To down a team based on injuries is ridiculous. How can you say a team isnt that good because they haven’t lost that many players? Every team has injuries… its the ones that overcomes them that can win the superbowl.

  • DoubleD

    Rob,

    You know what? I will agree with you that the Seahawks are probably the best team in the NFL after 7 weeks of play. How about that?

    But, at the start of season, schedule strength or not, can you honestly sit there and act like you believed the Chiefs would be the only undefeated team after Week 7 because they had such an easy schedule?

    Philly has one of most potent offenses in the NFL. Was it good enough to beat the Chiefs? Dallas is in contention for a divisional title. Did they beat the Chiefs? Titans and Texan both have above average defenses. Did those stop the Chiefs?

    The Chiefs are playing the schedule that was given to them and they’re beating the teams they need to beat.

    All you have to do to prove your point about the Chiefs not being very good is name just one NFL team that has beaten the Chiefs this season? I didn’t think so.

    When the Chiefs lose this season, you can make a comment about how “undeserving” they are.

    This is the NFL. Nobody deserves anything other than what they take for themselves. There’s a lot of games left to play. I’m willing to wait and see how deserving the Seahawks, and the Chiefs, each are after 17 weeks of play. Should be fun to watch.

    • Jordan

      DD with the best comment of the day hands down to you sir

  • Mark Rogers

    Wow, Chiefs are ” the most undeserving of this title”. Your right you can manipulate the numbers any way you want. All these teams are very good if not great. but what makes them that way is certain aspects of the team weather being the offense or defense. the chiefs right now is the defense. Dont try to take that away and make it sound like their second only to the Seahawks.

  • DTVTechGuy

    Just a SeaChickens biased writer writing a biased article. It’s that simple. Not to be taken seriously. I like it better when fact checkers stick to checking facts and stay away from punditry.

    If your going to throw stats out like a statistician… Write like one.

    You mad we broke your little record with an acoustical advantage? No angled rafters, no ” 1/4 ” roof.

    The hate that goes on against the Chiefs is astonishing. How about just saying…

    Great turn around guys… You have some tough games coming up… Good luck.

    Instead you have to be a DB.

    Great job.

    You know what’s great… Reading AA… Know why? They talk about how great the Chiefs are…. They don’t write articles talking SHIT about other teams.

    Low Class.

  • Tra Tha Chief

    What a joke of a column…. lets look how the seahawks faired against the same teams the chiefs have played…. You let the Jaguars scored 17 points on your great defense when they scored 0 on us and we gave up a safety…. and they didn’t even make it pass the 50 yard line until the last couple minutes of the 4th quarter…. Win for Kc over Seattle…. The titans you struggled to beat at your home a week after we beat them down in their own home and we beat them by more points…. you gave up 13 compared to our 17 points we gave up but point differential gives the chiefs another win in that game of dominance over the opponent compared to Seattle…. and the last game of teams we have both played was the Houston Texans…. A lot of people think we struggled with them. we did not we were only losing for one possession and then we had the lead the rest of the game and also we may have only won by 1 point but that’s because were a nice honorably football team. Check the highlight their last offensive play we sacked them and recovered the ball on their own 2 yard line with more than a minute and a half remaining. we kneeled the ball instead of racking up the scored…. So that game wasn’t as close as most people think meanwhile when you faced the Texans you struggled the whole game and were down by twenty went into overtime and luckily pulled off the win. I congratulate your accomplishments on the field this year Seattle trust me I have to hear about them everyday living in Portland Oregon but sorry to say it you only have the best secondary in the league not the best defense that goes to the chiefs most interceptions, most sacks, least amount of points given up, most turnovers forced, and most points off turnovers…. what else can you say against those numbers and the example of how both our teams played against the same teams…. We are quite similar in our make up we both have offenses that have yet to hit their strides and defense that swarm and beat down opposing teams offenses…. But the chiefs Are the better team right now. Just face it. If the season were to end today what would people say? The chiefs are the best team in the NFL…. We win the games we are supposed to and win the close games like good teams do. Your offense is slightly better but your offense and qb aren’t learning a new system this year like Alex smith and all of the Kansas city chiefs offense. and or defense for that matter…. Our defense is better by the stats I already threw out, and our special teams unit is better as well….and if you think we are scared to face the legion of boom you are wrong because we just beat the #1 pass defense in the league the team you are number two to is the Houston Texans…. and we still threw for 250 yards against them…. Our running back is doing something only running back since oj simpson is doing and all you guys do is say they have no offense…. Jamaal Charles only running back since the Juice to get 100 from scrimmage and a touchdown in the first 7 games of the season and that’s against the Texans. titans, & raiders, SO SEAHAWK FANS Hail to the CHIEFS!!!!

  • Nicholas Michael Barnes

    LOL chiefs fans represent on here!!!

  • Nicholas Abuhl

    Nothing but disrespect to the chiefs, keep hating. Seahawks will fall 2nd round of the playoffs

  • jimpassi

    at the start of the season i thought we would be 12 n 2 at best or 11 n 3 same as last year
    i think we have done a great job with so many players out
    we have great back ups like us we grabed some players from other teams other teams di that to us
    turn a bout is fair play any FA. free agents out there we can use ?