Seahawks vs. Packers: A Few Stats Worth Noting from Week 1


On a night where Green Bay’s flaws were brutally exposed, many of the Seahawks strengths were made obvious.

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We all knew that Seattle had a good defense, a power running game and excellent home-field advantage. We also knew that the Legion of Boom would not fear playing against (arguably) the best quarterback in the game.

While many suggested a high-octane, offensive matchup, they could not have foreseen the completely one-sided nature of this game. While digging around Pro Football Focus, I found a few interesting statistics to show just how dominant this performance was by your Seattle Seahawks:

  • 78 yards gained by Marshawn Lynch between the tackles on 12 carries. While many running backs like LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles make their money bouncing to the outside on a home-run style 40-yard run, Beast Mode’s bread and butter comes right up the middle. Over 70 percent of his yards and 60 percent of his carries came from between the tackles — find me a back who does it better.
  • 2 penalties given up by the Seahawks defense all game. With the NFL attempting to crack down on defensive holding penalties, they sent the officiating crew who called the most penalties throughout the preseason. The result, zero calls against the Legion of Boom.
  • 2 penalties given up by the Seattle offense; one by Zach Miller, and one by rookie Justin Britt. This is impressive noting the fact that the offensive line was probably the weakest part of the team last season. If they can continue to pave holes for Lynch and protect Russell Wilson the way they did on Thursday, this will be another strong season for the Hawks.
  • 67.9 % completion percentage by Russell Wilson as he went 19 for 28 with 191 yards and 2 TDs. The target set by both Wilson and Pete Carroll is 70 percent for the season, so with the first game in the books, number 3 is well on his way to reaching that goal.
  • 39 total snaps taken by Percy Harvin, compared to Doug Baldwin’s 57 and Jermaine Kearse’s 54. As you can see, the coaches will be keeping a close eye on Harvin’s snap count as not too overwork his body to another injury. Keep a close eye on this number throughout the season to see if it increases or decreases.