SEATTLE - DECEMBER 12: Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after rushing for an 11 yard gain against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 30-13. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
A few statistics about the Seahawks that you may find interesting.
The Seahawks managed to win on national television for the second week in a row and improved their NFL best Monday Night Football record to 17-8. Marshawn Lynch scored a touchdown for the ninth straight game, tying a Seahawks franchise record with Shaun Alexander. Seattle rushed for 100+ yards in their sixth straight regular season game, the first time they've done that since 2003 and only one game off the franchise record. Lynch now has 706 yards on 151 carries since Week 9. That's 4.67 yards per carry. He's good.
Here are some more notable numbers:
-- Marshawn Lynch now has 969 yards rushing and 9 touchdowns on the ground. He has 178 yards receiving and a touchdown through the air. Lynch has touched the football 247 times on the year, has fumbled three times and lost it twice. His fumble frequency is now once every 82 touches.
Lynch now needs 31 yards to eclipse the 1000 mark, a milestone he hasn't achieved since 2008.
-- Doug Baldwin is currently 3rd among NFL rookies with his 45 catches, and 2nd in receiving yards with 718 (to A.J. Green). Baldwin leads rookies in catches over 20 yards, and 35 of his 45 catches have come for first downs, or 78% or so.
Baldwin is on pace for 55 catches or so and around 885 yards. Really, really not shabby for a UDFA rookie.
-- Tarvaris Jackson finished 21 of 32 for 224 yards and a touchdown. He completed passes to nine Seahawk players and had a QB rating of 96.4. In his last two outings, Jackson is now 34 of 48 (71%) for 414 yards, with two interceptions to no picks. That kind of efficiency is precisely what Pete Carroll is asking from him.
-- Brandon Browner had another interception, putting him at 5 on the year. That total matches Earl Thomas' team-leading five interceptions from last season. Richard Sherman has two interceptions this season as well - and the seven between the Seahawks two starting cornerbacks, plus one from Marcus Trufant, who is now on the IR, far eclipses the two total interceptions from Seattle's corners last season.
-- Chris Clemons had another sack last night, pushing his total to 9 on the year. He also has three forced fumbles. The Seahawks only have 25.0 sacks this season, down from their 37.0 last year, but their run defense is fourth in the NFL in yards per attempt allowed, and 11th in total yards allowed on the ground per game. A lot of this has to do with the Hawks' choice to run primarily with Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane and Alan Branch on the line, leaving Clemons as the only real threat on a snap-to-snap basis. It's a testament to Clemons' skill and drive that he's managed to keep pace for 10+ sacks again this season.
-- The Hawks are now 4-1 in their last five games. They finish with their final three weeks at Chicago, hosting San Francisco, then at Arizona. If they win out it will mean a 7-1 finish to the end of the season and a 9-7 record on the season, one year removed from their 7-9 performance in 2010. Even if they lose all three remaining games, a 6-10 finish in the middle of a total rebuild is pretty remarkable. Starting exceedingly young players and jettisoning all your veteran leaders can be pretty disastrous for some clubs but the Seahawks have continued to stay relevant through it all. The fact they made the playoffs last season and are in the discussion this year is a feat in itself.