Many of the Seahawks' stats after 12 games aren't all that different from the numbers of the past few years, with the offense on pace to rewrite the record book in some categories.

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A month or so ago, there was a lot of discussions about what’s changed with the Seahawks.

But here we are 12 games into the season, enough time now for the numbers to really matter a bit, and the stats indicate that not all that much really has.

In fact, after another offensive explosion Sunday, the Seahawks are set to make some team history.

Here’s a look at what are considered the major statistical team categories, and a look at where the Seahawks rank now and a comparison to some past seasons:

TOTAL OFFENSE: 378.8 yards per game, 7th in NFL.

This is a pace for 6,068 yards which would break the team record of 6,012 set last season (which was an average of 375.75 per game).

Seattle is also averaging 6.0 yards per play which would also be a team record breaking the 5.88 of last season.

RUSHING OFFENSE: 146.6 yards per game, 1st in NFL.

This is would not rank among the top three in team history —the best rushing season in Seattle history came last year when the Seahawks gained 2,762 yards, an average of 172.6 per game. But it’s still an impressive number, with one key stat standing out — yards per attempt. Seattle is averaging 4.8 yards per attempt, which is tied for the lead in the NFL and also ties the second best mark in team history in 2012. The only year Seattle had a better yards per attempt average was last season at 5.2, and this year’s average comes in a season when the Seahawks have battled the health issues of Marshawn Lynch and breaking in a new offensive line.

PASSING OFFENSE: 232 yards per game, 21st in NFL.

As might be expected given Seattle’s running prowess, the Seahawks don’t rank as highly in passing stats. Still, this is a pace for 3,712 for the season which would be not far off the best in team history — the record is 4,078 yards in 2002.

Russell Wilson himself is on pace for 3,996 yards, which would be the best for a QB in franchise history just surpassing the 3,966 of Matt Hasselbeck in 2007 (and the difference in the stats for Wilson and for the team is that yards lost due to sacks are accounted in the team stats).


The Seahawks are on pace to score 413 points this season, just off what is the best of the Pete Carroll era — Seattle had 417 in the Super Bowl-winning season of 2013. The team record is 452 by the 2005 Super Bowl team.

TOTAL DEFENSE: 308.3 per game, second in the NFL.

The Seahawks have not been as dominant defensively this year, and the numbers indicate that. Still, being second in the NFL counts for something after some of the games Seattle has had.

But Seattle is not quite on the pace of the last few seasons when the Seahawks set a number of team records. Seattle allowed just 267 yards per game last season to set a team record,  which was just a little better than the 273.6 of the 2013 Super Bowl champs.

And also up a little bit is Seattle’s average yards per play allowed of 5.1. The Seahawks allowed 4.6 last season and 4.4 in 2013.

RUSHING DEFENSE: 87.8, 3rd in the NFL.

Here is one area where Seattle’s defense ranks as among the best in team history as the only team to allow fewer rushing yards per game is last year’s team, which allowed 81.5 yards per game. Some of the teams left on the schedule, though, could help the Seahawks near the 2014 mark, notably a home game against Cleveland, the worst rushing team in the NFL.

PASSING DEFENSE: 221 per game, 3rd in NFL.

As should be no surprise for anyone having watched the season, here’s the one area where there is something of a dip. The Seahawks allowed 185 per game in 2014, and just 172 in 2013.

What is beginning to look a little more normal is the passer rating against the Seahawks of 83.3. That number was 80.4 last season, with nothing likely ever to match the 63.4 of 2013 when the Seahawks had 28 interceptions. Seattle has just nine picks this season.


This is also up a little bit as the Seahawks are on pace to allow 306 points for the season after allowing 254 last year, 231 in 2013 (the team record) and 245 in 2012.

But this is another number that could come down the next few weeks, particularly the home games against Cleveland and St. Louis, ranked 30th and 31st in points per game scored, at 18.0 and 15.4.

The numbers give some evidence to Carroll’s statement Monday that the Seahawks play of late resembles that of the last few years.

“The last couple weeks have felt very familiar,” Carroll said. “The approach that the players have been able to hold on to over three or four weeks now is really similar to where we’ve been in past years. So it feels good.