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Seahawks handled Covid best, but suffered more standard injuries

NFL: NFC Wild Card Round-Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Head Coach Pete Carroll has often celebrated how well his team handled safety and precautions through last season’s Covid-19 pandemic.

Football Outsiders has recently compiled their analysis of Adjusted Games Lost for the 2020 season. The Seattle Seahawks tied two other teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington no-names, with zero games lost due to Covid.

However, when comparing standard injuries across the NFL, the Seahawks actually played through quite a bit, particularly on defense.

Below is the entire NFL ranked. The first column is combined injuries and Covid, so it is sorted by the second column which is just injuries.

Seattle lost 88.3 games due to injuries last season, 26th in the league.

The Seahawks had almost double the injuries on defense as they did offense, at 55 to 34. Jamal Adams, Bruce Irvin and Marquise Blair come to mind as the biggest contributors. While 34 AGL on offense was middle of the pack, the 55 lost on defense put the Hawks in the bottom quarter of the league, and fans felt the impact as the team struggled greatly during the first half of the year.

The San Francisco 49ers, unsurprisingly were the NFL’s biggest losers in virtually every category from opt-outs, to season-enders, and more.