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Seahawks by the Numbers: Season-ending edition

The good, bad, and ugly on how Seattle performed this year.

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The curtain has come down on the Seattle Seahawks’ season. On Geno Smith 2.0, on Bobby Wagner’s return, on Jamal Adams’ final chance(?), and other regretfully unrealized dreams.

Instead of a look at Week 18, this penultimate By the Numbers column will be a look at the season. With as little commentary as possible, these are the numbers that stood out the most in an attempt to tell the story of the ‘23 Seahawks.

And it’s not all bad. We’ll start with...

Geno Smith Game-Winning Drives (Almost 7)

It’s one of the funniest keys to this season. The biggest question of last year was whether Geno Smith could do what the Hall of Fame quarterbacks of the world do - namely, win in the final two minutes.

Well the team frequently sucked and/or vanished all around him, yet he not only answered the question in the affirmative, he beat the record.

Five game-winning drives is also the record. The Jason Myers missed kick against the Rams, and the fact that Smith had to go ahead twice against the Titans makes it only five game winners, on seven go-ahead touchdowns.

Pete Carroll’s record with / without Russell Wilson (104-53-1 vs 33-37)

Again, this is not commentary on if Carroll is a bad coach or what the team should do this offseason. Wilson saw 104 wins in Seattle. Outside of that, Carroll has two 9-8 seasons, two 7-9 seasons, and was 1-3 when Geno had to take over in 2021.

Bobby Wagner Tackles (1,706)

That is insane.

Wagner just had the most of his career with 183. That might be even insaner. I imagine he is very sore today.

Tyler Lockett career stats against Arizona (69 - 990 - 10TD)

The Rams had Aaron Donald; we had Tyler Lockett. Every once in a while a player seems to have another team’s number, and it was wonderfully fitting for Lockett to score the touchdown and winning 2-point conversion against the team he’s torched for a decade.

From the 200-yard game in 2020 to what might have been his final reception as a Seahawk, Lockett sees red, and sees it well.

Defensive Sacks (47)

This one’s a bit convoluted. A mere fortnight ago, Seattle was pushing for one of the top sack totals in the NFL.

Then they had one sack against Pittsburgh, one against Arizona, and fell to a very middling 11th

The far more bizarre part: they averaged 3.6 sacks per game on the road, and 1.9 at home. I am not sure how one would define home field advantage, but this is certainly the opposite.

Defensive Turnovers (19)

The Seahawks had 11 interceptions and 8 fumbles recovered this year. One number was third-fewest, one number was second-fewest. Does it really matter which?

Number of Offensive Line Combinations (Technically more than games played)

By my estimation, the Seahawks had 9 fully different starting offensive line setups at kickoff. That doesn’t include how often they rotated the likes of Jason Peters, Stone Forsythe, and Anthony Bradford in and out and around. They had one cohesive stretch - from Week 13 through Week 16, of fielding the same five offensive linemen for multiple consecutive games.

They had only two weeks on the season of running the same offensive line for the entire game (Weeks 7 and 15).

Times the Seahawks out-gained the opponent in rush yards (4)

Seattle was not the better running team in 13 of their 17 games this year. Here are the games in which they were: Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Commanders.

They were out-gained on the ground every game after November 12th.

Number of accepted penalties this year (111)

That’s not the most this season. But it’s close, and it’s five more than last year. 14 more than ‘21. In fact, 111 penalties would be a top 5-10 number every year since 2019.

Plays For / Plays Against (995 to 1,147)

This is its own piece courtesy of Mookie, but we’ve been here before. The Seahawks ran 995 plays on offense this year while defending 1,147 plays, a difference of 152. Nearly a 10 play per game disadvantage for a full season.

Successful First Round Draft Picks (2)

Say what you will, feel what you will, about the end result of this season. Two big hits at the top of the draft is a precious commodity. It’s clearly not enough, but it’s still pretty sweet.