Seahawks first team since 1969-71 Vikings to lead league in fewest points allowed in three straight seasons

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Defensive end Michael Bennett made a boastful statement last week when he said the defense of the Seattle Seahawks is the “best defense to ever play football.”

Well, the Seahawks have joined some lofty company with their defensive accomplishments.

The Seahawks have led the league in scoring defense in each of the last three seasons. Seattle allowed 15.3 points per game in 2012, 14.4 points a game in 2013 and finished this season allowing 15.9 points per game.

It’s the first time that feat has been accomplished since the fabled “Purple People Eaters” of the Minnesota Vikings led the league in scoring defense from 1969-71.

“I think it’s a real point of pride that that kind of consistency is rare. When you match up with a team who has a nickname like that it’s pretty good stuff,” head coach Pete Carroll said Monday.

The head coach of those Vikings teams was Bud Grant. Carroll was an assistant on Grant’s staff in Minnesota in 1985.

“Having been an old Viking, I take a little extra pride in that,” Carroll added. “That was great time for them and the defense that they played. Great regard for those guys who played for all those years.”

Seattle also led the league in total defense, allowing just 267.1 yards per game. No other team in the league allowed less than 300 yards a game.

It’s the second straight season Seattle has led that category as well, making them just the fourth team in league history to lead the league in yards and points allowed in consecutive seasons, joining the 1954-55 Cleveland Browns, 1969-70 Minnesota Vikings and 1985-86 Chicago Bears.

The Seahawks allowed just 39 points (6.5 ppg) and just 202.2 yards per game over the final six weeks of the regular season. They didn’t allow a single fourth quarter point during that span. According to Tim Booth of the Associated Press, the Seahawks were the first team since Tampa Bay in 1996 to hold six straight opponents scoreless in the fourth quarter in the same season and the first to do so and win all six of those games since Washington in 1940.

No matter how you look at it, the Seahawks are playing defense at an incredibly high level and have been doing so consistently over the past three seasons. While Bennett’s claim that the Seahawks are the best defense of all-time is debatable, there is little question they’ve worked their way into the conversation.

76 responses to “Seahawks first team since 1969-71 Vikings to lead league in fewest points allowed in three straight seasons

  1. Seahawks will be legendary! It’s being written as we go. You all are witnessing greatness and you don’t even know it yet. Love the haters because it’s gonna hurt you to watch this.

  2. Considering the difference in offensive output between the 70’s/80’s and now they certainly should be considered one of the greatest defenses of all time. The NFL nowadays is all about points. High scoring games make for good TV. A team keeping the score so low and the yards so few in this pass happy, offensive minded league is huge. Would Those teams of old perform the same way with today’s athlete and the current NFL rules. I’m not do sure.

  3. OK haters (pftpoet, Vikings trolls, etc.) come on with it. Make some more stupid comments about the Seahawks.

  4. Lets just go ahead and say it; The Seahawks are the best team in the NFL, and whoever is #2 isn’t even close.

    Pete
    Re-Pete
    3- Pete

  5. Remember when idiots thought that the new defensive holding emphasis was going to ruin them? They were easily the best pass defense in the league yet again. Pretty sure Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman are going to be first team All Pros once again too, for the 3rd straight year running. Guess they’re actually elite players after all, at odds with the morons who thought they were just magically allowed to get away with cheating unlike any other team in the league.

  6. They also played absolute garbage QBs over that stretch…

    Drew Stanton
    Colin Kaepernick
    Mark Sanchez
    Colin Kaepernick
    Ryan Lindley
    Shaun Hill

    Not exactly a Murderers’ Row of QBs there. In fact, you’re seeing 5 divisional games there where the only ‘stable’ QB situation there was Colin freakin’ Kaepernick.

    The Rams trotted out Shaun Hill – an aged journeyman backup. The Eagles relied on Mark Sanchez? The Cardinals? Well, we know their issues.

    Anyways, good for the Seahawks…

    All I’m saying is that it would be a bit more impressive to play some decent QBs. The NFC West had some atrocious offenses this year, and it was nice to finish with 5 out of 6 games against those offenses.

  7. Bring home the second Lombardi in a few weeks and a lot more of the fans will be agreeing with that statement, Mr. Bennett.

    js

  8. The Seahawks’ defense didn’t play well enough to beat the Packers in 2012. Seattle didn’t beat us, the refs did.

  9. Interesting tidbit from Carroll’s press conference: that Vikings team started the same 11 people on defense for 7 consecutive years – something impossible to manage nowadays.

  10. Still plenty of work to do this season ,men. Let’s talk about this kind of stuff in the off season.

    Go Hawks!

  11. Wow I’m shocked Vikings actually accomplished something. Wait a sec. That was pre super bowl era. Silly me. 4 and 24. And u let Scott chandler beat u with game on the line this year. That’s classic. Do u know how slow that dude is.

  12. Playing the cardinals twice and the Rams once over those last six games helps those numbers a lot. They ARE very good. Not as dominant as last year though. Great? Win another Super Bowl and we can talk.

  13. revren10 says:
    Dec 30, 2014 1:11 AM
    2013 season would need asterisks next to it since three players tested positive for PED’s and the fact that they held every receiver.
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    Its almost 2015 PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE get some NEW MATERIAL that PED is so old like NO OTHER TEAM in the NFL has done that!

  14. Considering the other 3 QBs in their division are Colin Kaepernick and two 3rd stringers 99% of Americans have never heard of, this is like saying Barry Bonds’ hitting 80 HRs in a season is just as impressive as Ruth’s 60. Plus if you don’t know the Seahawks are playing with corked bats, I’ve got some snake oil to sell you. It’ll cure literally EVERYTHING. Trust me.

  15. Not to difficult when facing the murderers row of QB futility they’ve faced the last six weeks…which just so happens to coincide with the media-driven “resurgence”.

    Keep drinking the kool-aid Pacific Northwest. The impending fall is going to be swift and hilarious.

  16. The Seahawks that tested positive was for Adderall and the way it is being used is a recreational drug. The real problem was Brandon Browner who is now with the Pats

  17. Both of these teams have defenses worse then the Packers! The Vikings and the Seahawks are so much worse then GREEN BAY.

    We are on to another Super Bowl.

    We beat the Vikings twice. Again.

    We will beat the Seahawks. 12th man? HA! You wish.

    Go Pack Go!

  18. @sandermarcus and no other team led league in PED violation like the cheathawks did from 2010-2013. 2013* next to title no repeat this year and when team goes down hill pump em up Pete will bail like he did on USC

  19. Then again, no other team led the league in arrests like the 49ers. There’s a feather for your ex-HC’s cap. Better beef up the police presence in Ann Arbor.

  20. I love all the bitter trolls on here! They really crack me up! Of course, they brought out all of the PED comments and whatever else they could dig up — YAWN! That smacks of severe jealousy — as in YOU ONLY WISH your team’s defense was as good as Seattle’s is! Oh, and seriously, get over the “Fail Mary” already! It was two years ago. If the Packers were that good to begin with in that game, it wouldn’t have mattered! Keep in mind this is the same Packer team that gave up 181 rushing yards to Colin Kaepernick in a playoff game that same year…

  21. The NFC West had some atrocious offenses this year, and it was nice to finish with 5 out of 6 games against those offenses.

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    Avg defense the Cowboys played this year? Ranked 21.7 out of 32.

  22. Headed on to the final 6 games of the season the whole league knew that Seattle had the toughest remaining schedule. Pretty well everybody thought they could go 4-2 and hopefully that would get them in to the playoffs. Instead they run the table with a smothering defense and now everybody is crying because they played bad teams. It sure is fun being a heel. GO HAWKS!

  23. After 35 plus comments some people think Viking trolls are going to come in and talk trash, when what you actually read is a bunch of people trolling the Vikings.

    The purple people eaters are huge in MN and if a team can actually play up to their standards, they deserve kudos for doing so.

  24. Even with the facts posted for people to see how historic this defense is people still try discredit it, so much hate for the Hawks they are blind to how great this team is, its hilarious.

    You think people point at Manning records when he tore up the AFC South with no competition or even Tom Brady AFC East with no competition until Rex Ryan showed up.

    Seattle Seahawks did something that hasn’t been done in 40 years. Plus I said it before look up which team went back to back in leading NFL in points allowed & yards allowed. This defense already compares to top 5 defense all time and they are just getting started. Go Hawks!

  25. That final 6 game stretchwould be be more impressive except for the face that they faced, 3 backup qbs, 1 third string qb, and Kapernick twice. What luck to face teams without a qb in the last part of the season?

  26. So, I guess beating GB (Rogers) and Denver (Manning) doesn’t count. I would consider them great QBs on darn good teams. And I if I use Cowboy fans logic, since we beat Green Bay once, we are guaranteed to do it again, eh?

  27. Seattle, Minnesota, and San Diego (and others,) have all been caught pumping in artificial crowd noise. In Minnesota, the crowd noise kicked in during halftime last year….OOPS!!

    They all record same-day crowd noise and mix it in with the actual noise, to make it seem “special.”

    Not at Lambeau.

  28. Um, go back and look at the QBs that the ’00 Ravens played against, or the ’85 Bears. And the Super Bowls they won? QB’d by Kerry Collins and Steve Grogan.

    the “murderer’s row of futility” argument is pretty weak

  29. stellarperformance says:
    Dec 30, 2014 10:44 AM

    Seattle, Minnesota, and San Diego (and others,) have all been caught pumping in artificial crowd noise. In Minnesota, the crowd noise kicked in during halftime last year….OOPS!!

    They all record same-day crowd noise and mix it in with the actual noise, to make it seem “special.”

    Not at Lambeau.
    ___________________________

    For the record, Seattle has never been caught pumping in crowd noise. They don’t need to. The crowd at Century Link Field is loud enough and they don’t need anything artificial.

  30. thepackerpoet says:
    Dec 30, 2014 8:13 AM

    Both of these teams have defenses worse then the Packers! The Vikings and the Seahawks are so much worse then GREEN BAY.

    We are on to another Super Bowl.

    We beat the Vikings twice. Again.

    We will beat the Seahawks. 12th man? HA! You wish.

    Go Pack Go!
    ==================================
    thepackerpoet is actually a Vikings fan who shows up on various threads to drum up disdain against the Packers. Vikings fan pftpoet makes Vikings fans look like idiots, which isn’t hard, so this guy is trying to take the same tact. He’s lame and not original.

    And I’m not a Packers fan.

  31. frank booth says: Dec 30, 2014 10:58 AM

    thepackerpoet says:
    Dec 30, 2014 8:13 AM

    Both of these teams have defenses worse then the Packers! The Vikings and the Seahawks are so much worse then GREEN BAY.

    We are on to another Super Bowl.

    We beat the Vikings twice. Again.

    We will beat the Seahawks. 12th man? HA! You wish.

    Go Pack Go!
    ==================================
    thepackerpoet is actually a Vikings fan who shows up on various threads to drum up disdain against the Packers. Vikings fan pftpoet makes Vikings fans look like idiots, which isn’t hard, so this guy is trying to take the same tact. He’s lame and not original.

    And I’m not a Packers fan.
    ——————————-
    Both are trolls and should be ignored. I’m a Vikings fan you just insulted and have thumbed down about every stupid pftpoet comment ever posted.

  32. There is no doubt the Seahawks are very good, probably the best in the NFL right now. But don’t count your chickens just yet.

    I used to like the Seahawks as a second favorite team, until they really started winning. Then their fans became just awful . But I guess the good news is in a few years when the Seahawks return to being just ok, their fans will go away, just like before.

  33. I’ve been posting this for years — the poet is not a Viking fan or probably a Packer fan — but the guy sure has done a great job of riling up Packer and Seahawks fans.

    And the 69-71 purple people eaters were the best — lots of Hall of Famers on that defense.

  34. And the yellow cool aide drinker in terrible city WI will be one and done. I’ll be embarrass to post something like what clowns above just did. Packers are dreaming of beating the Hawks.

  35. thebigtexas says:Dec 30, 2014 3:26 AM

    They also played absolute garbage QBs over that stretch…

    Drew Stanton
    Colin Kaepernick
    Mark Sanchez
    Colin Kaepernick
    Ryan Lindley
    Shaun Hill

    Not exactly a Murderers’ Row of QBs there. In fact, you’re seeing 5 divisional games there where the only ‘stable’ QB situation there was Colin freakin’ Kaepernick.

    The Rams trotted out Shaun Hill – an aged journeyman backup. The Eagles relied on Mark Sanchez? The Cardinals? Well, we know their issues.

    Anyways, good for the Seahawks…

    All I’m saying is that it would be a bit more impressive to play some decent QBs. The NFC West had some atrocious offenses this year, and it was nice to finish with 5 out of 6 games against those offenses

    __________________

    You’re funny. The old record was set against “murderous line up of qb’s” like:

    Jeff Hostetler
    Stan Humphreys
    Jim Everett

    not to mention the league hadn’t passed a system of rules to favor offenses yet. The nfcwest teams the Hawks set the record against, may not be to YOUR standards of legitimate winners. However, any team from the nfcwest would probably win the division if they were in the same division as either of the Texas teams. Which is where your name indicates you are from.

  36. revren10 says: Dec 30, 2014 1:11 AM

    2013 season would need asterisks next to it since three players tested positive for PED’s and the fact that they held every receiver.
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    Really? The only Seahawks player that tested positive in 2013 was Bruce Irvin . . . and that was in MAY 2013! His positive test didn’t even factor into the season. The other two suspensions that happened that season–Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond–were for MARIJUANA! Not exactly a PED now, is it?

    If you’re talking about 2012, Richard Sherman won his appeal, so there is some doubt there (except for the haters), Brandon Browner served a suspension, and Winston Guy was a reserve player who had only played in 2 games before his suspension. So, how exactly does that deserve an asterisk??

    Also, it is well known that athletes in the 60s and 70s used amphetamines on a regular basis and began to use steroids to enhance their games. If you don’t believe it, go do a little research. So, if you’re under the impression that the Purple People Eaters were playing clean, you’re delusional!

  37. Frank Booth claiming to not be a Packer fan is as hilarious as the idiot Bills fan who thinks 69-71 is pre-suberbowl era. LOL. Seahawks, I think most Vikings fans are cheering for you to beat our hated rivals, the Packers and the Cowboys. Now that Percy is gone, I got no beef with the chickens.

    Also, Frank, I love how it’s inconceivable that pftpoet is a packer troll, but packer poet is 100% a vikes fan. Delusional.

  38. @prs250player,

    Marijuana can certainly be performance enhancing for guys in the secondary. Haven’t you ever heard a commentator use the old cliche that CB’s need to have a short memory?

  39. fluffy19 says:
    Dec 30, 2014 11:59 AM

    Frank Booth claiming to not be a Packer fan is as hilarious as the idiot Bills fan who thinks 69-71 is pre-suberbowl era. LOL. Seahawks, I think most Vikings fans are cheering for you to beat our hated rivals, the Packers and the Cowboys. Now that Percy is gone, I got no beef with the chickens.

    Also, Frank, I love how it’s inconceivable that pftpoet is a packer troll, but packer poet is 100% a vikes fan. Delusional.
    ==================================
    My being a Packer fan is news to me. I’ve always been a Bears fan. Now, the Vikings fans have an offseason championship to win, so get to it.

    thepackerpoet is obviously a poorly conceived copy of the pftpoet, and it’s pretty clear what his purpose is. Pull your head out.

  40. The fact that the Vikings were a top defense for three straight years and never won a Superbowl just goes to show you how much that franchise could choke in the big games.

    And in the intervening years, nothing has changed, only the way they choose to blow a game like never missing a FG until the NFC Championship game of a 15-1 season. Now that is a classic.

  41. I will take the Steel Curtain any day over the Seahawks current D. The number of HOF’s speaks for itself. You may see 2 from the Seahawks, which is impressive. However, the Steelers boasted 4 from that D. They also had rules instituted against them and then continued to dominate.

  42. I hope 5-10+ years from now the comments from articles like this are erased. The haters get so jealous and try anything to poke holes in a team of players they wish they had it tarnishes their own reputation, and website. Doesn’t tarnish the Seahawks players or fans but the resume and tangible facts speak for themselves. A great team won a super bowl last year. Legit shot they can this year. Whether they do or don’t won’t take away certain facts and statistics. Anyone who trolls the Seahawks like they’re at the bottom of the food chain IS the bottom of the food chain. Beyond dumb. I know it’s jealousy but it takes a lack of mental capacity to actually troll an article about someone else’s team! Unbelievable. That’s why I hope 5-10+ years from now these comments are erased.

  43. If the trolls could point to a PED violation in 2014 in order to explain away the Hawks’ 12-4 season, they would. But there aren’t. So they can’t.

    Those three 2013 violations? Irvin, Browner, Thurmond.

    Browner missed all of the playoffs last year and has been a Patriot this year. Zero impact on the Hawks’ 2014 season.

    Thurmond signed with the Giants in free agency. Again, zero impact on the Hawks’ 2014 season.

    That leaves Irvin. He’s had a better season this year than he did last year, but there are easily 6 or 7 other guys who are bigger contributors on D than him. Bennett. Sherman. Earl Thomas. Wagner. KJ Wright. Cliff Avril. Jordan Hill, arguably. I would take any of those guys ahead of Irvin.

    So if the troll-case hinges on Bruce Irvin? To paraphrase the great Colin Kaepernick, if that’s your strategy, you’d better get another one.

  44. The Vikings had a storied defense and did not win a SB. So what? The Hawks defense will write their story in the history of the NFL, but they already have 1 SB, so in that regard they took their story 1 chapter further than the Vikes did. Not to take away from those guys back then. Nobody wanted to play Minnesota in the NFC Championship games. The fact that they lost 4 SB’s was more a failure on offense than defense.

    The Seahawks will have no asterisks by their championship year. That is a vain attempt to detract from their accomplishments.

    As I have stated before they are not a dynasty: Yet! But they are working on it. In the past 10 years they have 2 NFC Championships, a Superbowl victory, and 5 seasons of 10 or more victories. They also went through a massive rebuild between 2007-2011 and came out the exact opposite of the team that went in. The first SB appearance was predicated on offense. The second and more successful outcome was predicated on defense.

    People say the salary cap will catch up with the Champs. The current SB champions are in 7th place among the teams with the most salary cap space. This comes after they signed many of their core defensive players. Google it. They won a SB and they can pay for players to stay….sounds pretty good to me. Smart moves in management net victories on the field.

    This very lucrative state comes about as other rivals are finding themselves approaching salary cap hell. This is especially true of some NFC contenders. It also affects the Broncos.

    They did lose some key players. They made a big mistake with Percy Harvin. Strangely enough they went 9-2 in 2014 after Harvin left as opposed to 3-2 while he was there. So the cure was better than the poison.

    Every team has lost some key players. Other teams have mortgaged the farm to pick up some key players. Seattle has drafted and paid rookie players who have performed like veterans after 1-2 yars of training. They are a young team. As a contender they are one of the youngest, this bodes well for the dynasty argument you hear so many Seahawk fans make.

    Russell Wilson has completed his 3rd season. He already has a ring. He already set a record for most victories in first 3 seasons during SB era, 40. Yes, he has a strong defense around him that dominates games and makes it easier to win games. Yes he has a strong running game that dominates the league and makes it easier to win games. He does not have an O-line that pass protects very well. He does not have a Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, or Megatron type receiver. But he does have great leadership skills and makes quick decisions, and usually he makes the right decision. His rookie season the team won 11 games….

    Can Russell Wilson carry the team on his back has been asked so many times? He has done it.
    He ran for over 800 yards this season. That’s an average of 50 yards per game.

    Most of the time the defense is what carries this team on its back. Some of the greatest teams in history can say that. No matter what nickname you give them, the Doomsday Defense, The Purple People Eaters, the Steel Curtain.

    Any Pittsburgh Steelers fan worth his salt knows the Steelers of old were built on defense, and the running game. They have good QB’s but those QB’s can be inconsistent, have a bad day, and the Steelers still won. But if you rmember the 76-77 season. Bradshaw got injured for 4 games and the Steelers were something like 1-4. When Bradshaw came back they closed it out at 10-4. I think they missed the playoffs or got knocked out in the wildcard but the fact is that the QB does make a difference even if he isn’t Manning or Rodgers calibre.

    So quit hating just to hate. If you must argue at least make it based upon some logical thread. Stop with the PEDs and the holds on defense. It makes a lousy argument when you say it, and the rest of the football world says they are simply great.

    The Seahawks are a football team. They cheat as much as any other team. They have good players and good men on their team. they may also have men of questionable skills and character too. All teams do.

    The Seahawks have had calls go their way. So what? They have had calls go against them too. They get penalized, a lot. Is that because refs are engaged in a conspiracy to cover up the fact that all the “big calls” go the way of the Hawks? Or is simply that the Hawks play aggressive football, jump offsides, hold, whatever? (I wish Britt would learn not to clip, the guy must have set a record or something for that penalty). They are not dirty. They don’t engage in illegal hits as a rule. They don’t stomp players, they don’t try and hurt other players intentionally. They play fast and hard.

    They are not the best in history, once again that is a yet response. But could they be one of those storied franchises? Why not them?

  45. Cant realistically say to much negative about this team. They are in the middle of a great run, built solidly with talent everywhere. I will always root against them and hope they loose at every turn but you have to respect what is being built. Its your time up there, enjoy it cause you never know when it will end. If they manage back to back rings you have to put them up there among the best ever.

  46. It’s a new season. What QB’s Seattle beat or didn’t beat is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is they’re in position with home field advantage to defend their NFL Title.

    I like their odds.

    Go HAWKS!!

  47. joetoronto says: Dec 30, 2014 6:17 AM

    Great defenses don’t need pumped in crowd noise, like the team from Alaska does.

    ___________________________________

    We do pump in the noise. We use 67,000 individual speakers, each requiring a seat.

  48. To speak of ONLY the bad QBs Seahawks played is ridiculous! As if every great team in history played great QBs every week is laughable! Show me any team, any year that’s played only top QBs. I’m sorry but this logic is utterly moronic and shows someone’s true football intellect when they use this sorry excuse to poke holes in a great team!

  49. stellarperformance says:
    Dec 30, 2014 10:44 AM

    Seattle, Minnesota, and San Diego (and others,) have all been caught pumping in artificial crowd noise. In Minnesota, the crowd noise kicked in during halftime last year….OOPS!!

    They all record same-day crowd noise and mix it in with the actual noise, to make it seem “special.”

    Not at Lambeau.
    _______________________

    Does it make you feel better to just out and out lie? Making stuff up out of thin air just to make yourself feel better is what 3rd graders do. Deplorable and despicable.

    Seattle has never and will never be caught pumping in crowd noise. The crowd just is that loud.

  50. It remains to be seen if the Seahawks D will go down in history as one of the best. They already share at least one record with the legendary Purple People eaters, so that ain’t too shabby.

    For those that claim the Seahawks homers are obnoxious, there may be a grain of truth to that. Certainly some of us are. But the same could be said of fans of every successful team. I have certainly heard and read plenty of bragging by Packer, 49er’s, Steelers, Cowboys, and Patriots fans over the years.

    But you know what? They have the right. All of those teams have had some absolutely outstanding teams over the years.

    But we Seahawks fans wandered in the wilderness for a long time, so to speak, so please allow us to indulge in little fulsome praise of a very, very good team that has the makings of a dynastic team that COULD equal some of those classic teams. Finally.

    Go Hawks.

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