RENTON, Wash. -- Here are 10 key stats for the Seahawks entering Sunday’s game at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The Seahawks are tied with the Denver Broncos for the longest active home winning streak in the NFL at 11 games. The Broncos have a bye this weekend before playing at San Diego on Nov. 10, so the Seahawks can take the lead, for the moment, with a victory over the Bucs.
Seattle leads the league in takeaways at 21, but it’s how the Seahawks got there that makes it unusual. They have multiple takeaways in each of the first eight games, the first time they've done that since 1984.
The Seahawks are allowing 15.6 points per game this season, the third fewest in the league. But that stat is much better at CenturyLink. Seattle has allowed only 11.0 points per game in the first three home outings.
The defense has not allowed a passing touchdown in a home game this year compared to six passing TDs allowed on the road. The total quarterback rating for the opponents at CenturyLink is an abysmal 15.0.
The injuries on the offensive line are taking a toll on quarterback Russell Wilson. He has been sacked 27 times, third most in the NFL. He was sacked a total of 33 times all last year. He has the highest percentage of drop backs under pressure this season at 38.5 percent. Wilson leads the league with 254 yards on scrambles this season and has the second-most scrambles in the league at 29.
The impact of losing wide receiver Sidney Rice may be overrated. Wilson completed only 45.5 percent of his attempts to Rice this season, the third worst percentage for any QB-receiver duo with at least 30 attempts.
Marshawn Lynch has been a much better running back in 51 games with Seattle than he was in 45 games in Buffalo. He has averaged 77.8 yards per game with the Seahawks, compared to 61.4 with the Bills. He has scored rushing TD in 68.6 percent of his games with the Seahawks compared to 37.7 percent of his games with Buffalo.
Lynch is the best in the league at the start of games. His 262 rushing yards in the first quarter are the most in the NFL. He’s also been pretty good at the end. His three rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter are tied for the league-lead.
Philadelphia is the only team to run more zone-read plays this season than the Seahawks. Among teams with at least 10 zone-read rushes, the Seahawks are averaging the second-most yards. The Oakland Raiders averaged 6.8 yards per zone read with quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Seattle is averaging 5.3 yards on zone reads.
Seattle’s pass rush this season is dramatically improved. The Seahawks have sacked or put opposing quarterbacks under duress on 34 percent of drop backs this season, best in the NFL.