Watching any of Seattle’s exhibition games made it clear that the team pretty much dominated throughout.
Some of the final stats, though, make it even more evident.
One reader passed along a few stats and Seattle’s exhibition season rank:
Win/Loss record: 1st, 4 wins, 0 losses (Washington Redskins were also
Points Scored: 2nd, 110 points (Baltimore Ravens scored 119 points.)
Points Allowed: 1st, 36 points (49ers were 2nd allowing 43 points.)
Net points: 1st, +74 points. (Redskins and ‘9ers both had +53 net points.)
Touchdowns: 2nd, 12 TDs. (Ravens had 15 TDs. ‘Skins, Bengals, Pats and Jets also had 12 TDs.)
Also worth noting:
— backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson led the NFL in passing efficiency with a rating of 131.4, completing 26-36 passes for 357 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions (and remember that he had one sure TD pass dropped last night by Chris Harper);
— rookie Christine Michael finished fourth in rushing with 201 yards on 40 attempts;
— and Stephen Williams finished first in receiving yards with 236 on seven receptions.
What does it all mean?
Well, while it’s easy, and usually smart, to downplay exhibition results, Seattle has a history of good exhibition seasons turning into good regular seasons.
The Seahawks, never had a losing exhibition season during the Chuck Knox era, and only two during the Mike Holmgren regime. They also went 4-0 last year, which foreshadowed a lot of what happened later.
On the other hand, Seattle also went 4-0 in Jim Mora’s only exhibition season, and we all know what happened next.