NFL Divisional Snapshots: The Field Narrows

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 06, 2014

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-Seattle owns the best Defensive Passer Rating in the NFL, a threadbare 63.39. Their 28 interceptions are also most in the NFL.

-The Seahawks also rate highly in several other defensive categories. They're seventh against the run (3.85 YPA), third in Negative Pass Plays (12.83% of dropbacks end with a sack or pick), and tenth in stopping third downs (35.19% convert).

-Much has been made of Seattle's dominance at home. For the season, the Seahawks were 7-1 at CenturyLink Field, winning by an average score of 38.8 to 18.3.

-Mostly ambidextrous in their takeaways, 21 of 39 Seattle turnovers on defense have taken place at home. Only one occurred in their December 2 win over New Orleans, but it was a fumble-return for a touchdown by Michael Bennett.

KEY MATCHUP: The most notable stat from Seattle's win against the Saints a month ago was Drew Brees' Real Passing Yards per Attempt. The former Super Bowl MVP managed just 3.69 RPYPA, while under heavy pressure. Brees also averaged just 6.39 yards per completion, with the deep game taken away.

The Seahawks' 44 sacks are only slightly above the NFL average of 40.5, but opponents only complete 59 percent of their passes under the waves of pressure. The Seahawks are tops in the league in lowest yards per completion (9.9), so unless the Saints have solved that riddle, Dan Quinn will be bringing more of the same.

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