We provide our updated league rankings with a disclaimer: These might reflect how consistent a team has been during the season, but what matters most is how teams are playing right now. That is why Mike Holmgren extracted some positives from the loss to San Diego on Sunday. All he cares about now is having the team ready to play better in a couple of weeks. How the team played against so-and-so in Week 12 doesn’t matter as much.
So, while Seattle ranks only 19th in total offense (21st in defense and 28th in red-zone defense), Holmgren was very happy to see Shaun Alexander rush for 140 tough yards and two touchdowns against a talented defense. The Hawks are up to 13th in rushing yards per game, and their per-carry average has topped four yards (thanks in part to some Matt Hasselbeck scrambles, but they’ll take it). Alexander’s 33-yard scoring run against San Diego means the 2006 Seattle running backs will not become the first group in franchise history to go an entire season without a run of 30 yards or longer.
What Holmgren can’t like, of course, is that only Cleveland and Oakland are throwing more interceptions per pass play. Then again, St. Louis and Indianapolis lead the league in that category and they can’t do much right at the moment.
Also: The updated 2000-2006 Seahawks glance is here.