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Wrapping up the regular season

Post by News Tribune Staff on Dec. 31, 2007 at 9:58 am with 1 Comment »
December 31, 2007 9:58 am

As a team, the Seahawks ended the year ninth in the NFL in total offense, averaging 348.9 yards a game. The only teams ahead of them were New England, Green Bay, Dallas, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Jacksonville and Cleveland.

They also were in a ninth-place tie with Pittsburgh, averaging 24.6 points a game. The two teams that produce more less yardage but score more often are San Diego and Arizona.

Matt Hasselbeck ended the season as the franchise single-season leader in yards (3,966), touchdowns (28) and receptions (352).

Bobby Engram had a career year with 94 receptions for 1,147 yards.

Shaun Alexander scored his 100th career rushing TD, though he only had four for the season, as well as 716 yards, his second consecutive season with less than 1,000 yards. Shaun ranked 30th in the league in rushing, his longest run was 25 yards.

The defense ended up 15th in the league in total defense, relinquishing 321.8 yards a game. But it was tied for sixth with the Green Bay Packers, giving up only 18.2 points a game, which obviously was skewed by that 44-point outing on Sunday. It had 20 interceptions and a +10 takeaway ratio in turnovers.

Marcus Trufant was tied for third in the league with seven interceptions and stands to make a bunch of dough, probably $8-9 million a year average. If he is franchised, he will sign a one-year deal for around $9.5 million.

Patrick Kerney ended up second in the NFL in sacks, with 14.5, behind Kansas City’s Jared Allen, who had two sacks Sunday to give him 15.5 for the season.

Lofa Tatupu led the team in tackles with 109, followed by Trufant with 85. Julian Peterson also had 10 sacks, the only other Seahawks player in double-digit sacks.

Marcus Pollard fell well short of the projected 50 receptions, garnering just 28. Deion Branch had 49, calling into question whether he was worth a first-round draft pick or not. Nate Burleson had 50 receptions and nine TDs.

Josh Brown had a pretty good season, the lull in the middle notwithstanding. He was 17 for 17 from inside the 40, and was 28 of 34 overall, including 3 of 5 from over 50 yards. The 50-yarder he never got to take, in Arizona in Week 2, was the one that hurt the most.

Ryan Plackemeier was up and down. He had 86 punts for a 40.0-yard average, though he had 30 inside the 20 and only six touchbacks. His touch is getting better, but his distance was inconsistent.

Because the Seahawks are playing on Saturday, they have canceled Holmgren’s noon press conference so that he can put together a game plan. The Seahawks are treating their normal Tuesday day off as a Wednesday. So there will be a full day of media activity tomorrow. I am in the midst of flying home and don’t get there until mid-afternoon.

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