By the (preseason) numbers

Behind a Tom Cable coached offensive line and run game the Seahawks’ 178.3 yards per game on the ground led the NFL in preseason play.

How successful was the Seahawks’ just-completed preseason?

Well, they went 4-0 for only the second time in franchise history. And there are other numbers that indicate they earned the rare distinction.

The Seahawks didn’t just lead the preseason in most points scored (122) and fewest points allowed (44), they tallied 14 more than the second-highest scoring team (the Ravens) and allowed nine fewer than the team that yielded the next-lowest total (the 49ers).

The offense averaged 178.3 rushing yards to lead the NFL, while the defense ranked No. 3 overall (allowing an average of 248 yards), second against the run (78.8) and fifth against the pass (169.3).

The Seahawks tied for the league lead in the all-important take-away/give-away category at plus-7. Only one team (the Steelers) committed fewer turnovers than the Seahawks (three); only two teams (the Titans and Chargers) forced more turnovers than the Seahawks (10).

Kicker Steven Hauschka was the leading scorer in the preseason (42 points) and also had more touchbacks on his kickoffs (13). Russell Wilson’s passer rating (110.3) ranked seventh in the league, and was tops among the rookie quarterbacks. Robert Turbin rushed for 165 yards to rank eighth in the league, third among the rookie running backs. Kregg Lumpkin produced 11 first downs, which tied for fifth in the league. Golden Tate (20.5) and Leon Washington (16.0) ranked 4-6 among the punt returners.


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