Defense wins championships, as evidenced by the Seattle Seahawks a season ago. The Seahawks' defense dominated on its way to a 43-8 win in the Super Bowl over the Denver Broncos. But the Seattle offense should be even more explosive this season, which is a scary thought for defensive coordinators around the NFC West and the NFL. Only one team in the NFL threw fewer passes than the Seahawks last year, the San Francisco 49ers.
"At the end of the day, it's not about statistics," quarterback Russell Wilson told NFL Media's Amber Theoharis in an interview Monday on "NFL Total Access.". "I think, at the end of the day, it's about winning football games, and we do a great job. We still take the ball to the right guy at the right time. We try to have a physical running game. In the division that we play in, we have to be physical."
But Wilson was playing without the explosive Percy Harvin during a bulk of the season. The wide receiver from Florida played in only one regular season game and two playoff games. Harvin proved his value during the Super Bowl, when he returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown to basically seal the Seahawks' world championship.
"We've connected so much, and he's so fired up. He looks so good," Wilson told Theoharis about Harvin.
Harvin proved how explosive he was during the 2012 season with the Minnesota Vikings. He started last season playing like a Most Valuable Player award candidate, leading the league in total yards (receiving, rushing and returning) through nine games until he was hurt in a game against Seattle. Harvin still led the Vikings in receptions (62) and yards receiving (677) despite playing barely half of a season, and he had a kickoff return for a touchdown as well as 96 yards rushing and one score on the ground before being traded to the Seahawks for a first-round draft pick before the 2013 season.
The 25-year-old Harvin has 7,243 all-purpose yards in his five-season career with 29 touchdowns (20 receiving, five return, four rushing). He also has 280 receptions in 55 career games, which includes only one catch for 17 yards during the 2013 regular season for the Seahawks.
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