RENTON, Wash. -- Here's an encouraging thought for Seattle fans. A victory for the Seahawks on Sunday over Minnesota would be their sixth consecutive this season. The last time they won six regular-season games in a row they made it to the Super Bowl.
It was 2005, when Seattle won 11 consecutive games in the regular season before losing to Green Bay in the season finale. But the Seahawks won two playoff games before losing 21-10 to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.
Seattle won six straight games last season, but only five at the end of the regular season. The last one included the playoff game at Washington.
Here are a few others interesting stats entering Sunday's game against the Vikings:
Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril has 26 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in the last three seasons. He's the only player in the NFL with at least 25 sacks and at least 10 forced fumbles since the start of 2011. Avril has 5 1/2 sacks this year and two forced fumbles.
It isn't how far you punt the ball; it's how high. Seattle punter Jon Ryan is 28th in average per punt at 43.7 yards, but here's the stat that really matters. In 39 punts this season, the total return yardage against Ryan is only 15 yards. What that tells you is Ryan's hangtime often keeps returners for getting a chance to do anything. Only 11 of Ryan's punts have been returned, and 17 were downed inside the 20.
Everyone this week is talking about Seattle facing the best punt returner in the league in Marcus Sherels (averaging 16.3 yards per return), but Golden Tate also is getting it done for the Seahawks. Tate is fifth in the NFL at 13.7 yards per punt return.
If Seattle wins, it will set a franchise record for consecutive wins at home at lucky number 13. The 12 straight home wins tied the previous record set from 2004 to 2006.
Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka is on his way to a possible Pro Bowl appearance. He leads the NFL in points scored at 93. More importantly, Hauschka has made 22 of 23 field-goals attempts. The only one he missed was the blocked kick at Indianapolis. One thing that makes Hauschka's season so impressive is the number of long field goals he's made. He is 11 of 12 from 40 yards or longer.
Marshawn Lynch is third in the NFL in first downs with 55, but he's first in rushing first downs with 48. Lynch also is third in the league in total yards from scrimmage at 1,084 -- 871 rushing and 213 receiving.