Spotlight on the Seahawks

 

MICHAEL BENNETT

Defensive end

The skinny: Despite playing well in the past two Super Bowls, including a dominant performance against the Patriots last February, Bennett somehow still is a bit of an unknown nationally. The Seahawks use the 6-4, 275-pound disrupter all over their defensive line, including moving him inside for passing situations similarly to what the Vikings do with Brian Robison. Bennett had a career-high 10 sacks this season.

Last time around: Bennett was arguably the best player on the field in Seattle’s 38-7 victory at TCF Bank Stadium last month, and that’s saying something considering how well Russell Wilson played. Bennett recorded a sack, two quarterback hits and three tackles for a loss, doing most of the damage against rookie right tackle T.J. Clemmings.

Stat that stands out: 83. That’s the total quarterback pressures for Bennett this season, per Pro Football Focus. That ranks second among NFL defenders behind Houston’s J.J. Watt.

MATT VENSEL