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56 Cliff Avril DE

Seattle Seahawks

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Cliff Avril leads ferocious pass rush
by Larry Hartstein |

Without blitzing, the Seahawks made Peyton Manning uncomfortable in the pocket. Defensive end Cliff Avril led the way with five quarterback hurries and two hits on his 32 pass rushing snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

End Chris Clemons had three hurries, a sack and a hit, and lineman Michael Bennett added four hurries.

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Cliff Avril wants to stay in Seattle long-term
by Larry Hartstein |

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, who's in the first year of a two-year, $13 million deal, said he'd love to stay in Seattle long-term. “I definitely don’t want to go into free agency again," he told

"But,you know, we’ll see how it goes, how it works out, but I would definitely love to be out here, you know it’s a great place to be, stadium is amazing, team is good, I would love to be out here.”

Avril had eight sacks and five forced fumbles in 15 games this season.

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Seahawks' investment in defensive line paying off
by Larry Hartstein |

The Seahawks spent a whopping 27 percent of their salary cap on defensive linemen, including signing ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, and the investment paid off, reports Seattle led the NFL by pressuring opposing quarterbacks on 33 percent of their dropbacks.

Avril had eight sacks and five forced fumbles in the regular season, adding a half-sack, a pass breakup and drawing a key holding penalty in the win over New Orleans. Bennett had 8.5 sacks in the regular season. He had two forced fumbles, a half-sack and six tackles in the playoff win.

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Cliff Avril extends sack streak, forces fourth fumble
by Larry Hartstein |

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril registered a sack for the third straight game Week 13, giving him 7 1/2 this season. Avril hit the arm of Saints quarterback Drew Brees as he threw, causing a fumble Michael Bennett caught and returned 22 yards for a touchdown.

Avril has four forced fumbles entering Week 14 at San Francisco.

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Seahawks DST sends a message
by Larry Hartstein |

The Seahawks shut down one of the league's most prolific offenses in Week 13, embarrassing the Saints 34-7. The 7 points were the fewest scored by New Orleans since Sean Payton became coach in 2006.

Seattle limited New Orleans to 188 total yards and 2.6 yards per carry. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 147 yards, ending his streak of 43 games with 200-plus passing yards.

The Seahawks DST scored in the first quarter when end Cliff Avril hit Brees' arm as he threw and end Michael Bennett caught the fumble and rumbled 22 yards for a touchdown. Avril was credited with the sack, giving him 7 1/2.

The Seahawks DST enters Week 14 at San Francisco with a ton of momentum.

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2008Detroit Lions152318.055000.0000
2009Detroit Lions134127.0145.5000.0003
2010Detroit Lions133323.0108.5000.0005
2011Detroit Lions163629.0711144.0414
2012Detroit Lions163528.079.5000.0001
2013Seattle Seahawks152013.078000.0004
2014Seattle Seahawks222.001000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2008Detroit Lions15004011010
2009Detroit Lions1300300000
2010Detroit Lions13001011010
2011Detroit Lions16006032431
2012Detroit Lions1600200000
2013Seattle Seahawks1500501010
2014Seattle Seahawks200000000
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