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Make No Plans For January 10th — The Seahawks Are In The Playoffs

Seahawks Clinch A Playoff Birth With Win Over Browns

The Seattle Seahawks hosted the Cleveland Browns Sunday Afternoon needing a win to secure a playoff birth for the fourth consecutive season.

Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin made absolutely sure that happened.

The Seahawks easily defeated the Browns, 30-13, securing at least a number six seed in the playoffs and Wilson re-wrote the NFL record book one more time.  Here are my takeaways from the game.

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How can you not seriously consider Wilson for MVP at this point? (Photo: Google)

Wilson, Wilson, Wilson

It’s the Seahawks own version of Jan Brady’s Marcia, Marcia, Marcia rant.  Russell, Russell, Russell Wilson just continues to find new ways to impress the world even four years into his career.   Wilson threw another three touchdowns in the Browns game and did it again without throwing an interception.

The three touchdowns extend his season total and season career high number to 29.  It also marks the first time in NFL history that a quarterback has EVER thrown three or more touchdowns in five straight games without an interception.

Brady has never done it.  Rodgers has never done it.  Manning has never done it.

Wilson’s performance since the Seahawks lost to Arizona has been ridiculously good.  It’s also been good enough that you have to consider him for the MVP award over Cam Newton.  Just imagine where the Seahawks would be right now if Wilson had not played in their last five games.  Isn’t that what defines an MVP?

Doug Baldwin

Wilson wasn’t the only Seahawks player re-writing some records.  Daryl Turner now has company when it comes to the Seahawks single season receiving touchdowns record.  Doug Baldwin tied the mark at 13 when he hauled in his second TD of the day.

Baldwin also became the only player other than Jerry Rice to catch 10 touchdowns in four consecutive games.  If Baldwin doesn’t make the Pro-Bowl for the first time in his career it will be a true travesty.

Michael now wears #32 and seems to have a new attitude to go along with the new number.

Michael now wears #32 and seems to have a new attitude to go along with the new number.

Christine Michael

The guy I actually expected the least from, showed me the most, as far as the Seahawks backup running backs are concerned.  The Seahawks started with Derrick Coleman who tripped, stumbled, and inexplicably dove into wide open running lanes.  They then went with Bryce Brown who did better, but it wasn’t anything special.

Christine Michael then got a chance to run the ball and everything looked different, including Michael’s body language.  Michael ran the ball with an attitude reminiscent of Baldwin.  He looked fired up and refused to go down after initial contact.

Micahel did not miss blocks, he did not fumble, and he never ran to the wrong side of a play.

I’m not going to sit here and say Michael’s 16 carries for 84 yards were a breakout performance but Michael definitely showed me more than I have ever seen from him.  Maybe being let go three times in 2015 by three different teams has finally made the light come on for Michael.  If nothing else, I think he earned the start next week against the Rams.

Defense

It wasn’t all peaches and cream in this one for the Seahawks, especially on defense.  Tackling was an obvious issue at times for the Seattle defenders.  Coverage communication also seemed to rear its ugly head on occasion as well.

The Seahawks defense did hold the Browns to just 13 points but I don’t think their performance today would have held up nearly as well against a better opponent.  Missing Kam Chancellor all day and DeShawn Shead for most of it certainly didn’t help these areas either.

Four offside penalties by the defensive line, including two by veteran Cliff Avril, were not something I was thrilled with either.  I get that these guys are trying to get off the ball quickly but you just can’t have that mistake that many times in a game.

Looking Ahead

There are just two games to go.  Next up for the Seahawks is a visit to Seattle by the St. Louis Rams — or should I say the LA Rams?

If the Seahawks want to hang on to the number five seed in the playoffs they’ll need a payback win over the Rams next week.

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