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Seahawks Win Big In Baltimore — Move Into 5 Seed

Wilson Re-Writing Record Books

The Seattle Seahawks went into Baltimore Sunday to face the Ravens in a contest many folks thought would turn out to be a bit of a joke before it was over.

It turns out “many folks” were correct.

The Seahawks left little doubt against the Ravens, beating them 35-6.  The victory by the Hawks sent the Baltimore crowd home a bit early and gave Tarvaris Jackson playing time for the second week in a row.  Most importantly, the Seahawks win moved them into the number five spot in the NFC playoff chase.

Here are my takeaways from the game.

Russell Wilson is on fire with 26 TDs on the season already. (Photo: Kent Nishimura/ The Denver Post)

Russell Wilson is on fire with 26 TDs on the season already. (Photo: Kent Nishimura/ The Denver Post)

Russell Wilson

Playing in front of a large amount of family and friends, Seahawks QB, Russell Wilson, had a career day.  Wilson finished 23/32 passing, 292 yards, 9.1 average, 5 TDs, no picks or fumbles and with a 139.6 rating.  He became the first NFL QB since the merger to have four straight games with a 138.5 rating or better in four straight games.

That is what you call getting it done.  Thanks to his performance today, Wilson now has 26 touchdowns on the year which ties his career high with still three games to go. 

Wilson had to do all of that without the benefit of a real running game when Thomas Rawls went out early with an ankle injury.  Anyone want to talk about the Seahawks game manager or his girlfriend now?  Didn’t think so.

Doug & Tyler

Doug and Tyler, Tyler & Doug, whichever order you put them in, they have become the dynamic duo of the #Seahawks passing attack.  The rookie, Tyler Lockett, had six catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns.  The veteran, Doug Baldwin, answered with six catches for 82 yards and three touchdowns.

Baldwin, over the past five games, has nine touchdowns.  He’s got a real shot at the Seahawks club record held by Daryl Turner of 13 in a season at this point.

Sherman didn't seem to mind the hair tackle.

Sherman didn’t seem to mind the hair tackle.

Defense

If not for the lack of a haircut, Richard Sherman may have scored a TD when he intercepted a Jimmy Clausen pass in the second half.  Sherman was tackled by his hair, courtesy of former Seahawks wide receiver, Chris Matthews.

I don’t hold any ill will for Matthews.  In fact, I like him a lot.  I was disappointed it didn’t work out for him Seattle and there is absolutely nothing illegal on the play.

In baseball there are lots of unwritten rules.  In football, there aren’t nearly as many, but I believe hair tackling is one of them.  Given how many players have long hair and how infrequently we see this happen, it almost has to be one of those unwritten rules.  It’s disappointing, I guess, as I thought more of Matthews’ character than that.

The run defense, led by Bobby Wagner, Michael Bennett and Brandon Mebane, was suffocating for the second week in a row.  The Ravens managed a total of 28 yards rushing in this game.

Clausen actually didn’t have too bad of a day throwing the ball against the Seahawks, in terms of yardage.  He finished with 274 yards passing.  The misfires and constant pressure just never let those yards develop into drives and/or points.

Injuries

The Seahawks may have won big over the Ravens, but it came at a price in terms of injury.  Thomas Rawls, whom I already mentioned, is out with a broken ankle.  That ends his season.  Derrick Coleman will be asked to step in as the next man up.  I suspect signing another runner will happen this week as well.

Spooky thought—Christine Michael is available.

Kam Chancellor bruised his tail bone, but he has a chance to be back next week.  Also out at one point was DeShawn Shead who did come back into the game, along with Marcus Burley and Michael Bennett.  Shead, Burley and Bennett’s injuries do not appear significant.

Looking Ahead

The Seahawks head home to face the Cleveland Browns next.  The Browns just beat the 49ers but with just three wins on the season, they have only a spoiler’s role to play the rest of the year.

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