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Ravens vs. Seahawks: 3 Lessons learned from Seattle’s win

Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Another week, another blowout win for the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks dominated the Baltimore Ravens in every facet of the game in a 35-6 road victory on Sunday. Seattle has now won three games in a row and is a good shape to earn the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs, meaning it would likely play the winner of the NFC East in the first round.

Baltimore has been decimated by injuries all season long and were starting Jimmy Clausen at quarterback, so there was only so much Seattle could take away from Sunday’s game. Still, the Seahawks are easily playing their best football of the season, and look like a formidable opponent moving forward.

Seattle’s offense looks likely a completely different unit during the winning streak. However, the news wasn’t all good on Sunday, even in a blowout win.

With better offensive line play, Russell Wilson has been dominant

There were multiple problems with the Seahawks offense during the team’s poor start, including Wilson not playing his best football. That has changed dramatically recently, as Wilson has been arguably the best quarterback in the NFL.

Wilson has posted a completion percentage of at over 70 percent with at least 274 passing yards in every game during the Seahawks current winning streak. Over that span, Wilson has thrown 13 touchdowns with no interceptions.

A huge part of that has been vastly improved play from the offensive line, as Wilson is showing what he is capable of with at least decent protection. That has allowed the Seahawks to spread the field a bit more, and Wilson has been very accurate with his deep ball in recent weeks.

If Wilson continues his current form, the Seahawks are going to be a very tough out in the playoffs.

Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin are proving to be a dangerous combo

Wilson hasn’t been the only player on offense who has put up huge numbers in recent games. With Jimmy Graham out for the season, both Baldwin and Lockett have emerged as dynamic targets for Wilson to throw to.

Baldwin in particular is playing the best football of his career. Of Wilson’s 13 touchdowns over the past three weeks, eight have gone to Baldwin, including scores of 80 and 53 yards.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks have done a better job of getting Lockett involved in the offense as the season has gone along. Lockett had his most productive game yet on Sunday, totaling 104 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Those players have allowed the Seahawks to stretch the field much better and have more splash plays, a staple of the offense over the past two years.

Seattle will now have to turn to a third-string running back

The Seahawks did suffer a huge blow on Sunday, as running back Thomas Rawls was lost for the season to a broken ankle in the first half. Rawls had done a fantastic job filling for the injured Marshawn Lynch and was a huge reason for Seattle’s offensive resurgence.

That means the Seahawks are going to have to turn to a third-string running back, as Lynch remains out indefinitely. DuJuan Harris and Bryce Brown will compete for the primary snaps, while Fred Jackson will be used as the third-down option.

The situation is not ideal, but the Seahawks can’t afford to abandon the run. Hopefully Harris or Brown can hold the fort down for the next couple of weeks while Lynch prepars to return.

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Nathaniel Reeves

Nathaniel Reeves is a journalism student at the University of Washington, currently covering sports for The UW Daily in addition to Sports Out West. He has been closely following Seattle sports his entire life.
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