The Seattle Seahawks beat down the shorthanded Baltimore Ravens 35-6 Sunday, bringing their record to 8-5 and placing the team – for the time being – in the first wildcard position for the NFL playoffs. It was the second straight game where the Seahawks defense didn’t allow a touchdown, but most of the news coming out of the game centered on quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense.
After struggling for much of the early season, the offense is on a hot streak, despite injuries to running back Marshawn Lynch, tight end Jimmy Graham and, in the first quarter against the Ravens, Lynch’s back up, rookie sensation Thomas Rawls. Wilson’s record-setting stretch is the biggest reason for the offensive renaissance.
Consider Wilson’s performance over the past four games, all Seahawks’ victories:
- 89 completions in 118 attempts for a 75.4 percent completion percentage
- 1,171 passing yards
- 9 yards per pass attempt
- 16 touchdown passes
- Zero interceptions
- 145.9 passer rating
Since full statistics were made available in 1960, no other NFL quarterback with at least 100 total passes has had a higher passer rating over a four-game stretch. Not Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Dan Fouts; not anyone.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 14, 2015
No player is playing as well as Wilson is right now, and perhaps no team is playing as well as the Seahawks, who are hitting their peak as the Season draws to a close. Next up for the Seahawks are home games against Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns and the St. Louis Rams, followed by a season finale on the road visiting the Arizona Cardinals.
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) December 14, 2015
In the topsy-turvy world of the NFL right now – note that 21 of the league’s 32 teams have losing records – the Seahawks now find themselves in a good place, with their destiny in their own hands, just as every player and coach wants. If Wilson can keep flying high, the Seahawks just might be able to carry their celebrations into early February.
Doug Baldwin is the 1st NFC player with 8 TD catches in a 3-game span since Jerry Rice in 1993 pic.twitter.com/USY71c61g4
— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) December 14, 2015
Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images
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