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Seahawks soar as Russell Wilson takes flight

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.

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. 

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.

Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

 

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Ray Hartjen

A Public Relations pro by day, by night @RayHartjen follows parallel - yet somehow still often conflicting - paths searching for hair metal guitar legend status, a career as a journeyman 4th line center in the NHL, and the treasured laminates to be a hanger-on in the circus that is Formula 1.
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