Vikings vs. Seahawks: Seattle's Balanced Attack Helps 'Hawks Improve to 5-4
A return trip back home to the Pacific Northwest was just what Pete Carrol's Seattle Seahawks needed after dropping their last two games on the road. The Arizona Cardinals' loss to the Green Bay Packers and Sunday's win moved Seattle into sole possession of second place in the NFC West.
Even though Gus Bradley's defense was gashed for 243 yards on the ground, Darrell Bevell's offense picked up the slack and carried this team to its fourth win of the season at home. Despite his low yardage totals, Russell Wilson had a phenomenal game.
He completed 16 of 24 passes and tossed three touchdowns. His quarterback rating was an impressive 127.3, and to be honest, his completion percentage should have been higher than 66 percent. There were three of four other passes that the wide receivers let slip through their hands.
Sunday marked his second three-touchdown performance at home—it just goes to show, Wilson plays his best football at CenturyLink Field. In his four home starts this season he has tossed nine touchdown passes, thrown for 747 yards and his quarterback rating is an incredible 118.2.
Not to mention at home the Seahawks seem to do a better job of controlling the clock. Sunday proved to be another great example of this as Bevell's offense chewed up 36 minutes throughout the game. Compare that to Minnesota's 24:00 and it's easy to see why the Vikings defense was gassed at the end of the game.
Plenty of thanks can be sent Marshawn Lynch's way as he punished the Vikings defense all game long. He rattled off 4.8 yards per carry on 26 attempts. His 124-yard performance marked the fifth time this season where he eclipsed the century mark. Also, it was his third 100-yard game in as many weeks.
Even with Lynch doing all the heavy lifting, Seattle's backfield had plenty of other help as well. Wilson evaded pressure and scrambled for 29 yards, Robert Turbin chipped in 21 yards of his own on five carries and Golden Tate carried twice for 21 yards.
Hard to argue with 195 yards on the ground and a run to pass ratio of 45-to-25. I have a feeling that ratio has to be very pleasing to Coach Carroll. Given the fact the offensive line opened up huge gaping holes Sunday, it would be silly not to run the football.
The Seahawks' playoff hopes are still alive at 5-4 with four more home games remaining. The San Francisco 49ers are two games ahead in the West, but anything can happen down the stretch. They need to start by winning their division games at home because right now they sit at 0-3 in the division.
The New York Jets come to Seattle next week, and a two-game winning streak heading into the bye would build plenty of confidence as they prepare to make their last-season push. If No. 3 keeps up his high level of play, the Seahawks should have nothing to worry about.
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