Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell pulled out all the tricks as his unit piled up 363 yards of total offense. Today's game marked the third straight 350-yard plus performance—something they hadn't managed to accomplish since Week 11 of the 2007 season.
Whether it was a read option or a wide receiver pass—everything seemed to work just as it was drawn up.
Quarterback Russell Wilson is now 5-0 at home, which makes him the first rookie quarterback to win his team's first five home games since the 1970 merger. An impressive feat considering the crop of rookie quarterbacks that have entered the league since 1970.
However, Wilson shouldn't pat himself on the back exclusively. Running back Marshawn Lynch has set the tone week in and week out as he eclipsed the century mark for the fourth time in as many weeks. His 124-yard performance marked the second straight week that he rushed for 124 yards.
Not to mention Lynch has now equaled his 2011 total for 100-yard games. It took him 16 games last year to get to six 100-yard performances; it took him 10 this year. Without question, he has been the biggest driving force behind Wilson's rookie success.
Any team that has a run-to-pass ratio of 43-to-20 and out-possesses its opponent by 12 minutes should win weekly.
Another huge factor in Wilson's success, has been the steady play of wide receiver Sidney Rice. I've mentioned this multiple times this season, but for the first time since Brett Favre, Rice looks healthy. Even though he caught only two passes today, both passes resulted in fourth-quarter touchdowns.
His first touchdown reception was a beautiful 31-yard strike from Wilson down the right side with 13:33 left to play. The second proved to be a little more unpredictable than the first. It started with a pitch in the backfield to wide receiver Golden Tate, who then stopped dead in his tracks and hit Rice right between the numbers for the score.
He now has six touchdown receptions—the second-highest total of his career.
The Seahawks never claimed to have the prettiest offense in the league, but man, they are effective. There are a lot of runs that pick up only a couple of yards, yet it is all part of the master plan. Seattle's style of play is designed to pound opposing defenses into the ground, just as it did today.
Any defensive players who are on the field for almost 40 minutes are going to have their hands on their hips the entire fourth quarter. If Bevell could find a way to garner this type of ball control and offensive production on the road, this team would be unstoppable.
The 'Hawks need to find a way to close the gap when they are on the road. Sure, the 12th man plays a big part in their momentum, but playoff teams find a way to win on the road regardless. Heading into the bye week, Seattle's biggest focus should be figuring out how to win away from the CLink.
After the bye, Pete Carroll's club will play two straight games on the road.
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