Russell Wilson improves to 13-2 as a starting quarterback in December over his NFL career, as his Seattle Seahawks (7-5) dismantled the Minnesota Vikings this afternoon, shutting them down 38-7.
Seattle went into the half holding a 21-0 lead (biggest halftime lead in last 20 games), and never looked back. Two third-quarter touchdowns from Seattle put the game out of reach.
I’ll be honest, I had the Vikings winning this one (24-21) heading into the game. But with Jimmy Graham out of the lineup, Wilson and undrafted RB Thomas Rawls destroyed Minnesota’s highly-ranked defense and shutdown Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson’s offensive attack.
Seattle’s defense limited Bridgewater to 118 yards and an interception, while keeping AP to just 18 yards on eight carries. By game’s end, Minnesota had run just 48 plays for 125 total yards, nine first downs and seven points. It was the Seattle defense of old (old as in just last year…), and it did so against the league’s top rusher.
Wilson finished with 274 yards and four total touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing) on 21-of-27 passing, while Rawls (101 yards, 1 TD) turned in his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season.
After starting the season with a 2-4 record, many counted the defending NFC champion Seahawks out of it early. But with today’s victory, Pete Carroll’s squad has now won five of its last six games. Seattle’s offense has put up 30+ points in three of its last four games, as well, with the one game under 30 coming against San Francisco (29-13 win).
And that’s not to mention that four of Seattle’s five losses this season have come against playoff-bound teams (Packers, Bengals, Panthers, Cardinals). At this point in the season last year, Seattle was sitting at 8-4 and had also just finished winning five out of its last six. And, as we all know, Seattle ended up winning the rest of the way, finishing 12-4, and earning its second straight Super Bowl appearance.
So I think it’s safe to say that Seattle is right where they want to be: in position to make yet another deep playoff run.
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