NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals rise, Broncos fall in Week 15
Dec 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs off the field after he and his teammates defeated Baltimore Ravens 35-6 at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
4. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-5)
Last week: 7
All of a sudden, Russell Wilson is playing like an MVP and the Seattle Seahawks have won four straight, and six of their past seven games. This is the time to get hot, and the Seahawks are doing exactly that.
It’s important to take a deep breath and remember the opposition they faced on Sunday. It was the Jimmy Clausen-led Baltimore Ravens. A team sans Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, Steve Smith and Terrell Suggs. Clausen played Seattle as a member of the Bears earlier in the year and was on the receiving end of a 26-0 defeat.
But you can only beat the team in front of you, and the Seahawks were ruthless in a beat down of the 2012 Super Bowl champions. Wilson didn’t take a single sack, and that equals success, particularly when Doug Baldwin is playing as well as he is. He hauled in three touchdown passes, while rookie Tyler Lockett caught six passes for 102 yards and two scores.
The biggest concern for Seattle is the running back position. Marshawn Lynch is already on the shelf indefinitely, and now Thomas Rawls, who was playing well, is out for the year with a broken ankle.
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