Despite an early injury to starting running back Thomas Rawls, the Seattle Seahawks maintained the team’s impressive hot streak going with a dominating win against the Baltimore Ravens.
Rawls set the tone for the Hawks, running the ball six times for 44 yards before departing with an ankle injury. He didn't return, but Seattle wouldn’t need him thanks to another prolific day from Russell Wilson.
Wilson picked apart the Baltimore defense, completing 23 of 32 passes for 292 yards and five touchdowns. The quarterback rarely was forced into scrambling, only attempting one rush on the day for six yards.
He didn’t receive much help from Rawls’ backup DuJuan Harris, who ran for 42 yards on 18 carries while losing a fumble. However, Wilson and the team’s receivers didn’t really need it.
Tyler Lockett hauled in five catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns to lead the team in receiving yards. Fellow receiver Doug Baldwin had an equally impressive game, catching six passes for 82 yards and three touchdowns. It marked another superb game for the wide out who has snagged nine touchdowns in his last five contests. The duo weren’t alone as Jermaine Kearse led the team in catches with seven. The former undrafted free agent turned those seven catches into 74 yards.
The game marked the fifth straight contest in which the Seahawks have scored 29 or more points.
Seattle’s defense was also in fine form, allowing only six points.
Baltimore’s quarterback Jimmy Clausen played the Seahawks as a member of the Chicago Bears earlier in the season, and performed much better this time around. He threw for 274 yards, compared to only 67 yards in Week 3. However, just like in Week 3, Clausen failed to find the end zone.
Of his 274 yards, 21 went to ex-Seahawk Chris Matthews. The wide receiver made just one catch against his former employers. While Matthews had a singular grab, Kamar Aiken and Jeremy Butler did the heavy lifting for a depleted Baltimore offense. Aiken gained 90 yards on five catches while Butler led the team with seven receptions for 72 yards.
In eight quarters this season, Jimmy Clausen-led offenses have scored only two field goals against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks also picked off Clausen while shutting down Baltimore’s run game. Playing without Justin Forsett, the Ravens started Javorius Allen. Allen managed a mere 14 yards on eight carries. The team’s other running back, Terrance West, didn’t do much better. He carried the ball five times for 16 rushing yards. In total, the Ravens ran for 28 yards on 14 carries during the game.
K.J. Wright led the team with eight tackles while Bobby Wagner recovered a fumble. Richard Sherman added an interception.
Next Up: The Seahawks return home to face the Cleveland Browns next week while the Ravens will stay in Baltimore to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15.