The Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin connection is alive and well as they connected on two more touchdown passes, Tyler Lockett was the recipient of a third, and the Seahawks rolled the Browns 30-13 to move to 9-5. Seattle clinched a playoff berth with the win. This is the fourth season in a row Seattle will head to the postseason, and the fifth time out six years in the Pete Carroll era.
Johnny Manziel was pretty impressive at times for the Browns, but Wilson and the Seattle offense was just too good all day long. Christine Michael and Bryce Brown looked effective running the football (Seattle rushed for 182 yards on the day) and the Hawks finished 9 of 12 on 3rd downs, a ridiculous 75% conversion rate. The offense is just clicking right now -- with 29 points or more in six straight games -- and combined with an effective defense for the most part, it's made Seattle very tough to beat over the past month-plus.
A few key passing stats:
Russell Wilson: 21 of 30 for 249 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Doug Baldwin: 4 catches, 45 yards, 2 touchdowns
Tyler Lockett: 5 catches for 55 yards, 1 touchdown
Jermaine Kearse: 7 catches for 110 yards
The running backs competition heated up as well and the run game looked pretty effective at times.
Christine Michael looked like the best of the bunch (!!!) and finished with 16 carries for 84 yards, ripping off a few explosive runs along the way. He still carries the ball in his right hand on all carries, but whatever. Seattle is not really in the position to be choosy after losing Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls, but as of right now, Michael looks like the guy that should carry the load until Lynch returns.
Bryce Brown had 9 rushes for 43 yards, Derek Coleman got 5 first half carries for 10 yards after "starting" the game, and Russell Wilson ended with 5 carries for 46 yards.
Next up: the Rams in Seattle. Should be a big game.