A three-game stretch of historic blowouts has turned Seattle into the team no one wants to play, but can the Seahawks go all the way?
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes, and Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch ran for 111 yards and scored twice as the Hawks easily blew out the San Francisco 49ers 42-13 in Seattle and clinched a playoff berth for the second time in Pete Carroll’s three seasons.
The second-year linebacker played well in a spot start for Hill last week and figures to play a lot this week — whether he starts or not.
Among the other Seattle players having great seasons are punter Jon Ryan, safety Kam Chancellor and center Max Unger. Richard Sherman and Brandon Mebane are not getting the same recognition despite their own stellar seasons.
K.J. Wright will be the first starter to miss a game, while left guard James Carpenter also will miss the game against the Jets.
The Hawks played zone almost exclusively against the Lions, and Matthew Stafford exploited it even better than New England’s Tom Brady did two weeks before.
The second-year cornerback has become notorious over the last month for his brash trash-talking antics.
The Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions have been familiar trade partners over the last three years. In 2010, the Lions had six former Hawks on the team, and they still have four: Nate Burleson, Rob Sims, Lawrence Jackson and Will Heller.
Safety Kam Chancellor was limited in practice Tuesday because of an ankle injury. Coach Pete Carroll also mentioned an elbow injury after Sunday’s game, but the ankle seems to be the issue that could keep him out, if anything does.
After shutting down Cam Newton and the explosive Carolina Panthers, holding them to 190 yards and three points, Seattle now ranks No. 1 in the league in yards allowed and No. 2 in scoring defense.