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.
Dropped passes and poor rush defense were the reasons the Seahawks lost 13-6 in San Francisco in Week Seven. Seattle will have to be better in both departments if it is going to win this time.
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.
The Seattle Seahawks are down two of their top three corners this week, and could be without all three as soon as next week, leaving Walter Thurmond and a bunch of young guys to hold up the back end.
Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner — facing league suspensions — will play in Chicago on Sunday, but Marcus Trufant, Red Bryant and Leroy Hill might not.
With Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner facing possible suspensions next week, the Hawks also might lose Red Bryant to plantar fasciitis and/or Leroy Hill to a bum ankle.
After missing almost two full games with a concussion, the linebacker is expected to bring back some missing leadership to Seattle’s defense. Said coach Pete Carroll: “It’s a big boost for us to get him back out there.”
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.
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.