Don't look now NFL, but the Seattle Seahawks are becoming relevant in a hurry. With their latest victory, a 30-13 dismantling of the awful St. Louis Rams, Seattle has improved to 6-7 and has given themselves a slim chance at making the postseason.
The latest victory, over the Rams on the biggest showcase of the week, Monday night, was just business as usual for the hot Seahawks and more importantly, their stud rusher Marshawn Lynch. Lynch has been on fire in the second half of the season, averaging 117 yards a game in the past six and scoring six td's in that span. He ended up with 115 yards and a td on Monday night.
With the touchdown he scored in the fourth, Lynch tied a franchise record with nine consecutive games with a TD.
"I think it's more of a team accomplishment," Lynch said. "It's great to have, but that win was a lot better."
The other hero of the night for the Seahawks was rookie wideout Doug Baldwin. Baldwin has emerged in his first year as the Seahawks leading receiver and that trend continued on Monday night as he caught 7 balls for 93 yards and a TD. For good measure, he also added a blocked punt that Seattle returned for a touchdown.
Not bad for a rookie nobody expected much out of.
"As far as my expectations go, I expected to be successful. I didn't know how successful, but I expected to be able to come in here and win a job in some capacity, because if you don't have that confidence in yourself you're not going to win a job," Baldwin said. "To be where I am now, no I didn't expect this. But at the same time I'm not satisfied."
For St, Louis, it was more of the same as QB Sam Bradford was miserable yet again behind center. The former number 1 pick has greatly devolved after a solid first twelve games in his career, a fact that was readily evident in the final stats for the QB at the end of the game. He went 12 of 29 for 193 yards and a pick against the Seahawks.
"I feel like we've just lacked consistency all year," Bradford said. "It's just really hard to get a rhythm going when you don't establish the path on a run.
For Seattle and St. Louis, it's a tale of two teams traveling in opposite directions, and while the Seahawks would basically need to win out (and get some help) to make the postseason, at least they are still in the conversation.
That's a pretty big step up from a team that started the season 2-6.