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The Seattle Seahawks had their most convincing win of the year with a 27-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Emboldened by a scrappy effort in a loss to the LA Rams last week, the Seahawks carried that fight across the pond to dismantle a reeling Raider side.
Russell Wilson would fire 3 TD passes to Jaron Brown, David Moore, and Tyler Locket looking like a return to form of his dominant days of yore. Going 17 for 23 for 222 yards he was scary efficient.
Wilson was taken care of by a running game that kept the picket open for him and absolutely ran over the Silver and Black on the ground. Chris Carson split carries again, but got 59 yards on 14 carries. The much maligned Rashaad Penny got in on the fun going 9 for 43.
The Hawks welcomed back Doug Baldwin. The outstanding WR had limited action in the Rams game but put on quite the effort this week with 6 catches for 91 yards. The fiery Angry Doug Baldwin return is what has been needed by this offense as we saw last week. It is no small wonder that the offense has been more focused and aggressive with his reinsertion to the lineup.
“This is winning football,” Doug Baldwin said. “You run the ball, you convert on third down … you play stifling defense and stop the run, and you don’t turn the ball over. Usually you win the games when you do that.”
The defense is starting to get used to a post-Legion of Boom life. The Hawks held the Silver and Black to just 185 yards and 3.3 yards per play. Constant harassing of Derrick Carr by Frank Clark, Jarran Reed, Branden Jackson, Shamar Stephen, and Quinton Jefferson saw a sack counter hit 7 and Carr hobble woozily to the sidelines. Former Seahawk Marshawn Lynch managed just 45 yards on the day as the Sehawks put an end to a chapter in their history.
“Everybody was hot,” Carroll said of the pass-rush. “Everybody was going. … That really was kind of the story of the day was our ability to rush the passer. It was great to see those guys get that kind of day.”