Three observations from the Seahawks’ 35-6 victory over the Ravens on Sunday.

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BALTIMORE — Three observations from the Seahawks’ 35-6 victory over the Ravens on Sunday:

1. Quarterback Russell Wilson

Wilson is having the best stretch of his career, and it’s not even close.

He threw five more touchdowns against the Ravens, tying a franchise record. It was the third consecutive game in which Wilson has had at least four touchdowns. In his past four games he has 16 passing touchdowns. He has never passed for more than 26 touchdowns in a season.

Wilson’s most dominant trait always has been his ability to scramble and improvise, but that is no longer the case, at least not right now. He has eviscerated defenses from the pocket, from the place where he was supposed to struggle. He has never looked this good, or this sharp, or this efficient. And the Seahawks offense has never looked better under coach Pete Carroll.


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Wilson connected with receiver Doug Baldwin for three more touchdowns against the Ravens, giving Baldwin nine touchdowns in his past five games. He had 11 total touchdowns in his previous three seasons. In his past five games, Baldwin has 30 catches for 515 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He is on pace to become the first Seattle receiver since 2007 to have 1,000 yards receiving.

But Wilson is playing so efficiently that the offense is functioning the way the Seahawks have always wanted it to, which is to say the ball is going to the open man and not being forced anywhere. Jermaine Kearse had seven catches for 74 yards. Tyler Lockett had five catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

The Seahawks have scored 29 points in each of their past five games. They are playing so well that it seems like the defense could have 13 defenders on the field, and the Seahawks would still hang 30 points on them.

2. Third-down conversions

The Seahawks were lights out on third down — again.

The Seahawks converted 8 of their 11 third downs against the Ravens. Even better: in their past four games the Seahawks have converted 63 percent of their third downs. The best team in the NFL entering Sunday converted 46.3 percent of its third downs. In other words, the Seahawks have been an unstoppable cyborg on offense, even in moments when it looks like they might be stopped.

Of all the problems the Seahawks had offensively earlier this season, the one that bothered some members of the offense the most was the issues on third down. Because the Seahawks couldn’t keep drives alive, they couldn’t get many chances inside the red zone, and they couldn’t keep the defense off the field.

But the Seahawks have been devastating teams on third down in their past four games, and they have not coincidentally won all four of their games. Wilson has done much of the damage from the pocket, hitting the open receiver, whoever that may be, on time and in rhythm. He hasn’t had to scramble much — he didn’t even attempt to run the ball until the final play of the third quarter.

3. Offensive line

The offensive line is clicking. We all know the narrative arc of this group, but it’s worth going over briefly, just for old time’s sake.

The Seahawks traded their starting center and let their starting left guard walk in free agency, leaving them to sort out a new starting five. How that line came together was the biggest question mark of the offseason, and it was the one thorn that could deflate Seattle’s playoff hopes.

It’s not entirely fair or accurate to say all of the Seahawks’ offensive problems fell on the shoddy play of the line, but that group did struggle for much of the first half of the season.

And now? Now they look like a complete different group.

The TV broadcast showed during Wilson’s first touchdown pass to Lockett that Wilson had 4.9 seconds to throw from the snap. That allowed Wilson to sit comfortably, Lockett to work across the middle of the field and Wilson to find him open for a touchdown. That didn’t happen earlier in the year, and it happened all the time against the Ravens.

Wilson rarely had to scramble, and he hasn’t had to do that much in the past four games. Though that’s a nice wild card to have in the back of your pocket, it’s not the hand you want to play often.

Wilson is getting the ball out quicker or on time, the line is doing a better job of protecting him and picking up blitzes, and the receivers have had time to get open. The offense has never played better.