Due in part to the uncertainty over Baltimore’s quarterback situation — Jimmy Clausen might have to start for injured Matt Schaub, who is replacing injured starter Joe Flacco — the point spread set by some oddsmakers had grown to as much as 13 in the Seahawks’ favor.

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BALTIMORE — After stifling the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday, the Seahawks spent the week stiff-arming anyone trying to figure out what suddenly has appeared to change.

What turned a team that, three weeks ago, seemingly was on the verge of missing the playoffs into one that again is being considered a Super Bowl contender?

The consensus in the locker room? Nothing, really.

No increased belief or anything like that, said middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who added there was “never” any doubt the Seahawks would get back on a playoff track.

“The only doubt I sensed is with everybody outside our locker room,’’ Wagner said.

But isn’t everybody having a little more fun now? Hasn’t the mood changed a little?

“I think we always were in a place where we are just having fun,’’ Wagner said. “That’s just what we do. That’s who we are.’’

Finally, he relented slightly.

“There’s more of it (fun) because we are winning, for sure,’’ said Wagner, the Seahawks’ defensive captain this season. “But I just feel everybody is relaxed and understanding what needs to be done to win.’’

On Sunday when the Seahawks play at Baltimore, the odds indicate all they might have to do to win is show up.

Due in part to the uncertainty over Baltimore’s quarterback situation — Jimmy Clausen might have to start for injured Matt Schaub, who is replacing injured starter Joe Flacco — the point spread set by some oddsmakers had grown to as much as 13 in the Seahawks’ favor.

That’s the largest spread of the year for the Seahawks other than when they were 16½-point favorites at home against the Bears — a game Clausen started for an injured Jay Cutler — and 14 points at home against the 49ers.

It’s a far cry from what anyone expected from this game when the season began.

With Baltimore just three years removed from winning the Super Bowl and having won 10 games and a playoff game last season, this loomed as one of the marquee matchups of the NFL season.

In fact, it was scheduled for the NBC Football Night in America game. But a few weeks ago, with the injury-riddled Ravens losing players and games in equal amounts (Baltimore is 4-8), and the Seahawks still righting the ship, kickoff was moved back to 10 a.m. Seattle time.

Some wondered this week if the Seahawks now had to worry about a letdown.

But that was another storyline the Seahawks resisted.

“I don’t think anybody ever overlooks anybody,’’ defensive lineman Michael Bennett said. “Teams are just playing as hard as they can.’’

The Seahawks also know they need every win they can get to secure playoff positioning. Thanks to Arizona’s win over Minnesota on Thursday night, the Seahawks can move into the No. 5 spot in the NFC playoffs with a victory over Baltimore and keep slim hopes alive regarding the NFC West title.

The game also serves as a chance for the Seahawks to add that much more validity to their second-half resurgence.

The Seahawks have had one of the hotter offenses in the NFL the past few weeks, with quarterback Russell Wilson continuing to thrive as the Seahawks have incorporated more quicker-passing schemes into their offense. He has completed 66 of 86 attempts for 879 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions the past three games.

Any thought that the Seahawks might have been feasting on some suspect defenses seemed to go out the window last week when Seattle put up 38 on a Minnesota team that was ranked second in the NFL in points allowed. The Vikings then took the Cardinals to the wire Thursday.

The Seahawks’ defense was almost as big of a revelation in Minnesota.

Taking some heat after giving up 480 passing yards in a win over Pittsburgh, the Seahawks held Adrian Peterson to 18 rushing yards on eight carries and the Vikings to 94 passing yards.

Aside from a switch to DeShawn Shead at cornerback instead of Cary Williams, players also talked about an increased emphasis on fundamentals following the Pittsburgh game.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also lightened the workload in practice the past few weeks, trying to keep bodies as fresh as possible for a late-season run and two consecutive trips back East.

Safety Earl Thomas said, “You saw it’’ when asked the effect of the change in practice.

“We have guys that have been playing this defense for a long time,’’ Thomas said. “I think the mental aspect of the game is what we need to capture week in and week out to allow us to play at our best.”