The Seahawks not only clinched a playoff berth, they looked like a team that could make a deep playoff run. Here's what stood out to our reporters and columnists in Sunday's 30-13 win over Cleveland.
First impressions from the Seahawks’ 30-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, which clinched a playoff berth:
Matt Calkins: The Seahawks not only clinched a playoff berth, they looked like a team that could make a deep playoff run. The offense continues to thrive, and the defense continues to dominate.
Larry Stone: For the Seahawks, it was a workmanlike victory that continued a remarkable turnaround from the loss to Arizona that dropped them to 4-5. It was all doom and gloom back then, but now the Seahawks are playing as well as just about any team in the NFL not named the Carolina Panthers.
Bob Condotta: Maybe the Christine Michael revival will have some legs. The erstwhile Seattle running back of the future did a good job of being the running back of the present Sunday, running smart and hard and helping the Seahawks rush for 100 or more yards for a 25th consecutive game, the NFL’s longest active streak.
Jayson Jenks: Receiver Jermaine Kearse is having the best season of his career. He had a season-high 110 yards receiving against the Browns, giving him 613 yards this season, a career high. He also has seven catches in two consecutive games.
Ryan Divish: Johnny Manziel has the talent to play quarterback at the NFL level. It’s whether he has the commitment to preparation to be something more than just a talent. With a cadre of drop-happy receivers, Manziel was still more effective than many of the quarterbacks that Seattle has faced this season. He engineered a precise 15-play, 80-yard scoring drive — with a scrambling TD pass to Gary Barnidge to start the game. Manziel’s only real mistake came late in the game when he tried to force a pass during garbage time that was intercepted by Marcus Burley.