There were pretty high grades all around as the Seahawks won their fourth in a row to improve to 8-5.

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BALTIMORE — Their early-season struggles mean the Seahawks almost certainly are destined to go on the road for the NFL playoffs.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll hinted that their games Sunday at Baltimore and last week at Minnesota were tests of their preparation for that challenge.

“Being on the road, it’s going to be real important, obviously,’’ Carroll said.

Carroll said the coaches wanted to make sure the Seahawks can be at their best in such situations and added, “I thought we did that today.’’


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That was one of many tests the Seahawks passed Sunday in a 35-6 victory. Combined with the victory last Sunday, the Seahawks won two games in eight days in the formerly dreaded 10 a.m. Pacific time slot by a combined score of 73-13.

The high marks for the Seahawks hardly ended there, though. On to our grades:


Quarterback Russell Wilson is rewriting the record book about as quickly as he is changing the consensus about his game.

Wilson is hanging in the pocket when needed, and is as accurate as ever on the quicker timing routes the Seahawks began to emphasize during their bye week.

Wilson, Carroll said, “is getting the football out of his hands so quick and with much more precision than we had earlier.’’

His five touchdown passes were the most glittering of his many gaudy stats against the Ravens. The Seahawks also averaged 9.1 yards per attempt, second-best this season.

Just as big as Wilson’s play has been the protection he has gotten from the offensive line, whose improvement has been almost shocking the past few weeks. A Fox TV replay Sunday showed him with 4.9 seconds from snap to release on an 8-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett in the first quarter. Wilson was not sacked for the second time this season, with the Ravens credited with just one quarterback hit in 33 Seahawks passing attempts. Wilson has been sacked just eight times the past six games after being sacked 30 in the first seven.

The receivers had a few drops early — notably, tight end Luke Willson couldn’t control a touchdown pass in the second quarter and Doug Baldwin had an uncharacteristic drop later in the quarter.

But it was mostly another resume-enhancing day for the receivers, with Baldwin catching three touchdown passes, Lockett two and Jermaine Kearse bouncing back from a zero-catch day with seven receptions.

The Seahawks also were fantastic again on third down, converting 8 of 12. They are 32 for 52 the past four weeks.

The big sour note of the day was an obvious one — the loss for the season of standout rookie running back Thomas Rawls. The running game wasn’t the same without him, with recently acquired DuJuan Harris and veteran Fred Jackson filling in and combining for 57 yards on 25 carries. Rawls had 44 on six carries before he was injured.

Grade: A.


The Seahawks wanted to contain Baltimore’s running attack and put the game in the hands of journeyman quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who was forced to make the start due to an injury to Matt Schaub.

They hardly could have been more proficient at that task, holding the Ravens to 28 rushing yards on 14 carries, a season low for a Seahawks opponent.

Clausen had some somewhat surprising success early, given that he had thrown for just 63 yards against the Seahawks in September while with Chicago.

Some defensive miscommunication appeared to lead to a 31-yard Clausen pass in the first quarter, and the Seahawks gave up 68 yards on five quick plays right before the half to set up a Baltimore field goal.

Otherwise, the Ravens didn’t do much.

Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril again wreaked havoc up front, each credited with four quarterback hits.

Brandon Mebane and Athyba Rubin again formed a solid wall in the middle to help hold down the running game.

And this was another good game for rookie Frank Clark, again filling in for the injured Jordan Hill as an inside rusher on passing downs. Clark was credited with forcing a second-quarter fumble that helped the Seahawks get some distance at halftime.

Richard Sherman, who stayed on the left side throughout, recorded his second interception of the season.

Strong safety Kam Chancellor sat out the last three quarters because of a tailbone injury. He was replaced by Kelcie McCray, who seemed to hold up OK and was credited with three tackles.

Grade: A-minus.

Special teams

It was a fairly uneventful day in this department, with Lockett having just one combined kickoff and punt return.

The kickers were solid, as Steven Hauschka hit all five of his extra-point attempts and had six touchbacks on kickoffs.

Jon Ryan averaged 51 yards on three punts.

If there was a nit to pick, it was allowing Kaelin Clay 46 yards on three punt returns.

Grade: B.