Dave Krieg fired a 12-yard touchdown pass to Steve Largent and Zachary Dixon ran for two touchdowns to spark the Seattle Seahawks to a 26-6 victory today over the Cincinnati Bengals in snow and rain.
Seattle's defense set up one of Dixon's touchdowns and Norm Johnson's field goal as the Seahawks (10-2) won a team-record sixth straight and stayed in the thick of the American Conference playoff chase. The Bengals fell to 4-8, and their thin playoff hopes got a little thinner.
Seattle's defense, which leads the NFL in fumble recoveries and interceptions, forced five fumbles, recovering three, had two interceptions and a safety, and kept Cincinnati out of the end zone on four deep scoring threats.
"Our defense goes out there to hit and cause turnovers and they did it again today," said Krieg. "Sometimes you wonder how long they can keep it up, but after a while you just come to expect it."
The Seahawks' defense, ranked sixth in the league, has allowed just two touchdowns in four games.
Fullback Larry Kinnebrew gained 119 yards in 22 carries, but came up short on the Bengals' most important drive in the third quarter. He was stopped for no gain on fourth and two from the Seattle four as the Bengals tried to get back in the game trailing, 17-3.
Ten of the Seahawks' 17 first-half points had been set up by turnovers.
Safety Kenny Easley fell on a fumble by running back James Brooks on the Bengals' second possession, setting up a 49-yard scoring drive on the ground. Dixon dived two yards over the middle for the touchdown.
On Seattle's next possession, Krieg threw two 12-yard passes to Largent, the second for a touchdown and a 14-0 second-quarter lead.
The Bengals got their only first-half points with the help of another fumble by Brooks that bounced Cincinnati's way, squirting forward for a 19-yard gain before Cincinnati recovered it. Jim Breech followed with a 30-yard field goal.
Cornerback Dave Brown picked off a pass by quarterback Turk Schonert and returned it 27 yards to set up Johnson's 25-yard field goal just before the half.
The Seattle defense remained tough in the second half. Kinnebrew was stopped on the fourth-down play to deflate one deep drive, and Cincinnati had to settle for Breech's 33-yard field goal on its next possession.
Schonert was tripped up by defensive end Jeff Bryant for a fourth-quarter safety. Dixon's one-yard touchdown run finished the scoring.