Meanwhile, Seattle’s offense produced 433 net yards, with quarterback Russell Wilson throwing for 274 yards and three touchdowns, plus adding another one rushing.
But this should no longer be a surprise.
Despite their 6-5 record heading into this game, the Seahawks had the fourth highest adjusted margin of victory, making them 5.3 points per game better than average. Only the Packers, Panthers and Cardinals were better in the NFC. The 8-3 Vikings, by comparison, were 3.7 points per game better than average, making the Seahawks a two to three point favorite on neutral ground.
According to Football Outsiders’ total Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, which measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent, the Seahawks were the fifth best team in the league before this week’s games. Weighting DVOA by making recent games more important than earlier games moves them up to No. 4.
Their offense (No. 4) and defense (No. 7) both rank in DVOA’s top 10, making them one of five teams — Bengals, Chiefs, Cardinals, and packers the others — earning that honor.
And now things get even easier for Seattle.
Next week they face the Baltimore Ravens who may be without backup quarterback Matt Schaub, who left the game due to a hand injury.
And if Schaub is able to go, that doesn’t change the Ravens’ chances at success. Their 34-year-old backup has thrown a pick-six in each of his last three starts and could match his own record of four straight games with a pick-six, which he set in 2013.
After that it is the Cleveland Browns, who dislike Johnny Manziel so much they are content to stick with Austin Davis at quarterback despite him leading an offense that mustered just 3 points against the Bengals in Week 13.
Then in Week 16 it is the St. Louis Rams, who also scored just 3 points Sunday. The Seahawks then face the Arizona Cardinals in the last game of the regular season. At that point, Seattle could have 10 wins.
The scuffling Seahawks from earlier this season are gone, replaced by a squad that seems more than capable of carrying Seattle back to the playoffs to defend their NFC crown.