NFC West Power Rankings: Week Seven

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3 – Seattle Seahawks, 3-4 (Last Week: 4)

Oct 22, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) celebrates after a sack against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi

The Seattle Seahawks took advantage of that dysfunctional 49ers’ team, and got back in to the win column while getting a monkey off their back at the same time. The Seahawks entered the fourth quarter with a lead, and they actually held on to it this time after blowing leads in all four of their losses.

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Against the leaky 49ers’ line, Seattle terrorized quarterback Colin Kaepernick, sacking him six times and hitting him a lot more. While they didn’t force any turnovers, holding an opponent to 142 yards of total offense and a field goal will usually do the trick.

Seattle’s offense wasn’t great in its own right, but didn’t need to be with the 49ers’ offense being so immeasurably bad. Quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked five times, bringing his NFL-leading total to 31 sacks on the year, and threw two interceptions, but was otherwise efficient and effective, while running back Marshawn Lynch went full on “Beast Mode”. In his best game of the season so far, Lynch carried the ball 27 times for 122 yards, and scored a touchdown by leaping over the pile at the goal line. That all came despite vomiting in the first quarter.

Against even an average opponent, this performance from Seattle may have not been enough to come away with a win. Seattle still doesn’t look like a very scary opponent, but they did what their supposed to do by beating an inferior team. Next on the docket for Seattle is the Dallas Cowboys, and that much-improved Dallas pass-rush could cause real problems for Seattle’s frontline.

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