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Week 14 Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks 35, Baltimore Ravens 6

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Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have now won six of their last seven games pushing for an NFC wild card bid. Russell Wilson continued his historic stretch throwing another five touchdown passes. Three to Doug Baldwin and two to Tyler Lockett respectively in their Week 14 win against the Ravens. The Seahawks lost running back Thomas Rawls to a season ending ankle injury in the first quarter and DuJuan Harris took over as the primary early down back, not Fred Jackson.

Baltimore Ravens

It was a valiant effort by Jimmy Clausen in a tough spot against a Seattle Seahawks team peaking at the right time. Clausen threw for 274 yards and zero touchdowns with one interception in Week 14. The Ravens were shut out in the second half and were completely dominated at the line of scrimmage all night not getting anything going on the ground. Kamar Aiken led the team in receiving yards with 90, a new season high. Buck Allen was ineffective as a runner between the tackles and finished with just 14 yards although he added 44 through the air.

Seattle Seahawks

QB Russell Wilson, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 32 - 292 - 5 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0
Russell Wilson stayed red hot in Week 14 against the Ravens in route to yet another historic effort by a Seahawks quarterback. He threw for 292 yards on 23-of-32 pass attempts with 5 touchdowns. Wilson has been dominant as a pocket passer but what goes unheralded is the improvement the offensive line has made in pass protection. Wilson was the first person to give them credit after the game stating, “And the offensive line is giving me enough time to make those decisions and get the ball out on time.” In their best stretch of the season Wilson has proved if he has time to sit back and make plays, even with a depleted backfield, he can give this team an opportunity to win games. Seattle scored a touchdown on their first possession on an 80-yard drive capped off by an 8-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to rookie Tyler Lockett. Wilson out in the shotgun had a ton of time in the pocket and found Lockett all alone in the back of the end zone. Off of a fumble recovery late in the second quarter Wilson would throw his second touchdown of the day two plays later to Doug Baldwin. It was a 14-yard touchdown pass where Baldwin was able to beat one-on-one coverage in the slot and stretch the ball across the goal line being tackled from behind. Wilson found Baldwin a second time, wide open, to start the second half. He went 4-for-5 on an 80-yard drive. Possibly his best throw of the game came in the fourth quarter when he hit Tyler Lockett in stride for a 49-yard touchdown down the right sideline. He has been playing with unparalleled confidence and accuracy and it showed on this play. His final touchdown pass came off yet another Ravens turnover when he hit Baldwin for the 16-yard score that looked way too easy out of the shotgun. Wilson is now the first Seattle quarterback to throw five touchdown passes twice in a season as well as throw at least three touchdowns in four consecutive games.

RB DuJuan Harris, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 42 - 0
DuJuan Harris was largely unimpressive in relief of Thomas Rawls season-ending ankle injury managing just 2.3 yards per carry and losing a fumble in the red zone. He finished the game with 42 yards on 18 carries. He did not register a reception in the passing game as that work went to veteran Fred Jackson. His longest run of the day was for just six yards. Harris is a noticeable drop from Rawls for the Seahawks on a talent perspective. Rawls gashed the Ravens for 47 yards on the first drive where Harris managed just 42 yards the entire game in relief though the Ravens rush defense ranks 11th in the NFL

RB Fred Jackson, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 15 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (4 targets)
Veteran Fred Jackson only received eight touches for 23 total yards against the Ravens even with rookie Thomas Rawls going down with a season-ending ankle injury. DuJuan Harris in Week 14 out touched him 8-18 though he served as Seattle’s primary passing down back. He had four targets in his change-of-pace role though contributing just one catch for eight yards through the air.

RB Thomas Rawls, 8 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 44 - 0
Just a devastatingly tough break for rookie Thomas Rawls and the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14. Rawls went down with a season-ending ankle injury in the first quarter after already gaining 47-yards on Seattle’s first drive of the game. With the Seahawks in the red zone a Ravens defender fell on his ankle and though he was able to walk off the field under his own power, he was limping badly to the sideline.

WR Jermaine Kearse, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 74 - 0 (8 targets)
Though an inconsistent fantasy receiver this season, Jermaine Kearse had a nice day against the Ravens in Week 14. He had seven receptions on eight targets for 74 yards in one of his best games of late. His long pass of the game was for 20 yards and was involved consistently moving the offense down the field.

WR Doug Baldwin, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 82 - 3 (9 targets)
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin continues to be featured in the Seattle offense down Jimmy Graham and now Thomas Rawls. He had six catches for 82 yards and another three touchdowns in a Week 14 win against the Baltimore Ravens. He has a staggering eight touchdowns in the last three weeks with quarterback Russell Wilson funneling him passes as the team’s primary red-zone threat. He had nine targets against the Ravens and now has 40 total targets in his past five games since the bye, totaling nine touchdowns over that span. Eight of those touchdowns have come in the past three weeks and Baldwin won consistently in the slot against Ladarius Webb. He scored on plays of 14, 22, and 16 yards and is the clear number-one target for Wilson going forward. Baldwin was wide open on two of his scores coming off turnovers and beat Webb in one-on-one coverage before being tackled at the goal line on his first. The Seattle offense as a whole has changed their approach to shorter routes of late. The past three weeks before this game Baldwin caught passes averaging just 5.4 yards passed the line of scrimmage. Week 14 he spent more time in the intermediate game with passes caught at an average of 11.2 yards downfield. Baldwin is the first player with eight touchdowns in a three game span since Drew Bennett in 2004.

WR Tyler Lockett, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 104 - 2 (7 targets)
Rookie Tyler Lockett was electric for the Seahawks in Week 14 piling 104 yards and two touchdowns off six receptions. He was targeted seven times in this one with Russell Wilson going off for a fourth straight game. The injury to Jimmy Graham has given Lockett an opportunity to be more than just a return and gadget play threat in this offense. He now has four touchdowns in the Seahawks last four games and has been targeted 22 times over that stretch. His first touchdown pass came on the first drive of the game and was for 8-yards with Wilson out of the shotgun. Off a great timing throw from Russell Wilson, Lockett would score a second time in the fourth quarter catching a ball in stride down the right sideline. He beat cornerback Ladarius Webb badly for the 40-yard score. He’s clearly a dynamic threat with the football and can stretch the field effectively for this offense.

TE Luke Willson, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (2 targets)
Tight end Luke Willson was not featured in Week 14, catching just one ball for eight yards. He had just two targets in this game as Seattle continues to ignore the tight end position for the most part and funnel their offense through Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Jimmy Clausen, 58 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 40 - 274 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - -2 - 0
The Baltimore Ravens are now relying on their third-string quarterback signed just three weeks ago. Jimmy Clausen finished the day completing 23-of-40 passes for 274 yards with one interception and zero touchdowns. It’s a tough spot for someone of Clausen’s skill level and kept the game close until the second half. He did not throw a touchdown in this game but did only take one sack and protected the football well outside of his lone interception. He was intercepted by Richard Sherman in second half when him and wide receiver Chris Matthews were clearly not on the same page. Baltimore is decimated by injury at the wide receiver position but hung in there in the first half. Clausen went 4-for-7 in the first quarter connecting on a nice 23-yard pass to Jeremy Butler that set up a field goal. He connected with Kamar Aiken on a couple jump balls but the offense was ultimately shut out completely in the second half in route to a 35-6 loss.

RB Javorius Allen, 47 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 14 - 0, Rec: 5 - 44 - 0 (9 targets)
Javorius “Buck” Allen had an uninspiring 14 yards on eight rush attempts in Baltimore’s Week 14 loss to Seattle. He did add five catches for 44 yards in the passing game on nine targets in a game they trailed from start to finish. Since Justin Forsett’s season-ending injury in Week 11, Allen has averaged nine targets and seven receptions in the passing game but Baltimore’s run game was completely shut down by the Seahawks. Allen was second on the team in targets but in red zone, he also committed his first career fumble late in the first half. The Seahawks would score two plays later increasing their lead to 14-3. Our own Matt Waldman has stated that Allen isn’t the type of back to create his own momentum as a runner and he struggles to break many tackles if he is not moving down hill with momentum. Those facts were clearly evident in this game where he did not break many tackles and rarely made it to the second level outside of a 17-yard reception in the fourth quarter. However, receptions like these highlight his ability to catch targets from a variety of different angles including while his back is to the line of scrimmage.

WR Jeremy Butler, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 72 - 0 (10 targets)
Jeremy Butler is taking advantage of his opportunity to play an expanded role with all the Ravens injuries on offense. He finished with 72 yards on seven receptions in Week 14 and had 10 total targets. He connected with Jimmy Clausen on a nice 23-yard pass that set up a field goal in the first quarter. You know Baltimore is struggling for playmakers when Butler is leads the team in targets and is second in yards in Week 14.

WR Kamar Aiken, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 90 - 0 (7 targets)
Kamar Aiken is the only wide receiver left on this roster that began the seasons with the team. He was surprisingly effective in Week 14 setting a season high in yards with 90. He had five catches on seven targets and set up the Ravens second field goal to end the first half with two big catches of 37 and 21 yards on back to back plays. The Ravens offense was shut out in the second half but Clausen was able to hook up with Aiken on a few jump balls. He was the Ravens only consistent threat to move the football down the field all game.

WR Daniel Brown
Another seemingly no-name wide receiver for Baltimore, Daniel Brown, came down with 5 receptions for 47 yards against the Seahawks. He had six targets in this game and actually made a really nice play to catch a ball that was badly underthrown in the first quarter for 31 yards.

TE Maxx Williams, 20 offensive snaps
Even with Crockett Gilmore missing this game (back) and Nick Boyle’s suspension rookie Maxx Williams did not register a catch in Baltimore’s Week 14 loss to the Seahawks. It’s troubling to see Williams not take advantage of a great opportunity in Baltimore with how many injuries they currently have.

TE Crockett Gillmore
Even with Crockett Gilmore missing this game (back) and Nick Boyle’s suspension rookie Maxx Williams did not register a catch in Baltimore’s Week 14 loss to the Seahawks. It’s troubling to see Williams not take advantage of a great opportunity in Baltimore with how many injuries they currently have.