RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Given a primetime stage, the Seattle Seahawks again excelled, getting the upper hand in the NFC West.
What's scary for the rest of their division is just how many key parts the Seahawks expected to be significant contributors that were watching from the sideline on Sunday night when Seattle routed San Francisco 29-3.
The highly awaited showdown between division foes was completely one-sided in favor of Seattle. Marshawn Lynch's running and a nasty defensive effort that made life miserable for Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin and the rest of San Francisco's offense.
Seattle (2-0) has outscored San Francisco 71-16 in the past two meetings — both coming at noisy CenturyLink Field — and are in position to hold an advantage on its division rivals until they meet again in December.
"We put this game to rest today clearly I think and that's why we have 'Tell the Truth Monday' so we all get out of here on the same page and know what is going on and on we go," Seattle coach Pete Carroll.
Seattle's dominating effort against San Francisco came with an array of expected starters out.
Chris Clemons, Seattle's sack leader for the past three seasons, is just getting back into contact drills after suffering a major knee injury in the Seahawks playoff win at Washington last January.
Carroll said Monday that Clemons should be back in the next two weeks. Starting cornerback Brandon Browner missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury.
Linebacker/defensive end Bruce Irvin was out serving the second of a four-game suspension for using banned substances. And Percy Harvin is still rehabilitating from hip surgery in late July with the expectation of returning in the latter half of the season.
That list of absentees from Sunday's win only amplifies the depth Carroll and general manager John Schneider have built.
Not only does Seattle have the fiercest home field advantage in football, they might be the deepest team in the NFL.
That depth will be put to the test again in the coming weeks with starting left tackle Russell Okung expected to miss at least Sunday's game against Jacksonville after suffering a toe injury against the 49ers.
Carroll would not go into specifics of Okung's injury on Monday, other than saying it was unlikely he'd be able to play against the Jaguars.
"There are some options that we'll deal with here to try and figure it out," Carroll said. "There is a little bit of a spectrum that could come to us with options. We need to wait and see."