Seattle's efficiency at peak during late run

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm •  Published: December 28, 2012
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In its first nine games, Seattle topped the league average of 38 percent on third downs only once.

"It's just the familiarity and Russell Wilson has worked so hard to capture the essence of the plays and the concepts, as well as he has worked with these guys over a long period of time," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "He doesn't waste reps. He gains knowledge and feel and confidence as he works through it, and that's why he's such a fast learner and all. He moves through things and he gets better. It's not just him because the receivers had cleaned things up; we've also used guys in their roles more clearly than we did early so the reps have paid off more so as well."

Throughout the season, the Seahawks' red-zone efficiency has been among the best in the league. They've scored on 48 of 51 drives inside the opponents' 20 with their scoring efficiency rate of 94.1 percent No. 2 in the NFL behind only Houston. They are one of two teams in the league that have yet to commit a red-zone turnover.

Seattle is perfect in the red zone — 24 of 24 — in the past six games with 17 of those finished by touchdowns. The last time they failed to score on a drive inside the opponents' 20 was in Week 9 against Minnesota when the Seahawks took a knee and ran out the clock at the Vikings 9.

"The growth can't be understated as a team as a whole," Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. "Just the fact we've all come together, the chemistry, the trust, I can't state it enough."

Notes: Seattle CB Walter Thurmond (hamstring) will miss his third straight game Sunday and Carroll said he might not be back for the playoffs next week. LB Leroy Hill (hamstring) is questionable and will be worked out pregame Sunday. All other players on Seahawks injury report are expected to play. .. Seattle cut CB Ron Parker and DT Hebron Fangupo, and re-signed WR Deon Butler and signed LB Allen Bradford from the practice squad Friday.

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