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Seahawks’ offensive line holds up, gives Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch room to work

Despite starting three backups, Seattle controled the line of scrimmage, especially in the second half.


Seattle Times staff reporter

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ATLANTA — The most revealing thing offensive tackle Michael Bowie did after Sunday’s 33-10 win over the Falcons was crack a smile.

Bowie and the offensive line have been under heavy scrutiny this season, and rightfully so. But the line played solid for the second consecutive game, and even added an exclamation mark.

The Seahawks had only three drives in the second half in large part because two of them lasted longer than seven minutes — the mention of which caused Bowie to smile.

“I’m a rookie,” he explained, “but I’ve adapted to this team, and that’s our style of play. We want to run the ball, we want to run the clock out, and we want to punish them.”

Seattle’s line wasn’t dominant, and expecting dominance from a group playing three backups would be unfair. But the Seahawks managed the line of scrimmage, just like they did last week against Tampa Bay.

Marshawn Lynch rushed for a season-high 145 yards a week after posting what was then a season-high 125 yards. Russell Wilson was sacked only once, and Pete Carroll admitted that the sack was Wilson’s fault. Wilson wasn’t sacked the previous game against Tampa Bay, although he was hit hard a number of times.

“We’re finally clicking as a unit,” guard J.R. Sweezy said.

Pro Bowl center Max Unger (concussion) and tackles Russell Okung (toe) and Breno Giacomini (knee) didn’t play against Atlanta. Lemuel Jeanpierre filled in for Unger for the third time this season, and the Seahawks also added a new wrinkle.

In most passing situations, Seattle inserted undrafted rookie Alvin Bailey at left tackle and moved veteran Paul McQuistan to guard in place of James Carpenter.

Carroll said he thought the shuffling “worked great.”

By most measures, Wilson has been one of the most pressured quarterbacks in the league this season. A few weeks ago Carroll called the number of hits that Wilson was taking a “big concern.”

That wasn’t an issue against Atlanta. Wilson responded by completing 19 of 26 passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers.

“We’ve been able to keep him up and allow him to look down the field and make plays,” receiver Doug Baldwin said.

Unger, Giacomini and Okung could return as early as Sunday against Minnesota.

Jayson Jenks: 206-464-8277 or jjenks@seattletimes.com



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