Keys to the game: Seahawks at Browns
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Three keys to Seahawks victory
1. Step on the gas.
Seattle's offense started moving once it stopped huddling, and with Tarvaris Jackson unlikely to play because of a strained pectoral muscle, it's up to backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst to keep the offense moving. He led three scoring drives in the second half of Seattle's victory at New York two weeks ago, and he'll try and pick up where he left off if he starts this game as most expect.
2. Stop the run.
That has been the strength of Seattle's defense this season, allowing a league-low 3.1 yards per carry. The Browns average 81.6 yards rushing, fewer than every team but the Jets and Titans, and if Cleveland can't establish the run that puts the onus on an overworked Browns passing game. The Browns have attempted 106 passes in the past two games, losing both, and they haven't scored a rushing touchdown the past three games.
3. Run, don't walk.
The Seahawks success in the no huddle shouldn't override the fact that Seattle's ground game has been gaining traction. Seattle rushed for a season-high 145 yards two weeks ago. Marshawn Lynch gained 98 of those yards, his most in any regular-season start for Seattle. The Browns defense has yet to hold an opponent to fewer than 100 yards rushing in any game this season.
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