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December 6, 2013

Seattle is the class of the NFC

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The fact that Seattle has all but locked up home field advantage means everything because of the fact that Wilson is a top 5 quarterback on his home field. This season at Century Link Field, Wilson has thrown for 10 touchdowns, two interceptions a 114 quarterback rating, a 68 percent completion percentage and 9.37 yards per attempt.

Wilson's numbers for his career don't jump off the page. For his career, he is only averaging 206 yards passing per game to go along with 945 rushing yards on 5.4 yards per carry and five touchdowns in 28 starts. Where Wilson does excel is extending plays with his legs and limiting his mistakes. He has thrown 48 touchdowns and just 16 interceptions — only Dan Marino and Peyton Manning threw more touchdowns in their first two seasons.

The offense and defense is playing in perfect harmony, which begs the question — can anyone beat this team in Seattle? The answer is a resounding no. New Orleans has shown it was extremely overmatched The surprising Carolina Panthers (9-3) are tied for first in the NFC South with the Saints, but have already lost once to Seattle — a 12-7 loss Week 1 in Charlotte. Both teams have gotten better since the season opener, but I find it hard to believe Carolina could muster enough offense to upset Seattle on their way to a Super Bowl berth.

The prevailing thought is San Francisco, who Seattle visits Sunday, has the best opportunity to upset Seattle in the playoffs. This argument is without merit and is a little confusing. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has played two games at Century Link Field with both games ending in embarrassing fashion for the Niners. Seattle has outscored San Francisco in the those two games by a combined score of 71-16. That kind of domination shouldn't give anyone confidence that San Francisco or any other team can upset Seattle on the way to the Super Bowl.

If Seattle didn't have home field advantage, the race would be more wide open, but I would still lean toward the tandem of Pete Carroll, Wilson and the juggernaut Seattle defense led by All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, but it's not. Seattle might as well punch its ticket for the Super Bowl in the Meadowlands — nobody is beating them at home.

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