Continuing the trend of NFC West success, the Seattle Seahawks upset the Baltimore Ravens 22-17 at CenturyLink Field Sunday afternoon. The Seahawks pounded the rock on the ground behind Marshawn Lynch, who carried the ball an astonishing 32 times against a punishing Ravens defense. Lynch gained 109 yards for the Seahawks. Tavaris Jackson avoided the costly mistakes that have plagued his career, throwing no interceptions and managing the game for Seattle.
Trailing for most of the game, the Ravens were forced to throw the ball with Joe Flacco 52 times – hardly a recipe for success. With the Steelers win over the Bengals, and the Ravens loss in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh now leads the AFC North at 7-3. Both Baltimore and Cincinnati are 6-3 and will square off against each other next week at M&T Bank Stadium.
Bringing up the rear in the AFC North are the Cleveland Browns, who lost to the lowly St. Louis Rams at home on a botched snap and missed field goal at the end of regulation. The 49ers and Cardinals joined the Rams and Seahawks to combine for surprising undefeated day for the NFC West.