• Seahawks look to improve to 5-1 for third time in franchise history

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    SEATTLE - The Seattle Seahawks will face the Browns this weekend in search of their fifth win this season and their first in Cleveland since 2001. 

    Seattle is coming off a dramatic 30-29 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football.

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    Russell Wilson threw four touchdowns, Chris Carson ran for over 100 yards for the first time this season and Greg Zuerlein missed a potential game-winning 48-yard field goal to give the Seahawks the win. 

    A win on Sunday would give the Seahawks their best start since 2013 – When they also started 5-1 and went on to win SuperBowl XLVIII.

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    A win on Sunday would also give the Seahawks a 3-0 start on the road for the first time since 1980. 

    Their opponent this weekend, the Browns, are coming off a 31-3 loss on the road against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.

    The Browns turned the ball over four times and gave up 275 yards on the ground to the 49ers in the loss. 

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    Cleveland is led by second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, and defensive end Myles Garrett. 

    Both of the Browns' wins this season have come on the road: a 23-3 victory over the Jets and a 40-25 win over the Ravens. 

    The Seahawks are 12-6 all-time against the Browns. 

    Sunday's game kicks off at 10 a.m. local time. 

    Watch the Steve Raible Scouting Report at 7 p.m. on Saturday to see Raible's interview with Chris Carson and for a preview of Sunday's game against the Browns .

    Here are Raible's three keys to victory for the Seahawks on Sunday: 

    Key #1: Tee it Up, D-Line 

    The defensive line has been getting better each week. Ansah and Clowney are getting more familiar with the defense and their fellow defensive linemen.

    This week is a chance to get 'healthy.'

    Baker Mayfield has been sacked 16 times. Four of those were by the 49ers on Monday night and led by their defensive front.

    The 49ers also Mayfield 8 more times.

    Meantime, the Hawks have just 10 sacks total.  

    Time to pin their ears back and force Mayfield into a second unproductive game in the last 6 days.

    Key #2: Pound the Rock 

    No explanation needed here.

    Enter number 32 Chris Carson. 

    A slow start and 3 uncharacteristic fumbles are now in the rear-view mirror for the Hawks primary ballcarrier.    

    Back-to-back 100-yard rushing games have Coach Carroll and company once again playing their brand of "Seahawks football".

    The Browns, meantime, were run over on Monday night by the 49ers to the tune of 275 yards. Carson and Rashaad Penny will get the ball early and often.          

    Can you say "hundred-yard rusher times two?"

    Key #3: It's on JB 

    Trivia time: Who touches the ball every play? 

    If you said quarterback -- you're right. But did you also say the center? 

    JB, or Justin Britt, Seattle's Iron Man in the middle has only missed a couple of games in his six year career. 

    And his job, other than getting the ball to Russell Wilson, is making calls at the line of scrimmage, adjusting pass protection and 'communicating' every play.

    Up front defensively, the Browns are dangerous. Former number one overall pick Myles Garrett has 7 sacks. Three of the four defensive linemen are Pro Bowlers. 

    But back to Key #2: The pass rush slows when you can run the ball down the defense's throat.

    Justin Britt: have your guys ready.    


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