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Behind Russell Wilson, Seahawks look like a playoff threat

MINNEAPOLIS -- In the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, Russell Wilson hung in the pocket, lofted a pass down the middle of the field to Doug Baldwin, absorbed a hit from linebacker Eric Kendricks and celebrated his fourth touchdown of the day.

There are many aspects to the Seattle Seahawks' turnaround, but none more significant than what Wilson is doing. He completed 21 of 27 passes for 274 yards and three scores in Seattle's dominating 38-7 win. Wilson also ran nine times for 51 yards and a TD.

It's no longer up for debate. He's playing the best football of his career. During the Seahawks' current three-game winning streak, Wilson has completed 66 of 86 attempts (76.7 percent) for 879 yards (10.2 yards per attempt), 12 touchdowns (one rushing) and no interceptions. He's escaping pressure when he needs to. He's delivering on time from the pocket with great accuracy. And he's using his legs to demoralize opposing defenses.

Keep in mind that the Vikings entered Sunday with the second-ranked scoring defense in the NFL, allowing 17.64 points per game. And the Seahawks were without Marshawn Lynch and Jimmy Graham. Still, Seattle put together four scoring drives of 75 yards or more. At one point, they scored touchdowns on four consecutive possessions.

The defense did its part as well in the team's most complete victory of the season. Adrian Peterson ran eight times for 18 yards. Minnesota's first seven possessions consisted of six punts and an interception. The Vikings' lone touchdown came on a kickoff return.

Suddenly, the Seahawks look like one of the hottest teams in the NFC. They've won five of six and have upcoming games against the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams. What looked like a season that was in danger of going off-track a few weeks ago now appears to be one of promise.

Did you notice: Rookie defensive lineman Frank Clark had two more sacks. He was held without a sack in the Seahawks' first 10 games, but has three in the past two.

Staying hot: Baldwin is on fire. He had five catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. In the past four games, Baldwin has 24 receptions for 433 yards and six scores.

A lift from Lockett: Rookie wide receiver Tyler Lockett had a brilliant game, catching seven balls for 90 yards. He was also good on special teams with a 47-yard kickoff return and a 19-yard punt return.

Fantasy watch: Running back Thomas Rawls continues to do a tremendous job filling in for Lynch. He carried 19 times for 101 yards (5.3 yards per catch) and a touchdown. Rawls also looked good as a receiver, catching three balls for 22 yards.

Injuries: The Seahawks came out of this one healthy. There were no announced injuries.