Seahawks need to flip red zone performance

Marshawn Lynch goes head over heels in the end zone vs. the Giants (Getty)The Seahawks’ matching 19-3 wins over Arizona and San Francisco the past two weeks have been impressive defensive feats — the lowest two-game total by Seattle opponents since the Hawks beat Philadelphia and San Francisco 83-3 late in their 2005 Super Bowl season.

Of course, led by coach Mike Holmgren and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the 2005 Hawks had the best offense in the league (in yards and points) and were No. 2 in red zone scoring.

About the only thing this Seattle offense shares with that one is a strong running game. Russell Wilson’s offense has struggled to score touchdowns, especially over the last three games.

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Hawks don’t have to beat Eagles — unless they want a first-round bye

Playoff machineThe Seahawks’ game this week in Philadelphia is full of great storylines — former Pac-12 coaching stars Pete Carroll vs. Chip Kelly, Carroll vs. his USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, the Seahawks’ No. 1 defense vs. the Eagles’ No. 4 offense.

And then there are the playoff implications.

The Hawks don’t need to win this game to make the playoffs. That can be accomplished by sweeping their divisional rivals in the final three weeks. But, if the Hawks want a shot at a first-round bye, they basically have to win this game.

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