Offense needs to prove that was no fluke

Prove it.

That’s what we have to say to the Seahawks’ offense.

Yeah, the unit turned in its best performance of the season Sunday in Seattle’s 29-13 win over the 49ers. But it was the 49ers, who are a shadow of the hard-hitting, hard-to-beat unit the Seahawks had faced the past three years (these Niners rank 28th on defense).

So, the Seahawks are going to have to prove it against the Steelers’ 23-ranked defense this week and then — better yet — the Vikings’ ninth-ranked unit next week.

The Seattle offense had shown flashes this season — very brief “did I see what I thought I saw?” bursts of competence. But the 49ers were a great panacea for Russell Wilson and company, who finally put together three touchdown drives for the first time all season (yeah, they scored three TDs vs. Arizona, but the defense set them up with an easy one).

They were the last team in the league to score three offensive touchdowns and have spent the season last in red zone touchdowns — that’s how bad they have been.

They looked completely unlike that team vs. the 49ers’ crumbling defense, scoring touchdowns on their first three drives as the entire offense played a nearly perfect game. Wilson had easily his best game of the season, completing 82.8 percent, throwing three TD passes for the first time and compiling a season-best 138.5 passer rating.

It certainly helped that Thomas Rawls put together the second-best rushing day in Seattle history, his 209 yards trailing only the 266 of Shaun Alexander in 2001.

Rawls will get the call again vs. the Steelers’ fifth-ranked run defense, which certainly will give the Seahawks’ offense a better test than it had against San Francisco.

As we have said, Rawls is a better fit behind this line because he is faster to the hole. And he still breaks as many tackles as Lynch does. His game Sunday backed up what we said last week about him replacing Lynch after the season.

For now, he is replacing him this week, and Rawls, Wilson and the Seahawks need to prove the win over the 49ers was not just a flash-in-the-pan performance against burnt-to-a-crisp defense.

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