The Seattle Seahawks returned to the Pacific Northwest for a week-long showdown against the Baltimore Ravens. This is Baltimore's first trip to Seattle since the 2011 season, which meant a 22:17 victory for the Seahawks against a Ravens team scheduled for the AFC Championship this year.
The more things change, the longer they stay the same. In many ways, this describes Seattle and Baltimore very well. The NFL has seen an offensive revolution in the few years since the 2011 season, but coaches John Harbaugh and Pete Carroll continue to lead teams that focus on the old school philosophy of dominant defenses and offensive offenses.
The irony is that both defenses are more suspicious and the crimes that focus on running football are really controlled by their dynamic quarterbacks. Seattle and Baltimore may have used two of the best defenses in NFL history, but both are far from their legendary quarterback units ̵
The return of Earl Thomas to Seattle will also be discussed on Sunday. Thomas, who played for the Seahawks from 2011 to 2018, joined a new team for the first time in his career after retiring from Seattle following a breach of contract and injury at the end of the season.
However, this game will be limited to Russell Wilson versus Lamar Jackson, and which playmaker can outlive the other.