TORONTO — The streaker put on quite a show in Canada, executing a performance that required a double take.
We’re not talking about the guy who found his way onto the field during the second half of Sunday’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills and removed his pants so he could whirl them above his head.
That was nothing compared to Seattle scoring 50 points for a second consecutive week, beating the Bills 50-17 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
“This kind of stuff really doesn’t happen,” tight end Zach Miller said.
But it did. Again. Seattle became only the third team in NFL history, and the first since 1950, to score 50 or more in consecutive games.
Whoa, Canada. What did you think about that Seahawks offense that scored the first five times it had the ball, doing everything but leave skid marks as it sped around the dome while 40,770 watched.
Quarterback Russell Wilson ran for three touchdowns while Marshawn Lynch surpassed 100 yards rushing, and that was just the first half.
In the second half, the Seahawks forced turnovers on each of Buffalo’s first three possessions, including an interception that safety Earl Thomas returned 57 yards for a touchdown.
Nothing was going to stop the Seahawks this weekend. Not border patrol. Not the exchange rate. Certainly not the Buffalo Bills in a game that included a Seattle trick play, a fake punt while leading by 30 points and the aforementioned fan who ran down the middle of the field sans pants in the second half.
This Seahawks team — the one that scored more than 20 points only once in its first five games — has totaled 108 in the past two. This Seahawks franchise — which had two 50-point games in its first 36 seasons — has done it in back-to-back games.
“It just feels good,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It just feels good to see our guys execute on this level.”
This team spent the first three-quarters of its season in weekly dogfights, but has now won consecutive games by a combined score of 108-17. How do you put that into perspective?
“You don’t,” receiver Doug Baldwin said. “You just keep going with it. We’ve got an ultimate goal, and the only way that we’re going to get to that ultimately is to focus on the task at hand, which is continuously being consistent.”
The Seahawks are 9-5, guaranteed their first winning season since 2007 and in control of their own playoff fate. They have a quarterback in Wilson who is playing his way into consideration as the league’s top rookie and an offense that can be called potent without evoking laughter.
And in the second half — after the Bills scored 10 points in the final 1:10 of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 14 points — Seattle demonstrated a killer instinct by forcing three turnovers in 10 minutes, starting with K.J. Wright’s interception.
“We’re showing growth,” defensive end Red Bryant said. “We could have easily let up when it was 31-17, but we came out and finished. And all of those experiences, the tough losses, the two 7-9 seasons until now, it builds character.
“We’re definitely not a young team anymore.”
No, these Seahawks have come of age, having won a third consecutive game for the first time this season, which was certainly the most important streak coming out of Canada on Sunday.