Seattle shines even with key starters out

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Associated Press

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 1:34 AM

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Given a primetime stage, the Seattle Seahawks again excelled, getting the upper hand in the NFC West.

What's scary for the rest of their division is just how many key parts the Seahawks expected to be significant contributors that were watching from the sideline on Sunday night when Seattle routed San Francisco 29-3.

The highly awaited showdown between division foes was completely one-sided in favor of Seattle. Marshawn Lynch's running and a nasty defensive effort that made life miserable for Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin and the rest of San Francisco's offense.

Seattle (2-0) has outscored San Francisco 71-16 in the past two meetings — both coming at noisy CenturyLink Field — and are in position to hold an advantage on its division rivals until they meet again in December.

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