Nelson continued to shine as he moved into the franchise’s top five in all-time catches and receiving yards.

The Seahawks rushed for 97 and 78 yards, respectively, without Rawls in their win at Minnesota and their loss at Carolina in last year’s playoffs. That’s a total of 175, or two fewer rushing yards than they posted Saturday vs. Detroit. They should go into Atlanta feeling very good about Rawls’ chances to keep rolling.

Before the Detroit game, it felt as though the Seahawks were either one-and-done or Super Bowl run. With the running they just did, it’s time for the rest of the NFC field to brace it’self.

The way we held him on PUP and all that, we couldn’t have been more cautious with him,’ McCarthy said. ‘You definitely see the benefit’s of that. But I felt like we put a lot of stress on him early in the year to perform at such a high level.

He’ll be the first to tell you, he needs the practice. He needs some preseason game work. To go right from a very conservative approach throughout training camp and then go into that (Jaguars) game it’s what, 110-112 (degree) heat index down in Jacksonville that was a tough task for anybody, our whole team, let alone Jordy because he just didn’t have the investment of a lot of snaps throughout training camp.’

Nelson said there wasn’t a certain moment he felt his knee was completely healed. But his first explosive performance of 2016 came in Week 3, when he caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Detroit.

Nelson continued to shine as he moved into the franchise’s top five in all-time catches and receiving yards. Although heralded in the past for his ability to get open deep, Nelson was at his best this season inside the 20-yard line, where his 11 red-zone touchdowns led the NFL.
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