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Halftime outside DC: Seahawks lead 17-7, controlling game -- but have some concerns

The Seahawks have only stopped themselves in the first half at Washington.

They've scored five touchdowns. Only two have counted.

With Percy Harvin running so wild he scored two touchdowns on one drive -- more on that in a minute -- Russell Wilson improvising on the pass because he has to and the defense playing almost flawlessly -- aside from an apparent miscommunication between cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Kam Chancellor on an out-and-up route for Washington's lone score -- Seattle leads 17-7 at halftime.

The Seahawks gained 242 of the game's first 269 yards. But five penalties the offensive line (three false starts and two holding flags) have negated three touchdowns.

Left guard James Carpenter needlessly bear hugged end Jason Hatcher from behind just as Harvin -- who has lined up in the backfield tonight far more than in the previous three games -- was speeding around Washington's slow end for what would have been a 13-yard scoring run.

Then Harvin, apparently, was called for "fliching," in the word of referee Jeff Triplette just before the snap before he caught a short pass and ran in for another would-be touchdown on that same drive in the second quarter. It ended with a Steven Hauschka 40-yard field goal instead for a 10-0 lead.

Marshawn Lynch stood on the sideline in full gear watching Robert Turbin be the lead running back for the game's first seven plays, including the 6-play drive to start the game that ended with Russell Wilson's 15-yard touchdown pass to Lakewood's Jermaine Kearse. It was the first time since Nov. 4, 2012, against Minnesota that Lynch didn't start a game; Seattle began in a four-wide receiver, no-back formation to start that game.

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