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Playmaking defense, passing game keys to streaking Seahawks

The Seahawks are NFC West champions for the fourth consecutive time. This team seems to have the makings to win in Dallas or Green Bay come playoff time, Mike Sando writes.

Originally Published: December 12, 2007
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

SEATTLE --Veteran NFL offensive linemen count anti-inflammatory medication and the occasional pain-killing shot as necessary evils.

Seattle's Walter Jones stands as an exception. The seven-time Pro Bowl tackle hasn't missed a game to injury in 11 NFL seasons even though a kidney condition prevents him from taking much more than Tylenol.

Unable to tame increasingly cranky shoulders, the nearly 34-year-old Jones is gutting it out. He's had to adjust, but he's not conceding anything ...

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