It doesnt matter where they play: Seattle, Arizona, New York, who cares? The Seahawks are back to being arguably the NFL’s best team again. It didn’t look that way early on this season but the 12’s have come to play and no one is going to take their ball away. After plastering the NFC West leading Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football 35-6, the Seahawks are firing on all cylinders going into the playoffs. The Seattle Seahawks are feeling SUPER again and their timing couldn’t be any better.
After a convincing win in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers, Seattle played some pretty inconsistent ball for about 5 weeks. Losses to the Chargers, Rams and the Cowboys IN Seattle; everyone wondered if the Seahawks weren’t the same team as last year and if they had that same stellar defense that led them to the Super Bowl back in February.
I guess when you question the reigning champs, they either answer the bell or become another one and done. Safe to say the Seahawks are once again proving why they are in my opinion, the NFL’s star on their Christmas tree. Led by the Legion of Boom on D, Marshawn Lynch and one of the emerging elite QB’s in the league, Russell Wilson, Seattle has everything in place to repeat as champions.
Lost from a year ago are wideouts Golden Tate and Percy Harvin; the band kept playing though and Wilson has spread the targets around to everyone and continued his amazing reads when he keeps the ball himself. Russell Wilson may not have the rocket arm or the best offensive line but he keeps the play alive on every down and usually turns a few heads every game. He is having a career year in pretty much every category with less options at his disposal and when he calls his own number, it’s no different. Russell Wilson is gonna get paid this year, but knowing him, he’ll take a lot less to keep his team together.
The defensive unit has not only equalled their output from last year, they have scared their opponents into thinking twice about doing…well….anything without risking a turnover or getting fiercely embarrassed. The vocal leader of the Legion of Boom, Richard Sherman is having a better year than he did a season ago as QB’s have thought twice about sending a ball his way and don’t want to give him a chance to make a play. They’re better off though; getting sacked by anyone else on that D corps isn’t fun. Sherman may not statistically be better in all areas but when the ball isn’t thrown in his direction, that says it all.
At 11-4, Seattle is tied with the Cardinals for the NFC West lead. Aside from a “epic fail” as the kids say, the Seahawks should stroll to another division crown. If they do win, they get to play in the loudest stadium in the league until the Super Bowl. Sort of ironic, being that they have quietly made their mark without destroying their opponents every week. Pete Carroll plays to win and if the blowouts come, well, that’s the other teams fault.
Another question going into the playoffs and really into the offseason is Beast mode aka Marshawn Lynch. There have been some interesting situations this season with Lynch from an “upset stomach” to not sitting with his team mates and just his quirky approach. Marshawn is once again showing why Seattle really needs to think hard about letting him go. Since 2011, Lynch has rushed for at least 1200 yards, 11.5 TD and averaged almost 4.5 yards per attempteach year. He has 14 fumbles and lost 6 in that same time.
Maybe don’t sit him in the first quarter, just saying
The X factor with Marshawn is that once he starts running, it takes an army and sometimes more to stop him. His “beast mode” runs are a thing of beauty. There is no one like him aside from maybe Le’veon Bell of Pittsburgh, and to give up on him because of a few potential issues seems like a tough decision. Backups Robert Turbin and Christine Michael just aren’t Lynch. They just aren’t. Another trip to the Super Bowl and maybe a win, could change Seattle’s decision and think about keeping “skittles” around for awhile.
I’m sure we all remember this one too:
Going into the playoffs, the Seahawks are primed for another run to the Lombardi. There may be only a few teams that will challenge them and honestly, it will take a lot for them to lose. If Seattle DOES go all the way, they probably will have to go through Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning/Tom Brady. I can’t wait.
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