After the 13-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers it's pretty clear I'm emotionally vested in the Seattle Seahawks. I was in a bitter mood all night and I didn't sleep well. Now that we're 7weeks into the season it's time to decide what to make of this team. After much deliberation and introspective thought I've decided the Seahawks are going to be a playoff team and quite possibly the NFC's representative in the Super Bowl.
Some of you may see this as a homer pick and you're probably right. I am pretty drunk off the Pete Carroll Kool-aid. That being said there is some logic behind my optimistic view. The NFL is all about parody this season and no one is flawless. On any given Sunday anyone can get beat. I'll put the Hawks defense and running game up against anybody in the league and with that philosophy they will always have a chance to win.
In addition, the schedule is in their favor. Although the Hawks are presently 0-3 within the division they have 3 divisional games at home down the stretch. We all know Century Link Field is a scary place to play when the 12th man gets fired up. The next 3 games are Detroit, at home for Minnesota, and home for the New York Jets. Going into the bye week 6-3 looks very doable.
10 wins most likely will get the Hawks into the playoffs and they still have 5 games remaining at home. If they can get 4 of those and split on the road I like their chances. If Russell Wilson can play more consistent and the receivers start catching passes the offense will have longer sustained drives. Time of possession is key because their offense isn't explosive and asking them to come from behind would be a daunting task. Even with the loss to San Francisco I still believe the Seahawks are a playoff caliber team. Of course if Earl Thomas or Marshawn Lynch gets hurt all bets are off.