Thursday, December 27, 2012
Richard Sherman Wins Appeal
Thank goodness for the American judicial process. In a shocking turn of events Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will not face a suspension for using performance enhancing drugs. it appears the methods used to obtain his urine sample were less than professional and the case has been thrown out. I guess we can refer to this as the Ryan Braun rule. Regardless of what people think happened Richard Sherman is available for the playoffs. What does this mean for the rest of the NFC?
Pestilence, famine, destruction, and death. No one in their right mind wants to play the Seahawks right now. This team is playing at a high level in all phases of the game. They've managed to stay relatively healthy and the offense continues to get better every week. Now that the Hawks are assured of having both of their starting cornerbacks available for the playoffs (Brandon Browner is eligible after the St. Louis game) the Super Bowl is a realistic expectation.
I'm not just saying this because I'm drunk off the Pete Carroll kool aid (which I am). With the exception of Atlanta and Washington (if they win against Dallas) the Seahawks have beaten every team that made the playoffs. There is no dominant team in the NFC and Seattle is riding a tremendous wave of momentum.
The biggest question surrounding the squad is their ability to win on the road. The 12th man has provided a huge advantage all season long and the Seahawks have a losing record away from Century Link Field. That being said playoff wins on the road aren't nearly as difficult to come by as they were in the past. A strong running game, a stellar defense, and a "special" quarterback should be enough to get the job done. Now that Richard Sherman isn't going anywhere the Seahawks have no weaknesses. Wouldn't you agree?