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Leon Washington's scores have Seattle giddy

Someone has to win the NFC West.

After two stirring home victories (and a deeply depressing road loss), Seattle is starting to believe in the Seahawks again.

“Sure it’s early and so much can go wrong, but the Seahawks, 2-1, should
win the NFC West
,” Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times writes.   “After three weeks, they clearly are the most dangerous
team with the greatest potential for growth.”

Easy, there.  You can look at Seattle’s 27-20 victory over the Chargers a few ways.  The Seahawks are finally are making big plays again.  Despite an ever-churning roster, Pete Carroll’s group looks more talented than last year’s team.

Then again, they were out-gained 379-26 in the second half of the game.  Leon Washington almost won the game by himself with two kickoff return touchdowns.  He had admirers from coast-to-coast.

“I’m just glad we traded him to the NFC,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said in New York Monday.

We don’t know what to think of the division.  What do the Seahawks excel at exactly?  The defense is improved, but Philip Rivers moved the ball at will late Sunday.  The Seahawks offense needs to improve to be average.  They are still growing into their identity.

Everything is possible right now in the NFC West, and that includes a Seattle division title.  It also includes another 5-11 season for Seattle.  Give Carroll credit; he has his players and even the local media believing something special is brewing.

“This team is buying all of the “hoo-ha” that new coach Pete Carroll is
selling,” Kelley wrote. “All week long they quote him like so many preachers reciting
Bible verses.”

And later: “There is something going on here. A team is starting to believe big.”

Hey, it beats whatever is happening in San Francisco.

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34 Responses to “Leon Washington's scores have Seattle giddy”
  1. Colts18 says: Sep 27, 2010 6:06 PM

    They will fold late but still put up good fights. Its not there year now. Cardinals still might trip through the finish line this year.

  2. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 27, 2010 6:10 PM

    The Seahawks seem to be the equivilant of the Oakland Raiders, winning via Special Teams. Though Oakland failed yesterday with their Pro bowl special teams.

  3. MH767 says: Sep 27, 2010 6:11 PM

    Yesterday’s game should not be an indication of how Seattle will do. They were dreadful on offense and game management. Chargers special teams is putrid (also see Kansas City game Week 1).

  4. Belichick for President says: Sep 27, 2010 6:16 PM

    I am shocked about the Seahawks. Maybe Carroll did learn something since he was fired in NE.

  5. brasho says: Sep 27, 2010 6:20 PM

    I voted for Seattle… and I don’t know why… why wasn’t there a “NONE OF THE ABOVE” option. I just can’t imagine any of these teams in the playoffs because they are all so bad.

  6. j-wil says: Sep 27, 2010 6:21 PM

    the NFC west is merging with the UFL……….

  7. joetoronto says: Sep 27, 2010 6:24 PM

    There should be an option for “I couldn’t give a shit’.

  8. ReppinThe12thMan says: Sep 27, 2010 6:30 PM

    I don’t care about this.
    In fact, I care so little, that I’m going to take time out of my day to spend time TELLING people I don’t care about this.
    Idiots.
    SeaHAWKS! 12th man was loud as ever on Sunday, we are pumped about our team.

  9. hawkfan says: Sep 27, 2010 6:30 PM

    The amount of yards given up were a direct result of winning the field position game and what special teams was did. That took a lot of the rhythm out of the offense and created a huge mismatch on time of possession. The Seahawks left had a lot of mistakes but the injury to Trufant and Curry as well as a 17 point lead and going into a soft zone is a big reason that the Chargers put up that many yards. Look at what the Chargers did in the first half. One decent drive that resulted in a fumble. The Seahawks will be a bitch to play at home all year. And with a fairly soft road schedule have every right to think that they could win the west.
    This is probably even without the most talented roster in the west. I don’t think that any Seahawk fan thinks this is a great team, but definitely one that could win the NFC worst.

  10. CRose12 says: Sep 27, 2010 6:35 PM

    Phillip Rivers moved the ball at will in the second half, mainly because of those two TD returns by Leon. When your defense cant breathe, due to an inept offense and a good special teams, it makes it tough. Furthermore losing Aaron Curry, who’s only job was to cover Antonio Gates, and Marcus Trufant, who is having a good year thus far, hurt our Pass D immensely. The Seahawks offense is offensive, but don’t forget there were two opportunities for TD’s in the first half. Deion Branch pulled a Leon Lett, and Pete Carroll called a horrible goaline play. The Seahawks could’ve just as easily gone into half up 24-0. The Hawks aren’t great, but Im betting they are a lot better than half of the people here, including FLORIO, thought they would be.

  11. CRose12 says: Sep 27, 2010 6:38 PM

    Phillip Rivers moved the ball at will in the second half, mainly because of those two TD returns by Leon. When your defense cant breathe, due to an inept offense and a good special teams, it makes it tough. Furthermore losing Aaron Curry, who’s only job was to cover Antonio Gates, and Marcus Trufant, who is having a good year thus far, hurt our Pass D immensely. The Seahawks offense is offensive, but don’t forget there were two opportunities for TD’s in the first half. Deion Branch pulled a Leon Lett, and Pete Carroll called a horrible goaline play. The Seahawks could’ve just as easily gone into half up 24-0. The Hawks aren’t great, but Im betting they are a lot better than half of the people here, including FLORIO, thought they would be.

  12. Professor Booty says: Sep 27, 2010 6:44 PM

    Winning the NFC west is like 3rd place in the special olympics. Every team in the NFL wishes they were in the NFC west.

  13. HandsofSweed says: Sep 27, 2010 6:45 PM

    This is it! It’s finally going to happen! Someone is finally going to win a division title at 7-9! (Admit it; most of us want to see this out of the sheer gruesome curiosity it would provide).

  14. Franchise says: Sep 27, 2010 6:53 PM

    Seattle was also excited about the Mariners early in the season.
    Look how that turned out.
    When the Rams are only 1 game behind you, you still suck.

  15. Kuya 206 says: Sep 27, 2010 6:57 PM

    The “aura” of Qwest Field is back. Seattle has shown support for their team loudly through the past 2 years, and it was apparent on Sunday that the stadium was very loud.
    Although I’m not ready to say that the Seahawks will be a dominating force, I am ready to say to not take them lightly.
    The pickups that Pete/John grabbed have paid dividends. Now, lets get the offense and 3rd down defense going.

  16. Peester15 says: Sep 27, 2010 6:58 PM

    It shuld’ve been a blowout by the Chargers, luckily a little bit of rain and a miracle special teams appearance got the “Seachickens” another game.

  17. Stinky Panda says: Sep 27, 2010 7:00 PM

    This team is buying all of the “va-jay-jay” that new coach Pete Carroll is selling.”
    There. Fixed it.

  18. lawdjayee says: Sep 27, 2010 7:09 PM

    Just to make sure it’s clear to the Hawks fans, the Chargers special teams really suck. That’s why you won the game. If there are 8 other opponents with record-settingly atrocious special teams awaiting you the division is yours…

  19. sergep says: Sep 27, 2010 7:09 PM

    “Every team in the NFL wishes they were in the NFC west”
    Does “everyteam” go to the have their team in the suberbowl twice with in the last 5 years??
    NFC WEST has a better REcord then NFC EAST and the WORST NFC West team beat the REdskins.. hahaha.

  20. dldavidlong says: Sep 27, 2010 7:09 PM

    “This team is buying all of the “hoo-ha” that new coach Pete Carroll is selling,” Kelley wrote. “All week long they quote him like so many preachers reciting Bible verses.”
    sounds like the obama campaign. we all know how that is turning out.

  21. allinSTACKme says: Sep 27, 2010 7:13 PM

    @ Peester15
    You SHOULD’VE been aborted.

  22. JSpicoli says: Sep 27, 2010 7:18 PM

    If this keeps up, the whole town will go get a perm and a frost so they can look like “Poodle Pete”

  23. Beware Da Ware says: Sep 27, 2010 7:25 PM

    Pretty expensive kick returner.

  24. Slim Charles says: Sep 27, 2010 7:34 PM

    Bahahah I hate whiny Seahawks fans (Steelers fan myself) but I’d be lying if I wasn’t rooting for Carroll to prove all the haters wrong. He seems like a cool dude. Thomas is gonna be sick too – I wouldn’t mind if the Steelers had drafted him somehow.

  25. brooklynotto says: Sep 27, 2010 7:35 PM

    It’s almost like Chargers fans didn’t watch the first half of this game. If Branch didn’t fumble into the endzone and Carroll had any understanding of time management, the Hawks could have been up 20-0 or 24-0, easy. So lets not just blame the Bolt’s horrible special team. Maybe, just maybe, San Diego is NOT THAT GOOD.

  26. TheSleepness says: Sep 27, 2010 7:43 PM

    wow the nfc west is awful maybe the steelers can pad their superbowl stats and beat more juggurnauts like the hawks & cards

  27. T-Bone says: Sep 27, 2010 7:51 PM

    “The defense is improved, but Philip Rivers moved the ball at will late Sunday.”
    Except into the end zone you mean.

  28. Hawkfan50 says: Sep 27, 2010 7:57 PM

    The team is still a work in progress , but that was a great victory yesterday against a very good Chargers team . Compared to the last 2 years , this year has been a breath of fresh air so far .
    If Matt doesn’t throw those picks against Denver last week , we could’ve easily been 3-0 . With a game against the Rams next week , who by the way are also improving as the Redskins can attest to , a 3-1 record at the bye isn’t hard to imagine …
    Mike Sando , the NFC West blogger for ESPN , predicted the Hawks would start the season 0-6 . I think a lot of people , Hawks fans included , are surprised at how quickly a new O-line has come together even with Okung out with an injury . The team has added playmakers in Earl Thomas , Golden Tate and of course Washington . Clemons is getting some pressure on the QB . The run defense is stout – check the stats . I think we can safely say the 49’ers division title hopes are pretty much over . The Rams will have some surprising victories this year , like the win against the Redskins yesterday , but are probably not ready to challenge for the division title . That makes it a 2-horse race between Seattle and Arizona .
    Yes , the Seahawks can absolutely win the division this year . Without overlooking the Rams or 9’ers games left on the schedule , the 2 games between The Hawks and Cards will probably decide the division championship .

  29. joetoronto says: Sep 27, 2010 8:32 PM

    You have to be a DisChargers fan to blame a loss on the rain.

  30. Tim says: Sep 27, 2010 8:57 PM

    I’m not going to get too excited about the Rams winning one game, but the division is a crapshoot of mediocrity and worse. Considering 8-8 or maybe even 7-9 could win the division, and the Rams have the easiest schedule in the world, even them winning it is not out of the question.
    But it’s kind of pointless anyway. Whoever plays one of these teams in the first round is almost getting a bye week.

  31. ShaKey says: Sep 27, 2010 10:04 PM

    I really thought the 9ers were going to be a tough team this year. Guess they had other plans.
    The Hawks are playing better than I thought, but 3 typical curses need to be raized:
    1. Blowing big leads.
    2. Matty’s fragile mental breakdowns.
    3. The Cottonelle prevent defense.

  32. Kevin C says: Sep 28, 2010 12:12 AM

    Seahawks are better than your favorite team. Hi haters!

  33. Scrutinizer says: Sep 28, 2010 11:38 AM

    As other have noted, the Chargers were lucky the game was within reach in the second half. A freak play where the ball was stripped from Branch right as he crossed over the goal line, and poor clock management by Carroll (who has admitted his error) could have easily had Seattle up 20-0 or 24-0 at halftime….and 27-0 or 31-0 after Leon finished his first kick return.
    The SD offense is currently #1 in the NFL. Once Trufant and Curry were out, it opened some holes for Rivers to exploit, and he took advantage. Bottom line, though, is that SD didn’t do squat in the first half aside from march down the field and fumble (on a wicked hit by David “Heater” Hawthorne), and two red zone opportunities to tie the game up yielded zero points, thanks to great plays by multiple members of Seattle’s defense.
    Oh yeah, and Earl Thomas has played every snap for Seattle’s defense this year. If he keeps up his strong play, he will be a strong candidate for DROY.

  34. CRose12 says: Sep 28, 2010 2:44 PM

    Since 2005 the NFC West is the only NFC Division to have two teams represent the NFC in the Superbowl, so why is this the worst division in football. I understand records and what not, but come on, on any given sunday any team can win. Teams in the NFL are closer than most people realize.

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