For every team that wins a Super Bowl, it’s difficult to go back to the valley of 0-0 and dig out again — especially when the reward is to do what the team just did.
For the Seahawks, that didn’t appear it would be a problem given the manner in which they stomped the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII and the ease with which they trounced the Packers to open the season. But adversity arrived in various ways, from injuries on defense to injuries on the offensive line to the abrupt trade of Percy Harvin to whatever the deal is between the organization and Marshawn Lynch to rumors of internal resentment of quarterback Russell Wilson.
Now, with a pair of 19-3 wins over the Cardinals and 49ers only four days apart, the champs are back, baby.
“[T]hese guys have really joined together and recaptured really what it was that we played with last year,” coach Pete Carroll said after Thursday night’s win at Santa Clara. “It took us some time to figure out but we have. . . . There’s no question in the last two weeks that we have elevated our game. It’s come back from Kam [Chancellor] and Earl [Thomas] and [Richard Sherman] and all those guys. . . . They’ve touched what it is, and the special attitude with intensity, the toughness that it takes and really it comes back to what they’re doing.”
Offensively, the Seahawks continue to do just enough, even with Harvin and Golden Tate gone, and tight end Zach Miller on injured reserve. Lynch continues to move the chains, tight end Luke Willson made multiple key catches last night, backup tailback Robert Turbin (pictured) chipped in with the only touchdown of the night on a nifty catch-and-run to the pylon, and Wilson continues to show a rare ability to accelerate out of trouble, to make good decisions under duress, and to launch a periodic missile with his MLB-quality arm.
So, yes, the Seahawks are moving in the right direction. And they’re playing so well that the presumed Super Bowl preview at Lambeau Field this weekend could be derailed by a team that’s peaking just in time for a title run that could be a bit more complex than last year’s pair of home-field wins, but that ultimately could have the same outcome.