NFL morning after: Seahawks ready to repeat

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Seventeen weeks of the NFL season have come and gone, and we’re left with this: The best team at the end of this season is the same as the best team at the end of last season.

The Seattle Seahawks are poised to become the NFL’s first repeat Super Bowl champions since the Patriots a decade ago. The Seahawks are getting the same great play out of their defense they were a year ago and the same great play from quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch, and with home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, they’re going to be a very, very tough team to beat.

This season hasn’t always gone according to plan in Seattle. Through six games they were 3-3, and at times early in the year their defense looked like it had taken a step backward. It was reasonable to question during the middle of the season if Seattle was as good as it was a year ago. It was even reasonable to question whether Seattle would make the playoffs at all.

But that’s all over now. With Sunday’s 20-6 win over the Rams, the Seahawks finished the season on a six-game winning streak, with all six wins by double digits. The Seahawks aren’t just beating teams, they’re beating teams up. They’re winning the way great teams win.

And I think they’ve got three more wins left in them. On February 1, the Seahawks will hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Again.

Here are my other thoughts from Sunday’s game:

Break up the Panthers! I never thought I’d say this about the NFC South champions, but the Panthers might actually be a pretty good team. Yes, they’re lucky that they’re in a bad division, and that’s the only reason they’re in the playoffs at 7-8-1. But they’ve won four in a row to enter the playoffs, including a pair of 31-point road wins at New Orleans and at Atlanta to seal the division title. The Panthers, who host the Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs, might just advance.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell is terrible at challenges. When Caldwell was the head coach of the Colts, Indianapolis hired former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel solely to serve as an advisor on instant replay challenges. The Colts’ brass knew Caldwell wasn’t good at it and wanted to get him some help. Maybe the Lions should do the same, after Caldwell made an absolutely ridiculous decision to challenge an obviously correct call on which Packers running back Eddie Lacy had the ball knocked out of his arms while he was on the ground and was correctly ruled down by contact. Throwing away a timeout in the second half of a close game is inexcusable, but that’s what Caldwell did. Caldwell is good at the slower, more deliberative aspects of coaching — game planning, getting his players prepared during the week, that kind of thing. But Caldwell just isn’t good at split-second decisions, and that’s easy to see when he throws his challenge flag.

Where did that Geno Smith come from? Smith, in what may very well have been his last game as the Jets’ starting quarterback, went 20-for-25 for 358 yards, with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Smith was the only quarterback in the NFL all season to have a game with a perfect passer rating. But here’s the amazing thing about Smith: He was also the only quarterback in the NFL all season to have a game with a 0.0 passer rating. Smith is so inconsistent that there’s just no way the Jets can count on him going forward. Even though he had a great game on Sunday.

J.J. Watt’s great season overshadowed Justin Houston’s great season. Watt was such a force of nature for the Texans that not only will he win the Defensive Player of the Year award, but he’s a candidate for the Most Valuable Player award as well. But while we praise Watt, we shouldn’t overlook Houston, who had four sacks on Sunday for the Chiefs and finished the season with 22.0 sacks, just half a sack shy of Michael Strahan’s single-season record. Watt is the first player to record 20 sacks in two different seasons since sacks became an official statistic in 1982, and Watt is the NFL’s best defensive player. But don’t forget Houston when listing the best defensive players in football.

Odell Beckham is the best receiver in the NFL. Beckham, the Giants’ sensational playmaker, isn’t just the best rookie in the NFL. He’s the best receiver, period. Beckham had 12 catches for 185 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, and he finished the year with 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns despite missing the first four games of the year with a hamstring injury. Beckham averaged 108.8 yards a game this season, the best of any receiver in the NFL. There is no receiver in football who made plays as consistently as Beckham did over the last three-fourths of the season, and he was doing it in an otherwise substandard Giants offense. Beckham is amazing.

DeMarco Murray breaks an Emmitt Smith record. Murray finished this season with 1,845 rushing yards, the most in Cowboys history. When you’re breaking a record set by Smith, that’s pretty good. Murray will have a tough task in the Cowboys’ playoff opener against a good Lions rush defense. But that Lions rush defense will have an even tougher task dealing with Murray.

Russell Wilson is running like no other quarterback. Wilson finished this season with 849 rushing yards, the fifth best total for a quarterback in NFL history, and by far the best total of any quarterback in the NFL this season. Wilson is running better than any other quarterback in the league right now. He looks ready to run Seattle into the Super Bowl.

62 responses to “NFL morning after: Seahawks ready to repeat

  1. No receiver makes plays as consistently as Beckham? Really? Tell that to Antonio Brown. No one with any kind of football sense would dispute AB’s abilities to make play after play after play.

    I’m not trying to take anything away from Beckham – heck of a football player, really enjoy watching him play, but AB is his equal. All you had to do was watch last night’s game to see what kind of special player he is.

  2. Beckham needs more than one spectacular season to be considered the best receiver in the NFL. There are guys who have been putting up numbers for three or four seasons in a row. As a Giants fan Beckham is the most exciting rookie I can remember in the past 2o seasons, and he brought excitement to another humdrum Giants season, but I think we need to reserve judgment for now.

  3. The rams are the best defense the seahawks had left for this season.
    it gets significantly easier after playing the nfcw defenses.
    at the same time offenses will get better also.

    I feel like the cowboys have the best shot at taking down the seahawks but they have to go go through greenbay no mater what.

  4. The real winners here are the NFL fans. They get another post-season of witnessing the greatest fans in the history of the NFL supporting the greatest team, and developing dynasty, in the history of the NFL. Seattle’s famed 12th Man is back to claim yet another Lombardi!

    #HawkDynasty #GoHawks

  5. That was an awful challenge by the Lions coach, I felt the defender went headhunting on Lacy with the hit, while completely legal, it was excessive, there are about 1000 different ways to down runner in that spot.

    I can give benefit of the doubt to Levy I think he is a great young LB, but with the kind of “leaders” they have in the Detroit locker room, it is definitely in the realm of possibility.

  6. Cowboys better be wear ankle guards, they’re playing the Lions.
    PS don’t forget your cup. Always a chance of a accidental crotch kick.

  7. I think that is a great suggestion and believe that the Lions could increase their chances of winning any given football game if they hired additional personnel to take things off the plate of the HC to help with a supporting strategy agenda. Let him focus on everything he wants to focus on, and leave the miscellaneous items to a specialist to worry about that stuff so he doesn’t have to.

    Unlike every missed play on the field, any that are off the field can be avoided through sheer will of thought.

  8. Seahawks? They dont have much of an offense. Most likely if they get there, they face the Pats. Who have both an offense AND a defense. Seahawks may be able to slow them down, but they wont be able to do it the entire game. You need to keep putting up 7’s on the board to beat the Pats and I dont think the Seahawks can do that.

  9. Premature anointing of the Seabags here. Plenty of teams will have a say about this early crowning talk most notably the Cowboys and the Packers. You forget that in Week 1 the Packers were in that game until a couple fluke pass tips late in the 3rd quarter, big rushing gains by Seattle or not. And Dallas already beat them in Seattle.

    Seattle feasted and coasted on the suddenly lowly Cards and always lowly Rams the last two weeks. Home field advantage or not, the quality of teams is better now and this “because-of-home field” inevitably meme the sports media is peddling today on Seattle is a bit silly.

  10. The Seahawks are playing good football, but against backup quarterbacks. I understand the love affair for the defending champs but CMON against – Kaepernick twice, Shaun Hill, Sanchez and against the cardinals backup Qbs twice?! No way, stop that. The Cowboys and Packers will love to change your notion on that team. Great team, capable of winning but not unbeatable.

  11. The Rams led 6-0 at the half and they suck. The Seahawks haven’t played any playoff teams in their 6 game win streak except the Cardinals and their useless QBs. They are good, but not as good as last year and they are beatable.

  12. In his postgame conference yesterday, Torrey Smith said the entire team was lit up by Flacco during halftime. It was supposedly one f-bomb after another, and it was nothing like how he conducts himself in his normal moments with the media. Everyone on the team rallied around that for the second half of the game, especially since KC was beating San Diego.

    I have no idea what to expect from the Ravens in the postseason, but that’s the kind of leadership Flacco needs to give if the team is going to win any playoff games.

  13. Boys DESTROYED the Hawks on there home field and have the same record but yet don’t get the top seed….I know why…it just doesn’t seem fair

  14. If the super bowl somehow comes down to the Giants and the Pats im talking out a hit on Odell. I’m still not over Tyrees helmet catch, Beckham could make that look routine.

  15. Boy if the Rams ever got consistent they would be in the mix. As a Hawks fan our division is why we have a chance this year and why we won last year. The D’s are so good you either match them or loose. I wouldn’t jump on the Panther band wagon just yet. I think the Cards are going to pull it off against the Panthers because they (The Panthers) haven’t played a nasty D in a while. They may not score against the Cards. Both the Falcons and Saints have pathetic D’s. Go Hawks!

  16. Articles like this make me shake my head all the time. First, Dallas is hot. I mean white hot. They’ve already gone into Seattle and beat them. Why couldn’t they do it again? Yeah, yeah, I udnerstand I’m a Cowboys fan but any objective fan should be able to see how well the Cowboys are playing right now and not be a hater.

    Beckham is the best in the league? Really? He had one, really good rookie year, but that’s it. I find it irresponsible and ignorant, at best, to crown any rookie the best at anything after one season. Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones and even Jordy Nelson had more consistent, complete seasons than Beckham did. Again, this should be clear as day to anyone who knows a lick about the game. Let’s see him do it for a second year and then come back to this discussion.

    Last, why couldn’t Houston get one more sack?!?!?! Strahan, the most over rated DE in the history of the leauge, got that record on a Favre flop and it will forever be tainted. It would’ve been great to see Houston get it on the fair and finally put Strahan out to pasture.

  17. It was reasonable to question during the middle of the season if Seattle was as good as it was a year ago. It was even reasonable to question whether Seattle would make the playoffs at all.

    Not really. All that was required was to trust to PC & Co to get the situation straightened out. They did. But you wouldn’t have had any filler if you had done that…

  18. Even when Jim Caldwell is watching, and supposedly coaching, the game, I always feel like he is a million miles away.

  19. HaHa! Not a chance! The Seahawks defense is horrible compared to the Green Bay PACKERS!

    We will beat you so bad it isn’t even close.

    LOL! HA!

    You don’t even own your team. That’s why you will always be losers.

    GO pack GO!

  20. I’m not denying the Seahawks are good. They are. BUT. Can we please take that D with a grain of salt? Look at their last 10 games in which they went 9-1. The offenses, outside of Philly, were ABYSMAL. Here’s the QB’s faced/team O rank:

    ARI (x2): Lindley/24
    SF (x2): Kaepernick/25
    StL (x2): Hill/21
    NYG: Manning/13
    PHI: Sanchez/3
    KC: Smith/16
    OAK: Carr/32

    In short, 7 of last 10 games vs abysmal offenses, and only 1 top 10 offense faced. Obviously you have play who is on your schedule, but my point is simply that the Seahawks D has had a cupcake schedule, thus inflating their stats. There’s an obvious reason they went 9-1 in their last 10.

  21. Over the last 12 games of the season Odell Beckham had 91 catches for 1305, Brown had 100 catches for 1271. I don’t know how you can say that Beckham is better considering that the Giants were always trailing and had no running game

  22. Beckham is the greatest right now, even ahead of Megatron. Murray and the Dallas team ran all over the Redskins, will be curious to see how he does against the Detroit team’s defense. I’m sure Caldwell had plenty of people in his ear on that play and thought it was worth a shot in a game where they weren’t playing that well and needed something special to happen at that time. I think it’s kind of a dumb rule anyway. If contact and dislodging of the ball happen at the same time it should be ruled a fumble.

  23. A close viewing of the replay leads to a hint of why Caldwell challenged, which was only paraphrased by ref Walt Anderson (I think). Levy dove at the ball held by Lacy, and his leading forearm/elbow contacted the ball before hitting any part of Lacy’s body. I think that is what Caldwell was hoping to have upheld: ball moving before Lacy’s body is contacted by Levy’s body. I’d be interested in knowing what exactly the down by contact rule says about such a situation: does touching only the ball become the moment he is down by contact, or must his body/equipment be touched, in the same way that the body must touch the ground (not another player on the ground) to be down by contact?

  24. Seattle is going to lose to someone. Probably either GB or Dallas. Both of those teams have big, aggressive offensive lines. Both have formidable running games with bigger backs and both have QB ho can actually make throws unlike the row of patsies that defense has faced over their winning streak.

    I think the Hawks have peaked too early. It’s really tough to keep hitting on all cylinders for that many games. Someone will find a chink in the armor and Seattle won’t have time during the game to figure out hot to fix it, or they’ll have a couple of turnovers, something.

    As a Packers fan I can honestly say they are the best team – right now. But they have to win three more in a row and I don’t think they will.

  25. jonsilver1947 says:
    Dec 29, 2014 9:19 AM
    I’d be interested in knowing what exactly the down by contact rule says about such a situation: does touching only the ball become the moment he is down by contact, or must his body/equipment be touched, in the same way that the body must touch the ground (not another player on the ground) to be down by contact?
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    I was waiting for the FOX crew to ask Mike Pereira that exact question, but they never did. It didn’t appear Walt Anderson knew the answer on the field.

  26. No receiver makes plays as consistently as Beckham? Really? Tell that to Antonio Brown. No one with any kind of football sense would dispute AB’s abilities to make play after play after play.

    I’m not trying to take anything away from Beckham – heck of a football player, really enjoy watching him play, but AB is his equal. All you had to do was watch last night’s game to see what kind of special player he is.
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    The point he is trying to make is – Beckham is a rookie with only 11 games under his belt.

    AB IS NOT!

    With the record Beckham has amassed in his first season as a WR and with missing the first four games – HE IS THE BEST RECEIVER IN THE NFL this year.

    Hands down!

  27. Over the last 12 games of the season Odell Beckham had 91 catches for 1305, Brown had 100 catches for 1271. I don’t know how you can say that Beckham is better considering that the Giants were always trailing and had no running game.

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    Beckham only played 11 games, is in his ROOKIE year with only 11 games under his belt.

    Beckham had less touches and more yards and AB IS NOT in his rookie year.

    Beckham beats him hands down, face it – hands down!

  28. Yes, Beckham is a Stud, but crowning him over Antonio Brown or Dez Bryant is absurd! Both these guys were an intregal part of a designed offense leading up to a playoff spot. Beckham had a great 1 handed catch and tons of come from behind- Defenses on Prevent letting him get yardage catches. I am not taking anything from Beckham, but the truth is Jarvis Landry had better numbers at LSU, but Beckham got the accolades from his flash. Just sayin…

  29. Beckham needs more than one spectacular season to be considered the best receiver in the NFL. There are guys who have been putting up numbers for three or four seasons in a row. As a Giants fan Beckham is the most exciting rookie I can remember in the past 2o seasons, and he brought excitement to another humdrum Giants season, but I think we need to reserve judgment for now.

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    You do realize they are talking about THIS YEAR.

    And THIS YEAR, Beckham is the best receiver in the NFL. His stats show it and those stats only account for 11 games as he missed the first 4, missed training camp, etc.

    He played like this all through college at LSU and will continue to do so in the NFL. And I am NOT a Giants fan, but a big OB fan – this kid is legit.

  30. onsilver1947 says:
    Dec 29, 2014 9:19 AM
    A close viewing of the replay leads to a hint of why Caldwell challenged, which was only paraphrased by ref Walt Anderson (I think). Levy dove at the ball held by Lacy, and his leading forearm/elbow contacted the ball before hitting any part of Lacy’s body. I think that is what Caldwell was hoping to have upheld: ball moving before Lacy’s body is contacted by Levy’s body. I’d be interested in knowing what exactly the down by contact rule says about such a situation: does touching only the ball become the moment he is down by contact, or must his body/equipment be touched, in the same way that the body must touch the ground (not another player on the ground) to be down by contact?
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    It says that if the player is on the ground and in possession of the ball that any contact with him, the ball, his shirt, cleat, whatever makes that player down by contact.

    Caldwell’s only chance of winning that challenge was the hope that Lacy did not have possession of the ball when contact occurred. And you know that the Refs even tried to explain it to that ignorant slob yet he challenged anyways. Stupidity.

  31. So Odell Beckham has a season like Randall Cobb did being the number one receiving option on his team. Cobb has another All-Pro WR eating up catches on his team.

    OB – 91 rec, 1305 yds, 12 tds, as a punt returner averaged 8.1 yds. Also had 7 rushes 35 yds.

    RC – 91 rec, 1287yds, 12 tds, as a punt returner averaged 8.0 yds. Also had 11 rushes, 37 yds.

    Best WR in the game?

  32. I love how fans tried to discredit Seattle wins and how special what they are doing is just like last year. As champions playing in the NFC West they had the most difficult schedule of any team. The final 7 weeks the win % of the teams at the time they faced was close to .700.

    Sure the playoffs aren’t going to be a cakewalk but Seahawks securing home-field and the number 1 seed makes them the favorite to represent the NFC.

  33. My team is better than your team. As a fan we all think that. But the difference sometimes comes down to the intangible and psychology is a big part of that. Homefield advantage is a big asset psychologically. A team like the Hawks have a big homefield advantage, as does Green Bay which is also seemingly unbeatable at home.

    Team identity is another big psychological advantage. A team that knows their identity and plays to that identity has an advantage. The Hawks lost parts of their identity early on in the season. It showed in games against San Diego, and Dallas. I am not taking anything away fom those two teams, they both beat the Hawks and looked good doing it. But in the after action reports any Hawks fan will tell you that the Hawks were flat and uninspired in those games.
    I think they got over confident in both of those games and were taken by surprise at the tempo that both Dallas and San Diego sustained for 4 quarters.

    Say what you want about who we beat during our 6 game winning streak. The fact of the matter is that prior to that 6-game streak, not many pundits gave us much of a chance at making the playoffs, never mind winning #1 seed.

    In those 6 games we faced our division rivals, Arizona, San Francisco, and St Louis for 5 games.
    At the time of that streak starting; Arizona was 9-1.
    San Francsico was 7-4 when we played them for the first time (we were both tied for second place in the NFC West). And St. Louis had beaten us once at St Louis. Add to that a 9-3 Philadelphia team that had just beaten Dallas the game before we played them.

    Th fact that Arizona was depleted and the 49ers were not the same team as last year was a shame. But the games still had to be played and won both at home and away.

    In the end Seatle won all 6 games including the ever tough Rams who always find a way to play Seatle tough.

    Som say they have peaked. I don’t think they are near their peak yet. They are figuring out some new dynamics on offense and getting the young wide receivers like Richardson and Norwood into the game. They have a potential threat at TE in Willson.

    They are subbing in Turbin and Michael for Lynch and allowing him to regroup and be available for later in the game. At the same time they are still having some success running with those two backs.

    The offense is not the strength of this team. But if it can stay healthy and grind it out while the defense plays lights out as hey have, then Hawks have a really good chance to make it to Arizona.

    Until Arizona they have the homefield advantage.
    That is huge. People on these boards say the Hawks are great at home but not so great away. That asset has been booked now.

  34. Yeah, Seattle played some weak offenses, and allowed only 2 touchdowns TOTAL, both on short fields (Philly) and literally only allowed like 180 YARDS PER GAME, and under 6 points. So they took mediocre offenses and made them look completely inept. What are they supposed to do? keep doubting them, the players love it.

  35. AND irongershwin: There ARE NO fair weather fans in Seattle…that literally made me laugh out loud! Do you go to your grocery store or doctor or ANYWHERE & see EVERY person, animal, car, etc. sportin their team gear YEAR ROUND…whether we had a good or bad season? I HIGHLY doubt it! The state of WA & Hawk fans all over this world support the team 1000% no matter what. If any “non hawks fan” ever gets the chance to see a game in THE BEST & LOUDEST stadium, prepare for hearing loss & shame for quite a while

  36. jerryyouradisgrace says:
    Dec 29, 2014 7:26 AM

    Boys DESTROYED the Hawks on there home field and have the same record but yet don’t get the top seed….I know why…it just doesn’t seem fair
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    Yeah, just like the Cowboys got destroyed on THEIR home field by Arizona, the 49ers and Philly. Actual point of fact, Dallas’ 4 losses all came at home. And Seattle was not DESTROYED by Dallas either. They won by a touchdown. Geez! Talk about an exaggeration! The fact is Seattle won the last six games they absolutely had to and were only predicted to win half of them. If they would have lost even one of them, Dallas would be the #1 seed right now. So, yeah, see you in the playoffs….

  37. Some facts:

    Nobody has “destroyed” the Hawks in 3 seasons. san Diego beat them by 9-points. That is the biggest margin of victory against a Hawks team since 2011.

    Those who say that RW is a game manager should check out his stats. Then look at the fact that since 2012 he has won 40 games while Hawks QB. His team is 40-13 under his leadership as QB.

    The defense in the last 6 games allowed an average of 6.5 points per game against.

    In the 2014 season Seattle allowed an average of 15.87 points per game against.

    Since 2012 the Hawks are 24-2 at CLink. That is a .923 winning percentage.

    This Hawks team is a good team. And when they sometimes do take a while to get hot in a game they often have luck on their side, which is what every great team in history has always had in common.

    No they are not a dynasty, yet. But they have the potential. They have a strong and focused front office. A young and dedicated QB. A great young defense, many of whom are signed up for 3-4 year extensions. They have the courage to admit mistakes, ala Percy Harvin. They seem to be able to “train up” deep draft picks.

    This is their 3rd season of 11 plus game wins. Sounds a little like the Pats. They did this in a division that has also had strong contenders in the 49ers and recently the Cardinals. In all of those 3 seasons there has been another 10 game winner in the division. Last year there were 2 other 10 game winners in the NFC West. So they know how to beat winners. In each of the last 3 seasons they had to win to stay in. The first season they won their last 5-games to make the Wild Card. Last season they had to win on the last day to win home field. This year was the same result, (with a touch of their first run) as they won 6-games in a row to take the NFC West. At the 10-game point they were 3 games behind Arizona. They took care of business.

    This team is tough both mentally and physically. I think it was 9 teams that played them this season that went on to lose their next games. Including KC and 49ers who both lost to Oakland after playing the Hawks.

    So I think they have a real good chance of going to Arizona and a real good chance of repeating as champs. It won’t be easy, and they need to really bring it against the teams that are left in the race. But they have proven themselves capable of doing that time and again.

  38. seattlebeast12 says:
    Dec 29, 2014 12:57 PM
    AND irongershwin: There ARE NO fair weather fans in Seattle…that literally made me laugh out loud! Do you go to your grocery store or doctor or ANYWHERE & see EVERY person, animal, car, etc. sportin their team gear YEAR ROUND…whether we had a good or bad season? I HIGHLY doubt it! The state of WA & Hawk fans all over this world support the team 1000% no matter what. If any “non hawks fan” ever gets the chance to see a game in THE BEST & LOUDEST stadium, prepare for hearing loss & shame for quite a while
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    I’ve lived in multiple NFC cities and never see every person wearing gear year round, only during the season.

  39. It’s Deja-Vu among the Seattle doubters, identical to last year.

    Seattle, the ONLY team in position to make a legitimate SB run in over a decade.

    Bring on the doubt – WE love it! To be the champs you’ve got to beat the CHAMPS!

    Go HAWKS!!

  40. 4th quarter points allowed by the Seahawks during their 6-game winning streak: ZERO.
    Yeah, they’re about to face some better QBs, but also softer defenses than what they’ve gone up against lately. They’ll likely give up a few points & score a few more. Watch. Learn.

  41. Russell Wilson has to run because he can’t throw. 12/16 games had a QBR under 80. Most overrated qb in the league.

  42. According to Nate Silver’s rankings the Seahawks probably just added another 15-20 points to their already 1755 total so far this season.
    Their new total should put Seattle at about 10th, 11th or 12th place among the greatest teams since Mr. Silver’s rankings started in 1970.
    And Seattle has three possible wins to go yet.

  43. Seattle wouldn’t have home-field advantage of Drew Stanton had been healthy. But he’s coming back for the playoffs. Seattle won’t make it to the conference championship game.

  44. exnavysub – Seattle is the number 1 run offense top 6 in yards per game,top 10 scoring top 8 yards per play, amongst leaders in plays over 20. The only thing they dont do is pass the hell out of the ball and get ton of passing yards their extremely efficient and good on third downs. Besides pass yards they are a borderline great offense. Just not in terms of what were use to seeing from passing teams. Why do stupid fans keep saying their offense sucks. If most fans team was top 10 defense or offense wed be talking about it as a strength in Seattle’s case its unconventional and people act like bc it doesn’t compare to their own top 3 defense of all time that somehow they aren’t any good or below average when statistically they are on the verge of being ELITE.

    Pull your head out of your arses. Seattle is the team to beat, defending champions, hottest team in football and the record shows this. they play at home in the best home field advantage in football with that deafening noise and as mentioned before they play with what might be the best defense of all time especially when you look at consistency over the years when all those other top all time defenses were one year wonders. It will take a near perfect game to prevent them from going to the sb. The only team that can compete with them is Dal and possibly GB. Neither of those teams will win, dallas played one of their best games except special teams and still needed a 3rd and 20 to win. The Seahawks were also a beat up team who hadn’t geled yet and had players (percy harvin) trying to start a mutiny because they weren’t the entire show. Since that trade seattle has been almost unbeatable .

    Add on that seattle was amongst league leaders in players going on IR and the fact that their healthy late in the year. IT will be an upset if any team beats Seattle at all period, Including superbowl bc its unlikely any team will even score 21 pts on them now that their healthy.

    I respect all the teams in the playoffs but it will be an upset if Seattle doesnt win, only team that could win it all is the Patriots but they simply dont have enough weapons to beat Seattles defense so it would take a defesive battle which seattle has a better one so thats the edge.

  45. exnavysub says: Dec 29, 2014 7:12 AM

    Seahawks? They dont have much of an offense. Most likely if they get there, they face the Pats. Who have both an offense AND a defense. Seahawks may be able to slow them down, but they wont be able to do it the entire game. You need to keep putting up 7’s on the board to beat the Pats and I dont think the Seahawks can do that.
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    New England averaged 54 passing yards more per game than Seattle (257-203) BUT Seattle average 64 more rushing yards per game than New England (172-108). Overall, Seattle was #9 in yards per game with 375.8 while New England was#11 with 365.5.

    New England had the #4 scoring offense, averaging 29.2 points per game while Seattle was ranked #10, averaging 24.6 points per game.

    Seattle’s defense allowed an average of 267 yards per game (#1) — 185 passing yards average (#1) and 81 yards rushing average (#3) — and allowed 15.9 points per game (#1)

    New England’s defense allowed 344 yards per game (#13) — 240 passing yards average (#17) and 104 rushing yards average (#9) — and allowed 19.6 points per game (#8)

    So, how do you figure that New England is somehow a more complete team? Seattle was in the top 10 in overall offense in both yards and scoring, only slightly behind NE. Seattle’s defense is #1 in 3 of 4 key statistical categories, while NE’s D is nowhere close to Seattle’s. Also, Seattle’s D has had to play against 4 offenses ranked in the top 10 in points per game (GB, DEN, PHI, and DAL) and 5 in the top 10 in yards per game (the previous 4 plus NYG). New England has only had to play 3 offenses in the top 10 of each of those categories (GB, IND, and DEN).

  46. Given the chance to have an elite defense or an elite offense to get you to the SuperBowl (and win it). More oftne than not the great defense wins out.

    The 85 Bears had defense, Walter Payton and that was about it. They crushed all competition.

    The ravens first SB featured Trent Dilfer as the QB, but a shut down defense allowed them to win the SB.

    Seattle’s defense led the league in lowest points per game for 3 straight years. Something that hasn’t been done since 69-71 by Minnesota’s “Purple People Eaters”.

    In the last 10 years the Hawks have won 2 NFC Championships and been to the SB twice, winning once. They are 8-4 I believe in playoff games during that stretch.

    They went through a tough stretch when Holmgen left. from about 2008-2011, as they rebuilt and looked for a QB that could win consistently. But since finding Wilson, they have been consistent 11+ games won per year. You can say what you will about Russell Wilson but they had a defense and The Beast before RW showed his skill sets and they were not as successful.

    This team is a solid contender as I have stated before. They don’t win every game and they have some holes to fill. (God; please get us an O-line that pass blocks effectively and consistently!)
    They need a better returner on special teams. But they defense kickoffs and punts like nobody’s business.

    They have shown us that they will employ Richardson and Norwood as WR effectively with their speed and Wilson’;s ability to scramble.

    Wilson ran for over 800 yards. He is what Vick promised but failed to deliver. A mobile QB that can extend plays and do what needs to be done to get the win.

    Critics can state that its only the Hawks defense that wins them games and thats fine by Hawks fans. Because bottom line is that the defense winning games seems to be working, even if we also have a Top 10 offense, just saying.

    Critics also state that Wilson is only a game manager. Well if that be the case he has “managed” 40 wins in his first 3-seasons which is something that has not happened since 1950. All those elite QB’s like Montana, Elway, Marino, and Manning fall in behind that total.

    Since Wilson took over as QB, Seattle has only been beaten once by more than 1 TD, a 9-point loss to San Diego this year. They have beaten elite teams by as much as 35-points (Denver in Superbowl 48) and so-so teams by as much as 58 (Arizona in 2012).

    The offense has seemed to struggle this year, in part due to the passing game. Much of that is due to an O-line that doesn’t stand out on pass protection, that is a definite area for improvement.

    The team has won top seed two years in a row while leading the NFL in penalties for those two years. So critics cannot say the refs aid the Hawks. In the second Arizona game I think Hawks had 12 penalties at one point to Arizona’s one! These penalties are a weakness too, and stall drives that would produce points. It is one of the great frustrations of being a Hawk fan. But it is also something that the team needs to fix.
    Some bad calls have gone the Hawks way too.
    But overall the team gets penalized a lot more than its opponents do.

    So can they repeat? Yes. It takes a lot to be able to do it and things have to sometimes take a lucky turn. There are good teams in the playoffs that could beat the Hawks on any given Sunday. But remember that they were predicted to have a hard time due to SB hangover. After 6-games few doubted they would make the playoffs. At 10 games they were written off again due to the murderous schedule that they faced ( a schedule that all of a sudeen every pundit thinks was soft).

    Go Hawks!

  47. I believe a Seahawks/Cowboys matchup in the NFC Championship game will be a virtual repeat of last year, in all respects, and may well a have a higher viewer rating than the Superbowl.

    I have nothing but respect for the Cowboys, they’ve had a great year. But those who point to their previous win really should take into account how banged up the Seahawks D was at that time. Such is not the case now. Most definitely.

    The ‘Boys have a great offense, but their D is a little more suspect, and Seattle has been playing tough D’s for the past six weeks. Let’s just say they’ve has a lot of practice, and have been doing ok.

    Of course, this scenario makes the assumption that Dallas gets by Detroit, and Seattle beats either the Cards or Carolina. The ball takes some funny bounces sometimes, and it’s a rough game. people get banged up every week. Here’s hoping everyone on every team stays healthy.

    Go Hawks!

  48. during the dallas game seattle had injuries before and during the game. several players; unger,maxwell,lane,wagner,chancellor,harvin,bailey..if we meet again dallas will be facing a different team.

  49. Landry had better numbers than Beckham at LSU?

    Beckham: 141 catches 2305 yards.

    Landry: 137 catches 1809 yards.

    When they were both freshman it was Beckham that got a starting WR job, while Landry was left playing special teams.

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