After four games, the Seahawks are 4-0. They’re 2 games over San Francisco (with a head-to-head tiebreaker, pending the rematch in December), and tied with New Orleans for the best record in the conference. They’ve played two good teams, one okay team, and one very bad team. How do things look the rest of the way?
In the short term, difficult. We’re in the midst of 4 road games in 5 weeks, with Tennessee sandwiched there in the middle. Indy is another good team, though probably not as good as Houston. Following the Titans (where we catch a break thanks to Locker’s injury; though he was really a primary reason I’m going to that game), we have back-to-back road games on national television. Thursday night in Arizona and Monday night in St. Louis. Fortunately, both of those teams are terrible. But, they’re still divisional opponents, so you can’t take them lightly.
You look at that stretch and you see either one of two things: 7-1 or 8-0. If we beat Indy this Sunday, anything less than 8-0 would actually be a disappointment!
After this rough road stretch, things get easier. 5 of the last 8 are at home, with easy games against: Tampa, Minnesota, at the Giants, Arizona, and St. Louis. Let’s play it conervatively and say the Seahawks are 7-1 at the midway point. It’s blatantly obvious that the Seahawks are going to win those five games I just mentioned (with the caveat being that the Seahawks have the #1 seed all wrapped up before week 17 and go about resting starters). So, if we’re going conservative with 7-1, if you tack on those five games, you’ve got yourself 12 wins, and we haven’t even discussed the Monday night home game against the Saints (which will be HUGE if they manage to keep pace with us; possibly deciding who ends up with the #1 seed), or the two road games in Atlanta and San Francisco. It’s stupid to think that the Seahawks would ever lose at home, so chock the Saints up as a win. That’s 13. Which just leaves Atlanta and San Fran.
I’m pretty convinced that both of those teams are going to be MUCH better when we play them later this season (November 10th for the Falcons, December 8th for the 49ers). While they look pretty lame now, don’t bet on that continuing. However, on that same note, I’m pretty convinced that the Seahawks are going to be even better than they are now when they start getting guys back again! Okung will come back. Giacomini will probably be back (unless Bowie steals the job from him for good), Unger will be back soon, Harvin should be back later, Bruce Irvin is coming back THIS week … talk about a great team hitting its stride. I’d be shocked if the Seahawks do any worse than 1-1 against the Falcons and 49ers.
14 wins? Yeah, I’m seeing that as a MINIMUM in our future. Either way, we’ve got 12 games left to go and we’ve got what should be 8 crappy teams left to play. The future looks bright in Seahawksland.