My world is a little upside down right now, when it comes to the Seahawks. I was pretty sure they were going to lose to the Jags, but they were supposed to lose a 14-9 slugfest (that would, of course, assume Blair Walsh could actually make three fucking field goals, so right there the faulty logic bit me in the ass). Under no circumstances, however, should Blake Bortles have out-played Russell Wilson in damn near every facet of the game! And, to a lesser extent, the Seahawks’ defensive line should’ve probably done SOMETHING aside from bend over and take the ol’ dick in the ass, but that’s neither here nor there.
What am I supposed to make of a defense that couldn’t stop The Bort? Just a matter of flying across the country and playing on the road? Bullshit! That shouldn’t matter. Hangover from the big Philly win? Bullshit! With so much on the line, and so many losses already under our belt, they could ill afford to give away yet another game.
Ergo, I have to assume that the Seahawks’ defense just isn’t very good. I mean, Cleveland held the Jags to 19 points. The Chargers held them to 20. The fucking RAMS went to Jacksonville and limited them to 17! The Jets held them to 20, the Titans held them to 16. I mean, aside from the Rams and Chargers, we’re not talking about world-beating defenses here.
So, if the Seahawks’ defense isn’t very good, and the Jags were able to rack up 30 points … and if we assume the Rams’ offense is better than Jacksonville’s (which it very much is), I can only believe that the Rams should have no problem whatsoever coming into Seattle and moving the ball at will.
And don’t you DARE give me this 12th Man bullshit. CenturyLink Field is not what it once was! We’ve already suffered 2 losses at home. The Falcons came in here and put up 34, the Texans put up 38; and on the road we have the aforementioned 30 from Jacksonville, and 33 from Tennessee. That’s 4 teams so far – including two teams when we were pretty much at full strength – who have dropped 30+. So, no, I’m not gonna buy the It’s Loud In Seattle argument.
You could maybe remind me that we held the Rams to 10 points, but I’ll again remind you of all the injuries we have now, and double down on the fact that the Rams had their fair share of drops in that game. By all accounts, they should’ve WON that game, if Kupp had held onto the ball in the endzone at the end of the game. Plus, there was the Earl Thomas forced fumble that hit the pylon. That game was more fluke than anything else. On top of that, the Rams have played a bunch more games since then, and have to be more comfortable in their offense.
That doesn’t factor in how great the Rams’ defense is. They’ve ALWAYS been great against the Seahawks, and this year they’ve got Wade Phillips, the best defensive coordinator in the league. You can’t tell me that defense isn’t vastly improved over where it was at the beginning of the year.
Again, I’ll reiterate, I just don’t know why we should expect the Seahawks to win this weekend. From here on out, with all the nothing we’re getting defensively, I think you have to require the Seahawks to score 30+ to win, and I just don’t think they’re capable of doing that, ESPECIALLY against the Rams, and regardless of how money Russell Wilson is playing this year.
I’ll do you one better: unless we see some serious magic the rest of the way, I can easily envision a scenario where the Seahawks finish the year 8-8. I’m already calling this Rams game a loss, which will drop us to 8-6. At that point, we’d need to win out and get help to make the Wild Card, which makes that game in Dallas all-important (because I fully expect them to beat the Raiders this weekend). Dallas will have Zeke Elliott back, which will make their offense whole again. And, if we can’t stop the Jags or Rams, I don’t see why we should stop the Cowboys at full strength. There’s a possible record of 8-7, at which point we’re officially eliminated from the playoffs. By then, you figure anyone playing through injuries will just go on the IR and call it a season. And, with nothing left to play for, I’ve heard of crazier things than the Cardinals winning in Seattle (like, for instance, last year on Christmas Eve).
I’m not necessarily guaranteeing an 8-8 record, but I’m also not poo-pooing the idea either.
The Seahawks are broken, and it really feels like the championship window is slamming shut right before our eyes. I fucking HATE it when the Seahawks’ defense is bad; it literally ruins my whole life. You know what my vision of Hell is? All those bad New Orleans Saints teams we’ve seen under Drew Brees. You know the ones: where he’s great, throwing for 5,000+ yards and the offense is tops in the league, but the defense is the very fucking worst and they end up anywhere from 7-9 to 8-8. Bad enough to consistently miss out on the playoffs, but not bad enough to get a draft pick that’s actually worth a fucking damn.
That’s what I see in the Seahawks’ immediate future, as we continue to try to lean on aging veterans on the defensive side of the ball, who can’t help but get injured every fucking year. Sometimes, it’s the usual suspects, like Kam Chancellor, Jeremy Lane, and to a lesser extent Bobby Wagner; sometimes it’s someone you never expected, like Earl Thomas, Cliff Avril, or Richard Sherman, and your season goes down the toilet as a result. If you keep those guys and ride them out, then yeah, you’ll be pretty good, but your seasons will end disasterously as one by one they get picked off in the annual churn that is NFL injuries; if you dump everyone and start over, then you’ve got to suffer through a rebuild, and there’s no guarantees that the next crop of draft picks will be able to return this defense to its Top 5 form. Plus, given Pete Carroll’s age and personality, there’s no way in a million years I see them blowing this team up.
What a miserable time to be alive. Oh sure, Russell Wilson will be in the MVP discussion every year, but the rest of the team will be mediocre so what’s the point?
At least we still get to enjoy fantasy football. That’s certainly not a huge bundle of agitation and disappointment waiting to happen every fucking year.