Monday, November 18, 2013

Alone at the Top

Seahawks    41
Vikings       20

The Seahawks look like they're ready for playoff football.  As it stands today, they have the best record in the NFL. I'd also like to take this opportunity to point out that the 49ers share the same record as the Cardinals-- it feels good typing that out.

The new toy finally came out of the garage on Sunday.  Percy Harvin made his Seahawks debut against his former team and despite being used in a limited role, he looked spectacular.  Specifically, he made a tremendous one handed catch and had an electric kickoff return for 58 yards.

We also got to see the healthy return of Seattle's offensive line.  Their presence allowed Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson to have outstanding performances. Lynch had 63 all purpose yards and 3 touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving) and Wilson threw a pair of touchdowns while amassing 230 yards through the air.

The defense was led by Bobby Wagner who had 6 tackles, a sack and an interception.  Clinton McDonald, arguably the most underrated player on this defensive unit, had a spectacular performance with 2 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.  When Walter Thurmond intercepted a Matt Cassel pass for a touchdown, Seattle cemented it's defense as the best in the NFL.  No other team in the league has this much depth and talent.

Seattle put on tape exactly what we needed to see-- a complete team with enough depth to beat you regardless of circumstance.  They are now 10-1 for the first time in NFL history and have a commanding lead in the NFC for the #1 seed in the playoffs.

Unfortunately for us fans, we're going to have to do without Seahawks football for the rest of the month. The Seahawks have a bye this week and won't play their next game until Monday Night Football on December 2nd against New Orleans, the second-best team in the NFC.

The Seahawks just need to handle their business for the remaining 5 games of the regular season. The first two of those five games are against their stiffest competition.  After facing the Saints, the Seahawks then travel to San Francisco to face the, dare I say 'reeling', 49ers. After watching the Seahawks on Sunday, I can confidently say that these last 5 games are absolutely winnable.  I won't be shocked at all if the Seahawks head into the playoffs with a commanding 15-1 record.

One last thing I wanted to mention-- if you watched the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show, you may have seen the SeahawksFTW staff (Myself, Adam and his dog Ally) on a pre-recorded segment on the 12th Man.  Rainn Wilson, of 'The Office' fame, was also among the clip montage. It was incredibly fun and an awesome experience for us.  I can't seem to find the video online anywhere.  If you're able to track it down, please send it our way.

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