The Seattle Seahawks are 3-0 in the 2013 preseason. Is that an accomplishment? Should the fans be excited? Uh, sure? Maybe?
Just like every other professional league, the preseason is a time of exhibition. The NFL is no different, but that pace may be a little more intense. Fringe players do their best to prove that they belong. Veterans try to stay healthy while they start to get into a rhythm. Coaches tinker and experiment without giving away too much of the playbook.
Fans wear their new jerseys to the stadium and test out different face paints. Russell Wilson watches film. Pete Carroll stocks up on gum.
Football is arguably the most popular sport in America, and fans are excited when players get back on the field. Still, it can be hard to get too enthused about the preseason. A victory is a victory, but ultimately, no one cares about the preseason record.
Seattle does have a perfect record thus far, and they have had their moments to shine. There have also been some learning opportunities, and the play has not been smooth in all three games. That is to be expected.
Obviously, the Seahawks aren’t 4-0 just yet, but it seems reasonable to assume that Seattle will be able to handle the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field. Even if the starters do not play terribly long, the backups should be able to bring another victory to the loyal fans at the Clink.
Again, 4-0 in the preseason means something in terms of momentum, but that record quickly gets erased. Truthfully, it will mean a great deal for the Seahawks to start 2-0 in the regular season. If the ‘Hawks start 2-0, it will mean that they would have won their opener on the road and then have beaten the rival San Francisco 49ers. There would be much work to do, but it would be a great way to begin the season.
4-0 in the preseason would be fine, but it would be statistically meaningless in the pursuit of the Super Bowl. Soon we will know whether the winning preseason record has actually prepared this team for a run at the Lombardi Trophy.